Improve The Burn Rate Of Your Joint With Backwards Rolling And More
Do you want to adjust the burning rate of your joint? We got you covered. Let’s see what makes the joint burn fast and what makes it burn slowly.
All marijuana connoisseurs want to enjoy ultimate joints. There are many factors that decide whether a joint is dank or rank. The burning rate of a joint is a crucial factor that can make or break the experience. So, let’s get to it, what affects the burning rate of a joint.
The moisture level of the bud will determine the burning rate of a joint. When the cannabis plants are harvested, they are subject to curing techniques, which allow the moisture to evaporate from the buds. If the buds disintegrate when you touch them, like dry leaves, the buds are probably too dry and will burn rapidly. The ultimate moisture levels of the buds should be around 10%. If you mix with tobacco or other substances, consider their moisture levels.
Another significant factor is the quality of the rolling papers. First of all, the thickness of the papers will determine the burn rate. With thinner papers, a larger amount of air is able to pass through, causing the joint to burn slower. Second, smoking papers are made from different materials. Papers can be made from flax, hemp, rice, wood pulp etc. So choose the ones that burn the best. Third, the additives can cause the papers to burn fast, so if you want a slow burning joint and a healthier smoke, thin additive-free papers are a great choice. Some smokers add an extra paper over the joint to prevent sideburns and make the zoot last longer.
Tightly packed joints burn slower than airy ones. The diminished airflow passing through a condensed joint stagnates the burn rate. If the joint is too tightly packed, it will be hard to smoke, and you will make strange facial expressions. If the joint is packed loosely, it will burn quickly, the mixture might be falling out, the burn rate will be uneven and the experience will be undesirable. So pack it tight, but not too tight!
The weed needs to be ground evenly for an ultimate joint. If the buds are uneven in size, which happens often when crumbled by hand, the joint will burn unevenly. Make sure to buy a quality grinder that cuts evenly throughout the entire grinder.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. If you inhale the joint intensely, it will burn faster. So if you want the joint to burn slower, pace your inhalation intensity and relax.
WAX AND HONEY
Some cannabis connoisseurs like to add cannabis wax into their joints. It makes the joints burn slower and it adds a nice cannabinoid boost. The wax is spread thinly on the inside of the joint before adding the mix. Some mavericks are reported to be using honey on the inside of the joint to slow down the burn rate and get a nice honey tasting. Some people glaze the outside of the joint and sprinkle some ganja on it, which looks pretty cool. But things can get messy pretty fast.
Some tokers like to smoke fast, some like to chill and pace themselves, either way, now you have the knowledge to improve the burning rate of your joint. So next time you’re rolling with your friends, use the provided knowledge to create an ultimate joint and gain instant respect.
ROLL BACKWARDS FOR SLOWER-BURNING JOINTS
Backwards joints are an excellent way to improve burning rate. Toking on a joint is supposed to be a relaxing and therapeutic process, but it can quickly turn south when it burns too fast or keeps going out. Rolling a backwards joint is a reliable way to produce a stick that burns slowly and smoothly. Plus, it means inhaling less paper smoke.
Rolling a backwards joint might seem tricky at first. But, it’s just as simple as rolling a traditional joint, with some impressive pyrotechnics involved!
Here’s a step-by-step guide to rolling a backwards joint.
Take your rolling papers of choice and remove a leaf. You’ll also need a tip or a “roach”. Tear a strip of cardboard from the flap of your rolling paper packet, then roll it into a cylinder. Some smokers prefer to use manufactured wooden or glass tips.
When rolling a standard joint, you’ll be used to loading the herb along the natural crease in the paper. To roll a backwards joint, fold the paper back on this crease. The gum strip should be on the surface closest to you and pointing downwards.
Place the tip or roach into one end of the paper. Fill the rolling paper with as much herb as you want, but be sure to leave a little space at the end to prevent any from falling out.
Start to roll the joint using your thumbs and forefingers to pack down the herb, creating a dense column.
Once the weed is densely packed, begin to tuck the gum strip over the bud until it touches the other side of the paper. But don’t cover it up just yet! Now that the gum strip is in position, give it a lick to make it sticky.
Now it’s time to tuck the wet gum strip under until the paper completely covers the herb. Roll the joint until the gum strip is completely attached to the other side of the paper.
You’ll be left with a joint with a lot of excess paper hanging off the side. Now for the fun part! Apply a flame to one of the corners of the extra paper and watch it burn away. The wet gum strip will prevent the flame from damaging the rest of the joint.
The burning rate of the joint is a significant factor that contributes to an ultimate cannabis experience. Let's see how to speed up or slow down the burn.
How to Make a Joint Burn Slower and Last Longer
Proper joint rolling is considered a fine art in many social circles. There’s something special about a properly rolled, evenly burning joint that seems to last as long as you want it to. Unfortunately, not all of us have the magic green touch and joint rolling can be somewhat of a cumbersome task.
One opportunity that plagues rollers from all levels of experience is being able to extend the life of a joint. Understanding how to make a joint burn slower is a question that has surfed the cannabis forums for some time. To achieve longer, more leisurely smoke sessions, here are a few tips to help make your joints last longer.
1. Grind Your Cannabis
Ensuring an even and fine grind is imperative not only to achieving a longer lasting smoke, but a far more even burn on all sides of the joint. Try to find a grinder that gives a good fine grind when packing a joint. Be sure not to over grind, as powdery herb will prevent proper airflow and may compromise your smoking experience.
Grinders come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to pick one that will accommodate the capacity of your joint so you aren’t left having to pack multiple loads. When time is of the essence, you’ll want to avoid long preparations to save time for what matters: puffing.
2. Source Quality Starting Material
Cure time will affect the burn rate of the cannabis inside of your joint, so buying properly cured cannabis is going to ensure you a much longer lasting experience. Cannabis that has been under-cured will burn very slowly, as opposed to dry or old cannabis that will burn far too quickly for a proper joint. Sourcing your herb from reputable establishments is the first step to finding a product that works best.
Another great tip is to have a conversation with your budtender or cannabis retailer about your intentions so that they can find a cannabis cultivar that fits your exact needs. In this case, you’ll want to ask for something that breaks down easily and will provide an even and long lasting smoke. Many shops sell shake bags that consist of partially ground cannabis, which is a great starting point.
3. Choose the Right Paper
Rolling papers come in all shapes and sizes, and some are much better at providing a long lasting, even smoke than others. Finding the right rolling paper is a matter of preference, but some popular brands include RAW Rolling Papers and Zig Zags. Both of these brands offer highly recommended rolling papers that come in varying sizes. Hemp rolling papers offer a nice even smoke, and many claim that corn husk rolling papers will extend the life of your joint.
4. Use Multiple Sheets
When rolling your joint, consider using an extra paper for fortification. Using more than one sheet will prevent burn runs from overtaking a side of your joint, leaving you with an uneven and undesirable burn. A second sheet may also help contain airflow, channeling it through a tighter space. This will help to prevent expedited burning.
5. Roll Tight
Airflow is the name of the game when it comes to having control over your joint’s burn rate. The easiest way to control airflow is to roll a tight, even joint. There are many methods for achieving a tight roll, and even machines that will help eliminate the guess work and dexterity required to achieve a precise roll. Opt for help if need be, because rolling a joint with the perfect tightness requires practice.
One method that works well for novice rollers is the canoe method. Fold a rolling paper in half and twist the folded side of one of the ends into a cone. This creates a “canoe” that can be easily packed and rolled. The twisted end contains your herb while you focus on getting the tightest roll possible. Try not to roll too tight, as you’ll risk splitting your paper as well as creating an airflow obstruction.
6. “Twax” Your Joint
“Twaxing,” or the process of adding cannabis concentrates to your joint, is a terrific way of delivering an extra boost of cannabinoids to your system while also acting as a buffering agent for burn rates. Adding wax either to the outside of your joint or packed in with the ground cannabis will help to significantly slow down the rate at which your joint burns. This method will give you more hits that should pack a considerable punch.
Using butters or crumble works well inside of a joint, whereas shatters and saps do a wonderful job when molded and wrapped around the outside of your rolled apparatus.
7. Recycle Roaches
Typically, the end of a joint will yield the last few remnants of your cannabis. Don’t let this go to waste — there are several ways of recycling roaches in order to extend your smoking experience.
Using a roach clip or roach stone will allow you safe handling for getting those last few puff in. Loading a roach into a bowl or water pipe is also a great way of extending the last legs of life out of your roach. If all else, fails, don’t hesitate to pick the last bit of green goodness out of your expired joint to repurpose somewhere else. Having your grinder nearby is a perfect storage place for that last little bit of leftover ground flower to save for your next smoking adventure.
Hopefully, some of these tips will help you to extend your joint smoking experience a bit longer the next time you decide to partake. Remember, if you really want to make your joints last longer, the trick is to find a balance between quality cannabis, reputable rolling papers, and a roller who knows how to get the job done.
Bonus tip: Quality and quantity will always ensure a longer experience. If you want your smoke sash to last longer, try rolling bigger joints (and more of them). Remember, sharing is caring!
Many cannabis consumers struggle with extending the life of their rolled joints, so here's tips to make your next one burn slower and last longer.