How to Roll a Joint Like a Pro

by Gabi A

Let’s talk about the art of rolling a joint, shall we? It’s a skill that requires some practice, but once you’ve got it down, you can enjoy a perfectly rolled joint that hits all the right notes. But wait, what about pre-rolls? Are they worth considering, or is rolling the only way to go? We’ll show you how to roll a joint with a filter and even advise why pre-rolls are the ultimate choice for newbies. So, brace yourselves and roll up something for a fun night or weekend.

What is a Joint?

A joint is a rolled-up cigarette containing ground cannabis instead of tobacco. Joints are a classic and iconic way to consume cannabis—they’re easy to roll, carry around, and indulge in a puff-puff-pass with your best buds.

Rolling a joint requires a certain level of skill and finesse, and those skilled in joint rolling can roll a perfect joint in seconds, using nothing but their bare hands and a pack of rolling papers. 

Smokers use thin, rectangular sheets to roll up cannabis into a joint. They come in various sizes, flavors, and materials, such as hemp or rice paper. We understand that learning how to roll a joint may seem overwhelming but keep up with us, and you’ll be a pro in no time.

How to Choose the Rolling Paper?

Choosing the best rolling papers is the first and most crucial step to learning how to roll a joint. Here’s how you do it.


Rolling papers come in several materials, including,

  • Hemp
  • Rice
  • Flax
  • Wood pulp

Each material has distinct characteristics that can have an impact on the taste and the burn rate. For example, hemp papers tend to burn slowly and evenly, while rice papers burn quickly and have a clean taste. 


From small single-width paper to large king-size paper, the size you pick will depend on how much cannabis you want to roll up and how many people are part of a smoke sesh. A small or medium-sized paper may be sufficient if you’re smoking a joint alone or with one friend. For larger groups, a king-size paper may be necessary.


Flavors like cherry, grape, or chocolate can add a fun twist to your smoking experience and help mask the taste of cannabis if you’re not a fan.


Rolling paper can be ultra-thin or thicker. Thinner paper tends to burn more slowly and evenly, while the thicker paper may burn more quickly and have a more pungent taste.

Step-by-step Guide on How to Roll a Perfect Joint

So, how to roll a proper joint? Whether you’re new to rolling or looking to improve your technique, there are some basic steps to follow. Select the correct rolling paper and weed, then grind the cannabis to the desired consistency. From there, it’s a matter of spreading the weed evenly and rolling it up into a neat, tight joint. You can roll a perfect joint with some patience and practice. 

Step 1: Gather your materials

Step-by-step Guide on How to Roll a Perfect Joint

To roll a joint, you will need several materials, including:

Step 2: Prepare your rolling paper

How to Roll a Perfect Joint

Make sure it’s not too dry or too moist. It will tear easily if it’s too dry; if it’s too moist, it will be difficult to roll.

Step 3: Add your filter

Add filter on rolling paper

The joint filter will help prevent any loose bits of weed from getting into your mouth.

Step 4: Add your ground flower to the paper

How to Add your ground flower to the paper

Make sure the weed is evenly distributed, and don’t be afraid to use your fingers to shape it into an excellent, even cylinder.

Step 5: Begin rolling the joint

How To roll a joint

Tuck the edge of the rolling paper closest to you under the cannabis, and start rolling it back and forth, using your fingers to compress the cannabis as you go.

Step 6: Push the weed using a pen/pencil

How to roll a joint

Use a pen or pencil to gently push the cannabis into place to add more weed into the cone-like joint. Be careful not to damage the joint or make it too tight.

Step 7: Seal the rolling paper

Seal rolling paper to make a joint

Once the joint is rolled up, use a small amount of moisture (water, saliva, etc.) to seal the edge of the joint paper. You can also heat the paper and seal it gently using a lighter.

Step 8: Light the joint and enjoy

Freshly rolled weed joint

Give it a little twist at the end of the roll to prevent any cannabis from falling out. Use the lighter to light your freshly rolled weed joint and enjoy the high.

Should I Just Get Pre-rolls?

When you’re lazy and want to save time, getting a pre-roll delivered to your home is better. Pre-rolls are convenient and ready to smoke but may seem more expensive and limit your customization options. 

Rolling a joint allows you to customize its size, shape, and contents, but it requires time, effort, the necessary materials, and learning how to roll a joint.

But what if we tell you that brands like lolo, Stone Road, Paradiso and Dovetail focus on giving you the highest-quality pre-rolled joints at reasonable prices? If you’re new to rolling joints, pre-rolls may be the better choice until you gain more experience. 

Some of the popular pre-rolls you can get your hands on without compromising the quality of your smoking downtime are:

Blunt Vs. Joint: Let’s End the Debate

Blunts and joints are two popular ways to smoke cannabis, but they have some key differences. 

  • Blunts are made with a tobacco leaf or cigar wrapper filled with ground cannabis. Joints are made by rolling ground cannabis in rolling papers.
  • Blunts are typically larger than joints and can hold more weed. Joints are often smaller and more discreet.
  • Blunts have a distinct tobacco flavor, while joints allow you to taste the authentic flavor of cannabis.

Just Keep Rolling

Material needed to roll a joint

In the end, rolling a joint is about the outcome and the process itself. The entire process feels therapeutic, allowing you to focus your mind and hands on the task at hand. 

And once you’ve rolled a dope joint, the feeling of accomplishment will be so satisfying. Also, there’s something special about sharing a well-rolled joint with buds, passing it around, and enjoying the moment together.

Now that you have everything you need to start with how to roll a joint, we’re leaving it in your hands (literally) to get started! Feel free to experiment with different papers, try new techniques, and make the rolling process your own. After all, the journey is just as important as the destination.

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