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How To Roll A Joint

How To Roll A Joint

Newcomers to the cannabis world, or those who have only previously eaten edibles like cookies or gummies, may wonder how to roll a joint all by themselves. To be a cannabis connoisseur, you should surely know how to roll and smoke your own joints, right? That’s a sentiment you can debate with friends here in Long Beach, CA, but for now, let’s discuss smoking methods, what you should consider before rolling your own joints, what you should gather for the process, and the methodology of rolling itself. 

Remember that if you choose not to roll your own joints or even smoke your cannabis, that’s fine: There are several ways to enjoy cannabis. However, rolling your own joint may further your interest in weed and give you an appreciation for a unique craft.

What is the Smoking Method?

Before you begin learning how to roll your joint, consider your situation and how long you want the joint to last. Are you smoking by yourself, with a friend or two, or at a party with a crowd of people? Determine how much cannabis you need and what size of joint you would like to roll, so you don’t waste any of your product or rolling papers.

Consider your history with cannabis: Are you an individual who has smoked for years and tried every edible out there? If so, you may want to roll a bigger joint because your body has built up a tolerance to a small THC level. If you are relatively new to the idea of both smoking and creating your own joints, you may want to roll a “pinner,” which gets its name from being thin and pin-shaped. This could be a more appropriate size — and level of THC — for a beginner to consume.

What Are the Pros & Cons of Joint Rolling?

There are a few pros and cons to rolling your own joints. The pros are that you get to customize the shape of your joint, the materials used to roll your joints, and the cannabis strain of your choice. You’ll also get to experience how much fun it is to select your cannabis, use a grinder to make the herb small enough to fit in a joint, and perfect your rolling skills. 

The biggest con may simply be that if you have never done this before, you may roll the joint incorrectly. If you do roll it the wrong way, you may not feel anything once you’ve smoked it, or worse, you might burn your fingertips! Fortunately, there aren’t too many “wrong” ways to roll a joint, but there are a few things you should be aware of before you begin. You should always start with quality materials, use premium-quality cannabis from a supplier you trust, and follow explicit instructions.

What Are Some Things to Consider?

If you’re new to cannabis altogether, you may not actually experience a high the first time you smoke! This doesn’t mean you’ve rolled the joint the wrong way: It may just mean that you have a lack of cannabinoid receptors that are available to deal with the level of THC you’ve just inhaled. You will be able to feel a high in the future, but it may take a few tries for your brain and body to catch on.

You may also be concerned about the adverse effects or side effects of cannabis. Maybe you’ve heard about a friend experiencing a bad reaction, or perhaps you’ve noticed someone act edgy or anxious after smoking cannabis. Again, this doesn’t mean that you will have the same experience. If you’re truly concerned about trying cannabis or previously had a bad experience with cannabis, consider talking to a medical professional here in Long Beach about what happened to assess whether cannabis is a good idea for you going forward. Don’t worry: For most legal-age adults, it’s a safe, enjoyable experience.

What To Gather Before You Begin

A great joint will be built from high-quality supplies. Take a look at the list below to understand what you need to gather before you start rolling as well as why you need to have this particular item. (For example, you don’t have to use a grinder for your cannabis, but it’s very time-consuming, and it’s not the best option.) Try to have on hand at least the following items:

  • Your favorite fully-dried cannabis strain, or one that’s been recommended by someone knowledgeable that you trust
  • Rolling papers
  • A cannabis grinder (it’s possible to grind by hand, but most people wouldn’t recommend it if you have a choice)
  • A joint crutch
  • A pen, q-tip, or something similar to pack the cannabis into the joint

How To Roll a Joint

Now that you’ve gathered your materials, you’re ready to start learning the procedure. Follow the below steps, and you’ll be on your way to rolling like a pro in no time!

Step 1: Grind The Cannabis

Grind your cannabis flowers and buds into a fine substance that will easily fit inside a rolled-up piece of paper. Make sure your herb is completely dry before you begin, or it may be too sticky to grind well. You can also use scissors to cut it finely or any number of materials to crush it into tiny, fine bits of material.

Step 2: Create Joint Filter/Crutch

Next, you will make a filter and stick it to one end of the rolling paper. A little piece of cardboard works best. Pieces of business cards can work in a pinch.

Step 3: Fill Joint With Cannabis

Fill the paper with the “shake,” or the ground-up cannabis.

Step 4: Pack The Joint

Make sure the joint is packed tightly with the weed strain you chose. If not, it will not work as well.

Step 5: Roll The Joint

Roll the joint by starting with the unglued side, roll it tightly, and tuck the glued side to the paper. This last step is very important! Try not to use too much moisture when you seal it shut — think of it like licking a tiny envelope.

Step 6: Finish Your Joint & Enjoy!

Twist the joint at the tip to ensure that nothing spills out and enjoy!

Are There Other Ways To Roll a Joint?

Of course! The steps outlined above are simply beginner tips, and they may not be your favorite or even the best way to roll a joint, in your opinion. Rolling better joints can be thought of as part art and part science; most people have invented their own rolling methods, or they’ve switched up traditional methods. You may also want to try folding a dollar bill in half and filling it with cannabis. You can also roll a “cross joint,” a cone joint, a thin joint called a “pinner,” an L-shaped joint, or a “tulip” joint in which there’s a little bit of extra cannabis at the end.

Find Pre-Rolls and More at King’s Crew in Long Beach, CA

Hopefully, you’ve learned a few of the varied and interesting ways in which you can create the type of joint you like to smoke. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and as always, contact King’s Crew in Long Beach, CA, with any questions you have about cannabis strains, dispensaries, joint paper, and other materials you need to roll the best joint of your life.


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