Joints are a great way to enjoy Cannabis. It is often one of the most convenient and common methods used for consuming Cannabis. Just like learning how to ride a bike, learning how to roll a joint gets better with practice and its important that you practice with the correct techniques so that you can master it.
There are many different methods for rolling a joint. We will show you what we believe is the best method for preparing the best joints. Read through this step by step guide so you can can start rolling your own joints. Please make sure that you roll properly to avoid improper burning of the joint.
You can choose from many different shapes and sizes when it comes to rolling. This is a personal preference. Depending on what type of paper you prefer, you can choose from a variety of hemp papers to rice papers (a healthier option) or you can stick to the old school zig zag’s because you may like the way it burns. It all depends on you and your taste.
The longer the paper, the harder it is to roll. If you use the proper technique, it will work for any size. The size of paper you use should depend on how much Cannabis you grind up and are planning to roll up.
Grinding your Cannabis is when you take it from its original nug form into a ground up material. It is mandatory that you grind up your Cannabis before you roll your joint, otherwise it won’t burn or smoke properly!
There are different methods to grinding and and some believe these affect the way the joint burns and smokes. Many believe that the natural method of using your fingers is the best way to grind it up due to the coarse grinding slowing down the burn and making the joint last longer. You can also use scissors which tend to also result in coarse ground up bud, but the most convenient and common method used is breaking up your cannabis with a grinder. This device breaks up the Cannabis very quickly and effortlessly. You can use a grinder to quickly break up your nugs into a fine ground up product, which many people prefer.
Whichever method you choose, aim to have the ground Cannabis roughly the same size to make sure the joint burns evenly. Make sure that you have separated all the stems and seeds from your product as they can poke holes through your joint, which will cause the joint to turn off and result in re-rolling your joint.
Many Cannabis users like to mix up or enhance their Cannabis. This is a way of altering the affects of the joint. The most common practice, which we don’t recommend, is mixing your Cannabis with tobacco. It is more common in Europe than in North America but many like to mix their product with tobacco with a 50/50 ratio and prefer the taste and effect. Usually, mixing tobacco in with your joints will result in a decrease in the high effect of your cannabis/experience.
Another method used to enhance joints is by adding hash (bubble hash, hashish, kief, etc.) which is a great way to make a less potent strain more effective. You use a paperclip to pick up your hash, heat it up and once it is very soft it will fall off the paperclip and you can mix the warm hash into your ground up flower. It will mix very easily if you heat it up properly. Make sure you don’t apply too much heat or it will result in a burnt outcome. Our suggestion is to heat it up by keeping the lighter at a slight distance.
You can also enhance the joint by adding concentrates (shatter, distillate, rosin, budder, cbd-isolate, etc). This is best done when you mix it with the bud prior to rolling. It makes it so the joint burns more evenly rather than when you add the concentrate in the middle of rolling or at the end of the rolling session. You want to get the concentrate soft enough to mix with the ground up bud by using your fingers or a hot surface. Once you do that, separate the buds into smaller pieces and expect to get your fingers sticky! Also, make sure you don’t use too much concentrate to flower ratio or your joint won’t burn and smoke properly.
This is also an optional step, but it is one that Medicine Man very much recommends. A good filter will make the joint a lot smoother and burn more evenly. We recommend purchasing filter tips for rolling joints as they are convenient and cut to the exact size. You can also make your own filter paper. You just need a business card or a thick paper that you can use. The size of the filter depends on how long and thick the joint is. If you are preparing your own filter, make sure to cut it to the appropriate length. The longer the filter, the more chance your joint will burn evenly.
Roll up your filter and you are ready for the next step.
Do not roll a loose joint. Make sure it’s tight, but also not too tight so you can inhale through it. This meaning, air should be able to flow through and in between the bud. Don’t roll with stems as they don't enhance the experience and can also make holes and tear through the joint paper. Actually rolling the joint has different methods. We will show you 3 of the most preferred, popular, and (more or less) simple ways to roll.
A magic carpet is a great way to fit in a lot of Cannabis into one joint. They burn with a big circumference and it will hit you very hard! We definitely recommend smoking this with friends. You start by getting two rolling papers, and licking one of them and sticking it to the bottom of the other paper. Now, you have a super wide area to fit your Cannabis.
Some papers come prepared for rolling Magic Carpet joints. Fill it up and roll it up tightly, lick the strip and close it shut. Tighten the joint by pushing in a pen or something of similar shape into the ends of the joint, add the filter paper and close the other side up!
This is the common joint you are used to seeing that is usually straight along the whole joint. You can also roll this joint by placing the filter inside first, but if you are new to rolling, we recommend that you put in the filter after you finish rolling the joint. Choose your favorite rolling paper then evenly spread out your Cannabis along the paper. Start rolling, compressing the paper and shaping the weed under it by rolling up and down with your thumbs. Start from the middle and go to one side, then the other.
Once rolled up tightly, you can lick the glue strip and finish rolling the joint from the middle up. Now tighten one end of the joint and push in the filter on the other side. Make sure your filter is the correct size so it fits properly into the joint.
This is known to be the best way to roll a joint. Primarily because it is the most even burning joint and it pulls very smoothly. It is also the most difficult type of joint to roll. First, you must start by choosing your paper: short or long; then you start with adding the filter at the front of the joint. You will add your Cannabis along the paper, but as you get to the end side of the paper, we recommend adding more to make it thicker.
You are preparing a cone shape even before you roll it.
Now you must start by using your thumbs to compress the weed. Push down and roll your thumbs up and down trying to shape the Cannabis. Repeat this process for the whole paper, then start by tightening the filter. Once you roll the filter tight, you can slowly work your way down the joint rolling and tightening until you get to the end. Once you have reached the end of the joint and it’s rolled nice and firm (but not too firm), proceed by licking the glue strip of the paper and roll the joint into its finished form.
Once you're finished sticking the glue strip to your rolled joint, you can push in the Cannabis through the open end of your joint with a pencil or pen to tighten it up. Then, twist up the tip and you are ready to go.
Lots of people forget how important this step is. It is very important that you light the joint properly to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Nothing is more annoying than a joint running the whole time and not smoking properly!
You must start by lighting the end of the joint slowly. You must roast it without inhaling and let it get lit up evenly around the joint. Don’t light it too fast or you will start it unevenly. Once the joint is evenly lit, start puffing and keep the lighter at the tip of the joint. After the first few puffs, when you notice it’s lit all around, you can go ahead and smoke it without the lighter.
When you are smoking the joint, make sure you take even draws from the joint. Don’t pull too hard or you will cause the joint to run. Pull at a nice pace and don’t rush your joint! Make sure to pass the joint to the left after 2 puffs unless you are smoking alone, then you decide the rules.
Make sure you enjoy your joint and smoke high quality Cannabis for the best joint experience. Hopefully this guide on how to roll a joint from Medicine Man has helped you!