How to roll a cross joint with cannabis

Published Aug 29, 2019 12:23 p.m. ET
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Many people are taking up alternative methods of ingesting marijuana products to avoid some of the adverse consequences that can come from inhaling smoke, which is amazing, but despite the bad rap, smoking is still the most popular way to use the marijuana plant.

This is for several reasons, with the top 5 being convenience, simplicity, cost effectiveness, the discreet look and familiarity. No matter how many times a user may try a new and exciting cannabis product, they will likely find that none can compare to smoking a good blunt.

For those who remain more traditional and still enjoy the delicious and the intense smell experience that different types of joints can offer, the cross joint is an excellent starting point for learning how to roll a joint that is essentially, a piece of art. This project can make for a fun DIY challenge before or after getting high, and the results once completed, are almost certain to make you proud.

If you have yet to master how to roll a joint, then you might want to take a look at some of our joint-rolling tutorials, as it will require enough skill to properly roll 2 straight joints, to make this project come together.

How to roll a joint that looks like a cross (cross-joint)

This straightforward, how to guide, will teach you how to roll a joint that will result in a spectacular cross shape. It might take a few attempts before your “high art” gets to the point where you are ready to put your newly found talent on display. This roll can help to teach the building blocks necessary for rolling other more intricate types of joints that are certain to impress your friends.

You will need:

  • 3 grams of cannabis
  • 2 rolling papers (1-XL and 1-Standard size)
  • 6 glue strips (cut from rolling papers)
  • 1 joint filter
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • Weed grinder


1. Use a weed grinder to bust apart the cannabis buds until they reach an evenly, fine grind that is suitable for rolling.

2. Split the pile of herb into 3 even sections and sweep 2 of those portions into one. Essentially, to fill the rolling papers properly, 1/3 of the grind will go in the standard-sized paper, and 2/3 will fill the larger one.

3. Take the smaller pile of cannabis grind and roll the standard sized joint as straight and firm as possible for added strength.


4. Now do the same with the extra-large rolling paper, only this time, you will have to install a filter onto one end.

5. Use a pair of scissors, pencil tip or some other blunt object to gently drill a hole through the middle of the larger joint to create a space that is just wide enough for the small joint to fit through.

6. Once you are satisfied with the size, take the smaller joint and gently twist it as you feed it into the hole.

7. Get out those glue strips one by one, add a small amount of moisture, then stick them to the edges where cannabis might be exposed, or where the edges look like they overlap. This is to avoid any leak that will make it difficult to draw from.

8. After all that layering of glue on the rolling papers, it is time to take a break and give everything a few minutes to dry. As the moisture leaves the strips, they will harden to provide additional strength and support that will hold it all together when smoking. 5 or 10 minutes should be more than enough, and then you can move on to smoking your homemade work of art made of rolling papers.

How to smoke weed through a cross-joint

Using a cross joint is just as easy as it is with any other types of joints, simply place the filtered tip in your mouth, and light the tips. The only trick is that there are 3 ends to ignite, and it’s a good idea to get them lit all at the same time for an even burn.

Once the two joints burn down to the point in the middle of the cross, you might notice that the paper layers remain behind. This is common with lower quality rolling papers, and once the weed contained inside has burned, you can often remove the excess with a gentle tug into an ashtray.

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