I’m terrible at rolling joints by hand. Whenever I try to do it I wind up with a sad, flimsy little doobie that can barely hold in its contents, let alone withstand a puff and a pass without falling apart. I write about weed for a living so, you know…it’s kind of embarrassing.
Even though I have rollers and my spouse to get the job done, I decided it’s time I went back to some joint rolling basics. Lucky for me, the Internet is bursting with content focused on teaching the world how to roll a joint successfully through a variety of methods. So I used Weedguide search to track down some of the best how-to’s and video tutorials out there. If you don’t know how to roll a joint or your technique could use a little work, here’s everything you (and I) need to know to start rolling like a pro.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
Rolling a joint requires patience, which is precisely why I fail every time. Once I’ve selected my cannabis strain and ground my weed, I’m so ready to sesh that hand rolling suddenly feels too complex and I get frustrated with the process almost immediately. Here’s where I go wrong…
• My joints are either overstuffed or not stuffed enough. I call this “Goldilocking” (just made that up but I’m keeping it).
• When rolling the joint between my fingers to evenly distribute the herb, I spill weed everywhere.
• Tucking in the paper to initiate the rolling process never quite pans out right, basically ruining the joint’s construction from the start.
• At the end of it all, my joint winds up being loose and wimpy.
SO WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO ROLL A JOINT?
My search yielded lots of results, and here are some of my favorite video tutorials on the delicate art of joint rolling:
This super short video from Weedmaps does a great job of showing us the basics of joint rolling:
This incredibly charming tutorial from CannabisNow.com (brought to us by online headshop Billowby) does a great job of making things look easy.
In this video, MastahRolla shows us how to use a credit card to help form the perfect joint.
This tutorial from Cannabis.net demonstrates how helpful a dollar bill can be for getting that optimal roll going.
And of course, if you have nothing to prove and are at peace with your inability to roll a joint 100% by hand, here’s a great tutorial from HelloMD.com on how to use a roller.
I decided I needed to focus on the basics first before taking things to the next level with credit cards and dollar bills, so I set up my cannabis mise en place –tray, papers, a couple of grinders including my little Weedguide card, a cut-out piece of an index card for my filter/crutch, and some freshly ground Invader – and watched the shortest tutorial in the bunch.
After rolling up my crutch I assembled my joint on the tray…
And got to rolling with the glue side of the paper facing up and towards me…
I know, I know…I’ll keep practicing.
What is your joint rolling technique? Let us know on Instagram in the comments!