Joints are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis. There are several different types of joints in the world of weed, and a variety of methods to make them. Rolling a joint can be a highly personal, intricate craft, but with a few simple steps, any new toker can roll their very own. Read on to learn about the art of rolling a joint.
What is a joint?
A joint is a cannabis cigarette often hand-rolled by an individual. Some dispensaries offer prerolls, or joints rolled in-shop, for consumers to purchase, saving a few steps. A cannabis joint that includes both cannabis and tobacco is called a spliff, while a blunt is a joint rolled with heavy, dark, tobacco papers.
What you need to roll a joint
To roll a joint, you'll need to assemble a handful of essential materials. First, select your favorite cannabis strain and set aside the amount of flower you want to smoke, typically about a third of a gram. Use a grinder to break apart your bud evenly. A rolling tray will help you keep your workspace neat and tidy.
Round up your joint paper of choice. Dispensaries and smoke shops offer hemp, unbleached paper, and other materials to fit various preferences. Grab a filter, also called a crutch, or a thick piece of paper to create one, and you've got everything you need to roll a joint. If you don't have a glass crutch handy, it's easy to make a crutch on your own.
How to roll a joint
Step 1: Grind the cannabis
Use a grinder to grind up and separate the flower evenly. A grinder produces a consistent size and texture, which provides a smoother, more even smoke. If you don't have a grinder, pick the bud apart with your fingers. Make the pieces more or less the same small size and work gently to minimize damage to the cannabis' trichomes.
Step 2: Make a crutch
Many smoke shops sell pre-made crutches to serve as the mouthpiece of a joint. While crutches aren't essential, they help reinforce the mouthpiece and make a joint easier to hold. Crutches also boost the airflow through a joint and minimize the risk of burning your lips or inhaling tiny bits of marijuana during a hit.
To make a crutch, grab a piece of thick paper or cardstock and rip off a rectangle-shaped strip about the width of your joint's mouthpiece. Fold most of the paper into an accordion shape then wrap the last bit of paper around the accordion part.
Step 3: Load the joint
Lay the rolling paper on the tray with the adhesive side facing away from you. Position the crutch where you want the mouthpiece to be and sprinkle marijuana onto the paper. Evenly spread the flower throughout the joint and avoid overstuffing it.
To roll a cone joint, sprinkle less weed near the mouthpiece and more towards the tip, tapering as you move.
Step 4: Roll the joint
It's finally time to get rolling. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the paper into a taco shape, sifting the paper back and forth to distribute the bud evenly. It's okay if some flower falls out,you can stuff it in later. Work the weed into a cylinder shape, not so loose that it burns unevenly and not so tight that it restricts airflow.
Tuck one side of the rolling paper into the joint and slowly roll it back towards the adhesive side, tucking in the bud as you go. Lick or wet the sticky adhesive and start at the mouthpiece end to slowly seal the joint.
Once it's sealed, grab a pen, toothpick, or another long cylindrical object to pack down the cannabis towards the mouthpiece. This is where you can add back any weed lost during the rolling phase.
Step 5: Seal the deal
Twist the extra paper at the tip of the joint to seal everything shut.
Finally, it's time to spark up your joint and inhale through the mouthpiece. Enjoy!
Why do people like joints?
Cannabis consumers love joints for a wide variety of reasons. For many, joints serve as the entry point into the cannabis world and smoking. Some like the way terpenes smell as the joint smoke spirals into the air. Others appreciate the fact you only need to spark up once to enjoy a joint, compared to the constant lighting of a pipe or the heavy-duty torching that dabs require.
Joints are also highly mobile, easy to share in a group setting, and easy to store if you want to smoke some and save the rest for a later day. According to an analysis by the RAND Corporation, an average joint fits about 0.32 grams of weed, making it a potent cannabis experience for an individual or enough for everyone when shared in a session. When completed, there's little to clean up except for the roach and some ash.
Many joint rollers find the process of crafting joints therapeutic and consider the ritual an essential part of their consumption process.
Why do people hate joints?
Joints aren't the most efficient way of consuming weed, and many users choose other methods to stretch their budget and maximize the experience of their bud. If you don't smoke a joint fast, the flame on the tip will burn off precious trichomes and terpenes. Joints aren't the best choice for marijuana consumers seeking a leisurely, lengthy smoking session.