How to Roll a Joint (5 Easy Steps)
It’s the old school method that has held fast for decades in spite of the availability of bongs, pipes, vaporizers, and fancy modern setups—rolling a joint to smoke your weed. Whether you’re a new weed enthusiast or you’re a bonafide cannabis expert, you’ll want to know how to roll a joint. The process is quick, the materials are cheap, and the outcome is pretty much always the same. So let’s look at the most straightforward process for joint-rolling and a few little extras you may want to know.
How to Roll a Joint: The Simple Steps
1. Grind your weed
Grinding evens out the flower so you get consistent sizes and a consistent burn. If you don’t have your own grinder, break down the bud a bit by hand and remove any seeds or steamy pieces you find along the way.
2. Make a crutch or grab a filter
If you plan to use a crutch or filter, you can make one out of heavy paper by rolling a rectangular piece into a half-inch long piece. Or, you can make things simple and pick up some pre-made crutches or filters for rolling.
3. Load it up
With your paper laid out flat and your crutch or filter placed on one end, scoop up the paper in your hand and hold it between two fingers like a taco shell. Sprinkle your bud evenly across the paper in a slim line. Remember, the more you load the harder it will be to get a good roll.
4. Roll it up
Pinch the paper together into a sort of taco shape. Carefully, roll the paper in a back and forth motion to get the weed evenly distributed and pack it into a tubular shape. You want the weed loose enough that it burns because of good airflow but tight enough that the thing doesn’t just burn up in just a few hits. When you’re satisfied with the layout and pack, start tucking the non-adhesive end over the bud and rolling as you go.
5. Seal it up
Joint papers come preloaded with a thin strip of adhesive that is activated with moisture. So, when you’re happy with the layout and form, run your tongue along the glue strip lightly and slowly seal the joint by pressing the adhesive to the roll.
Difference Between Using a Filter vs No Filter
Filters have their perks, even though not every joint-roller uses them. For one, a simple crutch lets you smoke your weed all the way to the end with no waste involved. Plus, you won’t be scorching your lips trying to get the final hits. Filters can vary; some are simple like crutches but others are actual filters meant to filter out some of the tar from the smoke.
3 Reasons to Mix CBD Flower into Your Joints
If you have access to high-quality CBD flower, this can be especially valuable when rolling your own joints as well. Check out some ways to use hemp flower to roll your own joints below.
1. Add CBD Flower to Reap the Therapeutic Benefits
CBD (cannabidiol) has been shown to bring a lot to the table when it comes to therapeutic potential. Some desirable properties of CBD include:
- Anti-nausea properties
- Anxiolytic properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Antioxidant properties
While a lot of standard, high-THC cannabis contains some level of CBD, it may not be enough to reap the full benefits. Adding CBD flower to your regular cannabis may up the therapeutic potential of the experience.
2. Practice Rolling Your Own with Less-Expensive Flower
If you are totally new to rolling your own, it can be a little intimidating to start out with high-dollar cannabis that you don’t want to ruin by over-handling it. To practice your hand at rolling, pick up some hemp flower instead. The flower buds are relatively the same and the process doesn’t change. However, you won’t feel like you’re making a mess out of flower that you paid good money for at the dispensary.
3. Mix High-CBD Flower with Regular Cannabis to Lower the Potency
Perhaps you picked up some super-potent weed and discovered that it’s just a bit too much for your liking. Mixing a bit of CBD flower with the high-potency cannabis can help soften that high THC content, so you feel more comfortable using what you have. As an adage, CBD is known to reduce some of those undesirable side effects that can come along with high levels of THC, such as anxiety and paranoia.
What About Rolling Blunts?
Rolling blunts is a totally different process than rolling a joint. Blunts are bigger, require more weed, and are wrapped in either a pre-made cigar that has been emptied or a wrap that’s made from a tobacco leaf. While you are still essentially rolling your weed into a wrapper, working with the thicker material can be harder and you have to start with a fresh, humidified leaf or wrap to have a good finish.
Roll Your Joints with Only the Finest Filler
Rolling a joint can take a little trial and error, but when you have it down, you have a quick and easy way to get your smoke on whenever you want. Whether you’re a new roller or a seasoned pro, always start the process with top-shelf cannabis. Take a look at our selection of strains at Silver Therapeutics.