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Guides | 03.07.2023

Stop Wasting Weed: Here’s How To Make A Joint Burn Slower

Stop wasting weed and learn how to make joint burn slower with this guide.

It’s not how the joint looks, it’s how it burns. Getting a joint to burn properly—slowly, evenly—can be difficult and mystifying, even for veteran joint rollers. But learning to roll a joint that burns this way will not only improve your smoking experience but save you cannabis that would otherwise go up in smoke.

Sometimes, rolling a slow-burning joint is as easy as choosing the right product and preparing it correctly. But sometimes, you can introduce other products—like honey, or shatter—to slow down the speed at which your joint burns.

Try these simple techniques to make your joints burn slower.

Use Properly Dried & Cured Cannabis

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Curing is the stage of cannabis cultivation that directly follows drying. This is when your freshly dried cannabis is stored in air-tight jars for a prolonged period of time, which helps to rid the cannabis of excess substances that affect the way it will smoke. Think of it as the cannabis version of aging wine.

The length of time in which cannabis flower is cured will affect how slowly and evenly it burns. Uncured or under-cured cannabis may still be too wet to burn properly, meaning you’ll likely end up wasting most of your joint just trying to get it lit.

On the other hand, cannabis that is too dry will burn extremely quickly. The trick is finding cannabis that’s cured for just the right amount of time. If you can find well-cured cannabis, your joints are sure to burn more slowly and evenly.

Check out this Bubba Kush flower from Botany Farms. Not only is it craft made but it also packs quite the punch with its 26% total cannabinoid content that features Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, CBD, and CBG.

Grind Your Cannabis Properly

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Cannabis that isn’t properly ground, can have a significant impact on the way that your joint burns. If you haven’t ground your cannabis enough, for example, the large chunks of cannabis flower will be difficult to light and lead to an extremely uneven smoke.

Just like trying to smoke cannabis that’s too moist, if you’re trying to smoke a joint of improperly ground cannabis, you’ll likely waste a lot of the joint just trying to keep it lit.

Another problem you may run into is having your joint burn unevenly, where little holes form in the sides of your joint, or where only one side of the joint burns (known as “canoeing”.)

To grind your cannabis properly, choose a sturdy grinder that evenly grinds your flower so that all of the little bits of cannabis are about the same size. You should be left with a pile of fluffy-looking, finely ground cannabis.

Just make sure that your cannabis isn’t too finely ground to the point where it looks like powder. If your cannabis is too finely ground, it can also stifle the airflow of your joint. Your ground cannabis shouldn’t resemble little green pebbles, nor fine green sand. Aim for somewhere in-between.

When it comes to grinders, the best one, hands down, is the KLIP by HØJ. This Danish-designed device features a patent-pending system that does not grind your weed at all. Instead, it slices through it, preserving its integrity and maximizing its effect.

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Here are more grinders you should check out:

Best Quality – Cali Crusher 4-Piece Grinder

Best Design – Marley Natural Wood Grinder

Best Value – Mendo Mulcher 4-Piece Grinder

Choose The Right Rolling Papers

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When rolling your joints, blunts, and spliffs, you want to have the best papers at hand. The importance of good paper is often undervalued and it will actually affect your skills and final product so much you’ll regret getting those icky gas station rolling papers.

Rolling papers come in all shapes, sizes, types, and makes. There are papers made from hemp, rice, natural sap, and even transparent cellulose papers. All-in-all, the quality of the product will greatly define the quality of your rolls.

The rule of thumb here is that the thicker the paper, the faster the joint will burn. As a result, stay away from thick rolling papers that look like they’re meant to be written on. Look out for the phrases “thin” or “ultra-thin” on the package of your favored brand.

However, if you’re looking for one of the best brands out there you want to take a look at HOJ. This Scandinavian brand has a solid determination of producing clean and natural supplies and accessories that will elevate the cannabis ritual and user experience you want.

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The type of rolling paper you use will influence how your joint smokes. Hemp-based rolling papers are the most effective. Not only because you’ll be smoking cannabis rolled with hemp, but also because hemp rolling papers burn slower, more evenly, and have fewer burnouts.

Hamp, HOJ’s gold standard for rolling, is considered by many to be the best papers on the market to this date. Their packs have a neat design and tray incorporated into the carton and come with 33 hemp papers, and 32 airflow filter sheets.

Just like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, there’s a golden ticket amongst the papers somewhere. There is a sheet of 24 karat gold paper in every thousandth pack, if you find it you’re the recipient of a free HOJ product!

Use Hash Oil

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Using hash oil won’t just make your joints burn slower. It’ll also get you higher. After you’re done filling your rolling paper with ground cannabis, try dropping some hash oil on top evenly throughout the joint. Or, if your hash oil is particularly sticky, you can try spreading it along the inside or outside of the paper with your dabber, like butter on toast.

Whether you spread your hash oil on the inside or outside of your joint is a personal preference. Either way, the hash oil’s thick, sticky consistency is sure to slow down the burn rate of your joint. Just be careful—as previously mentioned, adding hash oil to your joint will also significantly boost its potency.

If you do add hash oil to your joint, it’s recommended that you smoke less of the joint than you would normally, wait at least 15 minutes, and if you’re not as high as you’d like to be, continue smoking the rest.

Add Honey

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Some cannabis enthusiasts swear by honey as the perfect sticking agent to keep your blunt wraps from uncoiling mid-toke. But what about using honey in a regular joint?

Due to its thick and sticky consistency, adding honey to a regular joint can help slow down the amount of time it takes for your joint to burn. Many also report that it can add a sweet, enjoyable flavor to your joint.

The trick to adding honey to your joint is moderation. If you douse your joint in honey to the point where your rolling paper is sopping wet, sticky, and floppy, you’ve obviously added too much. Stick to the mantra “less is more.”

Simply drizzle a thin line of honey into your rolling paper before adding in your cannabis. Then, using your finger or a butter knife, gently spread the honey evenly across the inside of your paper. This should leave a thin layer of honey on the inside of your rolling paper. Then, add your cannabis and roll your joint up like normal.

PRO TIP: use a CBD honey syringe to make sure your honey is spread out perfectly. Plus, you get the added twist from the CBD.

Another option is to roll the joint first, then roll the outside of the joint in a thin layer of honey. Many people do this, and then roll the sticky outer surface of their joint in kief or more ground cannabis. This can certainly add style points to your joint, as well as slowing down the smoking time.

Just be sure not to spread the honey too far down the joint to the part where you’ll be holding on with your fingers. If you do this, you will end up with sticky, disgusting fingers.

Roll Tight Joints

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If you have too much air flowing through your joint, it will cause it to burn quickly and unevenly. Therefore, rolling your joints tightly will improve their burn. In order to roll a tight joint, you’re going to want to take your time with the “packing” stage of joint rolling.

This is when your cannabis is already sprinkled inside your rolling paper, and you proceed to rub the two sides of the paper up back and forth against each other so that the cannabis inside the paper begins to form a tight log shape.

Once you have this tight log of ground cannabis inside the paper, it’s time to roll it up. Bring the side of the paper closest to you all the way down until the top of the paper is flush with the top of the cannabis log inside the paper.

Then, use one thumb to tuck the top of the paper over the cannabis, and your other thumb to roll the paper upwards, completing the joint.

Doing this properly is simply a matter of practice. There is no mystical secret to rolling a nice, tight joint. You just have to practice, practice, practice. Here’s our guide to rolling a perfect joint.

Just be careful not to roll your joint too tightly. If your joint is too tight, it will prevent any airflow, meaning you will have a difficult time inhaling any smoke.

If rolling is definitely not your forte, invest in a rolling machine that will make perfectly tight cigarette-looking j’s in seconds!

Try A Pre Roll From Insa

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How satisfying it is when you see and touch a perfectly rolled blunt, but it is even better when you smoke it and realize it has top-quality weed. It is similar to when you smoke Insa’s Pre-Rolls, except that they exceed your expectations.

With 20 experienced cultivars who use the best growing practices and the most fantastic strains, Insa’s Pre-rolls are a must-try for anyone who enjoys a good smoke without spending time making the blunt.

For instance, Insa’s Infused Rocket Pre-Rolls are handcrafted to perfection and have double the dosage of average blunts. Thus, it is only for seasoned users. These pre-rolls are infused with concentrates that add potency and pleasure to the sesh.

Or try the Chillums. These are multiple hitters that can hold more weed than classic pre-rolls and have a borosilicate body heat resistant and hard to break.

Insa has locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Check their locations so you can buy from your closest shop.

King Palm Pumpkin Cream Mini Rolls

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The Pumpkin Cream Mini Rolls are some of the tastiest joints you will ever have. They will indulge your tongue in a long-lasting sesh. The Pumpkin Cream Mini Rolls are a hundred percent natural and tobacco-free blunts wrapped with Cordia leaves. These leaves make the mini rolls burn slowly and preserve their flavor.

Besides, when it comes to flavors, there is no rival for the King Palm’s Mini Rolls. Gently squeeze the Pumpkin Cream blunt to release its robust pumpkin taste. It is hard to resist their aroma.

Plus, you can smoke them carefreely, knowing that there are no harmful chemicals in your mini roll. Instead, their smoke is clean and smooth. Also, the corn husk filter will take care of your lungs.

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