Great tips to help you smoke cannabis properly (THC & CBD)
Regardless of if you’re already on the THC cannabis train, or if you’re considering adding CBD to your repertoire, knowing how to roll a joint is very important. We should stress that knowing how to roll a joint and rolling an effective one are two very different things.
Before we get rolling (literally), CBD and THC are very different, albeit similar, compounds. Consider them both cousins. Though they are both considered cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, they offer different effects. CBD, unlike its cousin THC, is non psychedelic meaning it won’t make you “stoned” or “high.”
Instead, CBD is used as a medical alternative due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its tendency to help people who suffer from body aches, pain, anxiety, and depression.
It’s even been known to help patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
THC has all the psychoactive effects that make you stoned.
While there are a variety of ways to ingest both CBD and THC, cannabis is most-popular and arguably most-efficiently smoked as a joint. So, whether you’re in the mood for some THC cannabis strains for a quick trip or some CBD to ease some pain, here are some tips and tricks to rolling a perfect cannabis joint.
The reason joints are a widely-preferred method of smoking is because as the roller, you’re in control of the dosage of each joint. Smoking releasing the heated buds from the cannabis plant and inhaling it results in a near-immediate reaction to the plant versus, say, edibles which can take sometimes an hour for its effects to kick in.
Let’s get rolling (literally.)
You’re firstly going to want to ensure you have good rolling papers. Rolling papers tend to be thin and are very fragile but if you’re using them properly, that’s all you need. You’ll want papers that burn easily and that have a sticky top layer to ensure your joint holds together.
An essential part of the eventual joint rolling process is grinding your cannabis buds into smaller pieces. Because cannabis is a naturally growing plant, some buds can have little branches or stems in them. If you don’t take them out, halfway through your rolling process, the stems can tear holes in your joint which ruins its look and its smoke.
Using a grinder preferably or scissors if you don’t have one, crush your plant into smaller pieces that makes it easier to roll into a beautiful joint. You’ll want to make sure you have a filter as well, to make inhaling the cannabis easier. Good filters can be torn off light cardboard (like business cards) or you can buy filter paper at many convenient stores and weed shops. Don’t roll your filter too tightly, otherwise it won’t ‘pull’ enough and it’ll be difficult to inhale and therefore, hard to reach the plant’s benefits.
Test out your filter before using it in the joint by putting it in your mouth, inhaling, and making sure enough air filters through.
Lay out your rolling paper and place the filter at either end (depending on which handiness you use.) Using your index finger and thumb, roll the paper’s contents until it’s all formed together in a compact line. Gently tuck the edge of the sticky top of the paper underneath your newly rolled compact and close everything together so it’s a tightly rolled spliff that looks like a cigarette (just without all the negative side effects of tobacco.) You can twist the end of the joint to close it shut or cut it off with scissors.
Smoking joints come with some unwritten cannabis rules and traditionally, the roller is the first to light. If you’re smoking in a group, sharing a joint is part of cannabis culture and smokers are advised to ‘puff, puff, pass.’ The cardinal rule is to take two puffs and then pass the lit joint to your left and include everyone in the group.
You also don’t want to be responsible for ashing onto someone’s clothes or furniture so you should also be mindful of ashing the joint before you pass.
Smoking joints is a way of bringing people together (especially of the THC variety) so be mindful of not holding onto the joint too long when you’re partaking in a group. It’s a joint, not a microphone.
You’ll also want to be mindful of which direction you’re exhaling the smoke. Even though you could be surrounded by a bunch of people sharing the same joint, an upward tilt or aiming your exhale to the side is a courteous move. You might accidentally get some smoke on your joint neighbour, but be conscious to not intentionally exhale into someone else’s face. You wouldn’t pass off a Christmas gift with nothing inside it, would you? If that’s so, don’t bother passing the roach around either. When it’s time to let it go, either let it go or finish it off. Nobody wants to awkwardly pass a roach to someone and then burn off all their fingers.
Lighting the joint
Traditionally, whoever rolled the joint is given the green light to spark up. Lighting the joint is best with a torch lighter (similar to the ones used for cigars), as it distributes an even spread of heat so you can heat up that joint as quickly as possible. If you don’t have a torch lighter, regular lighters and matches will work fine just be sure to evenly distribute the flame.
It’s common to see smokers light up and start inhaling right away but you’re actually supposed to apply the flame to the tip of the joint first before rotating it around in your fingers. The goal is to create a burning ember at the tip of the joint to get it burning evenly and slowly throughout. Once the ember (or cherry) is good, strong, and hot, puff it and pass it, dude.
When you’re inhaling the cannabis, it’s important to take in some fresh oxygen as well. The oxygen will cool down your lungs and oxygenate your body at the same time as hitting you with some all-natural cannabinoids.
“Holding it in” is also a widely-regarded cannabis trope that is unnecessary. Once you inhale the cannabinoids, they start going to work for both THC and CBD (sometimes both) without having to hold your breath. It’s simple, breath it and breathe it out. Inhale the good stuff and exhale all the bad stuff. You’re going to start feeling better.
If you find yourself coughing too often, there’s a few things you might be doing wrong. You’re either holding the smoke inside your mouth and lungs for too long or you’re not getting enough oxygen every time you take a hit. Be sure you’re also remembering to breathe and stay relaxed. A major plot point of consuming cannabis is to relax your body and your mind, if you’re already smoking it stressed, you’re off to a bad start.