How to roll a Cannabis joint.
With the recent constitutional court ruling more South Africans are wanting to experiment with Cannabis and we’ve received so many emails on how to roll a simple joint or dagga zol that we decided to light one up, chill out and create this post for you to share with your friends. Smoking Cannabis is not the healthiest delivery method, and we encourage the medicinal use of Cannabis by either cooking with it using Cannabutter or making dagga tea or using Cannabis oil.
That being said the Cannabis joint/spliff or Zol is still one of the most well-known methods to use Cannabis. As it’s a great way to enjoy the flavour of your flower. We believe vaporizing Cannabis to be a healthier, more economical and easier method to smoke your flowers, but every cannabis smoker should learn or know how to roll a joint. There are countless opinions on the different ways of rolling a joint, but whatever you do, make sure your creation burns smoothly and evenly.
Begin by gathering your rolling supplies:
- Cannabis strain of your choice
- Rolling papers
- Crutch (for the joint crutch or filter. You can buy ready made filters in the tobacco section or you can use a piece of cardboard rolled up. Some genius even used one of those twisty pasta noodles as a filter.)
- Cannabis grinder
- Optional: A pen, or a similarly shaped object to help pack the joint
1. The Mix
The Cannabis mix is perhaps the most important part of the joint. Find a medical cannabis strain you like best or try different strains. If your cannabis is dried well, it should break down easily. A grinder keeps your hand from getting sticky and thus sticking to the joint paper. If you don’t have a grinder, you can grind the Cannabis down by hand or by using scissors. If you want to buy a grinder clicker here. Make sure the consistency is even. Remove any lumps or woody bits. Hopefully your Cannabis is seedless, sometimes also known as sensimilla.
The shape of the joint is determined by how you distribute the mix over the papers. Use can decide whether you want to use small papers for a small joint for yourself or long papers, again for yourself or to share with friends.
Most Cannabis joints are cone-shaped. Cones tend to smoke more smoothly than straight joints but are slightly harder to roll.
3. The filter, or “Crutch”
Make a crutch, also called a tip or filter, girrick. You can make a crutch out of just about anything, but thin cardboard or business cards are solid go-tos. A lot of joint papers also include crutch material with their packaging. Start with a few “accordion” folds at the end of the cardboard, then roll the material to the desired thickness of your joint. The crutch isn’t absolutely necessary, but it does help keep the shake from falling out of the end or into your mouth as you smoke. It also adds some stability to the joint and allows you to enjoy every bit of cannabis without burning your fingertips. You can also buy filters behind the cigarette counter at any shop.
4. Roll it
This can be the tricky part. Pick everything up and start rolling gentle in the middle, rolling outward.
Fill the paper with the shake and the crutch (if you’ve made one). Once the paper has the right amount of shake (a half gram to a gram usually does the trick), you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.
Let your thumbs do most of the work and give support and pressure with your forefingers.
You should start to feel the mix firming inside the paper.
If you’re a total newbie you could first roll the paper around a pencil to make the shape then lick it. Then place the filter in and start filling it this way, stamping it down gently with a matchstick or suitable item to slightly compress it, you don’t want it too lose, but also not too tight. A note on rolling papers. They can also be purchased at any shop which sells tobacco products but we recommend the green hemp papers or unbleached ones.
5. Seal it.
When you have an even consistency, tuck down the facing paper edge with the tips of your thumbs, wrap the excess paper around the joint, wet/lick the glue and seal that joint.
6. Enjoy it.
There are limitless ways to roll a joint. You can roll them big or small. Get creative! Some people have even transformed joint rolling into an art all on its own, rolling their cannabis into a unique mix of functional origami. From Tulips to helicopters and crosses, there are truly some joint rolling experts out there.