The joint is one of the most iconic ways to consume dry herb, and it’s a great way to enjoy the flavor of flower. Every dry herb smoker should know how to roll a joint.
There are countless opinions on the different ways of rolling one up, but whatever you do, make sure your creation burns smoothly and evenly.
How much dry herb is in a joint?
When starting out, we recommend using a 1/2 gram of dry herb and 1¼ size rolling papers. This is a good amount of dry herb for a couple people and starting off on the small side will make rolling the joint more manageable.
For reference, most pre-rolls sold in stores are a full gram, although some come in 2-packs of half-grams.
When you get good at rolling, you can move up to king-sized papers and full-gram joints and widen your smoking circle.
How to choose the right rolling paper!
There are hundreds of types of rolling papers that come in different sizes, materials, and even flavors.
1¼ papers are the standard for rolling joints because they’re easy to roll and can fit a crutch or filter. They are 1¼ inches wide and 3 inches long. Common 1¼ papers are Orange Zig-Zags.
Single wides are slightly smaller than 1¼’s at 1 inch wide, and are often used as standard cigarette rolling papers. Common single wide papers are White Zig-Zags.
1½ papers are slightly wider than 1¼’s, allowing for fatter joints.
King size papers are also popular, which are typically wider and longer than all of the above. They’re great if you’re rolling for a big smoking circle.
You can also buy rolls or paper, which can be any of the above lengths and up to 16 feet in length—just tear off a piece for how ever long you want a joint to be.
You can find all of the above sizes in regular or slim (or thin) versions—slims are more delicate and easier to rip but have less of a paper taste.
Rolling papers have traditionally been made out of tree pulp, but there are a variety of different materials used to make them these days, including:
White papers are often bleached and some papers have additives like charcoal to make them burn more quickly, but not always. Brown papers are often natural and unbleached. Be sure to check the package to see what rolling papers are made of and if they have additives.
Novelty rolling materials include: gold leaf, rose petals, goji berries, cellulose, and more.
Rolling papers can also come in a variety of flavors. These have been treated or infused with flavors so they are not natural.
If you’re new to rolling joints, consider buying a cone. These are rolling papers that are pre-shaped into conical joints, with a crutch at the end.
Simply grind up some dry herb, pour it in the cone, and pack it down with a tamping rod that’s usually included, or a pen or chopstick.