How to roll a joint

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One of the most popular ways of consuming marijuana is smoking a joint. Whether you’re a recreational weed user or medical marijuana patient, you should know how to roll a joint in order to fully enjoy the flavor and smell of your buds. There is a wide range of techniques when it comes to rolling a joint, but the most important thing is to make sure it burns evenly and smoothly.

At Arizona Natural Selections, we want to ensure you are able to consume the medical marijuana you purchase in a way that is comfortable and easy. If you are unsure of how to smoke your medical marijuana, we encourage you to learn more about the different methods available.

One of most popular ways to smoke medical marijuana is by inhaling it through a rolled joint. Many marijuana patients choose this method because it requires few resources.

Some additional benefits of smoking joints include:

  • Affordability. Rolling papers only cost a couple of dollars, regardless of brand or type, and usually hold at least 30 papers.
  • When properly rolled, joints can last a long time.
  • A lighter or match is only used once to light a joint, while other smoking devices require the use of a lighter or match several times.
  • You can have joints rolled ahead of time, available for your convenience.
  • Joints are small and easy to carry around.

How to Roll a Joint: Step-by-Step

If you choose to use joints, you will first need to roll your medical marijuana flower into a joint. Fortunately, the process of rolling a joint is rather simple and easy to master. By following and practicing the basic steps below, you can learn how to roll the perfect joint.

To complete our step-by-step guide, you will need medical marijuana flower of your choice and joint rolling papers with adhesive glue strips. Once you have these necessary items, follow the steps below.

    Use a grinder if possible, which will break up your medical marijuana more evenly while collecting the keef (THC powder/crystals found on the medical marijuana buds). If you don’t own a grinder, simply break it up by hand.

  1. Create a crease
  2. Fold your rolling paper in half, with the glue strip inward, to create a crease.

  3. Add the marijuana flower
  4. Holding the folded paper in one hand, glue strip facing you, put the medical marijuana in the crease. Put in as much as you like, but don’t overfill. Leave enough open paper for when you are ready to begin rolling. Pat down the flower with your finger to make sure it is spread out evenly.

  5. Start rolling
  6. Continuing to hold the glue facing you, press the two sides together using both hands with the edge of the side closest to you slightly below the glue strip. Then begin “rolling” the paper back and forth using your thumbs. This will force the flower into a smooth and compact cylinder or cone shape.

  7. Tuck and roll
  8. Once the flower is compressed, carefully tuck the paper nearest you inward and gently roll upwards with your thumbs (downwards with your pointer fingers), pinching the paper to keep everything in line. Once you have only the glue part facing you, gently lick the glue strip. Roll or press it down and hold to seal it shut.

  9. Light your joint up
  10. Using your fingers, you can smooth it out a bit if necessary. Make sure to be gentle to prevent ripping the paper while it is still moist.

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    These instructions are for basic rolling papers with no additional tools. If you would like to know more about the various tools or types of papers available for rolling joints, feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff at our medical marijuana dispensary in Scottsdale, Mesa, or Peoria. We look forward to helping you with all of your medical marijuana needs!

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What You Need To Roll a Joint

Before you start rolling your joint, prepare some rolling supplies, such as rolling papers, filters, weed grinder, and of course, your favorite marijuana strain. You can also prepare a pencil or a pen which will help you pack the joint.

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Choose Rolling Papers

If you want to know how to roll a joint, you should start by choosing good rolling papers. These come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, designs, colors, and even flavors! It’s recommended to pick wheat straw or thin rice papers in king or standard size. Finer and thinner rolling papers are the best. Look for papers in convenience stores, at tobacco shops, online shops or at the local dispensary. It’s best to get rolling papers that burn evenly and slowly with no bad smell or flavor. Always use as little paper as possible in order to fully enjoy your weed. Additionally, you can get a paper protector, which is a metal case that prevents your papers from tearing or bending while carrying them around.

joints rolled up

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Grind your weed

Before you start rolling your joint, you must prepare the weed. Remember to break up the buds into small pieces with a grinder and remove any leaves, seeds or stems. It’s important to grind your marijuana evenly, but not too much as it will become difficult to roll a joint. Although larger buds will make your joint burn more slowly, these may be the reason why your joints burn unevenly. For those of you who love kief, look for a type of grinder with a special sieve for collecting the precious material. Kief is known for its high concentration of the psychoactive compound of cannabis, THC, and you can sprinkle it over your weed before rolling a joint to make it more potent. Keep the rest of your unused weed in an airtight container in a dry and cool place.

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If you’re wondering how much weed to put in your joint, it depends on the size of your rolling paper and whether you’re smoking alone or with some friends. Usually, half of a gram is much when it comes to a single joint, but if you want to share it with your friends, you may need to use up to 1 gram of marijuana.

grinding your weed

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Create joint filter

Now, it’s time to make a tip, a.k.a. filter or crutch. It can be made with many things, such as business cards or thin cardboard. You can also purchase special rolling papers that include filter material within the whole kit. Start by folding the tip three times until it forms a pleat and then roll it to the desired thickness. The tip is not mandatory when rolling a joint, but it allows you to smoke the whole thing with no fear of it falling out into your mouth during the very last hit. Plus, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your joint, as a solid tip adds stability to it and prevents your fingertips from burning.

spliff with a filter


Final Thoughts:

As you can see, if you can’t roll a joint, fret not! You still have plenty of alternative options, including using a rolling machine, smoking from a one hitter, using a bong or pipe, consuming an edible, taking a dab or vaping marijuana instead. Best of all, if you decide rolling a joint is a skill you want to master, you’ll still be able to get your fill of cannabis while you are undertaking the learning process. We hope you found this article to not only be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of marijuana is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken.

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