Learning how to roll a proper joint is a coming-of-age life lesson right up there with riding a bike, changing a car tire, or cooking a good meal. It’s a skill you learn once and never forget. And while it looks easy, every veteran joint-roller will remember the frustration and difficulty of rolling that first joint: the paper is impossibly light and finicky, the weed spills out all over the place, and licking the glue strip mostly just results in a mouthful of marijuana grounds.
But once you get the hang of it, there is hardly another task on earth as satisfying as rolling the perfect joint. It’s practically an art form. Joint rolling is also a profoundly meditative process—like gardening or knitting— that, in many ways, is just as relaxing as smoking the joint itself.
Getting the hang of joint rolling can take some time, so be patient with it. Maybe consider smoking first, then sitting down with a gram of marijuana and pack of rolling papers. If you’re worried about wasting your weed with countless un-smokable joints during the learning stages, some recommend using a product of similar consistency in the beginning, like oregano or coffee grounds.
But whatever you do, no matter how tempting it is, never, ever waste your money on a “joint rolling machine.” Not only are they difficult to use, but they roll terrible joints. (Plus, come on, that’s just embarrassing.)
The following video will walk you through the joint rolling process, step by step, so that the only “joint rolling machine” you ever own is your own fingertips.