Important things to remember when you're rolling joints

Published Jan 13, 2023 10:00 a.m. ET
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Whether you’re rolling blunts, spliffs, or joints the rules and process are generally the same. How you approach this task, your patience, expectations, and the amount of attention to pay along the way will all significantly influence the results you end up with. These 10 facts are sure to help you, as you learn the ropes and hone this skill until you can do it with absolute confidence and perfection every single time.

1. The rolling papers you use can make or break the experience

Rolling papers might all seem pretty basic. They’re just paper slips after all equipped with glue strips to hold everything in place. However, there are many different types in the marketplace to choose from, and some are better than others. Thicker papers tend to impact flavour, and they’re much harder to work with for inexperienced rollers who don’t need a thick, springy wrap fighting back every step of the way.

2. Even grind will burn better

Sure, you might get away with producing a smokable joint with finger-busted herb, but it’s not going to burn as evenly or well as it would if it were torn apart in the confines of a good weed grinder. If you’re hoping to make the greatest joint possible, then you’ll be better off taking a moment and using a grinder to achieve a fine and even grind that will do the job.

3. Well-packed joints will burn longer

Successfully twisting a roll that burns from beginning to end without fail is an excellent place to start, but if you want to get the most out of this experience then it's important to acknowledge just how much of a difference it can make when a joint is well packed. Spin it too tightly, and you might not be able to get a puff but do it just right and a small one could last upwards of 20 minutes, depending on the size of the papers, and how much you fill them.

4. An intentional shape is everything

Aesthetics are important when it comes to a good joint, and believe it or not, they can also be functional as the shape of a roll influences how it will burn. Pregnant joints (those with giant bumps somewhere in the middle) are likely to have a few spots where it’s impossible to get a haul because airflow is pinched off in odd places. No one expects perfection, but a uniform joint should always be the goal.

5. There is no wrong way to roll a joint

Everyone learns at their own pace in their own way, and many will find alternative less popular rolling tricks that do the job, even though they might look strange to the average onlooker. As long as you find a way that works to produce the results you desire, that’s all that matters, so don’t be afraid to try new techniques until you find one that feels comfortable.

6. It doesn’t take much to rip papers


Most rolling papers are super thin which is why they rip so often and easily, but this problem can be avoided by sifting through your grind before getting to work on making a joint. Pull out any strange-looking chunks, stems or seeds, and you’ll greatly reduce the risk of your roll ripping as you finish the job.

7. You can always spice things up

Why settle for less when you can get the party truly started by adding some fancy cannabis concentrates to the mix? Whether it’s on the outside or tucked away, wrapped up safely within a bed of grind, it’s an excellent boost that’s sure to impress both you and your friends. Of course, it is important to mention that doing so isn’t for the faint of heart, as it may result in powerful, long-lasting psychoactive effects.

8. Spit isn’t cool

Licking a glue strip to make it stick might not seem like a big deal, but now that we’re so fresh out of a global pandemic, it only makes sense to cut down on the transfer of germs as much as possible. Luckily, all it takes is a dab of blunt glue or a few drops of regular old water to do the trick.

9. A few moments to dry can make a world of difference

It’s not uncommon for rolling papers to be at least a little bit damp when freshly rolled, after all, it does take a fair amount of moisture to get those glue strips to stick, so why would you want to start it up before it even gets a chance to dry? Your impatience could cost you, as moisture can get in the way of a smooth and even burn. Instead, it’s better to wait a few minutes because that’s all it’ll take for the excess water to evaporate.

10. When all else fails there are other options

If you’ve tried all of these things and practiced enough to know that regular rolling isn’t for you, because they just don’t work out, there are other solutions to consider like manual or automatic joint rolling machines that can do most of the heavy lifting for you. They’re not as convenient, but they deliver consistently, and you just can’t put a price on functionality.

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