There is no denying that rolling a joint is harder than it looks. Even when you think you’ve mastered it you run the risk of your neatly rolled joint falling apart before you can even take a hit – putting a real downer on your high!
But this is where a rolling machine comes in, like the Raw Roller.
Not only are they effective and reliable, but pretty cheap too. Still, you might look at a joint roller and have no clue how to use it, especially if you’re used to rolling by hand.
But trust us, once you roll one joint with these bad boys you’re not going back! So how exactly does a Raw Roller work? Well, we’ve broken it down below in six easy steps.
The Six Steps To Rolling A Joint
Before we get into the steps, let’s take a look at what you will need to roll the perfect joint.
What You Will Need
- A Raw Roller
- Rolling Paper
- Weed Grinder
- Your choice of weed!
Step 1: Setting Up
First, have a large sheet of paper or a small tray to hand. While rolling a joint with a raw roller will become a cleaner process over time, you’re always going to make a little mess.
An 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, or even a paper plate will do.
Then you need to grind your weed. You’ll need between 0.5 and 1.5 grams. You can bulk up to 2g but this may lead to the joint being packed too tightly.
Extra fat joints are definitely appealing but not if you can’t even take a hit! Remember, less is more.
Step 2: Insertion
Make sure that the paper sandwiched between the two rollers are a little loose, as this allows you to pack in a bit more. Then, slide the rolling machine up and over to open it up.
You’ll then see grooves on each side for the pegs to go through. You can then place your weed between the two rollers on each side.
Still, be careful how much weed you put in. You need to have a good amount of air flow for the best hit possible.
You also need to decide which side your weed is going in, so you have enough room for the tip. Which brings us onto our next step…
Step 3: Inserting The Tip
This is an optional step, but this step helps you to avoid burning your fingers while smoking as much as possible.
First, take a tip out of the booklet that comes with the Raw Roller, then zigzag one half and roll the other half. Fold 1/10th of the paper to the side, then take what’s folded over and then fold it back on itself.
Repeat this process until half of the paper is folded, then take the remainder and roll it around the zagged center.
When you’ve finished making the tip all you need to do is put it in the weedless end. There! You’ve inserted the tip and kept your fingers safe from burning in the process!
Step 4: Rolling The Joint
Now that your weed is packed between the two rollers you can start rolling. It can be daunting, but you’ll soon get used to it and it’ll be second nature!
First, place your thumbs ¼ away from the ends of the roll closest to you, and place your index fingers about ¼ in from the ends furthest away from you.
While doing this, pull your thumbs towards you and down, and move your fingers away from you and up.
It’s important you do this at the same time, as it ensures both rolls are moving evenly, and that you’ll have a balanced joint that is packed well.
If you’re out of sync with these movements, the paper will pull in directions you don’t want and you end up with one bad joint! This comes with practice, but once you’ve cracked it, nothing will be easier.
Step 5: Turning The Joint
For this step you need to fully roll both rollers. Some rollers indicate where the top side of the paper is with the word ‘top.’
If your roller doesn’t have this however, you need to keep a close eye on how much you’re rolling. Having a marker or a pencil to hand can be useful, as you can mark the different rolling points.
Step 6: The Paper
In our final step we transfer the weed onto the paper. If you have used a tip, we’ll transfer the tip too.
All you need to do is take the paper and place it between the two rolls, with the sticky end sticking up. Then you will need to turn your roller halfway until the part with glue on it is sticking out, about a quarter of an inch.
Now lick the end well! Just like you would lick an envelope. When it’s nice and wet, roll halfway again and unhinge the roller. You’ll be left with a perfectly rolled blunt.
While you can achieve a perfectly rolled blunt in the above six steps, let’s take a look at some handy tips that will make the process even easier.
- Less is more: It’s tempting to pack a lot of weed into your joint, but too much can make the blunt useless.
- Mark your roller: If you’re new to rolling joints, it’s handy to know where the top and bottom of your roll is. Take a couple of minutes with a marker to mark these different points, so you’ll know for future use.
And there you go! The easiest, most effective way to get the best joints every time. While you may be reluctant to invest in a Raw Roller at first, after using one we’re sure you’ll agree that they’re worth every penny.
We can’t all be master joint rollers after all, but with a Raw Roller we can get pretty damn close!
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