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Guides | 12.02.2021

Six Tips For Rolling Better Joints

Get ready to become the next roller of your friend group.

When it comes to joint rolling, “practice makes perfect” can be a fun process. Grab some paper and improve your rolling technique—and then smoke all those beautiful joints you have crafted.

But aside from simply sitting down and practicing, from the papers you choose to how you grind your cannabis, there are a few things you can do to ensure the optimal joint rolling process.

Here are our tips for rolling better joints.

Stay Organized By Having A Tray

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One of the best ways to have better joints is to have everything organized. If your flower is spread around or you are leaving your leftovers on your dinner table, you might want to consider getting a tray like Matriarch’s Jay Mill.

Not only it has a classy, timeless design with its 100% Black Walnut wood, but it’s also great to keep your paper, flower, and other accessories around.

It has several compartments, so everything stays at your reach while rolling. Even if some ground goodies slip it out, its tray will keep them so you can have some leftover joints later.

These compartments also help keep your paper flat and not squished in a drawer, and you can even keep glass or acrylic jars for your flower or wax within reach.

Having a dedicated tray to roll can help you improve your joints by having everything ready and organized.

Sometimes rolling on a table or your lap in a pinch might be the reason they open up and get everywhere, so think about the organization as a critical factor when rolling.

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Choose The Right Papers

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The paper you choose might be the most critical decision you ever make.

There are many different rolling papers available on the market, made from other materials. Higher quality or eco papers will have fewer contaminants.

You can also buy papers with flavor added if you like some extra taste, but those may have artificial dyes, bleaches, or other toxins (if you’re worried about health risks or the environment).

Choose a rolling paper that doesn’t add a bad taste to the joint, as some papers leave an aftertaste that not everyone likes.

Papers that are thin and burn evenly and slowly are best. Some people prefer hemp rolling papers because they don’t burn between puffs.

For a superior rolling paper try Zig-Zag’s original papers. 

BONUS TIP: If you like carrying papers with you, buy a rolling paper protector.

It sounds lame, but it stops the papers from bending and tearing, making them easier to use.

Grind It Good

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Although it’s not necessary to have a grinder, it’s helpful to have one. They save time in the rolling process and provide a place to store your weed if you’re transporting it.

It also makes it easier to grind the herb evenly. Fine-grinding ensures that you won’t use as much marijuana, saving you money.

Plus, you can get a grinder to show off your personality.

Don’t rush the grinding. Take your time breaking down the weed, so you can be sure it rolls more evenly.

Remove all stems and make sure the buds are broken into smaller pieces. This protects your paper from tearing.

Want the ultimate grinding experience? Try the KLIP. This revolutionary unit slices through your weed instead of grinding it, preserving the trichomes and making your weed stronger.

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Master Your Method

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We aren’t judging, but your rolling expertise can have a massive effect on how good your smoking experience is.

Roll it too tight, and there won’t be enough airflow. Roll it too loose, and the joint will taste bad.

Aim for just right. Easy, no?

If you’ve never rolled a joint before or want to be sure you’re using the optimal method, peruse this guide on how to roll a joint.

The Wiz Khalifa Method

If you’re still struggling with rolling a joint or are having trouble keeping your cannabis from falling out of the rolling paper, you could find worse advice than that of Wiz Khalifa.

Khalifa—a bonafide cannabis king—released a video a few years back that gives a fresh take on joint rolling and is especially helpful for beginners.

You can watch the full video here, but his advice more or less boils down to one simple step in the joint rolling process. Before adding cannabis to his rolling paper, Khalifa takes the bottom corner of the paper, on the opposite side that the filter will go into, and he twists it.

Even expert joint rollers know that one of the most frustrating parts of rolling is when cannabis spills out of the end of the joint and onto the floor.

It creates an unnecessary mess, and worse, is a colossal waste of cannabis.

But by twisting up this bottom corner of the paper, you’re able to create a bowl-like shape at the end of the paper that perfectly contains your cannabis and prevents it from spilling out.

After you’ve twisted up the end, simply proceed to roll the joint, then tuck the filter in at the end.

One Last Quality Check

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When rolling, avoid placing all your ground herb in the center of the paper—too much weed here can cause it to roll unevenly.

Instead, spread it out to both sides, with less in the middle. As you roll, it’ll even out.

While you roll the joint, give the last feel for seeds, stems, or uneven pieces and remove any that you find.

It takes a few extra moments at this stage, but it makes for a better smoking experience overall.

The Roach

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A roach (sometimes called a crutch or a tip) is a piece of tightly rolled cardboard placed at the end of the joint when rolling to prevent it from closing.

A joint with a closed-end is harder and more frustrating to smoke, so a roach keeps the smoking process pleasant. The roach also helps direct the flow of smoke and prevents weed from falling into your mouth (unless you’re into that sort of thing).

Even better, it prevents your lips and fingers from getting burned.

Who said practicing wasn’t fun?

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