How to Roll the Perfect Joint
Updated May 27, 2021
The classic and iconic joint is a staple of the cannabis community, but if you’ve never rolled your own, you’re definitely not alone. While there’s no question that knowing how to roll a joint is a must for any cannabis enthusiast, conquering the challenge is sometimes easier said than done. Plenty of people are intimidated by the task, and even seasoned cannabis consumers often avoid it for years.
But with a little bit of effort and some step-by-step instructions, you can make rolling a joint one of your newest skills. In fact, you might be surprised just how simple it actually is – and you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of joint rolling in no time at all. We’re breaking down the process in a series of easy-to-follow steps, giving you lots of handy tips and tricks to help you along the way.
There are many different opinions when it comes to the best way to roll a joint, but most use a similar approach. Once you have some practice time under your belt, you can adjust the process to suit your preferences.
Step One: Gather your supplies.
Before you get started, round up everything you’ll need to roll a good joint:
- Rolling papers: Typically, it’s best to start with normal-sized rolling papers (1 ¼). At this size, rolling your joint will be much more manageable, and you’ll likely be perfectly satisfied by the amount of cannabis in it (enough for about two people to share). There are many types of joint papers, with hemp being particularly popular for its strength, lack of flavor, and even burning.
- Your preferred cannabis strain: The quality of your joint is going to directly depend on the quality of the flower you use, so choose carefully. Whether you prefer indica, sativa, or hybrid strains, shop for flower with the same critical eye that you would use when buying any other cannabis product. While it might be tempting to just grab the cheapest option available, know that it’s much better to find a balance between budget and quality. Generally, a ½ gram will be the ideal amount for a single joint (most pre-rolls are either ½ or 1 gram).
- Crutch (for the filter or joint crutch)
- Optional: a pen to help you effectively pack the joint
Once you have everything you need on hand, you can get started.
Step Two: Grind your cannabis.
Use your grinder to break down the cannabis flower, aiming for the texture and particle size of the traditional shake. Well-dried cannabis flower will break down without too much effort.
Technically, a grinder isn’t required for rolling a joint – but it will absolutely make the process much easier. You can grind the cannabis by hand, using scissors or other tools, but those methods can often lead to flower sticking to the paper.
Step Three: Make the joint crutch/filter.
Next, you’ll need to create the crutch, also known as the filter or tip of the joint. You can use thin pieces of cardboard, business cards, or a variety of other materials from around the house. Some packs of joint papers will include crutch material, saving you the hassle of finding your own.
To make the crutch, make a few accordion-style folds at the end of the material. Then, roll it to match the planned thickness of your joint.
Some people opt to leave out the crutch because it isn’t necessarily a required component. However, it does function to prevent the shake from falling out of the end of the joint or ending up in your mouth while smoking. The crutch also lends some helpful stability to your joint, so you don’t have to worry about scorching your fingertips while you make the most of the smoking experience.
Step Four: Fill the joint paper with the shake, then add in the crutch.
Layout a single sheet of joint paper, then fill it with the cannabis you ground up into shake. As we mentioned a half-gram is a good target, though you can go up to a gram if you’d like. Include the crutch if you’ve decided to make one. Then, use your fingers to start shaping the joint.
Step Five: Pack your joint.
Carefully pinch the paper between the tips of your fingers, gently rolling it back and forth until the cannabis is firmly packed into a cone shape.
Step Six: Roll up your joint.
Tucking the unglued side of the paper into your roll, slowly roll it up (starting with the crutch side). Use the paper’s glued edge to firmly stick down one end, adding a little bit of moisture as needed. Finally, tuck and seal the joint all the way to its end.
Step Seven: Finish the joint and enjoy it!
The last step is to firmly pack the end of the joint (using a pen or something similar) so that it provides an even burn. After that, all that’s left to do is enjoy the product of your hard work – and keep practicing!
Finding Top-Quality Pre-Rolls for the Ultimate in Convenience
Now that you know exactly what goes into rolling a joint, you might be feeling one of two ways: either you’re ready to take on a new cannabis challenge, or you’re wondering exactly what you’ve gotten yourself into. For cannabis enthusiasts that aren’t ready to roll joints on their own – or prefer not to – pre-rolls are a great alternative. In fact, even if you regularly roll your own joints, having a few pre-rolls on hand is always a good idea, especially for days when you’re short on time or energy.
It’s important to know that when it comes to pre-rolled joints, quality and consistency can vary wildly. In some circles within the cannabis community, pre-rolls have a less than glowing reputation. That’s because for some dispensaries, crafting pre-rolls for sale is just an afterthought, a quick way to use up leftover bits of flower. But at OG Medicinals, we hold our pre-rolls to the same standard of quality that we apply to every other product in our Denver dispensary.
If you’re on the hunt for pre-rolls for sale in Denver, there’s just one Colorado dispensary to choose: OG Medicinals. Here, you can be confident that you’ll be headed home with an exceptional quality product, and our promise that your pre-rolls will be a seamless addition to your excellent cannabis experience.
Choose the Best Dispensary in Denver for All Your Cannabis Needs
Elevate your cannabis experience to a new level with premium flower, pre-rolls, and more from OG Medicinals. As one of the top-rated Denver dispensaries, we’ve made our customers our top priority from day one. Product quality, consistency, and safety are key, and every one of our products has been vetted before being featured in our carefully curated collection.
Both recreational consumers and Colorado medical marijuana cardholders are welcome to browse our selection and explore a diverse range of options to suit a variety of preferences, budgets, and goals. Plus, with our friendly and experienced team on-site, finding your best-fit cannabis products is always simple.
Visit OG Medicinals in Denver to purchase the first-rate flower for your DIY joints (or your choice of pre-rolls) today!
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