How to Roll a Joint? Our Best Tips for Rolling a Fat Joint

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Published on Mar 22, 2022

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In the modern age of dispensaries, craft cannabis, concentrates and vapes, however, rolling your own joints is starting to look like a lost art. After all, why would you bother learning how to roll a joint when you can just buy the pre-rolls from your local dispensary?  

There are few skills more important to the avid stoner than knowing being able and knowing how to roll a joint. Being able to roll a tight, fat, and beautiful joint is not only a must-have skill for yourself, but you can become the life of the party by being the go-to rollers for you and your group of friends. Long story short, whether you're a seasoned stoner or a newbie just getting their feet wet in the wild world of legal cannabis, rolling a joint is an essential skill. After all, it's not always practical to just rely on bowls, bongs, or dab rigs to get your cannabis fix. Sometimes you'll need to be able to grind up some flower, roll up a joint, and take that with you on the go! That's why we here at Where's Weed have your back! 

This article is going to serve as your go-to guide for all things weed rolling. We're going to teach you step-by-step how to roll joints by hand, some tips and tricks on what to look out for while doing so, and how to make sure you get the perfect, smokable j every single time you roll. Let's get right into it, shall we? 

A Step-By-Step Guide to Rolling the Perfect Joint

While learning how to roll joints might seem intimidating at first glance, it's actually not all that difficult. All you'll need to do is be willing to practice, be willing to learn from the mistakes you make in the process, and follow our guide step-by-step and you'll know how to roll weed like a pro in no time at all! 

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However, before you get to rolling, there's some necessary equipment that you'll need to pick up. Here's a list of the things you'll need to help make learning how to roll a joint easy:

  • Your favorite cannabis flower strain
  • Rolling papers
  • A filter
  • A cannabis grinder
  • An object to help pack the joint

Step 1: Grind up the Cannabis Flower 

While this might seem the obvious first step, too many people these days still opt to just break the cannabis flower up by hand before putting it in the joint instead of using a grinder. That decision is stupid for a few reasons. 

Firstly, touching the cannabis flower itself with your hands pulls some of the resinous trichomes off the flower itself, which hold the cannabinoid power you're looking to enjoy anyways. So by touching your buds with your bare hands, you're dulling the effects of that cannabis. 

Secondly, it takes much longer to break cannabis up by hand than it does to break it up with the grinder. Simply put, it's just quicker, less messy, and leads to a better smoking and rolling experience if you use the grinder. 

Step 2: Create/Insert the Filter 

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Back in the old days, you likely had to fold up some cardboard or another coarse type of paper to create a filter for your joint. However, for the modern stoner, it's much, much easier to buy a filter and just insert it into the end of the joint. If you're making your own, then you'll need to fold the cardboard filter into an accordion-style shape. That will keep the burning cannabis matter from escaping the joint on the inhale. The filter will also protect your fingers from getting burned as you get towards the end of your joint. 

As long as that filter is inserted into the end you plan to put your mouth on prior to rolling a joint, you're good to go. 

Step 3: Fill and Pack Your Joint

Now that you've got your rolling paper and filter ready, it's time to add the cannabis from your grinder. Place the ground cannabis into the rolling paper after slightly pushing the edges up. That will stop the cannabis from escaping the paper. Once you've loaded all of the cannabis in and made sure the filter is in the right spot, it's time to roll your joint! 

Step 4: The Art of Rolling  

This next step is the most important and most challenging aspect of the joint rolling process to master. Rolling a joint is a sought-after skill in pretty much every situation. Here are some tips you should keep in mind when mastering the art of weed rolling. 

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  • First, you'll want to tuck the unglued side of the rolling paper into the roll itself. Once you start rolling, make 100 percent sure that the glued edge is stuck down to the paper using a little bit of moisture to secure it. As long as you're COVID-free, go ahead and use saliva as that moisture.
  • If you're struggling to get the perfect rounded cone shape with your joints, start rolling on the filter side. The filter will do the work of making sure things are smooth and rounded like you want them to be. 
  • While you're rolling, make sure to sift the paper back and forth to ensure the cannabis inside is distributed as evenly as possible. You'll want to make sure that the cannabis inside is as even as possible for a consistent and smooth smoking experience. 
  • Once you have the cannabis inside and the paper rolled and secured, the next step is to pack it. You can do this using a pen, chopstick, or any other type of long, cylindrical object. You'll use that object to pack the cannabis down as much as possible while still leaving room for airflow. If a joint is packed too tightly, it will plug up and won't be easily smokable. The same goes for if it's not packed enough. 
  • Once you have the joint packed, you'll twist the end shut, and you'll be good to go with another joint! 

The Bottom Line

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At the end of the day, learning how to roll a joint is a skill that takes time and practice. The most important things to keep in mind are taking your time, moving slowly, and not being afraid to make mistakes while learning. As long as you follow our step-by-step guide and keep the tips we gave you in mind, you'll be rolling joints like a pro in no time at all! 

Did you find this guide to rolling a joint helpful? Have any tips you'd like to share? Let us know below!

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