When it comes to joint rolling, “practice makes perfect” can be a fun process. Grab some paper and improve your rolling technique—and then smoke all those beautiful joints you have crafted.

But aside from simply sitting down and practicing, from the papers you choose to how you grind your cannabis, there are a few things you can do to ensure the optimal joint rolling process.

Here are our tips for rolling better joints.

Tip #1: Choose the Right Flower

The evolution of rolling a joint starts with choosing the right flower. Knowing your flower strains and what works under certain conditions can help you choose the right techniques for rolling the joint.

For instance, Sativa strains are less dense and as such need not be ground too much to achieve bud consistency. Some strains are more pungent than others, and some others offer a much stronger effect. In all anyways, your satisfaction starts with your choice of flower strain, so choose right.

Tip #2: Choose the Right Papers

There are plenty of paper types to choose from. There is the classic white or brown, pulp paper, rice paper, flavored paper and others in-between. Certain types are more health-conscious, and the others offer an improved flavor. Some burn lightly, others do not. So, depending on your preference, you have an array of paper types to choose from.

Knowing and picking the right paper for you can enhance your experience by half.

Tip #3: Grind Your Flower Right

Aside from choosing the right rolling papers, getting your flower to the right consistency is the third most important prep work you can do. You want your ground-up weed to be crumbly and free of stems so the final product burns evenly. To get there, drop a nug in your grinder and twist 10-12 times, or until you can twist without much resistance.

Notice some powdery stuff hanging out in the bottom chamber of your grinder? That’s kief and it’s loaded with THC. You can either sprinkle it on top of a packed bowl or add it back to your joint for additional potency.

Tip #4: Always Use a Filter

While you don’t absolutely need a filter, it is important you always use one. The filter helps to create a barrier between your lips and the burning herb, and also help to keep bits of flower from slipping out into your mouth as you smoke. Remember: How thin or thick you roll your filter will determine how thin or thick your joint will be, so plan accordingly.

Tip #5: Fill That Paper

The trick is to place your rolling paper on a tray, plate, magazine or any flat surface. This would allow for ample space to organize the weed on the rolling paper and to catch any excess weed that may drop off. Once set, drop some of that freshly ground herb along the creases of your paper. Leave enough room to place your filter at one end.

Tip #6: Pinch and Roll

The secret to getting a tight and cylindrical joint is to grab the flower-filled paper by both ends, pinch the tops of the paper with your thumbs and forefingers, and rub your fingers together in an up-and-down motion. By doing so, you effectively push the flower into a tight little log the same width as the filter. Once you’re there, you’re ready to tuck the unglued side of the paper around the filter and roll. Don’t expect to get it right the first time as this part takes patience and finesse.

Pro tip: Focus on getting the paper tight around the filter first. From there, the rest of the joint will follow.

Tip #7: Lick, Tap and Twist

Once it’s all set, you lick the glue end and seal. Tap the filter against a hard surface to help the flower settle in or pack the flower in with a pencil, chopstick, or similar pointy object and finally twist the excess paper at the top of your joint to keep everything in place.

For extra fineness, you can use scissors to trim both ends to meet your satisfaction.

Joint Rolling Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If your joint gets loose halfway through rolling it, back up and start again with a tighter pinch around the filter.
  • If your joint burns unevenly, your flower maybe a little too chunky. Grind the flower a little more next time.
  • If you need to keep lighting it to get any smoke, the flower is too finely ground and preventing air from flowing through. Ease up with the grinder next time.