How to Roll a Joint: Guide

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The joint is one of the most well-known methods to consume marijuana, and it’s a fantastic method to enjoy the taste of flower. Every cannabis user should be familiar with how to roll a joint. There are many different opinions on how to properly wrap one up, but whatever you do, make sure it burns evenly and smoothly.

How much weed is in a joint?

A 1/2 gram of weed and a 1 1/4 size rolling paper is recommended when you’re starting out. This is enough marijuana to serve two people, and beginning on the small side will make rolling the joint easier.

Most pre-rolls sold in shops are a full gram, with some available in 2-packs of half-grams.

You can progress to king-sized papers and full-gram joints, as well as expand your smoking area, when you master rolling.

How to choose the right rolling paper

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Rolling papers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, as well as different tastes.


The most common size for rolling joints in 1¼ papers is 1.1 inches by 3.1 inches, which is suited to crutches and filters. They have a width of 1.4 inches and a length of 3.1 inches. Orange Zig-Zags are one type of 1¼ paper.

A single narrow is a cigar that measures 1 inch in diameter and less. Single wides are roughly the same size as 1¼s, with a diameter of around 10cm. White Zig-Zags are a typical kind of single wide paper.

The 1½ paper is wider than the 1¼ paper; therefore, it allows for bigger joints.

King-size papers are also popular, which are usually wider and longer than the ones mentioned above. They’re ideal for rolling a huge smoking circle.

You may also get rolls or paper, which might be any of the above sizes and up to 16 feet long—just tear off a piece for how ever long you want a joint to be.

Regular and slim (or thin) versions are available for all of the above sizes; slims have a finer texture and less paper taste, but they’re more fragile.


Rolling papers were formerly solely constructed of tree pulp, but nowadays they can be made from a variety of different materials, including:

  • Hemp
  • Rice
  • Bamboo
  • Flax

Although certain papers may be bleached, the majority are not. Some papers include charcoal to help them burn more quickly, however this is not always the case. Brown papers are frequently unbleached and natural. Make sure to look for any additives in the wrap before purchasing.

Gold leaf, rose petals, goji berries, cellulose, and a variety of other materials are used to create novelty rolling papers.

Flavored papers

Rolling papers can also be purchased in a variety of tastes. These have been flavored or infused with ingredients, thus they are not natural.


Consider investing in a cone if you’re new to rolling joints. These are pre-shaped conical joints with a crutch at the end, similar to rolling papers.

Simply crush up some weed, fill the cone with it, and tamp it down using a tamping rod that’s generally provided or a pen or chopstick.

How to roll a joint

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Here’s a quick seven-step guide for rolling a traditional cone joint, even for novices.

Start by gathering your rolling supplies:

  • Cannabis strain of your choice
  • Rolling papers
  • Crutch (for the joint tip)
  • Cannabis grinder
  • Optional: A pen or other thin object to help pack the joint

Step 1: Grind the cannabis

On a small scale, grind down your cannabis using a grinder. The consistency of the joint is improved by grinding cannabis; rolling is easier; and the fire on all sides burns uniformly when you use a grinder. A grinder also prevents your hands from becoming sticky and adhering to the rolling paper.

Damp cannabis should break down very easily if it is properly dried. If you don’t have a grinder, use scissors or your hands to chop up the herb.

Step 2: Create a crutch or filter

Make a crutch, also known as a tip or filter, out of wood. Begin by forming a few “accordion” folds in the crutch and then rolling it to the desired width of your joint.

Filter tips, which are thin yet sturdy papers, are the most versatile crutches. You can create a crutch out of just about anything, but we suggest filter tips, which are slender yet firm pieces of paper. Business cards or rolling paper packs may also be used as bones.

A crutch isn’t required, but it provides stability to the joint and allows you to enjoy cannabis without burning your fingertips. It also aids in preventing shake from falling out of the end or into your mouth as you smoke.

Step 3: Fill the rolling paper with cannabis

Take off a third of the paper, fold it in half and roll it up tightly. Place the crutch on one end of the rolling paper and fill it with shake. You may start to shape and form the joint with your hands after you’ve put enough—a half-gram to a full gram usually works well.

A word on papers: Rolling papers come in a variety of different forms and flavors. Many people like hemp papers since they are thin but durable, burn evenly without affecting the flavor of your marijuana, and are not biodegradable as many other paper products are.

Step 4: Roll the joint

It’s time to roll the paper once you’ve loaded and formed your joint. Roll the paper back and forth between your fingertips to force the cannabis into its final cone shape.

Step 5: Seal the joint

The quality of your joint may be determined by this step. Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll, then wrap it up and lick an edge of the glued portion to tack down one end with just a little bit of moisture.

Pro tip: Stick the crutch-side of the paper to a clean, smooth surface and roll it over itself. Work your way down the rest of the seam by tucking and sealing each join as you go.

Step 6: Pack the joint

Last but not least, fill the open end of the joint to aid in the burning of an equal amount. A pen is ideal, although you may use anything thin as long as it’s wide enough.

If you’re on the go, a shoelace tip, a hoodie drawstring, or even a little stick are all good options. Give the end of your shoelace a twist to seal it if you aren’t going to smoke your joint right away.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Tips for rolling the perfect joint

Rolling a joint is difficult to master. You might not be able to make the ideal cone your first attempt, but don’t give up; you’ll get the hang of it eventually. Here are some helpful guidelines for rolling a great joint.

  • Use a grinder. When weed is the same consistency, it’s easier to roll. When breaking down cannabis with a grinder, you’ll save time and money.
  • Remove sticks and stems. You can avoid this problem by ensuring that the hemp is pre-tensioned before it goes into your joint.
  • Be gentle; start with thick papers. Joint rolling is a difficult art that requires a light touch. For novices, avoid using papers that are thin or slim.
  • Don’t over-roll. A new type of joint-roller is prone to roll and re-roll in order to try and tuck in the paper. A few rolls between the thumb and finger should be sufficient; more than that, the wrist might be difficult to draw when smoking.
  • Tuck in one side first. To make an even joint, take the paper and fold it in half. Tuck one corner of the paper into place, usually the side with your dominant hand. Then smooth out any wrinkles and tuck in the rest of the paper.
  • Lick delicately. The gum of the paper does not need a lot of saliva to seal. This will make the paper damp if used excessively.
  • Pack it, and twist it. To prevent the weed from falling out, use the end of a pen or a chopstick to lightly press it down. Then turn it upside down so that the grass doesn’t fall out.

Different ways to roll a joint

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Rolling a joint is a bit more complicated than it appears. You may roll them huge or tiny, and you can get fancy if you like. Some people have made joint rolling into an art form, creating custom blends of functional origami such as Tony Greenhand.

A great way to help roll a joint is to use a dollar bill. Simply fold a dollar bill in half and fill it with your ground cannabis. Roll it back and forth, then place a rolling paper behind it and wrap it up. It’s that simple.

A double joint (two joints crossing in the middle, giving you three ends to light) is one alternative that might also work. A pinner (a tiny joint) is another option. An L joint or tulip, which has additional cannabis in the tip, are other options for rolling joints.

What to use when you’re out of rolling papers

Rolling papers are readily available and very inexpensive. For less than $3 a pack, you can get them at any gasoline station or corner store. They aren’t necessarily high-end quality, but if you’re in a bind, the papers from the corner shop will do just fine.

You may also mix cigarettes and cigars with marijuana by filling the tobacco with cannabis instead. Keep in mind that the flavor and effect of tobacco will combine with the marijuana, resulting in a more potent spliff or blunt.

If you ran out of papers, we recommend smoking cannabis in a different manner, such as via a pipe or bong. Here’s how to make an apple pipe if you don’t have any glassware.

We do not suggest using alternative paper for rolling papers. Alternative materials include toilet paper, gum wrappers, and bible pages, but they are not intended to be inhaled and may contain chemicals or toxins that are harmful to your lungs and body.

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