How to use cones

Published Aug 14, 2022 09:00 a.m. ET
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There are so many different types of rolling papers on the market these days, and some of them offer an incredibly unique experience when compared to the average, but nothing quite beats the convenience and simplicity of cones. Even as an avid old-school joint roller, I often find myself looking forward to the times when I have a few of them on hand because for some reason, they’re just better than the original paper design.

About cones

Cones are pre-formed papers fully equipped with everything from the perfect shape, to a built-in filter. They are used in the making of pre-rolls and do not require a ‘lick’ or some other form of moisture to stick. Shape just like an ice cream cone, each one maintains its shape in a way that makes it easy to pack them without worrying too much about damage. These cool tools can be made out of all of the same things as regular rolling papers, and then some, like rose petals, or tree leaves.

The benefits of using cones

Great for sharing

Cones are packed by hand in a way that leaves just enough room for airflow while cramming as much flower as possible inside, which makes them burn slower and for longer than your average rolling paper.
No need for rolling skills
Can’t roll? No problem. Cones take the guesswork out of making pre-rolls.


All cones boast their own unique flavour profile based on the ingredients used in their making, leaving room to accommodate all preferences.
Excellent for mobility-challenged consumers
Even if you know how to roll, the body doesn’t always agree with the smooth, slick motions required to get the job done, and in those situations, cones might help just enough to provide some independence and cash savings, as store-bought pre-rolls are far more expensive.


Just like regular rolling papers, cones are 100% disposable and if you get the right ones they may even be biodegradable, which means that tossing a roach will no longer harm the environment. Convenience and environmental responsibility all rolled into one, who could say no to that?

How to use cones

Using cones is almost as easy as buying them, but you will need a few tools to get the job done including:

  • 1 cone
  • 1 packing tool
  • 1 grinder
  • 1 rolling tray (optional to reduce mess)


  1. Grind up enough flower to fill the pre-roll, an amount that should be visibly displayed on the outside of the packaging.

  • Use the cone to scoop up the grind, pushing the tip into the edges. A rolling tray can help to contain it if your flower isn’t milled in a neatly folded bag already.

  • Once you’ve filled the cone approximately 1/3 of the way, it’s time to get out that packing tool and use it to pack the grind down into the tube. Not so hard to rip the paper, but with enough force to ensure it’s packed well and that there are no air holes.

  • Scoop up more of the ground herb just like before and try to fill it another 1/3 of the way.

  • Pack the grind just like before until a small amount of pressure around the base of the cone proves that it’s packed quite nicely.

  • Repeat steps number 4 and 5 until the whole cone is full.

  • If there is any remaining paper overhanging the tip, use a finger to press those pieces in a folding motion into the cone. If you’re hoping to travel with this pre-roll, then it might be a good idea to leave a bit of extra paper intentionally to make it easy to seal the grind within.

  • Unique ideas

    Just like a regular joint, it’s easy to dress up a cone by adding kief to the grind or tracing the outside with a thick cannabis concentrate. With stickiness on the outside, it’s easy to add an outer layer of kief too, turning a regular cone into a moon rocket in no time at all for a fraction of the cost.

    Don’t forget to buy a blunt container

    These pre-rolls are incredibly convenient to take with you on the go, but if they aren’t stored appropriately then you’ll find upon arrival to your destination that they break, bend, and overall don’t fare the journey so well without a good quality case. Blunt containers may be tube-like, or they might resemble a regular pack of cigarettes. Either way, you want to protect this investment of time and money with a case or container that will shelter the rolls from harm.

    Save those packing tools

    Most cones come with packing tubes or tools, but it’s not uncommon to also find them without this super helpful tool, so it’s not a bad idea to keep one or two on hand at all times. If you don’t have one, then a dabbing tool or in some cases, a skewer can work well as a replacement.

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