How to Roll a Joint for Beginners: Step By Step Tutorial

Joints, J’s, doobies, spliffs, Dutch cigs, reefers, whatever you call them — they’ve been around for quite some time.

Joints have been the staple mark of the weed industry since its initial days. Back when cigarette weren’t sold in packs and boxes, the art of rolling a perfect cigarette was truly appreciated.

Today, rolling is almost exclusively reserved for cannabis enthusiasts.

Rolling a joint is one of the first things cannabis lovers learn when we first start experimenting with marijuana.

While blunts and glass accessories have a large fan base within the US and Canada, joints are perhaps the most common way of smoking cannabis in the world.

If you’ve never rolled a joint in your life, this will be a great opportunity for you to get a hang of it and learn the process of rolling a joint.

If this is indeed your first joint ever, it might not look the way you imagine it, but by following the process and repeating it countless times you’ll get there really quick.

Gather your tools!

Rolling tools

For rolling a joint you will need the following:

  • Half a gram of cannabis
  • Rolling papers – make sure you have more than one
  • Grinder (optional)
  • A piece of hard cardboard for a filter

Step 1: Break down the bud

Breaking the bud

If you have the weed strain of your choice at hand, grab a grinder (if you have one) as it will make the process of breaking down weed a lot easier.

Don’t forget that strains that tend to be stickier are more prone to being harder to grind and you may have to break down those nugs by hand.

If you don’t have a grinder you can also do it by hand.

Step 2: Make a crutch A.K.A the filter

Crutch a.k.a. joint filter

Most people prefer smoking joints with a crutch, otherwise known as a joint filter. They are usually made of thin cardboard sheets or thicker paper.

Some rolling papers usually come packed with as many filters as there are papers in the box so buying those types of paper can spare you the hustle of finding the perfect filter material right before going through this tutorial.

The easiest way to make a filter is to take a piece of thick paper and fold the first few millimeters of it 2-3 times and then roll it up in the same direction.

This will make it so that weed residue won’t go into your mouth through the filter hole in the middle of it.

Step 3: Fill the paper and pack the weed

Filling the paper

Some people consider packing the joint properly to be the hardest part about rolling a joint. The way we at Greencamp do it is as follows:

  1. Put the filter on one side of the paper, with the sticky part of it being on the upper side and turned towards you.
  2. Take the weed that you previously grinded and put it in the paper. You want to have a bit less of it by the filter and a bit more at the end in order to get that cone shape we are hoping for.
  3. Take the bottom side of the paper (the non-sticky side) and pinch it together with the upper side.
  4. Begin forming the joint by pressing the weed down, and dragging the bottom part of the paper downwards as well.

Step 4: Roll it up

Rolling a joint

As you are pressing and pushing the weed down with your fingers, start rolling it up slowly with your filter thumb.

The other thumb should be going upwards from the filter, tucking in the bottom side of the rolling paper.

Doing this simultaneously while rolling the filter upwards will start giving it the cone shape.

Lick the sticky part of the upper side of the paper and slowly keep rolling the joint.

Step 5: Wrap it up

Wrapping a joint

Stick a cigarette filter (or something of similar shape and weight) into the top of the joint and tap the filter against a hard surface a few times in order to pack your joint better.

Wrap the top and light up your first joint.

Congratulations — you’ve made it.

Tell us your techniques

What’s your favorite way to roll a joint?

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Writing how-to’s and consumption tutorials. Experienced cannabis user that is also in great love with Amsterdam. Ancient meme overlord.

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