We all remember that one person, don’t we?

The person with impossibly nimble fingers. How they’d shake weed into paper, whisper the magic words, and presto-chango! The perfect roll! Our sad little pinners and exploding loose boys couldn’t begin to compare.

Well, it’s time to nudge Mr. Wowser McMagicfingers aside. We’re going to teach you how to roll a joint or a blunt like a pro!

How to Roll a Blunt or a Joint in 8 Steps

Rolling a joint or blunt is a linear process, and it’s an art, but there are steps. Mastering these steps to transform yourself from the friend no one trusts with rolling to a sought-out superstar.

Step 1: Get Your Grind On

First, break your nugs into shake (smaller pieces from the bud). This part is super important – uneven texture makes for a joint that doesn’t maintain cohesion.

While breaking up nugs can be done bare-handed, a grinder produces a more uniform texture. The Flower Shop has a terrific rolling tray and grinder set that serves admirably.

Step 2: Make a Joint Filter

Ever wonder how to make a joint filter? You need a crutch!

A “crutch” is a tip or filter you can create from paper or cardstock. Your crutch helps your joint or blunt maintain its shape. Plus, it keeps the weed out of your mouth.

Cut-to-shape business cards will work; however, Raw makes strips that work perfectly. But the real trick to making a joint filter is in the “W.”

To make a “W” for your crutch:

  1. Fold your cardstock in a small “W” at one end. Think accordion-style folds: four folds, each back on the last.
  2. On the opposite end of the paper, make a thin fold as if you were starting another “W” (you’re not).
  3. Start a tight roll back toward that “W.” Round the roll as tightly as possible.
  4. Once you roll back to your “W,” unroll. Now you’ve created a curve.
  5. Squeeze your accordion “W” together and roll into that curve toward the other end. Ensure your roll is tight and rounded.

Did you reach the other end? Congratulations! You made a joint filter!

Too much hassle? No worries—not everyone uses a crutch. Flowtips makes a pre-rolled crutch we highly recommend.

Step 3: Pick Your Paper

Here is where the rolling method for a joint and blunt differs. Blunts use cigar and cigarillo tubes or papers, while joint paper is lightweight and doesn’t contain tobacco.

For joints:

  • Top and basic Zig-Zag are standbys that are easy to use.
  • Hemp papers are easy rollers with a pleasant flavor that complements weed. Job makes ones we love.
  • Thinner papers can be too delicate for learners. If you’re up for the challenge, Elements has excellent options.
  • Cones are pre-rolled and open at the loading end. They make respectable (if sometimes chubby) joints, and most come with a pre-installed crutch. Raw makes terrific ones to try.

For blunts, there are two different construction methods:

  1. Cut open a cigar or cigarillo lengthwise, remove the tobacco, then use the wrapper like rolling paper (dampen slightly to seal any fine breaks).
  2. No on tobacco? King Palms Cordia tree leaves and Vibes hemp cones are great tobacco-free options.

Step 4: Fill’ er Up

If using regular papers, place your crutch at the end where the paper’s thin, shiny glue strip is situated, and let it set before adding your shake.

Wonder how much weed goes into a joint? .32-.5 grams is standard for most papers. However, cones and king-sized papers can accommodate larger portions.

So, how much weed in a blunt if a joint gets up to 0.5 grams? Not quite as much! The average is 1.5-2 grams.

Pro-tip for joint or blunt makers: Work directly over your tray to avoid losing weed in the carpet!

Step 5: Pack It Up

Once your paper is loaded, it’s time to form your joint or blunt:

  1. Bend your blunt or joint to create a trough.
  2. Run your fingers back and forth along the top and bottom of the paper to compact the weed. Think of it as building a little taco, with your fillings evenly distributed. Don’t scrimp on time here—do it until the contents hold their shape.
  3. Pinch the paper to create a basic cone.

The trick for step 3? Don’t keep the edges even. Give the paper a slight pull at the crutch, so it’s wider at the open end. That creates a cone shape and gives you a doob that’s broader at the torch end than at the crutch.

Step 6: Roll Me Away

This is where your blunt or joint comes together – or falls apart.

  1. With your cone formed, tuck the paper in at the crutch and gradually roll. A tighter roll helps your joint evenly burn, so keep the tension up to prevent a loose roll.
  2. Now you should have a fatter-at-the-far-end joint or blunt, just waiting to be sealed. Give the glue strip a lick and gently smooth to seal it up.
  3. Optional: With a leaf or hollowed cigar blunt, carefully run a lighter lengthwise to bake it and solidify the seal. But be careful – your blunt wants heat, not flames!

Remember, this process takes practice. It’s not a timed event, so take it slow until you’ve got the knack. And don’t forget – the thinner the paper, the more likely you are to experience a blow-out.

If paper, crutch, and bare fingers aren’t your thing, Zig Zag makes an affordable roller that’s easier to use than it looks. Youtube videos will be your best friend when mastering a rolling machine.

Step 7: Not Done Yet, Cowboy

Attention all joint rollers: you have any extra step. Don’t forget to twist off the open end of your joint before taking a hit!

First, make your joint as compact as possible. If you’ve used a crutch, this is easier; use a pen or bamboo stick and gently tamp it down. Tapping it, crutch end, on a tabletop helps, too.

Once packed to your satisfaction, twist the end off. Some folks clip or burn off any excess paper. We recommend clipping because you might inadvertently smoke it if you burn it.

Step 8: Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em

While it seems straightforward, learning how to smoke a joint or how to smoke a blunt takes practice.

As tempting as it is, don’t just pop that bad boy in your mouth, put a torch to it, and play vacuum. That’s not how to light a blunt or joint. First, you’ll want to craft a cherry to get an even burn:

  1. Grasp your joint or blunt in one hand, your lighter in the other, and roll the tip back and forth in the flame.
  2. Then take a little puff and add a little fire until you get an even burn.

And that’s that!

Pro tip: Don’t inhale deeply when crafting your cherry. It can cause “canoeing,” where the burn travels rapidly up one side of your joint or blunt.

The Final Roll Down

The real trick to rolling the perfect blunt or joint? Practice!

Whether you’re new to the scene or an oldster looking to beef up your skills, there’s no doubt you can master this. All it takes is a little time and a little patience. Let the reward—the perfect joint or blunt—be your inspiration!

Stop by The Flower Shop today if you ever need more pro tips or help with your rolling technique! Our Wellness Experts can show you our variety of rolling papers and machines, as well as the perfect strains to pair with your new rolling skills!