How To Roll A Cannabis Joint And Smoke It

If you have no access to edibles and you want to get high you’ll have to learn how to smoke cannabis.

Learning how to smoke cannabis isn’t hard. In fact, you’ll have plenty of ways to go about it. You can smoke a bowl, joint, or a bong. Each one has their own technique. If you don’t smoke the right way you run the risk of not getting high. That’s pretty much the worst case scenario when it comes to smoking cannabis. From packing bowls to rolling up, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to get high on the first try.

Let’s go over how to roll and smoke a cannabis cigarette.

If you don’t have a bowl or you prefer a different method, use papers to roll up. The easiest way to roll for a beginner is by using a rolling machine. But here we will learn how to roll and smoke a joint.

Step 1: Pick Your Papers

Step 1: Pick The Right Rolling Papers

You need to pick your joint rolling papers before you get things rolling. This is important because some companies use chemicals during the production of their papers. Bleaches like chlorine and calcium carbonate are sometimes used to make papers burn slower. Several papers and blunt wraps contain potassium nitrate which can cause lung cancer and respiratory tract damage.

Thicker papers can cause oral and lung irritation. The thinner the papers, the healthier. The less paper there is, the less smoke you’re inhaling overall. Hemp and Rice papers are popular healthy paper choices. They are usually thin,  unbleached, and chemical-free. Natural gums like sugar gum make safer adhesives than harsh chemical glues. So if you want to be a healthy joint smoker, look for natural chemical-free papers with natural gum adhesives to smoke.

If you plan to roll a joint for solo session the 1 and 1/4 size will probably suit you best. If you’re smoking with extra buds king size papers are your friends.

After you’ve got your papers and marijuana, you’ve got everything you need. You can also use a grinder, but a lack of one won’t prevent you from rolling the perfect joint. Filter tips are an excellent addition to joints as well. They prevent the weed from soaring into your throat and allow you to finish your joint without burning a finger.

Step 2: Grind Your Weed

Grind your weed with a grinder or use your hands to break nugs down as small and evenly as you can. You can also use a shot glass and some scissors to grind up if you don’t have a grinder and don’t want sticky fingers.

Step 3: Roll It Up

Grab a sheet of rolling paper, if you’re going to use paper or glass filter tip, place it at one end of the papers crease. If not, you can softly twist the end. Evenly distribute the ground up weed across the papers crease.

The motion to roll it up is called a tuck and roll. Use your thumbs on each end of the joint to roll up and down until the weed takes on a cylindrical shape.

Once you’ve got a cylinder of weed in your papers, tightly roll the non-adhesive side of the paper around the weed. Continue to roll keeping the weed as close to the paper as possible. Any gaps will cause your joint to “canoe” or burn unevenly. Your joints will get tighter as you practice and gain confidence.

When you feel you’ve got a tight enough roll to the end, lick the adhesive at the top and roll it shut. Run your finger across the adhesive afterward to make sure it’s sealed shut.

Step 4: Top It Off

You can make the joint a bit tighter by packing in the end with a shoelace, tooth-pick, straw, or pen. There should be space for more weed after you pack it in. To take it on the go, lightly lick and twist the end of the paper shut. No weed is spilling out while you make your moves.

Do’s And Don’ts

Now that you know the basics of how to roll we’ll go over some of the do’s and don’ts for how to roll a joint.


Take your time on the tuck and roll. You want the paper to be hugging the weed as closely as possible. Do use a filter tip. The tip will prevent the weed from falling out of one end as you roll and when you smoke it.


Don’t slobber on the joint. If you get the joint too wet it’ll be easy to tear a hole in it. Either that or your friends will be grossed out. When topping it off don’t go too crazy because packing it down too tight will make it harder for air to flow. Then you won’t be able to pull it and get big hits of smoke.

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