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How to Smoke a Joint: The Complete Guide for Beginners

Knowing how to smoke a joint like a pro can help you to make the most out of any cannabis-related experience. Whether you’re new to this or not, there are plenty of techniques that can improve how your weed smokes. 

In this guide, we’ll cover everything there is to know about smoking a joint. These tips will help you to waste less and gain more from the entire experience. 

How to Smoke a Joint: 3 Important Tips to Follow

There are 3 important tips to follow if you want to smoke a joint properly:

  1. Make sure to light the joint evenly
  2. Inhale the smoke as efficiently as possible
  3. Ash the joint properly

How to Light a Joint

When lighting your joint, there’s a specific method for ensuring it burns evenly. To start, hold the joint between two fingers. Expose the end of the joint to the flame, rolling it 360 degrees between your fingers. Rolling the joint as you light it, ensures that the entire tip is lit. 

How to Inhale Properly

Once you’re ready to take a puff, slowly inhale from the end of the joint with the paper filter. Gentle suction will draw the flame through the joint. This in turn directs the smoke directly into your mouth.

Before inhaling the smoke into your lungs, be sure to draw a good amount of smoke into your mouth. After allowing the smoke to enter your lungs, slowly exhale.

How to Ash a Joint

Expect some ash to build up with every inhale you take. It’s extremely important to discard this ash properly if you want to make the most of your joint. Remember, the bigger the inhale, the more ash produced. 

While it’s not necessary to remove ash after each puff, it’s best to avoid too much ash from forming on the tip of your joint. This prevents ash from getting everywhere. Here are a few more tips for ashing your joint properly:

  • Practice the “puff, puff, ash, pass” method if you’re sharing a joint with friends. After taking 2 puffs, be sure to remove the ash before passing it off to the next person. 
  • Avoid aggressive ashing. If you ash too aggressively, you run the risk of putting out the flame. 
  • Gentle ashing involves tapping the joint with your finger over an ashtray. This will nudge the ashes off without putting the flame out.
  • You can also lightly tap the joint on the edge of an ashtray. Another option is to gently roll the edge of the joint along the side of the ashtray.

Most Common Joint Smoking Issues 

Even advanced smokers experience issues when it comes to smoking a perfect joint. Excessive coughing is the most common problem. We’ve all done it, and it’s never a fun experience. 

The best way to avoid excessive coughing from weed is to avoid inhaling smoke directly into the lungs. Yes, it’s important to inhale into the lungs, but try to first draw the smoke into your mouth. This allows the smoke to cool down a bit and reduce its harshness. 

Another tip for avoiding a coughing episode is to reduce the inhalation time. There’s no need to hold the smoke in your lungs for a solid 10 seconds. You’ll get a similar result by holding it for 2-3 seconds. Not only will this get you high, but it’ll save your lungs from feeling overwhelmed.

In addition to excessive coughing, uneven burning is another common mistake. When you burn a joint unevenly, one side will burn faster than the other. When one side burns faster, the other is exposed to more air. This creates a faster burn, essentially wasting a good bit of bud. 

This mistake is also referred to as “canoeing” your weed. The good news is that it’s easy to avoid. Just be sure to light your joint evenly by following the tips mentioned above. 

Additional Tips for Smoking a Better Joint/Blunt

The main goal of crafting a perfect joint is to reduce as much waste as possible. This means creating a joint that burns evenly and slowly so your weed can last longer.

In addition to lighting, inhaling, and ashing properly, you’ll also want to pay attention to dosage. Consider how many people are smoking and craft your joint accordingly. If it’s just you, consider rolling a small joint. If it’s a group of 6, you might consider a large blunt instead. 

Moisture is another important consideration for rolling a flawless joint. It’s best to use dry bud that burns easily. But if your bud is too dry, you run the risk of burning through your joint in less time. It’s all about finding the sweet spot between too dry and not dry enough. 

When it comes to rolling the actual joint, aim for a tight roll. The flower should be evenly dispersed across the paper before you start rolling. If it’s not, there are likely to be air pockets, which can lead to uneven burning. 

While the joint needs to be tight, rolling it too tightly can negatively affect the outcome. Remember, air needs to be able to pass from the tip to the filter. If it’s too tight, that won’t be possible. 

Try Not to Get Frustrated!

Rolling joints is an art form, so don’t expect to roll a perfect joint the first time around. Practice makes perfect, so you might have to roll dozens of joints before you get the hang of it. 

The time and effort you put into your craft will be totally worth it. Eventually, you’ll be able to grind your bud, roll your joint, and smoke it like an expert!

The Importance of Grinding Your Weed

The quality of your smoking experience has a lot to do with grinding. Grinding your weed properly ensures that the buds have an even consistency. This cultivates more even burning, which we now know is essential for smoking a joint the right way. 

To top it off, finely ground weed is a lot easier to roll. There’s no chance of rolling a good joint or blunt with large chunks of bud that’s littered with seeds and stems. Plus, poorly-ground weed burns faster, so you can expect to go through a joint in a fraction of the time. 

You can learn more about how to grind weed the right way in this complete guide

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