How to Roll a Perfect Joint? A Step-by-Step Guide

Do you want to roll a joint but can’t seem to get the hang of it? Don’t worry; most beginners have trouble with this task. Cannabis is a unique plant; you must be precise when rolling it up. The traditional joint is still one of the most popular methods for consuming cannabis, and with a few helpful tips, you can roll your perfect joint in no time.

If you’re looking for something more than the typical smoke, rolling your joint is the way to go! It fills the air with a unique scent, and recipients of your piping skills will appreciate the craftsmanship of your result. 

Rolling a perfect joint isn’t as hard as it seems; it’s all about practice, patience, and following a few simple steps. With a bit of effort, anyone can roll like an old pro in no time. From finding the right rolling paper to wrapping it nicely, let’s jump in and discover how to create that perfect herbal masterpiece. 

Whether entertaining guests or just enjoying some alone time, knowing how to roll a joint correctly is a worthwhile skill to master. Are you ready? Let’s go! ​

What Is A Joint?

Hands making cannabis joint at marijuana shop

Many people are familiar with the term “joint,” especially when it comes to cannabis, but not everyone knows exactly what joint entails. Simply put, a joint is a way of smoking marijuana or hemp that combines a rolled paper filled with cannabis flower and sometimes an added concentrate or herbal blend. 

Joints come in many sizes, from long and skinny to short and fat, plus package-friendly sizes like pre-rolls. The secret to rolling the perfect joint is finding a balance of tightly compacted weed and enough space for airflow; this will help you quickly get the desired effects of your smoke. In addition, adding concentrates often adds extra flavour, health benefits, and potency.

A cannabis joint that includes both tobacco and cannabis, also known as a spliff, is an increasingly popular option. Spliffs are part tobacco and part cannabis. They help reduce coughing when inhaling smoke. 

Legalising marijuana, cannabis and hemp products has opened up a world of possibilities regarding rolling joints [1]. So why not light up one tonight? The experience could be just what you need amidst the hustle and bustle of life! Let your cannabis joint be the key that unlocks some much-needed relief; you won’t regret it!

Step By Step Guide To Rolling a Perfect Joint

Young adult man rolling a marijuana joint

Every beginner needs a great guide to rolling the perfect joint. Sometimes beginners don’t know how much concentration of cannabis flower to use, how tight or loose to roll the paper, and even what type of paper to use. 

A higher THC concentration leads to marijuana addiction, so guiding them to roll a perfect joint is necessary [2]. Whether you’re rolling up for yourself or your friends, this step-by-step guide will help make the process easy and enjoyable.

1. Gather Your Materials

The first step in rolling a perfect joint is gathering your materials. You’ll need a cannabis flower, a rolling paper, something to grind the flower, and a filter (sometimes referred to as a crutch). 

A filter is optional, but it makes rolling easier. It also helps prevent any loose pieces of cannabis from coming out of your joint when you smoke it.

2. Grind Your Flower

The next step is to grind your cannabis flower into small pieces. This will make rolling your joint much easier. Make sure to grind the cannabis flower into small pieces, but not so small that it turns into a powder. 

You want the pieces to be small enough to fit inside the paper and burn evenly.For grinding, you can use either a grinder and mortar or you can use your hands.

Marijuana joints ready to smoke and a pile of weed buds on black stone table. Close up background with drug details. Copy space left.

3. Make A Crutch

A crutch, also known as a filter, is an important part of rolling the perfect joint. It helps keep the cannabis in place and makes rolling easier. 

To make a crutch, take a thin strip of paper (like an index card or business card) and fold it several times lengthwise until it’s about 3/4 inch wide. Then, roll it up into a cylinder shape and tuck one end inside the other to look like a cone or spiral. You can use the same paper you’re using for your joint or a separate piece of paper. Glass and wooden crutches can be a good option too.

4. Load The Joint

Now it’s time to load the joint. Take your rolled-up crutch and place it at one end of the paper. Place a thin layer of cannabis in the middle of the paper, making sure not to overload it. If you use too much cannabis, it can be difficult to roll and might burn unevenly. 

Once the cannabis is in the middle of the paper, use your fingers to spread it out evenly. When not spread evenly, it can lead to uneven burning.

5. Roll The Joint

The wait is over, and it’s time to roll. Take one of the paper’s long sides and fold it over the cannabis, tucking in any loose pieces along the way. This is called “the lip” or the edge of the joint. 

After that, take one of the short sides and fold it up towards you, then roll it with your fingertips until it’s tight and secure. Use your thumb to ensure the joint is tightly secured so that no air can escape when you smoke it.

6. Twist The Joint

The final step in rolling the perfect joint is to twist the top of the paper. This helps keep all of the cannabis inside and makes it look more aesthetically pleasing. To twist the top, take both sides of the paper and twist them in opposite directions until it’s tight. Make sure you don’t over-twist it, or else it will be difficult to light.

Don’t leave the cannabis without proper storage. Read more about how to store cannabis in our previous blog. 

How To Choose The Rolling Papers

Close-up of woman smoking marijuana cannabis joint

Choosing the right rolling papers for a perfect joint is crucial. The thickness of the paper will determine how slow or fast your smoking experience will be. Thinner papers tend to burn faster, while thicker papers provide an even cooler smoke. Also, ensure you pick unbleached natural papers free from chemicals or additives for healthier smoke.

Most rolling papers are fibres from non-woody plants like hemp, flax, and sisal, but you can also find ones made of rice or wood. The paper you choose will also affect the taste of your joint, so think about that before you make a choice.

Flavoured papers are also available and give you an interesting taste, but these tend to be made of wood pulp which might not be the healthiest option. A cone-shaped joint will also require a special rolling paper with the right shape and size.


1. Are Cannabis joints helpful in treating medical conditions?

Yes, cannabis has been proven to help treat certain medical conditions like chronic pain, depression, and anxiety[3]. Numerous studies show how it can help reduce the symptoms of these illnesses. Furthermore, cannabis joints have become popular among recreational users as they provide a safer alternative to smoking other substances.

2. What if I use thick paper for rolling?

Thick paper can make it difficult to roll a perfect joint as the dry cannabis material may not stick together. It is recommended to use thin papers because they stick together better, allowing for an easier and smoother roll.

3. How do I keep my joints from unravelling?

To keep your joint from unravelling, make sure to tuck the ends of the paper tightly together. By pressing down and rolling the edges inwards towards yourself, you will create a seal that will keep your joint tight and prevent it from unravelling.