How to roll a Sherlock joint

Published Dec 5, 2020 10:00 a.m. ET
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If you are a fan of the old Sherlock Holmes movies, then you’ll probably fondly remember the smoking pipe that the detective always seemed to have on hand, and that’s the image that this joint roll is looking to create. For those who aren’t familiar, Sherlock Holmes was famously portrayed with a long old-school tobacco pipe that completed his look and helped him to think.

Though most of us love the look of an older tobacco pipe, in this fast-paced world they simply aren't very effective long term tools for cannabis smokers, mainly due to their long and narrow chambers that are almost impossible to clean, but even though we don’t have the time or patience to care for such a device properly, that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy something similar.

How to roll a joint that looks like a tobacco pipe

Whether you want to mirror the familiar image of the tobacco smoking detective because you think it’d be fun, or you just want to try out a cool cannabis roll that is different, then this DIY project is perfect for you. It’s relatively easy and can be completed with more than one type of paper, but if you want a real legitimate pipe look, then you might want to spring for the blunt wraps, as the deep brown is nearly mistakable for wood.

You will need:

  • 3 blunt wraps
  • Scissors
  • 3-4 grams of cannabis
  • Grinder
  • Blunt glue (optional)
  • Cardstock (optional)


  1. To start, grind up all of the cannabis and sift through to remove any potentially sharp pieces like stems or seeds, as they can rip your papers, and nobody wants that.

  2. The first joint that you roll is going to act as the mouthpiece, but it’s also going to be the base of your Sherlock pipe, as you will need to build from it, so it needs to be sturdy. It must also be able to open at one end so that it can feed into the next roll, which is why you will need to aim for a cone shape.

  3. Now, this next portion is a bit more challenging, as it needs to be a little bit bent and installed on a downwards angle to truly look the part, so another cone type roll that at one end is the same size of the largest tip of the first cone, and at the other, is ‘a larger than anything else you’ve rolled yet’ is the goal. The end of this joint will lead to the third and final portion, which is the bowl, so bigger is always better.

  4. Once you’ve got it rolled, then you can move onto this step which is installing the second joint. Feed the open tip of the first roll into the matching sized end of the second, and then gently pull it downwards into a slight bend.

  • Get out the joint glue, and thoroughly layer all of the seams between the two rolls to ensure that it’s airtight.

  • Leave the blunt glue to dry for at least 5 minutes. Otherwise, too much fidgeting could make the whole thing fall apart, and we’re not quite done yet, so that could be devastating and messy.

  • After the 5-minute wait is up and the glue has had the chance to set, work on building the final piece, which is the bowl. For this one, you will need to use a pair of scissors to cut the remaining blunt wrap in half.

  • Fold one half of the blunt wrap into a funnel shape and pinch the end once it matches with the size of the opening it will be attached to.

  • Use blunt glue to hold the funnel into shape and to affix it to the opening while pointing it upwards. Then you'll need to wait for another 5 minutes for this piece to set. Yes, you read that right. At this point, the bowl portion is empty, and that is simply because it’s easier to fill it once everything dries because of how wide it is.

  • Now that the whole joint piece is starting to take shape, it’s time to fill up the bowl. To do this, scoop up small amounts of ground marijuana buds and gently pack them down into the funnel with your finger.

  • If you have sealed up any holes and followed these steps precisely, then you will have a beautiful pipe shape that might remind you of the Sherlock Holmes movies. It’s now ready to spark up and enjoy either by yourself or with a bunch of your friends, and that’s as easy as lighting all of the green bits of weed that are exposed in the “bowl” portion of the pipe and taking a long haul of the smokey goodness.

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