“A lot of people don’t know how to roll a joint or don’t want to do it in front of other people”
At a gathering of friends, Ben Laflamme often finds his joint-rolling skills in demand.
“A lot of people don’t know how to roll a joint or don’t want to do it in front of other people,” said Laflamme, owner of BS Box, a recreational cannabis smoking kit.
Cannabis consultant, photographer and Instagram influencer Marly Tweedledoob, agrees. “I think a lot of people, in a group of friends, there is the designated roller,” said Tweedledoob, who recently taught a group of about 25 pot partakers how to roll the perfect joint at the Cannabis Living Expo in Toronto and brings more than 15 years of rolling experience.
“For me, it is by far my favourite way to consume cannabis, so early on I spent time learning how to roll,” she said.
Most in the crowd admitted to common joint fails such as rolling too loose or “canoeing” when a bud burns unevenly. Other problems include a lumpy joint or a bump in the middle — “the pregnant joint where it is too fat in the middle,” she said. Rolling a good joint comes down to a little bit of technique and a lot of practice. “If it is your first time rolling, it is not going to be a good one. It is a very tactile experience that you just need to get the feel for by doing it over and over.”
Grind the cannabis
A cannabis grinder works well to get a consistent weed without any chunks. “Give it a few twists with the grinder,” Tweedledoob said. But don’t grind too much or it will be a powder. If you see stems pull them out. Similarly, a larger chunk should be ground again to avoid a “lumpy” joint.
Make or buy a filter tip
Rip a rectangle of a business card, fold it up into a roll, and slide it in at one end of the rolling paper. The filter is key to making the perfect joint, said Nick Sutton, managing partner of Big Bark Rolling Papers. “You won’t burn your fingers, lips or waste your weed.” The filter also gives you something to roll your paper on, said Laflamme.
Gather the weed
Use a card to scoop up the ground weed and place it in the paper. Evenly distribute cannabis. A little space at the end is fine. A “game-changing” trick Chris Nikolopoulos with Pure Hemp Rolling Papers, found was to fold the bottom half of the rolling paper inwards. This keeps the paper from rolling inward.
Roll the joint with your fingers several times. Your hands shouldn’t be too dry because you need to get a grip on the paper. Add a tiny bit of water to your hands if you find the joint slipping. The most difficult part is to roll tucking “I use my right index finger to hold where you are happy with it and kind of tuck from there,” said Tweedledoob. Once you are happy with how tight the joint is, don’t let go, she advises.
If you don’t like how it looks, repeat the previous two steps over again until you are satisfied. For some, this is a long process. “You can’t be scared to lose some of it. Some will fall out,” said Laflamme. “It is all about taking your time. If you fail, try again.”
Seal and pack it down
Once you are happy with your joint, seal the paper. Turn it upright and tap the weed down inside your joint with a pencil or key. This will make the final product much tighter. Finally, twist the end.
Most people won’t find success right away. It takes practice, said Sutton. Nikolopoulos said he perfected his rolling technique one summer in Greece where home-rolled cigarettes are popular. While there are pre-rolls and machines available, hand-rolled joints are cheaper, he noted. “You will save money — you might as well learn,” he said.
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