how to roll a slow burning joint

How to roll a joint or spliff that is slower burning, and longer lasting

When it comes to smoking marijuana, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Some people prefer to utilize the assistance of glass, metal or wood devices like bongs or pipes, but the most popular, and most convenient option is and always will be using good old-fashioned rolling papers to roll a good joint. Whether you are frequently on the go, or simply cannot afford to be continually replacing broken pieces, a cannabis joint will hold up better in just about every situation that might arise. The trouble is that they aren’t exactly perfect, and the experience will depend heavily on the materials that you use to make it. One of the most common frustrations with joints is how quickly they can burn up, which is a waste of weed and shortens the session. Here you will find 5 tips and tricks to make a slower burning and longer-lasting joint or spliff.

Grind your weed

When preparing to roll a good joint, what is the first thing to do? Bust apart the cannabis buds, of course. This is a commonly known requirement, but a lot of people don’t realize how the consistency of the grind can dramatically influence the burn. You can use scissors, fingers, a weed grinder or a coffee bean processor to tear apart the buds, but automatic options tend to provide a more evenly cut up bud. If some pieces are larger than the others, then you will find that bigger ones slow down the rate of burning, while the tiny pieces go up in smoke in seconds, so you don’t want to roll a joint or spliff with powder. Instead, the goal should be a pile of even chunks.

Another handy tip is to comb through your marijuana bud both before and after grinding it to remove any excess materials that might impact the burn. Stems will add a terrible taste to your roll, and they will take much longer to burn than cannabis buds. This is not a good thing, as it leads to hot spots that end up burning faster than others. Seeds should be gathered and either used to grow or disposed of, as applying heat will make them explode and can blow apart your joint. No one wants to experience face or carpet burns, and since they contain absolutely no THC content, they are useless to add to the mix, so it’s best to remove everything that isn’t flower.

Add moisture to the bud

Even if the grower of your cannabis products takes extra care to preserve the ideal amount of moisture during the curing process, chances are, by the time it gets to you, there has been quite a bit of time that has passed. One of the most common complaints about smoking marijuana from dispensaries is that it is incredibly dry. Dry bud flowers will turn to dust as you grind them and offer little to no resistance to heat. This can be solved in one of a few different ways.

1. Gently mist the bud with terpenes immediately before you roll a good joint
This will add flavor as well as some much-needed moisture content which will help your joint to burn slower. Just remember, terpenes are much lighter than other cannabis-derived elements, so they must be used immediately, even if you are not yet ready to roll a joint, as they will evaporate in a very short period.

2. Pick up some moisture packets from your local marijuana dispensary
Boveda makes some great ones that are easy to use. Just drop one or two into your bag of weed, and let it sit for a few days. These packages will help to slowly release the moisture while preserving the terpenes that remain intact.

3. Add moisture using homemade ingredients
Since cannabis bud flowers are going to be ingested, you need to stick to edible, safe, non-toxic additives. Luckily mother nature provides a wide range of choices that can help to return your buds to a nearly new condition that is softer, easier to roll and burns slower. Take any one of the choices below, add a small piece into your bag of bud and wait 24-48 hours. Then remove and enjoy the naturally perked up buds that will taste better and burn at a slower pace.

• Orange peel
• Apple peel
• Potato peel
• Lemon peel
• Lime peel
• Mango peel
• Cucumber peel
• Slice of bread

Use slow burning rolling papers or alternatives and consider adding more than one

When you are smoking marijuana using joints, the filling matters a lot, but the casing is just as important. Generally, rolling papers that are made for cigarettes are designed to burn up quite quickly, so a good starting point is choosing a brand that is made specifically for cannabis, like RAW which offers an entire line of hemp papers. Another excellent slow-burning alternative is tobacco leaves, but they are more challenging to shape for new and less experienced consumers.

Unfortunately, most marijuana rolling paper companies are catering to those who want less paper, which results in super-thin sheets. This is mainly because paper can have an adverse impact on flavor, so it is essential to find one that you don’t mind the taste of before trying the next portion of this suggestion. Doubling up on the casing can help to slow the pace of burning and make the roll stronger and more resistant to damage in transport.

Roll a straight or cone joint

1. Learn to align a paper while rolling
When you are just learning how to roll a joint, it can be challenging to figure out how to align the paper and pack the bud in a way that feels smooth and natural and produce a straight or cone roll. Uneven, or “pregnant” joints as they are often called, will burn unevenly, and the narrow sections might go out entirely. This leads to multiple lighting attempts and having to burn that chunk of the joint out of the way before you can continue smoking marijuana through it. Instead, the goal should always be a smooth and bumpless twist, that looks like a narrow tube or a perfect ice cream cone. Both shapes provide a long-lasting and an even burn that can help the roll to last longer.

2. Combine marijuana concentrates with your bud
If you have mastered how to roll a good joint, then adding marijuana should be a breeze. Though it might sound a bit daunting at first, it’s easy to do and offers a massive boost in potency and flavor that is well worth the extra effort. How the cannabis concentrates should be used will depend on the type and consistency of what you have.
To help, here are the three main ways that these kinds of products can be incorporated into a joint or spliff.

3. Combine bud flowers with crumbly concentrates
This is often one of the easiest ways to add marijuana products to joints or spliffs, but it doesn’t work well with liquids. Crumble, wax, kief, THC crystals or shatter can be broken into pieces and sprinkled with cannabis grind either before or after it has been added to the paper.

4. Line the inside of the rolling paper with spreadable concentrates
This method is easier for liquid-based concentrates but can also be used on harder products with the addition of a little heat. Use a tool like a bobby pin, paper clip or dab tool to spread a thin layer on the inside of a paper before it is filled with dry weed grind.

5. Coat the outer layer of a cannabis roll with either oil and kief or shapeable concentrates
This is another one that is ideal for liquid concentrates, as the paper can become torn if you spread too them around too hard. Use a thin spreading tool to coat the outside of the rolling paper after rolling a joint. Once you are finished, it is a good idea to roll the joint or spliff in kief, as it will provide a dry layer, and keep it from sticking to things like your fingers or a surface if it’s set down.

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How to make a joint burn more slowly

10 simple tips to get the most out of your joint

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    Learning how to roll a slow-burning joint can take a person’s current smoking experience to a higher level. The trick to a slow burn, however, is packing it tightly with high-quality, nicely ground weed and using rolling papers that like to take their time.

    Once these boxes have been checked, the result will likely be a joint that burns more evenly and offers a stronger high, since it will take more time to break down all of the active compounds present in cannabis flowers. Ready? Then consider these 10 tips.

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    The quality of the cannabis being used is the first important consideration for rolling a slow-burning joint. Properly cured buds burn nicely and evenly, while under-cured buds burn too slowly and old and dry weed burns much faster.


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    Use a grinder

    First things first: Grinding the weed before rolling is a must; a loose grind and larger pieces of cannabis burn more quickly and more unevenly. To get an even burn, break the cannabis into even pieces. And the best way to do that is to use a grinder, although there are a few other options that don’t require using a grinder.

    Metal grinders break weed into smaller pieces and have a smoother grinding action than grinding cards or a person’s fingers. Hand grinding is generally alright only in a pinch, but if necessary, still make sure to grind the cannabis into the smallest pieces possible.

    While a good grind is important, don’t overdo it. Weed that’s too finely ground can prevent the air from circulating through the joint and ruin the smoking experience.

    Choose rolling papers wisely

    Rolling papers—which come in different sizes, materials, flavours and thicknesses—are crucial for making slow-burning joints. By allowing more air to pass through, thinner rolling papers make the joint burn slower. That may be a reason to forego rolling with flavoured papers, since they are usually quite thick and burn faster. Cigarette papers, too, may simply be too thick to get the desired burn.

    Rolling papers are usually made from wood pulp, hemp or rice. While wood pulp papers are the most common in dispensaries, they, unfortunately, also burn more quickly and are usually bleached, which, again, alters their burn rate. That said, they are a good option for beginners.


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    Although rice rolling papers have the lowest burning rate, most experienced users prefer to use hemp rolling papers. The latter burn slower than wood pulp papers, but are sturdier than rice papers, making them a solid choice overall. Additionally, hemp rolling papers are usually unbleached and additive-free.

    Inside-out for an even burn

    Keep in mind that parts with overlapping paper burn more slowly than the rest of the joint. Try rolling inside-out joints to minimize paper overlapping and get that more even burn.

    Roll and pack tightly

    Loosely rolled joints burn more quickly than those that are packed tightly. If cannabis is falling out and there is too much air, the joint will not burn evenly. Once the joint is rolled, pack it even more tightly from the top by sticking a toothpick, pen or other thin object into the top of the joint and tapping the tip a few times on a hard surface.

    Of course, take care not to roll too tightly, or airflow will be blocked and it may even be hard to smoke the joint. If that does happen, help improve the airflow by taking the toothpick and pushing it from the top of the joint all the way to the tip, making a small tunnel.

    Baptize the joint before smoking

    Baptizing a joint means moistening it in your mouth before smoking. To do it properly, hold the top part of the joint and pull it through your mouth, moistening it with your lips. During actual smoking, another tip is to put a little bit of saliva on your finger and carefully moisten under the burns.


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    Transform into a twax joint

    Twaxing is a term coined to describe the process of adding weed concentrates to the outside of the joint. Adding some hash either on the rolling paper or in the mix will slow burning speed and provide a stronger high. Remember, however, that twaxed joints are far more potent. Concentrates contain higher levels of cannabinoids and should be used only by experienced users who’ve developed a bit of a tolerance to THC.

    Although rice rolling papers have the lowest burning rate, most experienced users prefer to use hemp rolling papers. Photo by iStock / Getty Images Plus

    Coat the joint with honey

    If a joint can be coated with honey-like cannabis concentrates, why not coat it with real honey? Some experienced cannabis smokers report that coating the outside of the joint with honey helps slow the burn. For an added boost, consider sprinkling the honey-coated joint with some kief.

    Light the joint evenly

    After rolling that perfect joint, it’s important to make sure to also light it properly. Remember that joints don’t burn like cigarettes; hold the joint over the lighter flame and rotate it as it is being lit.

    Also, while lighting up, take smaller, even puffs, and don’t inhale the first draw. Taking deep breaths will likely encourage a faster burn right away. When the joint is lit, look to ensure the burning area is nice and circular.

    Take lighter and longer hits

    While smoking, try not to draw too much at once. Smaller and longer hits will make the joint burn more slowly. is an educational website dedicated to shedding the light on many unexplored sides of medical and recreational cannabis. Aside from informing people of safe cannabis use, Greencamp also provides technology for finding optimal cannabis treatment.

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