Rolling a joint is an art - cannabis enthusiasts often claim. While it's easier than creating an oil painting, perfecting a joint requires skill and technique. A well-rolled joint should burn evenly, otherwise, you’re left with a joint that is unevenly lit leaving you reaching out for the lighter before every puff and burning all the excess weed. As a fellow toker, I can attest to how it completely ruins my excitement to get high and I’m left considering if it’s even worth smoking the joint or worse, starting over.
There have been long drawn debates on cannabis forums on how to roll the perfect joint, but in reality, multiple factors come into play. Here’s a list of the best practices based on people’s experiences to help you master the art of rolling joints.
1. Use good quality rolling paper
Rolling papers play a huge impact on how your joint burns. It's a no brainer that you should always buy top-shelf papers from reputed manufacturers. But how do you decide on a paper that will ensure a good slow burn? According to Green Camp, a thinner rolling paper will allow more air to pass through, making the joint and the good times last longer. So, refrain from cigarette paper and flavoured paper which are too thick and burn quickly.
Rice paper works best when trying to get a join to burn slower. Wood pulp paper or hemp paper are also great alternatives which are easily available at corner stores. Experienced smokers may disagree saying that hemp papers are more sturdy compared to delicate rice papers but rice is still top-tier when it comes to delayed burning. However, choose hemp if you have shaky hands or smoking in a humid environment, it’s your second best option.
2. Grind your cannabis properly
Cannabis grinding may be the most boring task that is often pawned off but if you skip that step, the large chunks of cannabis bud will be a pain to light and make your joint burn unevenly. A lack of proper ground cannabis means you'll end up wasting most of the joint just trying to keep it lit. So, consider investing in a top-shelf grinder to crush your weed finely and effortlessly. On the other hand, keep in mind that over-grinding your herb to a powdery consistency will prevent adequate airflow and you won’t be able to inhale any cannabis. It needs to be just right!
3. Add hash oil to your joints
Here’s a lesser-known trick - adding hash oil to your spliff will give make your joints burn slower and get you way higher! It's a win-win type of situation. Once you’ve filled the rolling paper with ground cannabis, drop some hash oil on it evenly. You can also spread it along the inside or outside of the paper with a dabber - it's up to you.
Hash oil’s thick and sticky consistency ensures a good slow burn, but be careful to not add it too generously. You might end up getting higher than the roof as the oil will significantly boost the potency of your joint. So, either smoke less of the joint or wait after a few puffs and observe how you're feeling.
4. Add honey for a longer burn
Did you know cannabis smokers often use honey to stick blunt wraps so that they don't uncoil mid-toke? Yes, and it works like a charm! Due to its thick and sticky feel, honey in a regular weed joint can slow down the burning time. Stoners also like it for the sweet, enjoyable flavour it adds to the joint.
Again, moderation is key. Don't douse your joint in honey as that will only lead to a wet, sticky and sloppy rolling paper. The right way is to drizzle a thin line of honey on your rolling paper before adding the marijuana into it. Then, use your finger or a butter knife to gently spread the honey across the paper. After that, you can sprinkle the cannabis in your joint.
If you want to be extra cautious, use a CBD honey syringe to lay a perfect line of honey on the paper. With this, you can even enjoy the added kick of CBD. A second option is to roll the joint first and then roll the outside of the joint with a thin layer of honey. Consequently, you could then roll the sticky outer surface of the joint in kief or more ground cannabis to add style to your joint and of course to make it slow down the smoking time.
5. Score high-quality marijuana buds
It's what's inside that counts - this adage rings true for a joint as well. If your marijuana quality is sub-par, you can't expect to smoke a fine joint. The quality and burn rate of cannabis depends on the cure time of your bud. So, buying well-cured cannabis will ensure a much longer-lasting burn as opposed to dry or old cannabis that will burn too quickly. Source your cannabis from a reputed establishment or speak to your cannabis retailer about the kind of cannabis you want. Ask them that you want an even and long-lasting smoking experience from your joint.
6. Roll a tight joint next time
While some amount of airflow is needed, too much of airflow will cause the joint to burn quickly and unevenly. So, rolling a tight joint will improve burn quality. You'll want to take time in "packing" the joint well. After the cannabis is sprinkled inside your rolling paper, rub the two sides of the paper up back and forth against each other so the joint takes a tight long shape.
If you don't get it right in the first try, don't worry. All it takes is practice, practice and practice. Just remember - don't roll it ultra-tight as an extremely tight joint will prevent all airflow and you won't be able to inhale any smoke.
7. Add a layer of joint paper over the joint
According to Leafly, adding an extra paper for fortification will help your joint burn more evenly. It will also help contain airflow, by channelling air through a tighter space and overall prevent expedited burning.
8. Use a toothpick to create proper airflow in the joint
It's possible that rolling your joint too tightly can mean when you inhale, absolutely nothing comes due to the constricted airway in the joint. If you don't want to start over with the joint, grab a toothpick to fix the joint. Take the toothpick and gently insert it from the tip of your joint all the way to the filter. While doing so, wriggle the toothpick to create a small tunnel for maximising airflow through the joint. So, you can have your tight j and also a well-ventilated one.