Marijuana 101: How to Roll a Joint

While rolling a joint may seem rather intuitive at first glance, it actually can prove to be quite difficult for novices and first-timers. Moreover, some avid pot enthusiasts claim to be able to roll the “best” joint in the world, but Uncle Tom’s saliva stricken joint tends to look more like a melting popsicle. So, in order to prevent embarrassing oneself in the pot circle, or relying on Uncle Tom – who still thinks that he would have won State had he been put in during the 4th quarter – I’m going to provide essential tips in order to greatly improve your marijuana smoking experience.

Materials Needed

First off, it’s imperative to understand the systematic approach to rolling a joint, which doesn’t simply involve copious amounts of potentially bubonic plague-ridden saliva. Prior to delving too deep into the process, it’s important to pick out a joint wrapping paper. Based on personal experience, Hempfest off of Lake City Way in Seattle, WA has some of the most extensive and high-quality selections. And yes, if you were wondering, this store is an attachment to the Hempfest HQ – meaning, these people are serious about weed and take pride in providing consumers enthralling marijuana experiences.

But back to the process. The following materials are needed to either construct the joint or enhance its taste:

Joint Papers – This is what is needed to hold the marijuana together. As for flavor, it all depends on the consumer’s taste. Some buyers desire pallette-poppin’ tropical flavors, while others prefer a cigar-type blunt wrap. Whatever your preference, it’s always good to purchase something that will satisfy your taste buds without disturbing the marijuana experience.

Cannabis Grinder – Purchasing a grinder is far better than breaking up pot with your hands. Also, it will expedite the process and ensure a more smooth hit. Many of my friends have purchased their grinders from Ruckus Recreational Cannabis, as the products are high quality, and most importantly that all products are ethically constructed.

Additional items include joint tips (i.e., filters), which can extend one’s smoking experience by creating more space between the marijuana and mouth. It’s easier to smoke a roach later on if the tip is included. Lastly, a pen will be necessary for packing the joint.

Choosing the Right Strain

Prior to purchasing a certain strain, one should ask themselves the following questions:

1) Do I prefer a body high?

2) Do I prefer a mental high?

3) Do I prefer a combination of the two?

4) What is my tolerance level? Properly weighing this option can prevent an unnecessary freak-out-trip to the ER.

5) Do I want the marijuana itself to be the focal point of taste?

6) Or, do I want the raw joint wrap to be the primary taste? Of course, some may want a combination of both so it’s clearly not limited to the two questions.

Discussing these questions with an experienced sales representative will likely simplify the process and thus provide a higher probability of gratification.

Rolling the Joint

Step One: After deciding your strain of choice, place the marijuana in your grinder and break it down into shake. If you don’t have a grinder, make sure to dry your hands so it doesn’t stick to the marijuana while breaking it apart manually.

Step two: Make the filter, or as some call it: the crutch. It’s simple really: grab a small, thicker piece of paper and roll it starting on the short side, making it look like a “W” on the inside of a circle. Roll it tightly.

Step three: Fill the joint with the ground bud. Typically, inserting between half a gram and a gram is enough to sufficiently roll the joint.

Quick note: make sure to insert the filter now, if desired.

Step four: Pack and roll up the joint. Place your thumb and index fingers on both ends of the joint. Make sure you have a firm grip and roll it back and forth a few times to pack the bud into a cylinder shape and then roll it up tightly in order to ensure stability. Once nearly rolled up, make sure to properly fold over the glue side in order to secure the joint together. Adding some saliva can further solidify the joint as well.

Step five: On the opposite side, use the top of the pen to gently press the marijuana inward toward the filter side. This step should create some space so you can twist the top into a light-able joint.


You’ve done it. You’ve made it. And now it’s time to sit back, relax, and light that bleezy up!

Article By: Jason Newell