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Guides | 04.26.2024

How To To Roll A Joint With Gum Wrapper: A Step By Step Guide

When life gives you gum, roll a joint.

Caught without rolling papers?

Using a gum wrapper as an impromptu rolling paper is a clever hack when you’re stuck without the essentials.

Before you dive in, remember this method is best reserved for those moments when you’re truly in a pinch and shouldn’t replace your regular papers.

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of turning that gum wrapper into a smooth-burning joint.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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You’ll need:

  • A gum wrapper

  • Cannabis of choice

  • Grinder or alternative to grind cannabis

  • Filter (optional)
  • Lighter

Step 2: Prepare Your Gum Wrapper By Removing Aluminium

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Carefully separate the aluminum foil from the gum wrapper’s paper layer. Find an edge where the foil meets the paper and gently peel it apart.

If they’re too difficult to separate, try using a lighter and heating the edge of the wrapper.

The heat can slightly loosen the adhesive, making it easier to peel the foil away. Be very cautious with this method to avoid burning the paper or inhaling any fumes.

This is often the trickiest part, so take your time and peel the paper slowly to avoid ripping.

Step 3: Flatten And Prepare The Wrapper

Once the foil is removed, flatten out the paper wrapper to remove any creases or folds. This makes sure that it will roll smoothly and hold its shape.

Step 4: Grind Your Cannabis

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Use your grinder to grind the cannabis to a consistency that’s not too fine but evenly broken down. This will help your joint roll better and burn smoother.

Step 5: Create A Filter (Optional)

If you prefer your joints with a filter, cut a small piece of paper or cardboard and roll it into a tight spiral. This helps stabilize your joints and prevents any flower from entering your mouth.

Step 6: Arrange Your Cannabis

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Spread your ground cannabis in a line along the center of the gum wrapper. Be careful not to overload the wrapper to prevent it from tearing or being unable to close.

Step 7: Begin To Roll

The rolling process is the same as a regular joint – pinch the wrapper between your fingertips and gently roll back and forth to shape the cannabis into a cylinder. Once shaped, tuck the edge of the wrapper under the cannabis and continue rolling tightly.

Step 8: Dampen Joint To Seal

Moisten the edge of the wrapper lightly with your tongue or a small drop of water on your finger (if it’s not self-adhesive). Carefully press and seal the joint all along its length.

Step 9: Let Your Gum Wrapper Joint Dry

Allow the joint to dry slightly so the seal sets firmly. For extra security, you can dab a small amount of honey or syrup along the edge to reinforce the seal.

Step 10: Check For Airflow

Before lighting, check the airflow by drawing on the unlit joint. If it feels too tight or loose, adjust the packing slightly by tapping the joint on a hard surface or using your tamping tool.

Step 11: Enjoy!

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Once your joint is sealed and dry, it’s ready to be enjoyed. Light it up responsibly, and admire your resourcefulness!

This guide turns a sticky situation into a cool solution. Remember, while rolling a joint with a gum wrapper isn’t ideal for every day, it’s a fantastic trick to have up your sleeve when you’re in a pinch.

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