How to Roll a Joint
Rolling Papers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Novelties aside, the best skins are the ones which stick where and when you want them to. These nothing worse than spending half an hour on your masterpiece only to have it fall apart at the crucial moment.
Rice or wheat straw are recommended – the thinner and finer the better, although thicker papers are more tear resisant. Most of these designs are based on using standard size papers but work just as well with king size.
Paper never got anyone high so the aim is always to use as little as possible. Try tearing your papers down to size. Some judicious trimming can also make the joint easier to roll. The wider, squarer types of paper give you more scope for creating tailor made skins of different shapes.
If things start go bit pear-shaped the humble skin can save the day. Gummed strips torn from a spare paper make excellent bandages for tears, leaks, gaps and other emergencies. The strips are also ideal for creating joints between spliffs and roaches.
Rolling the Joint
Most people reading this will be well practiced the art of rolling a decent, smokeable joint. However, for those with more thumbs than fingers and a zero rating on the Kudos scale, here are few basic tips on rolling the perfect joint.
The mix is perhaps the most important part of the joint. Make sure the consistency is even and break-up or remove any lumps or ‘woody’ bits.
The shape of the finished joint is decided by how you distribute the mix over the papers. Many of the numbers here are cone-shape. Cones tend to smoke more smoothly than straight joints, but are slightly harder to roll.
Putting the roach in before rolling is recommended and saves time and hassle. You’re also more likely to get a perfect fit.
Now for the ‘tricky’ bit. Pick everything up and start in the middle, rolling outwards. 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.
When you have an even consistency tuck down the facing paper edge with tips of your thumbs, wrap the excess paper around the joint, wet the and seal that baby!
The best joints are firm but so tight you have to bust a lung drawing smoke. Loose joints taste rough, burn too fast and have a nasty habit of setting light to clothing and furniture.