Celebrate Hanukkah in true stoner fashion with this candelabra joint

Published Dec 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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‘Tis the season of bright, white blankets of fresh glistening snow and twinkling Christmas lights everywhere, but it is a time of year that often shares the month of December with another holiday, Hanukkah. If you love the holiday and enjoy smoking a big, fat joint, then you might want to consider trying this candelabra roll, but before we get started, here’s a little peek into the history of Hanukkah, along with information on the traditional daily candle lighting.

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah celebrations were instituted in 165 BCE. A move made officially by King of Israel, Judas Maccabeus, to celebrate his successful decimation of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a king who had invaded his territory and destroyed temples while terrorizing the Jewish people in Israel. After the war was won, there was plenty of rebuilding to do, and once the Second Temple of Jerusalem was restored, purified, and outfitted with a brand-new altar, Judas decided that it should be celebrated for 8 days every year.

When is Hanukkah in 2019?

Hanukkah will begin on Sunday, December 22nd,this year, late in the evening, and the celebration will wrap up on Monday, December 30th.

Hanukkah candle lighting tradition

Though the season is filled with many heartwarming traditions, one of the oldest and most widely known is the lighting of a candle from a candelabra that is called a hanukkiah. A Hanukkiah contains nine candles, with one positioned in the very center, sitting slightly higher above the rest. The middle candle is called the shamash, and it used to light one candle for every night that passes. On the first night, only one candle is lit, on the second night, two will burn, and so on and so forth. On the 8th night, the light is the brightest from a total of 9 burning candles, which concludes the celebrations for the year.

How to roll a joint in the shape of a candelabra to celebrate Hanukkah

This fancy blunt roll is perfect for either relighting each night, taking a few puffs per evening, or for smoking all in one sitting, but it is quite the undertaking for the inexperienced roller. If you have yet to master the art of how to roll a joint, then we highly recommend you start there before attempting something so intricate as this, however, as long as you have basic skills with rolling papers, it shouldn’t be too difficult with some time, patience, and the right tools.

Materials

  • 5 1-foot long rolling papers (or many small ones attached to create the same size)
  • Scissors
  • Cannabis
  • Grinder
  • Blunt glue

Instructions

  1. Take 1 of the giant rolling papers and set it aside for now, while stacking the remaining 4 on top of the other for fast cutting.

  2. Now take a pair of scissors and carefully cut the stack of 4 rolling papers in half down the middle, in the opposite direction of the crease so that glue ends up on both sections of each one.

  3. Separate the halved papers into groups of 2 and set 2 of the pieces (one full paper) to the side as is. These will be the bottom and longest candles on your candelabra joint.

  4. At this point, you should have one full-sized paper, and 2 halved sections set aside, and the other remaining 6 stacked into pairs in front of you. Take one of the pairs and carefully line up their edges before removing approximately 1 inch from the short edge with scissors.

  5. Grab the second-last pair and line up their edges before removing 2 inches from the same short edge.

  6. The final pair will need to have 3 inches trimmed off, and they will act as the shortest candles in the candelabra.

  7. Here comes the more challenging part for most, which is rolling each paper into a joint, while keeping them all similar in thickness. Make sure that they aren’t packed too tightly, and that the cannabis is well ground with all stems and seeds removed to avoid ripping when it comes time to bend them into shape.

  8. Once you have every joint rolled it will be time to put all the pieces of this smokable puzzle together. Find the halfway point in the one foot long joint and use the sharpest tip on your pair of scissors to drill a hole into opposite sides. You don’t want to drill a tunnel that is so deep you can see through it, but these holes will be where you secure the lower rung of “candles” so they do need to be wide enough to hold the end of the second-longest joints.

  9. When you are satisfied with your first two holes, measure up an additional inch and drill a second set of holes directly above the last ones.

  10. Keep drilling holes until you have a total of 8, with each one spaced apart by an inch.

  11. Stick the longest 2 joint rolls into the bottom two holes and use a generous layer of blunt glue to help to hold them into place.

  12. Be sure to let the blunt glue dry completely before moving onto the second rung, especially when working with joints that are as large as a foot long because you will need the stability to hold up the weight of each candle.

  13. Gently bend the joints as you work away from one pair at a time so that they begin to form the shape of a candelabra and keep going until all the blunt rolls are installed.

  14. If you haven't already, twist the tips of all the joints so that they look just like candle tips and hold in the weed, also ensure that all holes are sealed with blunt glue to create a good draw.

Once everything is dry, your candelabra joint is ready to spark up and enjoy. You can either light 1 candle each night and extinguish the flames to begin again the next in a more traditional fashion or light all 9 tips for a spectacular experience.

*Remember that if you don’t have access to giant papers, you can use the same instructions and implement them on a much smaller scale, but for beginner rollers, bigger rolling papers are usually much easier to work with, and the full-sized version gives the most impressive aesthetic effect.*

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