Rolling a Joint and Cigarette Is Similar: Here Is Why

Rolling a Joint

As the marijuana business has been gaining popularity and the industry keeps growing, there is a broader range of people using cannabis.

Many people are educating themselves about the different strains, benefits, and methods to use. One of the most common practices in the United States is smoking marijuana.

Is rolling a joint the same as a cigarette? Yes, they are both rolled the same way, but the insides still vary, as does the composition of the paper. A cigarette is commonly made up of a tobacco plant, while a joint is made up of a cannabis plant.

This article will define the basic concept of a joint and how to roll it properly by providing a list of tips on how to do so.

It is also essential to know pot lingo and how it will affect the user, as it can vary from one place to another. Let’s get into it.

The Definition of Joints

A joint is one of the most basic ways to consume cannabis. It is probably the best way to enjoy the flavor of your flower.

If you are the type of person who likes to smoke cannabis, you should know how to roll a joint.

There might be a thousand ways to roll one, but whatever you do, make sure your creation is burning smoothly and evenly.

Joints are probably the simplest form of a blunt or a spliff, as they are just ground marijuana rolled into cigarette papers.

Other people roll them with a crutch, which acts as a stiffener to hold the weed in its proper place.

Unlike spliffs and blunts, which basically have tobacco residues in them, joints contain only cannabis and the paper it is rolled in.

The pro of smoking joints is that you are not exposing your body to any tobacco or nicotine.

The downside is that smoking joints can be just as harmful as tobacco smoke, as it can irritate your lungs.

People who smoke it pretty often can have the same breathing issues as tobacco smokers.

Joint use can lead to chronic coughs and frequent lung infections, as it can cause air pockets to form in your lungs.


When it comes to rolling a joint, paper can play a vital role in your smoking experience.

It can impact the amount of weed you need, the flavor (as tobacco papers are notably sweeter than hemp paper), and the burn itself. 

Papers are known to be flavored, but this kind of specialty is not for everyone.

A vast majority thinks that flavored papers meddle with the complex tastes and aroma of cannabis.

The remaining folks enjoy the added distinct flavor coming from papers, but this works only for blunt aficionados.

Many smokers choose paper based on rolling ease and functionality. The best papers to use are those that do not tear, which can easily be sealed, handle well between your fingers, and burn uniformly.


The interior of a joint is basically just marijuana with no extra stuff inside.

It can be with whatever strain you choose, but most of the time, it is always and only marijuana. It might be confusing when comparing a joint to a spliff.

A spliff can be similar to a joint, but usually, it contains marijuana and tobacco.

If you somehow added tobacco to your mix bud and then wrapped it in paper, you wouldn’t be calling it a joint anymore; it would be called a spliff.


If you look at the joint’s exterior, you can spot the major difference between a blunt and a spliff.

A joint is rolled in the form of rolling or cigarette paper, and these papers can be composed of different materials.

They can be made from classic wood-pulp or the more exotic rice or hemp.

Each type and brand of paper has different properties, including thickness, size, flavor, rollability, and even burn length.


Back in the old days, a joint was usually white or light tan, as these were the only paper colors available, due to the manufacturing process.

Many old-generation rollers of joints just took what they could get, as they didn’t care much about the exterior.

Flash forward to today. Most rolling papers are still white or light tan, but they can now come in all sorts of psychedelic colors as well.

You can get your joint in colors like gold, gray, polka-dotted, or even clear.


For a joint, most rolling papers are about 3 inches long. This means that, when rolled, they will typically resemble a cigarette.

However, they can be thicker or thinner depending on the paper you use.

The size can also vary depending on how much marijuana you can pack inside.


The flavor of the joint will depend on the type of strain you used to roll it rather than just the paper.

Most rolling papers are known to be flavorless, which allows you to experience more of the full taste of your marijuana grind.

There are also some flavored varieties that you can find if you are into that type of thing.

The Advantages of a Joint

The benefits of a joint are many, which is why it has been going around for centuries.

The size of a joint makes it very easy to store and transport. A vast majority of them can be stored in a regular plastic bag, stuffed in a sock drawer, or even buried at the bottom of a duffel bag.

Joints are also easy to roll when you want to smoke your marijuana. The papers designed to be used for most joints are relatively easier to handle than a blunt.

If you’re an experienced smoker, you can easily roll a joint in 2 to 3 minutes, while it might take double or triple that time to get your blunt going.

Another advantage of consuming your cannabis via a joint is that there is no other material needed.

You can be sure that nobody can get in between you and your favorite strain of Mary Jane.

Plus, joints have been around for a very long time and are known to be tried and tested ways of consuming marijuana.

How to Properly Roll a Joint

Rolling a joint is not a tedious job. You will be able to roll a joint in less than 3 minutes.

To hone your craft, you can follow the steps below to roll a classic joint.

  1. The first step is to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand. You need to have the cannabis strain of your choice, some rolling papers, a crutch/filter, a cannabis grinder, and a pen (which is technically an optional item, but it’s good to have around).

  2. Start grinding your cannabis. You need to break down your cannabis into a shake. If your cannabis is dried well, it can easily be broken down into pieces. A grinder helps keep your hand from getting sticky and thus sticking to the joint paper.

  3. The next step is to make a crutch, which is often called the tip of the filter. You can make a crutch out of pretty much anything, such as thin cardboard or a business card. A lot of joint papers have a crutch material within their packaging.

    Then you can start with a few accordion folds at the end of the cardboard. Roll the material to the preferred thickness of your joint. The crutch is there to keep all the shake from falling out of the end while you’re smoking the joint. It is also there to prevent the shake from falling into your mouth.

  4. Fill your joint with your cannabis and fill the paper with the shake and the crutch. Once your paper has the right amount of shake (usually you can put half a gram), you can start to form the shape of the joint using your fingers.

  5. When you have the desired load and shape, you are ready to pack your joint and roll it. Make sure to pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth between them. This will give your joint a cone shape.

  6. Rolling the joint is the most important aspect of making your own joint. It is probably the step that makes or breaks the process. Be sure to tuck the unglued side of the paper into a roll. Then you can roll it up and use a glued edge to tack down one end of your paper.

    This is vital as it binds it together, and using a little bit of moisture will help. Once it is tacked down on one end, you can work your way to the rest of the seam by sealing and tucking the other end.

  7. Finally, you can pack the joint’s end to ensure that you will get an even burn. This is where the pen will be useful, but you can use anything. Using a pen to pack down the cannabis through the top of the joint will do the trick.

    You can also pinch the joint’s top and lightly flick the joint back and forth until you have it all packed down.

Tips for Rolling Your Joints

When it comes to rolling your joints, it is not about perfection. It is more about finding the right way to do it.

Follow the tips below to achieve your very own personal joint:

  1. The best tip that you will get from all over the internet is to always grind your weed first. This is essential because it gives the final end-product lots of flavor.

  2. Make it a habit to put a filter or a crutch at the end so that you won’t end up with a soggy joint.

  3. Always take your time when dealing with your joints—there’s no need to rush. You can take one step at a time so that you can enjoy the joint when you smoke it.

  4. Roll your joint with just the right amount of tightness.

  5. Know how much paper to use while still ensuring that your joint correctly closes.

  6. Use a pen to achieve an even burn in the end.

  7. Twist the far end tightly closed to make sure everything is packed inside correctly.

  8. Last but not least, never stop practicing. It might be the most cliche tip, but practice makes perfect.

You might need quite some time to master the skill of rolling your joint, but once you get it, it’s like muscle memory.

If you want to elevate your joint, you can add some Kief, wax, or oil to your marijuana before you wrap it up.

This added ingredient will provide a powerful kick that can take your smoking to another level.


When it comes to partaking in your cannabis collection via joint, you need to know what you are getting into.

Knowing the difference between a joint, a blunt, and a spliff is the first step to rolling a joint the right way.

Then you can practice making it on your own. Rolling your own joint might not be the easiest thing to do at first, but all you have to do is practice, and you will get there.

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