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How to Roll a Hemp Joint [A Step-by-Step Guide]

There is nothing quite like the smokey delicious flavor of a well-rolled joint. The cannabis plant has a unique taste and aroma that varies from strain to strain. Even hemp strains can be enjoyed more fully when you let the joint smoke roll through your nose and mouth. Buying pre-rolled hemp joints is a great way to get started, but how do you roll your own hemp joint? 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Rolling a Hemp Joint

The Difference Between Hemp Joints & Marijuana Joints

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Step 2: Grind the Hemp Flower Into Flakes

Step 3: Prepare Your Rolling Paper

Step 4: Line the Paper with Flower and Filter

Step 5: Roll the Joint Tight (But Not Too Tight)

Step 6: Lick and Stick

Step 7: Practice Makes Perfect

Rolling a Hemp Joint

Learning how to roll a hemp joint isn't all that different from rolling a typical marijuana joint. You will need cannabis flower, a grinder, and rolling papers. Of course, not everyone is a pro joint roller and, quite frankly, it takes a lot of practice to roll a smooth, well-packed joint on your first try. Many people also make use of a rolling machine to make paper rolling easier or even start with a pre-rolled CBD joint cone that can be packed with ground-up flower and enjoyed.

The Difference Between Hemp Joints & Marijuana Joints

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, cannabis Sativa, cultivated differently. Marijuana cultivation separates the male and female plants for a higher THC concentration and larger flowers. Hemp is cultivated for textiles (rope and canvas) and the flowers can also be ground up. Hemp plants have a higher natural concentration of CBD while Marijuana flowers have more THC. The bud consistency may also be different from flower to flower, depending on the cultivation.

Other than the molecule concentration (and sometimes the density of each bud), there is very little difference between marijuana and hemp joints in rolling and enjoying them. If you already know how to roll a joint, you're off to a great start. For the less experienced, let's dive into rolling your joint.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

The first step of rolling any joint is to prep your supplies. Once you start a joint, the process is swift, so you'll want everything you need at hand when you get started. There are only three necessary supplies. Hemp buds, rolling papers, and a grinder. But other supplies can help you roll the joint or improve the quality of your joint.

Hemp Joint Rolling Supplies

Once your hemp flower buds are secure, grab some rolling papers. Any brand will do and you don't need special papers. Joint rolling and cigarette rolling papers are about the same. You have some options when it comes to the size of your paper, and therefore your joint. Remember bigger papers need more flowers to fill. You can also snag hemp rolling paper for the total hemp experience.

A grinder is essential to render your flower into flakes that can be distributed evenly in a line down your rolling paper.

Optional Rolling Supplies

Many people who roll their joints have a rolling tray, a personal tray that contains weed flakes and creates a clean, safe surface for rolling. A filter can reduce the harsh effects of smoke, so you can have one handy to roll into the joint. A rolling machine holds your rolling papers and helps you to roll a smooth, even joint. However, rolling machines can also pack a joint too tightly. Joint holders make it easier to hold your joint when it's done. A tongue sponge 'licks' the sticky part of the joint for you, like an envelope. And a cone is a pre-rolled paper that you can pack like a joint without rolling.

Step 2: Grind the Hemp Flower Into Flakes

With your supplies ready, grab your flower and grinder. Break up a hemp bud and place the pieces into the spiked top compartment of your grinder. Close the lid over the flower and make sure the lid comes together, gently crushing the bud pieces. Then twist the top back and forth to pulverize your hemp flower between the spinning spikes in the grinder chamber.

Open the top or bottom (or both) compartment and shake the flower flakes onto your table, a piece of paper, or your rolling tray. You should have a supply of finely ground plant material. If it's still chunky, grind again.

Step 3: Prepare Your Rolling Paper

Pull out a rolling paper and lay it flat. Place the rolling paper in an 'L' or 'U' shape over two fingers, held still by your thumb. This creates a trough that you can fill with ground-up hemp flower. If you are using a rolling machine, lay the rolling paper across the top of the two horizontal posts and then press the paper into the plastic loop. This should create a 'hammock' out of your rolling paper. 

Prepare Your Rolling Paper

Make sure the 'sticky side' is facing the right direction. Looking at the trough, the sticky strip should be on the far side of the paper facing you. Consider that you will roll inward and the sticky will fold over the outside roll of the joint.

Step 4: Line the Paper with Flower and Filter

With your rolling paper lined up to catch the flower, prepare to fill it. If you have a filter place it on one end of the paper trough, making sure it faces the right direction. Then take a pinch of ground hemp and sprinkle it along the length of your rolling paper. Tamp it down and repeat the process until you have a fair line of hemp down the center. Consider the width of your desired joint and how tightly it should be packed.

If the hemp overflows from the end, shake off the excess or scrape it out with a small tool. Leave just a little paper at the edge.

Step 5: Roll the Joint Tight (But Not Too Tight)

Now it's time to roll the joint. Rest assured, this is the hard part for everyone who learns this skill. Rolling by hand, hold the joint cradled in both hands between your pointer and middle fingers. Use your thumbs to roll one edge of the joint over the hemp and tuck it under the line of hemp flower. Then roll more tightly with thumbs and forefingers. 

A rolling machine is the easiest way to roll a joint. If you are using one, press the filled paper down and roll the looping material until the joint rolls itself tightly, watching for that sticky side to wind up in the right place.

Be careful not to roll your joint too tightly. A joint packed too tight won't smoke well. However, a tight joint is preferable to one that falls apart.

Step 6: Lick and Stick

When you reach the end of your roll, you should see the glue end ready to be pressed down. But first, it needs a little moisture. Just like an envelope, gently lick the line of glue (not too wet) and then smooth down the end of your rolling paper along the outer side of the joint.  If you don't want to lick it, you can use the lightly damp corner of a sponge or an envelope sponge-tongue to do the job for you. Or ask a friend who is available and unbothered by the task. They'll surely be interested in sharing your joint if they help make it.

Step 7: Practice Makes Perfect

Don't expect your first joint to be the most beautiful hand-roll ever made. Anyone can learn how to roll a hem joint, but it can be tough the first few times. Joint rolling is delicate involving flaky plant matter and sticky paper. Most of us don't get it right the first dozen times and wind up re-rolling that flower to get the right density, pack, or cohesion. But practice makes perfect. The more hemp joints you roll for yourself, the smoother you'll become. Soon enough, you'll be following these steps by heart and rolling beautiful hand-rolled hemp joints for personal and friendly enjoyment.

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The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.