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Rolling is the act of making a Spliff or of tumbling something down a hill or the act of causing a spherical object to rotate around its center keeping in contact with a surface.

There are many steps to a perfect roll and many choices that have to be made. This is by no means a definitve guide just an example of how one user does it.

  • The first thing to consider is the paper.

Most people think the thinner the better but its up to the individual. It is normally best though to use a specialist paper such as one made out of hemp or rice. Smoking blue and rips come highly recomended.

  • The next thing to consider is the mix.

For a perfect Roll the cannabis and tobacco (if you are using any) should be fairly fine and well mixed. It is easiest to achieve this with cigarette tobacco, again herre there are endless choices about the ones you could use but Marloboro Golds and Camel Lights are probably the best. Take the rolling paper and line the bottom with cannabis, there is no right and wrong amount to use so use as much as you feel like. Then crumble enough cigarette into the paper as it takes to provide a cone shape. At this point many rollers like to take the cannabis nd tobacco out and mix them in a container to make sure the cannabis burns properly. Once mixed sprinkle back into the paper leaving about 1.5cm at one end. This will be for the roach. Arrange the mix in the paper so it forms a triangle tapering to the end with the gap.

  • The Roach

The most important part to the spliff is the roach. A perfect shape and size will result in the perfect spliff. Cut a rectangle off some soft card about 1cm wide and 3cm long. Roll into cylinderof diameter about 0.5cm. If possible try to make one end slightly more tapered than the other. Put the roach onto the paper with the tapered side pointing out

  • The Finish

There is nothing worse than rolling a perfect spliff to this point and finishing it badly. Tap the spliff several times on its roach on a desk or hard surface. then think of something imaginiative to do with the paper at the other end. This will distinguish your rolls from anyone elses.

I hope you enjoy this guide and have lots of fun practicing.

Only pussies use scissors for roach construction. There isn’t really that much to it, but whatever you do, don’of the spliff. Pick up the whole package and hold either side of the spliff witht he roach and mix in the middle. Pinch the roach and mix between thumb and forefinger and gently roll back and forth in your fingers until the mix becomes more solid and cone shaped

  • The Roll

Right this is it. It takes practice and you wont get it first time just keep practicing. The way I see it is you have two choices. Either Fold or Tuck. No way is better each roller has there own preference.

For the tuck simply roll the paper all the way back in your fingers so the edge closest to you is just level with the mix and roach. Grip roach and tuck the paper round the mix and roach with your thumb. Wrap the paper round carefully lick and stick.

For the fold roll the paper back in your fingers till there is about 0.5cm of paper above the mix and roach. With your fore-fingers push this down behind the mix and roach and fold the rest of the paper over towards you. again lick and stick.

Don’t show yourself up as a pretentious ponce by using scissors. You might as well put a hat on saying “I’m a prancing daisy see me mince” – Spectre

Some words of wisdom:
– always check the orientation of the gummed edge; everyone chuckles at a mis-gummed doobie
– do not over fill the centre without giving it a roll-down; rugby ball joints don’t cut it
– observe smoking etiquette; builder smokes first, then the source, then the refresher


Bonus tips and clarifications/elaborations from Orakio:

As mentioned in the mix section, some people mix their tabacco and skunk properly giving a more even distribution. This prevents what is known as sideburn. Others will put the tabacco in then sprinkle the weed on and vice versa, perhaps poking it a little to spread more evenly (this is more likely to be done with rolling tabacco that has gone dry and crumbly or cigarette tabacco).

Sometimes joints are bufferred (commonally known as BufferredJoint). This means that a small amount of pure tabacco (no weed) is put just in front of the roach (about 0.5-1cm). If you are premixing don’t forget to put a bit of tabacco aside for this. Obviously, if not just don’t sprinkle all the way until the end. It is etiquette to inform receivers if it has a buffer. There are various reasons for this. People don’t like to have to smoke ends as it is quite hot and the hot smoke can more easily get in your nostrils and eyes. If you are using rolling tabacco ideally the weed you are mixing with it should be ground up into small pieces or granuals rather than strands. Having a tabacco buffer can help to prevent small bits falling through the roach (causes users to report Buffer Overflow). It also adds a small amount of additional filtration. Of course similar results can be achieved by making a longer roach.

Considerring it’s purported the most important part, I find the roach section of the above guide most lacking. I will first deal with rolling a basic cylinder. The advantages of this are that it’s simpler and uses less material. The main draw back is the total lack of filtration as bits can very easily fall through. These types are sometimes rolled with more material than necessary to make them thinner without affecting the quantity of goods in the rest of the joint (by giving a thicker circumference). Whatever the desired size of the openning, it is advisable to make the length of the dimension which is longer (makes the roach fatter if longer) at least 3.5 times the size which you desire the roach opening to be (the diameter). The next roach style, with a radiator is much better. It is a little more difficult, although still childs play. It uses a little more cardboard, ideally you want the roach to be around 6 (although this depends on number of folds) times longer rather than 3.5. Start be folding a tiny bit of the roach at one end (about 1mm or less) all the way. Fold again further up (slightly more than before). Do this until you have 3 or so folds or are around a third of the way along the strip. You should have a little zigzag, or spring. Roll the roach with this in the middle. There are many different ways of folding but this will do in most cases. The main purpose of this is to stop bits falling through.

When finishing, some may poke the joint. It is important not to poke too much. It is surprisingly easy to compress the material too much and block air flow. The roach does not strictly define the shape of the joint. In fact rolling a joint and allowing the roach shape it mostly (as well as fold rolling) usually results in more of the air pockets that warrent poking and tapping. The roll defines the shape. As you roll the joint you are also massaging it, moving material up and down the joint. I’ve managed to roll some joints with some awful roaches. I haven’t had to poke for a long time now.

Like many other things, the mix is up to the builder and will be down to different levels of experience. You can of course use only weed (unles using hash). I do find that weed smokes better with something else mixed in however it need not always be tabacco and if you explore online there are a few sites that sell other exotic and legal smokables. Importantly do not use nicotene filters. As far as I’m aware nicotene moluscules are smaller than THC and the filters aren’t optimised for weed.

It is important to remember that joints are not stamps. You don’t actually have to lick the gum side, your can roll over it then lick over it and the saliva with soak through. Don’t use this as an excuse to slobber it to much. This is useful because you can hold the joint in shape, then lick without having to shape it but not being able to touch it.

There are many other styles of rolling, origamic/artistic, styles for size, etc. A L joint is used to make a joint larger. You simply lay out both of your papers normally, then turn on so that it is long ways and sticky side closest to the other paper. You then stick them together, using the gum of the paper you turned. A simple artistic joint can be made if you make a triangular joint. The trick it to roll it fairly round. Once rolled, lay it down on a flat surface with one side of the triangle roach flat against the surface. Put on finger against each side of the two exposed roach sides (index and thumb), gently pinch and stroke along the joint. Turn it occasionally and repeat until you have a triangular joint (doesn’t burn well as the edges haha). These styles aren’t essential although I do recommend practicing the L joint after you have confidence rolling normally.

Another style is backrolling. As mentioned it’s ideal to use thin papers. This is because joints don’t have the hefty filters that cigarette do and you can’t get high from paper, it just produces more carbon. It’s purpose is to funnel air. As joints get closed to the roach they tend to get thinker in terms of layers of paper, using the same amount as the end. There is a way to prevent this easily and have one layer of paper throughout except where the sticky strip connects. Ironically to do it you must roll with the paper upsidedown and flipped (so the stick is nearest you and facing down). Roll, (you can’t fold only tuck). You can either lick the gum first or lick it through the paper. Once the gum is attached you will have a taper hanging off the joing which should be biggest at the bottom. This is all the excess paper. Carefully rip this off or cut it with scissors.