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How to Roll the Perfect Joint Using a Joint Roller in 4 Easy Steps

If you’re like the majority of marijuana users, you’re probably wondering how to roll a perfect joint using a joint roller. Smoking the dried flowers is the easiest way to absorb the plant’s compounds and the quickest way to experience its effect.

Unfortunately, making your cigarette isn’t as easy as it looks. You run the risk of your joint falling apart seconds after you’ve taken a deep drag if you don’t roll it properly. A joint rolling machine is an answer to having a perfect joint. This accessory is affordable and effective.

You still need to know the correct way of using a rolling machine. So, read on…

Prepare Your Materials

Start by making sure you have all the things you need to make a cigarette – joint roller, grinder, rolling paper, filters, and of course, a good quality weed. Work on top of either a small tray or large piece of paper, as rolling a joint can get messy. Grind around .5 to 1.5 grams of weed but keep it in the grinder while you prepare the filter and joint roller.

Load Them Up

The first thing you need to learn to roll a perfect joint using a joint roller is the proper way to load the filter.

Open the rolling machine by sliding it up and over. Insert a filter paper and slide it over to one side. Check that there’s a bit of slack in the filter so it will be easier to fill. You should also leave a little piece of the paper above the roller’s fold.

Next, fill the roller with the ground weed and pack it in. But don’t go overboard with the amount. You want it to be packed firmly but not too tight. A good blunt needs a little bit of airflow to ensure an even burn.

Place your ground weed on one side so there will be enough space at the other end for the tip. This is optional as some don’t bother with a tip. However, it can help you smoke the whole joint without burning your fingertips.

Roll It Around

Close the roller once you’re certain the weed is secure. It’s now time to start rolling to ensure the weed is distributed evenly. A rolling machine might make learning go faster, but it will still take time to perfect.

Pick up your rolling machine and turn the rollers toward you. Try to position your thumbs around ¼ from the ends of roller nearest to you. Meanwhile, your index fingers should be at least ¼ in from the roller that’s farthest from you. Start pulling your thumbs towards you and in a downwards motion. Your index should move away from you and upwards.

Make sure your thumbs and forefingers are moving simultaneously so you can create an even and firmly packed blunt. Otherwise, the filter paper will be pulled in strange patterns, and your joint won’t work well.

Transfer to Paper

A complete rotation of the two rollers should be enough to get the filter nice and tight. So now it’s time to transfer everything to the rolling paper. Load the paper into the roller, making sure the sticky side faces up. Press the paper down on the rolling machine with your thumbs and roll it towards you. Keep going until the only thing you see is the sticky strip.

Lick the sticky side just like you would do an envelope. Roll it again with your thumbs. Let the blunt rest for a moment to ensure everything sticks firmly. Open your joint roller, and there you have it – a fresh joint.

It’s a good idea to roll multiple joints at a time. It will save time and effort. Plus, a good roller will help make the whole process go more smoothly.

Before You Start Puffing

It can be frustrating to roll a blunt and end up with a lot of spillage and a thing that will disintegrate after a few puffs. You need to invest in the right accessories to ensure you get usable joints all the time. From there, a little practice is all you’ll need to learn how to roll a perfect joint using a joint roller.

You don’t have to put up with crumbling joints and spilled weed. These easy steps will teach you how to roll the perfect joint using a joint roller.


How To Use a Joint Roller

So you’re probably looking at your brand new rolling machine and wondering how something that looks so simple could be so totally unintuitive to use, am I right?? Yes. Well look no further. If you want to roll your own and need simple rolling machine instructions for your joint roller, you’ve come to the right place.

The video below has instructions on how to use one of the coolest and simplest smoking accessories out there, the classic rolling machine. You’ll be rolling your own joints, spliffs and cigarettes in no time!

If you like your how-tos on the text tip, there are step-by-step text instructions on how to use a joint roller detailed below the video…

Rolling Machine How-To Video

Step-by-Step Rolling Machine Instructions

These instructions detail how to use a joint roller machine, and apply to the Raw Rolling Machine, the Zig Zag Joint Rolling Machine, Juicy Jay’s Jumbo Blunt Rolling Machine, or any other cigarette or joint roller of similar design.

There are just a few easy steps to follow and you’ll be rolling your own, lickity split…

  • Open up the rollers.
  • Put in a filter and slide it to one side.
  • Put in a big pinch of whatever you’re smoking. You might want to do this over a sheet of paper or a magazine, there could be some spilage.
  • Close it back up again.
  • Pick it up and turn both rollers toward you, using your fingers to keep the plastic taut around the inside so that the guts get nice and tight.


  • Insert a sheet of rolling paper between the rollers, gummed side toward you. It might require a little shimmying. Don’t be scared.
  • Roll the paper in by continuing to roll towards you.
  • Stop before rolling it all the way in – you’ll want to leave a little sticking out so that you can lick it.
  • Now roll it in the rest of the way, giving it a few more rolls.
  • Open er up, and BOOM! You just rolled yourself a joint! Er, cigarette.


  • Now smoke dat.

And now you know how to use a rolling machine. What a good day this turned out to be, huh?!

If you don’t already have one, grab one of these Zig Zag Joint Rollers from Amazon. At just around five bucks, these things are cheap and fun! There are plenty of machines and papers to choose from.


NOTE: These video instructions featured a Zig-Zag Rolling Machine for the demonstration, but this how-to applies to any joint roller or rolling machine of similar design, like the very highly rated Raw Rolling Machine (or if you’re feeling like a pimp, brush ya shoulders off and check out Juicy Jay’s Jumbo Blunt Rolling Machine). We hope you enjoyed this note.

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