How to Roll the Perfect Joint
**Grind your weed, for God’s sake. **Grinding your weed, as opposed to just picking it apart with your fingers, makes the product much easier to work with. It’s also the best way to ensure your hard-earned joint won’t end up lopsided. Pick out the stems before grinding. And, after you’re finished, empty out the grounds onto the table or a classy dish like this one.
**Choose your papers wisely. **Everyone’s got favorites, but here are a few options that are good for beginners: ZigZag, Bambu, and Easywider (tear these last ones in half, lengthwise).
**Roll yourself a carb (or just buy filters). **You can make a carb out of pretty much anything papery that has a bit of thickness to it. Business cards are good, the insides of cigarette packs: Just make sure the paper’s not lacquered or dyed in any way because you_ do not_ want to inhale that.
Hold your paper lengthwise with the sticky part facing you, like a tiny, fragile boat.
**Place your carb **carefully on the left-hand side if you’re a righty—right-hand side if you’re a lefty.
Sprinkle the product evenly throughout.
**With your pointer fingers and thumbs, pinch the top of your paper, rolling the product inside back and forth, gradually scooting the weed down. **You’re trying to shape the ground weed into a skinny tube shape.
**When you’re done with that, the hard part: **Tuck the side of the paper nearest to you into the opposite, curling the edge of the paper tightly around the product. Then, lick the gummy part of the paper and carefully roll the whole thing upward _into _the sticky gum—not the other way around.
**Do it yourself. Always. **There are devices that will roll your js for you. Do not use one. It’s the equivalent of pouring a margarita out of a bag. Your j should be just that, your j. Over time you’ll develop a signature style that you can be proud of. It’s worth the effort, and it’s kind of fun.
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