How to Roll and Smoke a Joint (or Blunt)

The Joint Master: 10 Impressive Ways to Roll a Joint

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Sometimes there is no better way to kick back and relax than to pull out a nice fresh joint and light up. Life is stressful and whether you are using cannabis for its medicinal purposes, or because you like to unwind in style, a good joint will always get the job done. We hope you enjoy this article and make sure to give us feedback on the 10 Impressive Ways to Roll a Joint.

But what happens when the bag runs dry, and you need to roll a joint or two and build up a fresh supply? Do you know the best way to roll a joint? How to get the most enjoyment out of your weed before you need to restock your supplies?

Gone are the days of simply rolling a fat spliff and that being the end of it. Joint rolling in 2017 is bordering on becoming an art form.

With marijuana laws changing and more and more states recognizing that smoking the green leaf is a good way to unwind, knowing how to roll a joint is going to become a skill that can help you well in different social circles.

Knowing how to roll a great joint will make you a popular cat to have around, and being able to roll a superb joint in a number of ways will have your reputation preceding you wherever you go…within the smoking circle at least.


How to Roll a Joint

Now that we’ve introduced the topic thoroughly, let’s take a close look at how to roll a joint. But without any further ado, let’s welcome Wiz Khalifa as he show us how to roll the perfect joint.

Step 1: Acquire the Paper

First things first, you are going to need to get yourself some paper. The good news is that you can get joint papers at just about any local convenience store, head shop, tobacco store or online on Amazon.

There are lots of different shapes, styles and materials, but it is ultimately a pretty low stakes decision. No matter what, the paper you choose will get the job done, but, personally, I’d go unrefined organic hemp paper a.k.a RAWS.

Step 2: The Filter

You’ll also need a filter to make the smoke a little bit less harsh. You can purchase filters at the same places that you get your paper or make them easily enough with a few things that you probably already have on hand.

Most filters, or crutches as they are called when you have to improvise, are just made out of stiff paper or cardboard. You can use envelope paper, index cards, or anything else that is firm enough to the end of the joint firm and structurally intact.

Then make a decent small crutch by simply rolling up your selected material so that it makes a cylinder shape that will fit nicely in the end of your joint.

You can also roll a good crutch by folding the paper in an accordion style. The idea is to make the fold tight enough to stay rolled but not so tight that you will have a hard time taking a good drag from the eventual joint that ensues.

Now that you know how to roll a filter, it’s time to get right into the thick of it.

Step 3: Make a Paper Boat

Now it’s time to do what the connoisseurs call, making a boat. The paper should come out of the box semi folded. Simply crease the paper along the pre-folded line to create a more distinct boat style shape.

Then twist one end of the joint paper. This will be the front of your joint, and by twisting it, you’ll be sure that none of your cannabis will fall out once it is placed in the paper.

Step 4: Grind Your Bud

Now comes time to grind the bud. You can use your fingers to perform this next step but it is usually best that you use a grinder for the best consistent results.

Remember not to over grind. Grinding the bud up too much will leave you with a joint that is un-smokable because there will be no airflow.

Step 5: Fill the Joint Up & Add Filter

Next, it is time to fill up the joint paper with your cannabis and filter. Carefully place your filter at the opposite end of the twist and add the grounded up bud in the middle of the boat, mindful that you don’t spill it.

Step 6: Roll Your Boat

Now that the joint is packed, it’s time to tuck the paper in. To do this, you essentially pinch the straight edges of the paper and roll them together. You will then want to roll the paper all the way up to the very end, and then lick the top the same way you would an envelope to seal it.

Step 7: Smoke it!

Now for the best part. Light the end that has been sealed with the twist, then prime it by rapidly puffing the filtered end to burn off the excess paper. After that, you should have no trouble figuring out what comes next. After all, it’s not that hard to figure out how to smoke a joint!

Guidelines on how to roll a joint

In this section, we will give a step-by-step guideline on how to perfect your joint rolling skills. These are the traditional ways of rolling a joint with no tricks or any fancy equipment.

Breaking down the buds

Breaking down the buds

The first thing to learn is how to break your buds

The first thing to learn is how to break your buds into a smoke able consistency. Some people, very few I might add smoke their weed without using pipes or papers but I can assure you that this is very dangerous as it takes a toll on the lungs. Preparing the weed makes it easier to smoke and with better effects.

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Step Two

Prepare a filter

Using a filter is optional and many weed smokers p

Using a filter is optional and many weed smokers prefer not to use it. The main aim of a filter is to prevent loose weed form getting into your mouth as you smoke. It also prevents resin from getting into the mouthpiece and burning your fingers. The reason why some people do not like using filters is because they bring out the taste of paper, which becomes more prevalent as you continue smoking. This dilutes the real taste of weed.

If you choose to use a filter, take a piece of it and fold one end into the W shape. Then take another filter paper and roll it tightly around the W shape making sure there are no gaps in between. Note that you can have whatever shape you want and not necessary the W shape. If you choose to skip this step, then go direct to the next one.

Step Three

Place your weed on paper

The paper is everything when it comes to rolling up a joint. If you choose not to use a filter, then it is fine but if you want to go with the filter, select one side for it on your rolling paper before placing the weed. In many cases, there are two styles to roll up your joint. One is the pinner and the other is the bat. Before putting your weed, you must first make a decision on the style you want to use.

A pinner looks just like a cigarrete while bats have the shape of a cone with one end being much larger than the other end. Many people prefer the pinner because you get an even hit all throughout the puff. Solo smokers prefer the bat style because all they want are the first few puffs to feel a high. The more they continue smoking, the less weed they smoke and they can choose to either smoke to the end or toss the remaining part away.

After deciding the style to go with, sprinkle your weed into the joint making an even spread if you are using the pinner style. If you go with the bat style, sprinkle less weed at the filter end and increase the amount as you move from the end. Once you are through with this, you can now start shaping your joint.

All you need for shaping the joint are your thumbs and forefingers. Roll the non-sticky part up and down slowly until your joint takes the shape you desire. After this make the joint tighter ensuring that, there are no gaps in between.

Step Four

Tucking in your joint

For some people, this step is a bit tricky and it

For some people, this step is a bit tricky and it needs mastering. For a good tuck, start at the end of the filter, slowly tucking the paper around the weed and move your thumb to the other side to tuck in the rest of the weed.

Step Five

Rolling and licking

After you are certain that your tuck looks okay, roll your joint until the glue end of the filter. Once you are here, apply some moisture on the glue area and slowly, pat it down on one side. Continue gluing in the rest of joint until you are sure you have left nothing unsealed.

At this point, you can light up your weed but you still need to be sure that you are getting the best out of your roll. Ensure that the roll is tight and before lighting it up, push in the weed from the end of your filter. You can use anything with a small blunt tip to help you achieve the perfect push.

When you are pushing the weed down, ensure that it fills all the gaps in the joint by pushing it all in closer together. Also, make sure that you leave some space for airflow by not packing in down too much weed. If you put too much, your joint will just burn and you may have nothing to smoke even if you take in huge pulls.

Step Six

Twisting and lighting

Here comes the final step of your joint rolling. T

Here comes the final step of your joint rolling. The twisting and lighting part will depend on whether you are rolling your joint to smoke right away or rolling it o smoke later. If you are planning to save it for a later date, then you will need to shut the end of your joint. This you can only do by twisting.

If you look at your joint after you finish rolling, you will notice that the opposite of the filter is only paper with no weed. To make sure you keep the weed inside the joint safe and fresh, put a little moisture on the end of the filter and twist the paper shut. If you are not saving it for later, just go ahead, light up your joint and enjoy the high.

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If you’ve managed to make it through this extensive rolling guide, I think it’s safe to say you can roll a joint now.

At the end of the day, it takes practice.

Perfection is only achieved through repetition, and it’s only natural to struggle at first.

Remember, we can’t all be Tony Greenhand.

Don’t worry, though, it’s a ride of passage, and once you master it, it will be a skill that never leaves you.

Anything you would like me to add to this guide on how to roll a joint for beginners?

Did it help you get over the hump and start rolling some masterpieces?

Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

How to roll a joint inside-out

Inside-out joints, also known as dutch joints, are very similar in size and shape to regular cone joints. However, there is one small difference in the way the joint is rolled.

Inside-out joints are rolled with the sticky part of the rolling paper on the “wrong” side.

So, keep the sticky part of the paper on the outside, fill it up with weed, and gently roll up the joint to the point that the sticky part is touching the rest of the paper.

Lick the rolling paper (the sticky part) on the outside of the joint, and stick the paper to it by constantly rolling it up.


Once you roll it up all the way to the top, give it a minute to dry and stick, and feel free to rip off the excess paper.

Inside-out joints are favored among people who don’t like the taste of paper, so this technique is perfect for when you want to get the full taste of the weed.

How to Roll a Joint Dollar Bill


You’re not going to be smoking a dollar bill!

Instead, you’re using the dollar bill as a makeshift joint roller to roll perfect joints quickly and effortlessly every time.

How to roll a cross joint

Cross joints gained in popularity ever since Seth Rogen introduced them to the world on the big screen in his movie Pineapple Express.

Basically, what you will need to do is roll 2 joints, one thicker and longer and one shorter, approximately the same thickness as the crutch.

Once you’ve rolled the bigger joint, use a needle to punch through it near the top, approximately two-thirds way from the crutch.

Punch the hole through the joint on both sides, and slowly and gently expand the hole with the needle.

Once you’ve expanded the hole on both sides, try to slide the thinner joint through the hole on both ends.

Use some sticky tape from the rolling papers (cut the top of the paper with scissors) to secure the cross part so that it doesn’t fall out.

Other ways to roll a joint

There are countless ways to roll a joint. You can roll them big or small. Get creative! Some people have even transformed joint rolling into an art all on its own, rolling their cannabis into a unique mix of functional origami.

Another trick is to use a dollar bill to help roll a joint. Simply fold a dollar bill in half and put your ground weed in it. Roll it back and forth, slip a rolling paper behind it, roll it up, and give it a lick. Easy peasy.

Other joint variants you can try rolling are a cross joint (two joints crossed in the middle, giving you three ends to light), a pinner (a thin joint), or an L joint or tulip, which have extra amounts of weed in the tip.Will Hyde and Pat Goggins contributed to this article.


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