Top 10 Popular Joint Styles to Roll

Bethan Jenkins

December 19th, 2017


When the University of Guadalajara‘s very own pharmacist revealed how laborious workers would unwind by smoking a tobacco-marijuana combination, the joint started gaining popularity throughout Mexico and beyond. This was sometime in the 1850’s, although weed aficionados may well have been toking the smoke long before this time!

Nevertheless, the pharmacist’s claims exposed the first recorded use of smoking joints, as opposed to alternative methods of marijuana consumption that can be traced to 2700 BCE. With such a long history of spliff smokin’, it’s not really surprising that joint lovers have been getting creative with their joint styles.

Why should I smoke a joint of cannabis?

Sure, you might get the munchies if you take a toke of a munchie-inducing strain like Critical Kush, but researchers at the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers confirmed how obesity is less likely to occur in marijuana smokers. Contrary to popular belief, puffing the herb will not negatively impact lung function but rather, boost the lung system’s efficiency, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Safer than alcohol, cannabis smoking is even being recommended as a treatment for seizures, ADHD and Tourette syndrome (TS).

The Best Joint Styles to Roll for a Potent Puff

You needn’t be an expert to inhale and exhale clouds of aromatic smoke from a beautiful blunt or spliff rolled by yourself. With the right supplies and instructions, the following joint styles can be replicated with ease. (Remember to grind your buds first for even THC distribution!)

  1. Basic – Get into the hang of rolling a basic joint by sprinkling those stinky pulverized nuggets into some gum-side up papers. Roll from your thumb to your middle finger and lick, seal, smoke. Oh yeah, don’t forget about that roach.
  2. Tipped – This type of joint is rolled the same as above, but with the roach snugly wedged at one end. Use the roach to support your joint as you roll.
  3. Cone – Foundation is everything with this one. An angled filter will help you to achieve the widened shape that the cone is so well known for.
  4. Nosecone – Most of the pre-rolled spliffs sold at Amsterdam coffee shops will be rolled in this style. Make sure you have plenty of papers when perfecting the nosecone, because your first mission will be to make a cone with some king size papers, before joining it to the tip of a fat joint.
  5. Pinner – This is your personal joint – not too big, not too small. Evenly disperse the weed (and tobacco, if you wish) to simplify the rolling process.
  6. Dutch Tulip – A European favorite and also a hit in Amsterdam’s ganja spots, the tulip packs a powerful punch. You have been warned. Roll your own by forming a square with two large papers and folding a triangle with one corner. Seal the triangle and pack the cone with your mix. Tighten, twist, add a filter and secure.
  7. Backrolled – Don’t want to smoke too much paper? Master the art of backrolling, which is essentially a joint rolled backwards.
  8. Oversized – There are a few ways to roll an oversized joint, depending on whether you want to increase the length, diameter or both. You will need extra papers, cannabis and a little extra skill to roll a smooth-hitting oversized joint.
  9. Cross Joint – An all-time favorite, the cross joint was brought to life again after Seth Rogen sparked one up on the hit movie, Pineapple Express (2008). A paper clip, hole-poking, and the careful insertion of a small joint into a bigger joint pretty much sums up the process.
  10. Diamond – When you smoke this joint, you will know you have passed the line from newbie to devoted stoner. There will be plenty of gum-licking and methodical placement involved in the rolling of a diamond joint.

Tips and Techniques for Better Rolling

As the world of weed continues to blossom, cannabis connoisseurs from all corners are testing out fresh and inventive ways of rolling a joint. With extraction options galore, smokers may consider smearing oil on the outside of their spiff, before rolling it in a blanket of kief – delicious.

Hemp and rice paper burns smoothly and rolls neatly. Wood pulp on the other hand is a no-no. Add extra THC to your oil by applying concentrates to the sides with a method known as “twaxing”. Another dope tip is to ignite the joint whilst rotating slowly, before inhaling. This will ensure the cherry burns slowly. Remember… easy does it.

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Bethan Jenkins

About Bethan Jenkins

Bethan is a full-time wanderluster, traveler, and digital nomad with 7 years of experience in the freelance writing world. She has mastered the art of beating jet lag and using hammocks as an office for content curation.

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