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The Art of Rolling a Joint: Mastering Techniques and Tips

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When it comes to the world of cannabis, there are various ways to enjoy it. Even when rolling a joint, you can choose between different rolling papers, flavors, and filters. Once you're in the cannabis community, however, it's essential to learn how to roll for yourself.

The Necessary Supplies for Rolling a Joint

Every cannabis connoisseur needs the proper rolling papers to roll a satisfying joint. To select the appropriate supplies, consider your skill level and preferences. Don't be afraid to try something new, but keep in mind that different supplies can change the process. For example, ultra-thin rolling papers may require more steps and a more skilled hand.

Rolling Papers

Rolling papers are small leaves used to roll weed into a joint. You can use the papers in a rolling machine or roll them by hand:

Types of Papers

The type of paper depends on the size of the joint, how much ash you want to produce, and how much dexterity you have.

Hemp rolling papers, for instance, make the process relatively easy. Hemp papers are sturdy and easy to maneuver. In addition, they have a mild, pleasant flavor that doesn't interfere with the weed.

Rice papers for rolling a joint are thin, delicate papers. While more difficult to roll than hemp, once you learn to roll a joint with rice, you'll appreciate the tidy, smooth joints. One of the benefits of rice papers is their ability to burn slowly with cannabis. Rice paper provides a long session and clean flavor.

If you can manipulate rice papers, you may want to try to move on to ultra-thins. Ultra-thins are difficult to roll and may tear easily. However, ultra-thin rolling papers have the cleanest hits with far less ash than other options.

Styles of Joints

The most common style is the basic joint. This is the easiest joint to roll and takes normal-sized rolling paper. Depending on the amount of product you have, you can make it as thin or as thick as you like.

Conversely, the cone joint has a smaller diameter towards the filter side and increases as it goes towards the other. The funnel shape helps ensure a smooth, balanced burn. Likewise, as you reach the end of the cone, you will continue to have a consistent high.

Fatty joints, of course, are thicker than usual. Big options are for enthusiasts who feel they need a bigger option than the standard-size joint. Typically, the fatty joint makes the most sense if you plan to share your smoke with friends. If you want a large joint, consider the 1 1/4 or king-size paper. The 1 1/4 is 25% bigger than the single-wide paper, and the king-size papers are between 100mm and 105mm long.

Brands of Papers

At SMOKEA®, we carry some of our clientele's most popular and reputable rolling papers:

  • Juicy Jay's:Flavored rolling papers feature a triple-dipped flavoring system.
  • Vibes:Vibes offer papers in various materials, including hemp, rice, and ultra-thin. Vibes tend to focus on consistent, natural cannabis delivery systems.
  • Tyson x Futurola:The Tyson x Futurola collection is a collaboration between Mike Tyson and the famed brand Futurola. Mike Tyson aided in collaboration to enhance the cannabis experience.

In addition to material and quality, different brands may also sell a variety of flavors. For example, many smokers enjoy fruity flavors like apple, grape, or strawberry to enhance their smoke.

Ground Cannabis

A pre-roll grinder is a machine that will grind your cannabis for you. When you use a grinder, it grinds the product into a similar consistency to tobacco for cigarettes. Your flower should be about 1mm to 2mm in size. If you grind it too big, it will not burn correctly.

Once you grind your flower, you should run your buds through a pre-roll sifter. A Sifter removes all components that could ruin the flavor. It separates the inground material from the ground material.

You can break the weed up with your hands if you don't have a grinder. Wash your hands, separate the flower from its stems, and load it into your paper as you go. Likewise, you can use a pair of scissors to cut the bud. Hold the weed over a shot glass to avoid making a mess.

Filter Tips

Without filter tips, you risk a mouth full of debris from the joint. Many brands that manufacture rolling papers also have tips that match the material and taste for a more satisfactory smoke. Filter tip sizes include 18mm x 60mm, 17mm x 25mm, and 25mm x 56mm.

Higher-quality filters contain no bleaches or dyes, and while rigid, they can roll into your preferred size of joint. Filter tips should never dissolve in your mouth and should enhance the experience rather than diminish the flavor.

Rolling Trays or Flat Surfaces

Hard, flat surfaces like rolling trays can make it easier to roll a joint. Not only does it make the process physically easier, but you can control the sanitation of your rolling tray to ensure that you don't expose yourself to germs by using a common area table.

Rolling trays come in various materials, including metal, plastic, and wood. A durable rolling tray typically has metal features.

The Process of Rolling a Joint

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A high-quality joint has a tight seal and will not break open while smoking it. You should also be able to pack the joint densely so that you experience the best flavor and consistency. When it comes to smoking, your joint is only as good as the materials you use to make it. Your technique, however, comes in second to your skills.

Preparing the Cannabis

Before you smoke, grind your flower. If you skip this step, you may find it more challenging to fill your joint. Not to mention, you cannot pack the joint as evenly. If you have a grinder, you can break down the cannabis quickly and efficiently. However, if you need to break it into smaller pieces, you can use scissors to break it down further. Reduce your bud to the size of grains of rice for a balanced experience.

If necessary, you can also use a coffee grinder. To grind weed down to the proper size for rolling a joint, you will want to add as much as possible.

Rolling the Joint

Beginners should almost always use a tray or table because they have less chance of making mistakes. To use a rolling tray, place your paper on a flat surface, gum-side up. Next, fold the lower half in half once more to create two creases. The creases should be in the middle and one-quarter-way from the bottom. Then, pour your bud along the lower of the two creases.

Lift the piece of paper with both of your thumbs and index fingers. While you should try to avoid spilling, the table should catch any product that falls. Roll the flower and paper back and forth between your fingers until it becomes similar to a cigarette. The mixture needs to pack together enough to hold its shape.

To seal the joint, tuck the bottom of the paper over the flower. Roll the flower almost to the top of the paper and lick the edge along the gum line. This creates a seal for your joint as you finish rolling.

Once finished, punch the end of your joint and flick your wrist to shake it back and forth. The back-and-forth motion will pack it tighter so you can tear off any excess paper.

Allow SMOKEA® to Help You Master Rolling a Joint


No matter if you're a novice cannabis enthusiast or a seasoned smoker, SMOKEA® has rolling supplies that will help you master your craft to take cleaner and more satisfying hits. At SMOKEA®, we've been working with the public for over 20 years. We understand the industry and will help you find the best product for your taste.

For questions about our products and for tips on rolling a perfect joint, Contact Us today!

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