Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Understanding the Anatomy of a Joint
It's crucial to first comprehend what goes into making a joint. Pre-rolled joints available at dispensaries are transparent about the quantity of cannabis within, often a gram. When you roll your own, however, the amount of cannabis depends on the size of the paper and your personal preference.
Rolling Paper Sizes
1 ¼ size joint papers: These are the most common rolling papers. The size refers to the width, with the papers being three inches long. These can hold half to one-third of a gram of cannabis.
Single-wide: These cigarette-size papers are less commonly used. They are a suitable choice if you want a streamlined joint with minimal paper.
King size: These are the largest of the lot. The size varies by brand, but they can typically hold between a gram and a gram and a half of cannabis.
Note: The larger the paper, the trickier it is to roll the joint.
Essentials for Joint Rolling
To roll a joint, you need the following:
Rolling papers: Choose the size according to your experience level and the number of people you are smoking with.
Cannabis: This is the heart of your joint. Depending on the size of the joint, you'll need half a gram to a gram and a half. Ensure you remove any stems that might puncture the paper.
Packer: This is optional, but it helps to give your joint a tighter, more refined look. Use anything narrower than your joint's width - a pencil, pen, chopstick, or matchstick.
Grinder: A grinder ensures that your cannabis is uniformly broken up, which is crucial for an evenly burning joint. If you don't have one, you can use your fingers or a knife.
Filter (also known as a crutch): Some rolling paper brands include filters or crutches, but any piece of thick paper or card stock will do.
Steps to Roll a Joint: The Simplified Method
1. Grind the Flower
Using evenly ground flower is the best for joints. A grinder gives the most consistent results. However, you can also use your fingers, scissors, a knife, or a credit card to break up the flower into small, even pieces.
2. Create Your Filter or Crutch
The crutch keeps weed particles from entering your mouth and allows you to smoke the entire joint without burning yourself. It also helps maintain the joint's shape. To make a crutch, start with a piece of thick paper or card stock roughly the size of your thumb's last digit. Fold the strip like an accordion three to five times, then roll the remaining bit around the folded part.
3. Incorporate the Cannabis and Roll
After you have the crutch, add your ground weed. Start by placing it in the middle and spreading it out evenly. Pinch both sides of the paper together and move each side up and down for a uniform and tightly packed cannabis. Tuck the end of the paper without any glue into the crease between the cannabis and the other side of the paper. Lightly lick the glued side and roll until it makes contact with the rest of the joint.
4. Pack and Seal
There will be an opening on the crutch's opposite side. The cannabis inside will be looser than the middle parts, and some may have fallen out during the rolling process. Use your packer of choice to slide it into the opening and tamp down the top. Twist the tip of the extra wrapping paper at the top to seal it until you're ready to enjoy.
Alternate Methods of Rolling a Joint
As illustrated by cannabis expert Seth Rogen, there are different ways to roll a joint. This alternative method starts by adding the desired amount of weed into your paper and rolling it. Twist one end of the joint to seal it. Then take your crutch and roll it tightly before inserting it into the other end of the joint and letting it expand naturally to the joint's width.
Regardless of the method you choose, remember that practice makes perfect. Happy rolling!