Whether you are a virgin-joint-roller or are a veteran looking to brush up on your skills it never hurts to work on your joint rolling technique. It would be an under There are three main methods to rolling joints: pre-rolls, using a rolling machine, and hand rolling. Grab your grinder and get down to learning how to roll a joint.
Packing pre-rolled cones
With the proliferation of ready-made cones, pre-rolls have become the most convenient method of making a joint by far. All you need to do is grind up some bud (stem free!) and stuff it in the paper. You can mix in kief or a bit of hash—just make sure that it’s incorporated into the flower and not in its own layer or the joint will have trouble staying lit evenly.
Be sure to pack the bud down into the cone when you roll. You can do this in two ways: either push it into the paper with something like the back of a pen or an orange stick or just hold the open end of the joint and flick the joint loosely against your palm a couple of times to get the weed to settle down. The latter method tends to be better, not just because it eliminates the likelihood of accidentally poking through the paper, but also because it’s harder to over-pack a joint this way (which can also make it hard to keep the joint lit).
Rolling joints using a rolling machine
Machines are the unsung heroes of making even, fat joints. You can grab a rolling machine at any head shop for around $2; it’s a little plastic rig with a roller stretched over it. Using it is easy once you get the hang of things, though you might end up with a mess the first few attempts (make sure you’re doing this on a big, clear surface like a table—it’s easy to end up covered with weed the first few times you try it out).
Orient the machine so that the roller you pull down is facing you. Put ground up flower onto the sheet between the two rollers and close it up so that they’re touching one another. (Like with any rolling method, make sure to take the stems out of your bud!) Spin the rollers up and against one another so that the weed condenses into a tube-like shape, and then stick the paper in glue-side up and facing you. (It’s important to get the direction right so that your kush doesn’t get stuck outside of the paper.) Push the front roller up, holding them both together, and when the glue is ready to sink into the machine give the strip a lick before rolling it all up quickly, so the glue doesn’t stick to the plastic belt.
Rolling your own joint
Hand-rolling is generally what people start out with, but it’s arguably the hardest method of rolling. There are plenty of tips and tricks to it—using a filter properly, rolling in a cone shape instead of a cylindrical one, making the perfectly twisted tip to avoid canoeing—but when it comes down to rolling you really just want to get the basics down before branching out into making ridiculous joints.
The trick is finding the right size paper—single wide, the smallest size can be a little tough to get the hang of, but so too can the large king size papers. It’s best to start out with papers that are around 1 ¼, giving you enough space to maneuver but not so much paper that it gets in the way.
Fold your rolling paper in half and grind up a bunch of stem-free weed to put in the center. Roll the ends of the paper against one another to pack the weed, then slip in the properly sized filter of your choice (an accordion fold or simple roll are the easiest, but there are plenty of crutch choices available).
For a straight roll be sure to keep the edges of the paper even as you roll the front edge into the back of the sheet and down behind your weed. Lick the glue strip and close the paper up. For a conical roll, start rolling the paper at the filter side of the joint, making sure that the open end’s paper is held slightly higher as it’s rolled into the back side of the sheet. Lick it closed; you might need to put some more weed into the end and then shake it to pack like you would with the pre-rolled cone.
With these three techniques under your belt, you’ll be the center of attention at the next smoke sesh.