How to Roll a Joint

How to Roll a Joint

This blog post, How to Roll a Joint, explores the basics of rolling joints. When you are finished reading this article you will be equipped with all the information you need to become a better joint roller than you are now. If you’ve never rolled one before, hopefully you’ll give it a try after reading! As someone who smokes weed, knowing how to roll a joint is an integral part of the culture. You will feel satisfied every time you roll a nice joint, there’s nothing quite like it! Your friends will rely on you to roll the joints because “yours burns so nicely”, and during your smoking sessions you will be showered with compliments. There is one specific rolling hack we will share with you, and also explain how to personalize your joint rolling setup.

You will need three things in your quest for joint rolling supremacy.

    1. Practice.
    2. Personalized supplies.
    3. A joint rolling hack.
1. Practice.

As with all things that are worth knowing, practice makes perfect. You’re here seeking out the perfect joint, and there is no way around practicing. But worry not, you don’t need to get in ten thousand hours to roll a good joint, because at the end of the day, it’s a fairly simple motor skill. Roll thirty to fifty joints and you’ll be ready. Roll over a hundred, and you’ll start getting really good. When you start to lose count of the number of books of papers you go through, then, and only then, will you have achieved full mastery status. You better love the process people, so always remember, practice makes perfect.

2. Personalize Your Supplies.

When it comes to rolling the perfect joint, it’s like shooting a free-throw in basketball, or a tennis serve. It’s a repetitive skill that all comes down to routine. Personalize your preferences. Shaq didn’t throw free throws the same way as Kobe. Take the time to choose your favourite rolling papers, filter tips and grinder. Use them routinely to become comfortable. If you keep changing your supplies you’ll still get better, albeit at a slower rate. For example, you could exclusively use Raw 1 + 1/4 Papers with perforated Elements Filter Tips, and use a black top Sharpstone grinder, over a full size, custom Raw Rolling Tray. On the other hand, your good friend exclusively uses OCB King Size Thin Papers with perforated Raw Filter Tips in a red top SpaceCase grinder, over a vintage rolling tray he picked up in France. Both examples may love smoking lots of weed, and both roll excellent joints, but the setups are different. It’s all about your preferences, people! Customize!

Finding your favourite papers

This is the biggest point to customization. There are so many options! Do you like thin papers like OCB’s, or are you an old school smoker that prefers thick papers like Rolling or Players brand? There are rice, hemp or corn papers to choose from. Bleached or unbleached? Flavoured, or natural? Some of the most famous and widely used rolling paper brands are RAW, Zig Zags, Elements, OCB’s, Smoking, Pure Hemp, or Rizla. Then you have your niche papers, like the ones that come with a wire inside them (they suck, trust us), or clear rolling papers made of cellophane, or 24K Gold papers (pretty pricey as they are actually coated in real gold). The possibilities are endless, and that is awesome because rolling papers are pretty cheap. You should test out as many as you can before you settle on one.

rolling papers

Use rolling tips

Raw, Element, and OCB all make them, as well as many others. Just make sure you don’t buy actual cigarette tips. They don’t let enough smoke through for a cannabis joint, it’s meant to filter harsher tobacco.
Why should you use rolling tips? Consistency. Sure, you can use random bits from some old business cards, but each time it will be a different size and length, which will definitely impact your end result. It all starts with the filter. Whatever you do, do not, I repeat, DO NOT, take someone’s pack of papers and rip off a piece of the booklet to use for your garbage filter. We’d rather you didn’t use one at all. For those who roll joints on the daily, you have to understand that they have a close relationship with the supplies they use. You wouldn’t borrow a friend’s shoes only to rip out the laces and use them to hold your pants up cause you forgot to wear a belt today. Plan ahead with filter tips. Also, pro tip: there are re-usable glass filter tips as well for the bougie smoker.

Use a grinder

Old school smokers claim scissors and your fingers are the best way to break up bud. It may be nostalgic but it is certainly not efficient. These are usually the same people that claim weed was better in the 60’s. Just so we’re all on the same page, this is what the best weed in the 70’s looked like, featured in High Times Magazine:

high times 70s

Titanium grinders work like fifty scissors at once, so do yourself a favour and make a one time, thirty dollar investment in good grinder. Space Case and Sharpstone are two of the best brands, but again, there are so many options out there to choose from. Just make sure it’s made of titanium, not an “alloy”. Don’t use plastic grinders either, you don’t want to be smoking little bits of plastic when it starts to break down.

At the end of the day, when it comes to rolling joints, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to roll up big chunks.. Save that for the pipe or the bong. When trying to rollbig chunks, many bad things can happen. You’ll be up at the cottage and a piece of a stem will puncture your last and only paper. You’ll be absolutely steaming with frustration. Who wouldn’t want to avoid that? You’ll go to ash your joint after using your last and only match and the whole cherry will fall out. Maybe you’ve got a backup fire source, but what if it’s windy? No one likes lighting a joint a million times. There will be extra air spaces between the flower, make the burn uneven and allowing the paper to burn much quicker than the weed inside. The main point here is: get yourself a titanium grinder!

Cop a stash box

To really up your game, buy a stash box. You can find some pretty neat stuff on Amazon or in local head shops. Having a rolling kit is definitely a good look, and as you advance in your skill level you will want to customize your kit in the way that makes the most sense for you. Hot tips for when you’re browsing: the best way to store weed is in UV protected glass, and also make sure the stash box is big enough to fit your grinder, papers, filter tips and of course, your weed!

3. Big Joint Rolling Hack:  FILTER IN joint at start of roll.

Do not try to wrangle the filter into the joint after you’ve already rolled it. Problems may arise. The filter might fall out when you pass it, and the joint definitely won’t look smooth, it’ll be all bumpy and uneven. After you’ve packed the weed in and you start to roll the joint, tuck the corner of the paper behind the filter paper, and then spin it tightly around that point. Finish the roll and you will end with a perfect cone shape. Lick only the corner of the paper, around the filter. Don’t like the entire edge of the lick strip. Why? That can cause “canoeing”, an uneven burn effect that results from a part of the joint being wetter than the rest. This causes the wet part to burn slower. We don’t want that!

To summarize:

    1. Roll that joint with the filter in.
    2. Roll the joint tightly around the filter.
    3. Lick only the final corner of the lick strip, where the lick strip meets the filter.

Now you are ready to embark upon your own rolling experience. Have fun!

A Brief History of Kush

A Brief History of Kush

What does kush mean?

Kush is a word used generally to describe “indica” weed. It is used in a general sense by most people, who don’t really understand the history behind it. Most people think of kush when cannabis has a strong, sweet earthy scent, or if the weed is really potent. In this blog post, we will start with a short history lesson, and then tie the origins of kush to it’s current meaning and use in the modern world cannabis.

It all started with Hindu Kush

Hindu Kush is a famous landrace cannabis strain named after the mountain range it originated. A landrace strain is a cannabis strain native to a certain geographic area. The pure genetics that have not been subjected to any cross pollination from other strains. This means that the genetics are nearly unaltered, and truly represent the area of the world which they populate.

Over the many (probably thousands) of years that cannabis grew in the region, the harsh climate of the steep mountain slopes encouraged the plants to adapt. Their structure evolved to be squat and bushy to resist wind and the elements, with thick, broad leaves to soak up as much sun at possible. Covering the flowers, leaves and stems, the plants also evolved to have thicker coats of protective resin. The higher concentration of trichomes on the plant lead to higher levels of THC and other cannabinoids.

The Hindu Kush is an 800 kilometre mountain range that runs from central Afghanistan through northern Pakistan, and into Tajikistan.

Pioneer hash makers

The people who lived in the areas surrounding the Hindu Kush have been familiar with these plants for a long time. Afghanistan and Pakistan are globally famous for their ancient hash making techniques. They were some of the first people on the planet to create procedures and methods to separate the glistening trichomes from the rest of the plant material. These ancient hash makers were pioneers of cannabis extraction. They did it mostly with their hands, and certainly not with any of the advanced extraction technology that we have today.

The original “indica” strain was Hindu Kush

Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist, was the first to officially identify cannabis as cannabis sativa. The plants that he studied were from warmer regions, and were tall with light green, thin leaves. French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck later argued that other cannabis plants are squat, with darker green, broad leaves. This is where cannabis indica was introduced. Lamarck was studying plants from northern India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the Hindu Kush strain was thriving and prevalent. This means that Hindu Kush is truly the essence of what indica really means.

When did Hindu Kush come to North America?

Hindu Kush was first taken to America in the mid-to-late 1970’s. Its remarkable resin production and resilience to harsh climates made it extremely popular among growers, smokers, and of course breeders. Hindu Kush was cross-bred with so many strains over the years. It is one of the grandfathers of modern cannabis strains, most notably breeding with an American strain to create OG Kush.

Can I still get it today?

Today Hindu Kush is still readily available and seeds are available from many different seed companies, like Sensi Seeds, Seed Kings, Seedsman, Dutch Seed Shop and many others. Of course as a result, it is also available online, with delivery services, and in dispensaries and coffee shops worldwide. It is a favourite for cannabis users across the globe, and has been a staple on the indica shelf for many years.

What are some other kush strains?

Thanks to the Hindu Kush mountain range, the word kush is now woven into the fabric of cannabis strains. Pink Kush, OG Kush, Purple Kush, Bubba Kush, Master Kush, RockStar Kush, Hindu Kush, Afghan Kush. If you’re an indica lover, we bet you’ve spotted a few of your favourite strains on that list. Prolific cannabis users always seem to turn to kush for its knockout potency and classical taste of sweet gas and earth.

In conclusion

And now we conclude A Brief History of Kush. You are now equipped with a better understand of what the term kush really means. Next time you go shopping for weed, whether it’s in person, through an online weed delivery service or a mail order marijuana website, you’ll be able to better understand the indica section.

Happy smoking.

Fun Facts

Fun fact #1: Kingdom of Kush

Historically, there was actually a Kingdom of Kush. It was an ancient African kingdom, located in the southern Nile, where Egypt meets Nubia. The kingdom began in 785 BC, after the end of the New Kingdom of Egypt, in the late Bronze Age. The Kushite era lasted for almost 400 years, from essentially the start of the Iron Age to Late Antiquity.

Fun fact #2: Hindu Kush means Hindu Killer

According to one interpretation of the word, Hindu Kush actually means Hindu Killer. It refers to a time when Indian slaves were taken through the Himalayas to Central Asia. Many slaves died on the journey from the harsh weather that ravaged the Hindu Kush mountain range. Perhaps this is another reason the term kush seemed to stick so well in terms of cannabis. When you say, “what was that we just smoked?” And the answer is “that was kush”, the answer means “that was killer!” What a great fit.

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