“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The learning journey will never cease. We should always strive to improve ourselves and become a better version of ‘us’. Over the course of four decades rolling, smoking, growing, dispensing, filming, discussing, cooking, processing, photographing, financing, concocting, educating, legislating, advocating & licensing marijuana – I’ve realized that no one will ever ‘know it all’. However, it’s near impossible not to accumulate an abundance of aptitude and a cornucopia of capabilities. It also afforded me the opportunity to experience and experiment with weed in a wide variety of wonderful ways. Add to that living, working and smoking in a world renowned cannabis community, I’ve been exposed to a plethora of pot possibilities and practices, as well as a wealth of wisdom from wall to wall weed wizards!
As discussed in Treat Her Right, certain folks are quite content with crumbling a little chronic, slapping a rollie around it and smoking what’s in front of them; while others look for nothing but the finest of the fine to vape, dab or smoke in a bong. Luckily, they all get you high! There are hundreds of how-to features with a thousand ways to roll reefer; and as The Expert, I am familiar with the majority of them. I acknowledge and completely respect that lots of weed smokers, especially many of those European or old school influenced, choose cone shaped joints, inside-out/backwards rolled joints, and/or joints rolled with tobacco. Some people prefer rolling joints one handed, or use two papers to make ‘L’ shapes; while others roll tulips, crosses, diamonds and even rocket ships!
My way is far from the only way; but the techniques tried, lessons learned, and endo experienced have added up. Tens of thousands of joints and blunts rolled in all shapes, sizes and configurations refined my style; and answers the question – ‘why do I choose to roll this particular way?’ Well…
It’s pretty tough not to notice that cigarettes and cigars also feature a similarly cylindrical shape; thus rolling papers are intended to be used in the same fashion. Many higher-end papers are even designed with watermarks in specific layouts to assist with run prevention and maintain smooth even-burning characteristics. My aim is to roll perfectly straight, consistent smoking and wrinkle-free joints that others have often mistaken as mass machined.
I’ve found it possible to fit more weed in a tube shape than in the usable space of a cone shaped joint; and that properly distributing the dank for cones can be tricky for some, much like keeping the paper taut when completing the roll. The cone shape also inadvertently promotes inconsistent tokes – as the oversized head burns quickly, offering fat tokes at the beginning; it becomes harder to haul on as the joint narrows and gradually clogs with funneled resin. Also remember that a larger surface area equates to a faster burn; and long slim joints burn for a longer period than short fat joints with the same amount of weed.
Not everyone uses filters, but we recommend them to not only keep the end open; but also help prevent inhaling weed bits, act as a resin barrier for your lips, and be a convenient piece to hold. Inserting a filter before rolling is where the filter slang term ‘crutch’ originates, as it provides help to the weak with something to lean on. Sure, you can put in a filter in before rolling; but then you are really rolling your joint to the size of the filter, not rolling to suit the natural size of the ground herbs. Filters fit better in a straight joint vs. angled in a cone shaped roll; and when inserted after, are easier to precisely position exactly as required.
The backwards or inside-out joint is all about using the least amount of paper possible to roll with, and it makes sense for those who use large, thick or heavily processed papers. The need for this can be drastically reduced simply by using a more appropriate rolling paper. High quality and ultra-thin rice/hemp/flax papers with all natural gums leave virtually no ash, nor noticeably interfere with the experience. Use the right size paper for the job, as rolling a tiny amount of weed with a king sized paper makes no sense. Size does matter, which is amongst the reasons we prefer Smoking Masters. At just 37mm wide, instead of a more common 44mm, (or larger) there is nothing really left to tear away. We’ve also found that if the excess is not removed very carefully, runs and inconsistencies along the seam can occur more frequently, and that excess bits sometimes remain.
Not all, but some of those who smoke weed, also smoke cigarettes. At one point, I smoked cigarettes, as well as joints with tobacco in them (what many call a spliff). At the time weed was harder to come by, often wet and shared among a lot of lungs. As filler or something to help keep the damp dank burning, cigarette tobacco is the obvious choice; however it isn’t necessarily an ideal additive. One substance is a stimulant and the other a depressant, so naturally certain elements have cancelling effects. The density/texture/moisture/composition of cannabis is different to tobacco, and as such burns at a different rate, which can encourage runs in the joint. Of course tobacco also alters the taste; and most importantly no one has ever died from smoking marijuana, whereas the same can’t exactly be said for tobacco.
Pot preferences are a personal thing, so however you choose to roll (both figuratively and/or literally) is up to you. Expert Joints is just an amalgamation of accumulated experiences happily shared; and here to provide the best quality videos and information on all things rolling related, as well as assist those in need of a well put together joint.
– The Expert –