How To Roll A Joint For Beginners

How to roll a joint for beginners
September 06, 2019

Joint users have good reasons to go DIY. First, not all smokers can afford a daily supply or regular sessions with pre-rolls. These commercial products are simply not budget-friendly. Second, homemade joints put one in control over several factors such as:

  • Cannabis strain
  • Size of the joint
  • Type of paper
  • Cost – can be as cheap or expensive depending on preference
  • Overall quality

These points are crucial enough to elevate the experience and persuade the users. On top of that, the entire procedure is straightforward.

3 Ways To Roll A Joint

Rolling a joint is a short walk in the park. It does not require any equipment other than the bud grinder. Plus, the materials needed are all readily available in dispensaries.

Basic Joints

Basic joints may not sound so exciting, but this classic remains to be the most popular. Cannabis users also have the option to roll a straight joint or go with a pinner or a cone.

Cannabis Joint

For this style, using a long rolling paper is best for practice. This sheet is the second most popular type in the market. There two options with both measuring 100-110mm in length. The first one, King size, has a width of 55-60mm. The second one, King slim, is slightly narrower at about 44mm.

Materials needed:

  • Cannabis bud
  • Herb grinder
  • Long rolling paper (king or king slim)
  • Cardboard or pre-made crutch


  1. Grind the Cannabis. Use an herb grinder to grind the buds into a coarse consistency.
  2. Fill the Paper. Distribute the ground cannabis over the paper. The load should be arranged according to the style such as making a cone-shaped joint.
  3. Add the Roach or Filter. The use of a roach is optional. However, it does allow better airflow and keeps the joint together. Pre-made filter tips can be purchased in dispensaries or online. It is also easy to make. Just roll a 5.5 x 1.7 cm cardboard tightly, then put it at one end of the mix.
  4. Roll It. Pick up the paper and slowly roll it back and forth to pack the mix together in the middle. Let the thumbs do most of the work, and use the forefingers only to give support and pressure. Once it already feels that the weed is firm inside the paper, the sheet must be folded down and rolled in the direction of self.
  5. Seal, Compress, and Twist. To prevent the joint from unrolling, wet the adhesive strip of the paper. Compressing the weed inside is also a must to assure an even burn. Once both steps are done, twist to secure the open end.

L Joint

Marijuana Joint

Two short rolling papers are required to roll an L joint. Most people use 1-1/4 joint sheets, but some also go with 1-1/2s or singles. More than preference, one reason for making L joints could also be due to the lack of long papers.

Materials needed:

  • 2 short rolling papers (1-1/4, 1-1/2, or single)
  • Cannabis bud
  • Herb grinder
  • Cardboard or pre-made crutch


  1. Grind the Cannabis. Grind the cannabis bud into a coarse grain using an herb grinder. Do not overdo it as a pulverized weed is not ideal for a joint.
  2. Create the L Rolling Paper. Create an L-shaped rolling paper using 2 small sheets. The first paper should have its adhesive side up and facing self. The second one should then be glued to the first sheet while in a 90° counterclockwise position. To lessen the smoke from the paper, cutting the rotated wrap diagonally, with the longer side by the first sheet, will do.
  3. Prep and Add the Roach or Filter. To make a roach, roll a 5.5 x 1.7 cm cardboard tightly. As an option and for convenience, pre-made filters could also be purchased from dispensaries or online. Place the roach at the end of the uncut paper.
  4. Load the Cannabis. Put the ground weed in the middle of the paper.
  5. Roll It. Beginners will want to roll the joint straight. It also does not take long to get used to rolling it into a conical form. Either way, arrange the ground weed and the paper for the shape intended.
  6. Seal the Weed In. Because two papers were used, there will also be two adhesive strips. Wet the paper holding the roach and most of the weed first, and roll in as usual. Do the same with the tip paper and spiral it around. Then, compress the ground cannabis inside before twisting and securing the open tip.

Double-Roached Shotgun Joint

Weed Joint

Rolling a double-roached shotgun joint is creative and adds to the experience. Instead of one, it uses two crutches to make it look like a firearm. It may seem complicated to create, but even beginners can easily do it.

Materials needed:

  • Rolling Paper (king or king slim)
  • Cannabis bud
  • Herb grinder
  • Cardboard or pre-made crutches


  1. Grind the Cannabis. Use the herb grinder to grind the cannabis into coarse grains. Do not overdo as powdery-fine weed cannot be appropriately rolled.
  2. Prepare the 2 Roaches. Prepare two pre-made crutches. As an option, it could also be made at home by tightly rolling two 5.5 x 1.7 cm cardboards separately.
  3. Fill the Paper. Add the ground cannabis bud and put both roaches at the tip of the paper. The crutches should be beside each other.
  4. Roll the Wrap. For this style, users can only roll a straight joint; a cone is most definitely a no go. Use the forefingers to support the paper with the mix while the thumbs do most of the rolling. Once the weed feels compressed, fold the wrap down and roll it towards self.
  5. Seal and Close. Moisten the adhesive strip and seal the paper by wrapping it around, then twist the top to close.

Joints Are Easy To Roll

Rolling a joint rather than using pre-made ones come with plenty of advantages. Going DIY puts one in control of all aspects. From the cannabis strain to the roach and the kind of paper used, every component can be customized to preference. It can also be as expensive or as cheap as one wants. Moreover, it assures the freshness of the weed in every session.

Rolling Joint with wooden pulp

Although some styles can be quite complicated, there are simple techniques too. Even beginners can roll joints without breaking a sweat. All one needs are the right materials and a few minutes.