The old saying “practice makes perfect” speaks the truth when it comes to learning how to roll a joint. With a bit of practice and the right information, you don’t have to be a magician to craft a pleasing, slow burning joint. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a few dope rolling tips below, so grab some papers and improve your rolling technique!
The two types of rolling paper materials we suggest you choose from are hemp and rice. They each have different characteristics that affect the way your joint will roll and even burn. Those who are just learning to roll should try hemp paper since they tend to be easier to roll and stay lit well. Expert rollers who are looking for a tasteless, slow burn and a precise roll would benefit the most from rice papers.
When choosing the size of rolling paper to work with there are a few key questions you should ask yourself such as how many people are you smoking with? How high are their tolerances? How many joints do you intend to roll? The most popular and widely available size is 1 ¼” which is considered to be the standard cannabis rolling paper. This size is great for 1-3 people with moderate to low tolerances.
For those who are feeling adventurous and really want to impress their friends, try rolling your joint with the paper flipped inside out. By minimizing the amount of paper used to seal the joint, you actually decrease the burn rate and avoid that unwanted paper taste. This type of rolling has a steeper learning curve but once you master it, you’ll never return to the traditional style again.
Regardless of your rolling abilities, crafting a perfect joint is nearly impossible without a grinder. Although metal grinders seem to be the most durable and provide a smoother, more consistent grinding action, you can also get a plastic or wood grinder. For those of you who are on-the-go smokers, there are even lightweight, travel herb grinders! There is no excuse for breaking down a bud with your hands.
To prevent yourself from ever being the one at the party that passes around a joint with a soggy end that’s basically impossible to smoke, invest in a clutch, also known as a filter or tip. It’s basically a mouthpiece made of glass or wood pulp that acts as a handle that helps in holding and passing the joint to others while optimizing airflow for an easy draw. Not only that, but these little guys are actually useful in the rolling process by providing a perfect cylinder to which the rolled cannabis can be integrated. The biggest advantage of having a clutch crutch, you can smoke that sweet joint to the very end my friend.
Slow your roll
To avoid having your joint coming out looking like it has an elbow in the middle, gently use your fingertips to position your bud properly. We know it can be difficult to roll a great joint if the ground cannabis is all over the place. Take your time to work the cannabis down into the paper to create a tube. After you’ve arranged the bud and rolled the paper between your fingers, set the whole thing down. If it doesn’t hold its cylinder shape, you won’t be able to get that tight tuck that truly sets you apart from the amateurs.
Light it up
Trying to earn style points while lighting your joint never works out well since cannabis joints don’t burn like cigarettes and need to be ignited in a different fashion. Start by gently rotating the joint while slowly increasing the amount of direct heat to create a long-lasting, slow-burning cherry right from the tip.
Whoever said practicing wasn’t fun clearly hasn’t tried improving their joint rolling techniques! If you’re unsure where to start to improve your skills, check out our rolling tip products here or visit us at one of our locations and we will be more than happy to get you started. Happy rolling!