How to Roll a Joint: Easy Step-By-Step Guide

Learning how to roll a joint can be super frustrating. There are a lot of ways to roll joints and they’re not wrong per-say, as long as it burns, that’s all that matters.

But, if you’re just getting started or if you’ve been rolling joints and you wish they could look a little better, follow this step-by-step joint rolling guide and impress your friends with your new skill.

1. Grind Your Cannabis

The first step to learning how to roll a joint is breaking up your weed before rolling it up. Sticking a few full buds in your rolling paper and trying to roll it up is a sure way to fail and create “fun” inside jokes between your friends. So crush those buds up!

Note: the easiest way to break up your bud is in a grinder, you worst case, you can also use your hands or scissors. A grinder will keep your fingers from getting all sticky from the bud and sticking to the paper when you’re trying to roll the joint. It will also reduce lumps in your joint, thus preventing the dreaded canoeing that can happen when rolling.

2. Create Your Filter (Optional)

It’s up to you to decide if you want to add a crutch (a tip or filter) to your joint. A filter isn’t necessary, but they’re good if you don’t want to burn your lips, don’t want to waste any weed, or don’t want to get little pieces of weed in your mouth. A lot of joint papers include a crutch with the papers, but if not all you need is a small piece of cardboard. Fold the cardboard over (back and forth) a few times and then simply roll it up.

3. Fill Your Paper with Pot

Once you’ve broken up your weed, it’s time to get rolling. Pick a paper from your pack and you’ll see a natural crease in it, which acts like a little vessel to hold your cannabis. Hold onto the paper at one end and begin to spread your weed evenly along the paper in the crease. If you made a crutch, insert it at the end and hold it with your thumb while you fill the rest of the paper with the weed.

4. Start to Shape Your Joint

Once your paper is full of weed, you’ll want to shape your joint. To do this, just pinch the joint paper between your fingertips and slowly roll back and forth to pack down the weed into its final shape. If you want to roll a cone, there should be more marijuana toward the end of the joint and less toward the tip. When you shape your joint before you roll it, rolling becomes a whole lot easier.

5. Roll & Seal Your Joint

Want to roll a good, tight joint that burns perfectly? Don’t skimp on this crucial step. Keeping your fingers in the back of the joint and your thumbs up front, start to slowly roll the paper back and forth with your thumbs and forefingers. You want to get all the weed in your paper smoothed out evenly, then tuck the paper in the front (unglued side) underneath to the back and roll it up. Lightly lick the glue part of the paper to seal it up.

6. Pack Your Joint

Last step before sparking up your joint is to pack it. The end of your joint could be a little loose. Packing it ensures that you’re not losing any weed and that it smokes evenly throughout the entire smoke sesh. You can really use anything to pack the tip of the joint. A pen, a key, a stick, the string on your hoodie, another joint–you just want to make sure your weed is packed down tight.

7. Twist the Top of Your Joint

twisting a joint

Once it’s all packed in, you can either fold down the top or twist it up to make sure none of your weed escapes. This is especially handy when you’re not going to light up right away.

You Did It, You Learned How to Roll a Joint

Congratulations you’ve just learned how to roll a joint. If you end up wasting 30 papers before you get your first one right, don’t be hard on yourself. With practice, it will come. But who knows, you might just be a natural. Basic joints are easy once you get the hang of it. And before you know it you might be rolling some more creative joints rather than sticking to the old standby.

How do you like to roll joints? Let us know.

Did you know?

  • In Washington state, the average pot consumer smokes 123 joints per year (not gonna lie though, we suspect these numbers are probably a lot “higher”).
  • The largest joint on record weighed in at 4.20 pounds.
  • Irvin Rosenfeld, one of the country’s first medical marijuana patients, is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records under “Most Pot Consumed” for smoking 115,000 joints throughout his lifetime…all of which were courtesy of the federal government.
  • It takes 800 joints to kill a man, but you can’t overdose on weed. The cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • President John F Kennedy smoked three joints one night in the White House with his mistress then said, “Suppose the Russians did something now…”
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Jen Keehn

About the author: Jen Keehn is a Colorado-based writer focused on inspiring others to live their best lives. She writes regularly about recreational and medical cannabis, holistic health, addiction, and psychedelic therapy.