“Roll up.” Potheads all over the world know exactly what these two words mean, but how many of them can complete this simple task. Maybe using glass is their preference or maybe they’ve always had someone eager to roll up when the task presents itself, but the point is there are more people (people who smoke more pot than you even) who couldn’t roll a joint if their life depended on it. Or maybe you’re the one who gets the bag and papers thrown in your lap every time because they know your joints never disappoint the crowd, but you don’t have the first clue what “Split the shell” means. Whether you’re here for some tips to perfect your joint, or you want to pull up on your friends with the perfectly pearled Philly (I’ve never smoked a Philly, but it sounded nice coming off the tongue.) Grassy Ohio is here to help.
Now, whether you’re rolling a joint or a blunt, you will find a grinder to be your best friend in the process. This will ensure you have a nicely ground product to work with, making it easier to get that perfect, slow burning roll you’re here to find.
Joints. Joints have been a staple in the American marijuana culture for over 60 years, and even with all the advancements the industry has made with concentrates and tinctures and various other ways of medicating, they remain to be one of the most popular ways to smoke amongst patients all over the world. Joints became popular during the alcohol prohibition, in the 1920’s. They were often called “jazz cigarettes” back then, because they were popular amongst jazz musicians and were able to be enjoyed in clubs publicly because of marijuana’s legality.
In the 60’s, right in the eye of the sunshine daydream booming on the west coast, the hippies took the popularity of the joint soaring, and really symbolized a whole culture around a single smoking apparatus.
When rolling a joint, you need to be familiar with the materials you are using. There’s an entire plethora of different rolling papers ranging in size and material, so users have plenty of options to match their preference. Wood pulp, hemp, and rice paper are your three most common types of papers, most commonly bought in sizes between 1” and 2”. Rice paper is usually the preference for experienced rollers because it is practically tasteless and because of its slow burn. They are a little more difficult to roll, but it’s worth it to get familiar with using them. Hemp papers are a little easier to work with, and are sold practically everywhere, so this is gonna be my personal recommendation for inexperienced patients. I also recommend that patients steer clear of the wood pulp rolling papers. From a medical and environmental standpoint, they are the lowest quality rolling paper, not to mention, they’ve got an unpleasant aftertaste.
Step 1: Grind the Cannabis
Break down your cannabis into shake. If your cannabis is dried well, it should break down easily. A grinder keeps your hand from getting sticky and thus sticking to the joint paper. If you don’t have a grinder, you can grind the herb down by hand.
Step 2: Create Joint Crutch/Filter
This step is optional, but I prefer to use a crutch because it lets your joint maintain a nice airflow when the paper gets all sticky with resin. You can make a crutch out of just about anything, but thin cardboard, like a piece of a cigarette pack, is what you’re going to want to use. A lot of joint papers also include crutch material with their packaging. Start with a few “accordion” folds at the end of the cardboard, then roll the material to the desired thickness of your joint. As well as giving your joint a nice, smooth hit, they also help keep the shake from falling out of the end or into your mouth as you smoke. It also adds some stability to the joint and allows you to enjoy every hit without burning your fingertips.
Step 3: Fill Joint with Cannabis
Fill the paper with your herb and the crutch (if you’ve made one). Once the paper has the right amount, (a half gram to a gram is usually average), you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.
Step 4: Pack the Joint
Once you’ve loaded and shaped your joint, it’s time to roll it. Pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth between them to pack your weed down into its final shape.
Step 5: Roll the Joint
This step is crucial. Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll and use the glued edge to tack down one end of the paper, using just a little bit of moisture. Start with the crutch side because it can help guide the paper as it rolls around itself. Once the paper is tacked on one end, you can work your way down the rest of the seam by tucking and sealing the joint from end to end.
Step 6: Finish Your Joint
Finally, pack the end of the joint to make sure it has a nice, even burn. A pen is great, but you can use just about anything. Once you’ve got it packed nice and tight, give that joker a light lick and spark it up!