Joints are easily one of the most popular ways to enjoy the herb at home by yourself or on the go with friends. They’ve become one of the most iconic symbols of cannabis use over the decades, and have come a long way from rolled up wads of weed and paper. These days, cannabis afficianados have gotten a little more high tech. Instead of those old school hand rolled models, people have switched to cone joints which provide a smoother and more flavorful experience.
But what exactly is a cone joint? Joints are considered cones when they have a narrow mouthpiece and a wide tip, giving them a cone-shaped appearance. They usually feature a nice long crutch to protect the mouth and fingers, and they also hit smoother and burn more evenly than the utilitarian joints that just kinda look like cylindrical cigarettes.
Knowing how to roll a cone is critical, especially if you prefer smoking joints to other methods. The cone design can make sure you smoke your weed more evenly and prevent you from inhaling little bits of weed into your mouth. So if you’re ready to learn how to roll a cone joint, you’ve come to the right place.
How to roll a cone joint: Step by step
Rolling a cone isn’t as scary as it looks. The first thing you want to do is pick out a strain you like, and grind a gram or two of it up with a coarse grinder so that your weed pieces are fluffy but not so small they blow through your crutch. From there, you’ll just need a few materials:
- Rolling papers
- Crutch (glass filter tips work, or little bits of cardstock paper)
- Packing tool (pens with the ink tip removed work great, so do things like toothpicks or wooden dowels)
Once you have your materials ready, use the guide below to learn how to roll a cone joint:
1. Roll a filter
Filters are necessary to protect your mouth and fingers from the heat of the joint. They also help to keep small pieces of weed inside the joint where it belongs instead of your mouth. While glass filter tips (AKA crutches) work wonders, you can make them yourself with lightweight cardboard or the tips that come with the pack of rolling papers you bought. To make one, take a small bit of the cardstock and roll it in a zig zag pattern back and forth until you’re about halfway down the strip. Then you can use the rest of it to make a cylindrical shape. You can make it tighter or looser to suit whatever size rolling papers you’re using. Check out our guide on how to make a filter for a joint here if you need more info.
2. Add your filter and weed to the rolling paper
Once you have your crutch made, hold it on your rolling paper, leaving the adhesive side of the paper at the top. You should have your crutch and paper held in one hand in a hot dog style shape, which is where you’ll add your weed. Just make sure your adhesive is at the top, sticky side facing you. Once you’re in position, take some of your ground weed and add it along the centerfold of the paper in your opposite hand.
3. Shape your cone
Once you have your weed in there, use both thumbs to gently roll your weed into a tightish cone shape. It’ll feel like snapping your fingers, but slower. Once your weed is formed, you can begin to tuck the paper into the shaped flower and begin to form the joint. It helps to keep your fingers close to the edges of the paper to help form the true cone shape. You might also want to create a small, angled crease in the paper before you start rolling to help create a guide that will help you maintain a tight wrap on the bottom and make that cone shape. Once you form the cone, allow the non-adhesive side of the paper to tuck into the flower, and continue rolling until you reach the top of the paper.
4. Twist it up
Once you reach the top of the paper, lick the adhesive side of the paper and begin to seal the joint. Continue rotating the joint until the adhesive strip sticks fully to the other side of the paper. Your joint should be tightly packed but not too tightly packed. Too tight means the joint will be hard to hit, and if its too loose, you’ll get a joint that doesn’t burn evenly. If your joint feels loose, use a packing tool to tighten it up by poking it down with a pen or something similar. You can add more weed if necessary. If it’s too tight, gently twist the joint until some of the flower comes loose. Once you achieve a good pack, twist the leftover paper at the end of the joint closed. The twist helps the joint burn more evenly when you spark it up and prevents weed from spilling out.
How to fill a premade cone
If you find it challenging to roll a cone yourself, you can always opt for the pre-made cones that are available at most headshops. They’re super convenient, but the downside is that they’re fragile and can be more difficult to load. To fill a premade cone, you will need:
- Ground weed
- A funnel (typically made from a creased business card or sheet of paper)
- Pre-made cones
- Packing tool (think toothpicks, wooden dowels, or pens with the ink removed)
- Cone stand (optional, helpful for holding a few cones in place while you fill them with weed and pack them down)
Once you have your materials, learn how to fill a premade cone below.
1. Make the funnel
This step is super easy. Just take a business card or sheet of construction paper and fold it in half.
2. Use the funnel to scoop weed into the cones
While holding the crutch on the cone gently, take your ground weed and use the funnel to add somewhere between ¾ of a gram to 2 grams of flower (depending on the size of your cone) to the cone.
3. Pack it down
Use a packing tool to gently push the ground material down into the cone to make sure you have an even consistency throughout the joint. You can add or remove weed to ensure the perfect fit. Just take care to be very gentle with the cone, as they can be prone to ripping.
4. Twist and spark
Once you have an evenly tamped pack, go ahead and twist the last ¼” or so of the remaining paper on the cone to help ensure your joint lights and burns evenly and you don’t lose any weed while your joint is in storage. From there, you can light it up.