How to Roll a Joint

If you’re new to the flower scene, you’ve probably never rolled a joint. Maybe you’ve just always had friends that volunteered to roll your joints. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to finally learn how to roll a joint. 

The word “joint” has a bad rep and for really no reason. When you think of the word “joint” you probably think of parties with young people rolling joints and passing them around, but “joint” doesn’t have to be a bad word. A joint can be used with any type of cannabis flower, for any reason; recreational or medicinally. This could be CBD flower, CBG flower, or any THC flower. 

For some term definitions; a joint versus a blunt. The difference between a joint and a blunt is that a joint is cannabis leaves rolled up with rolling papers. A blunt, on the other hand, is a hollowed-out cigar that is packed with cannabis leaves. A blunt is rolled in a tobacco-leaf “wrap”. 

For more information on Delta 8 Flower, read our blog here.


Delta 8 provides a lot of benefits and can vary from person to person. The benefits you can experience depend on a lot of factors such as your gender, body composition, metabolism, type of product you’re using, and more. By trying different strains, you can test out what you can benefit from different products. For more information on choosing your correct strain, read our strain blog here

Delta 8 can provide a lot of different benefits. Some of these benefits include; 

  • Stress relief
  • Anxiety relief
  • Depression relief
  • Appetite stimulant
  • Pain relief
  • Sleep aid
  • Increase in focus and concentration
  • and more!

For our full blog on the benefits of Delta 8, read here


Smoking flower, whether it be CBD, CBG, Delta 8 or other cannabinoids has a few benefits. The main benefit to using flower is that it is fast-acting and delivers higher bioavailability. If you want to feel the effects and benefits of your choice cannabinoid quickly, smoking is the fastest. Smoking introduces the cannabinoids directly into your lungs and bloodstream and doesn’t get broken down in your digestive system. 

Though it may seem contradictory, smoking flower can help you quit smoking. By switching to smoking CBD, CBG, or Delta 8, you can completely take out nicotine from your habit, but you still get to keep your “smoking” habit while benefiting from CBD, CBG, and Delta 8. 

More benefits to smoking flower include; 

  • Natural option
  • Easier to dose/notice your reaction
  • More affordable
  • Lasts shorter amount of time (again, easier to dose, or if you’ve smoked too much)
  • Therapeutic (in terms of going through the motions, helps create calmer environment)

Are you ready to delve into the world of flower and rolling your own joint? Read on!


You can roll joints by hand, without a bunch of tools that you have to go purchase. All you need to roll joints by hand is your flower of choice, a filter, and rolling papers. For the best rolling papers, grab RAW Rolling Papers from our store here. Rolling joints by hand is a bit difficult, but the more you practice, the better you will be. Follow our step-by-step instructions on how to roll a joint by hand. 

Supplies needed; flower of your choice, rolling papers, crutch/filter/tip, optional: grinder

Step-By-Step Guide

  1. Gather your supplies. 
  2. Grind down your flower with your fingers or your grinder, ensuring you are removing the stems. You don’t want to include the stems in your joint. Grind down as fine as you can, this will help create a smoother burn. 
  3. Grab a filter/crutch/tip. Set it up by folding it up, accordion-style. This filter will help block the flower bits from getting into your mouth.
  4. Place the filter/crutch/tip at one end of the rolling paper and fill in the rest of the rolling paper with ground flower. Make sure the flower is nestled next to the filter. 
  5. Form and shape the ground flower into a joint shape. 
  6. Next comes the actual rolling of the joint. Pinch the paper between your fingers and roll back and forth in order to pack the flower into the traditional cone shape. 
  7. To seal the joint, lick the gum line of the rolling papers and seal with a final roll of the joint between your fingers. 
  8. To finish, pack the open end of the joint with the tip of your finger. Then grab the loose paper and twist.
  9. Light it up! You are good to go and ready to indulge in your joint!

If you’re still struggling with rolling joints by hand, watch this video from Leafly.


Rolling a joint with a roller is the easiest way to roll, especially if you’re a beginner. This way requires more tools, though, that you can find at your local smoke shop.

Supplies needed; flower of your choice, rolling papers, crutch/filter/tip, roller, optional: grinder

Step-By-Step Guide

  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Grind down your flower with your fingers or your grinder, ensuring you are removing the stems. You don’t want to include the stems in your joint. Grind down as fine as you can, this will help create a smoother burn. 
  3. Grab a filter/crutch/tip. Set it up by folding it up, accordion-style. This filter will help block the flower bits from getting into your mouth. 
  4. Take the roller, open it up, ensuring the bottom roller is facing you. 
  5. Put in the filter as far to the side as you can. 
  6. Start putting in your ground flower into the roller, putting it nice and tightly packed in next to the filter. 
  7. Once you’ve put in your ground flower, without having it overflow, take the bottom roller and fold it up, tightly securing your flower product along with your filter. 
  8. Slowly and carefully roll that roller towards you. This is how it will pack the flower into the joint shape to prepare for the paper.
  9. Take your paper, ensuring the gum side is facing you. Feed into the roller and roll towards yourself. Make sure the paper is rolling into the roller straight. 
  10. Once you’re about to the gum strip, lick the gum strip so it will seal the joint. 
  11. Once the gum is licked, roll it the rest of the way through. Roll a couple of times, just to make sure it is properly packed and sealed. 
  12. Now you can open your roller and pull out your joint. 
  13. To finish, pack the open end of the joint with the tip of your finger. Then grab the loose paper and twist.
  14. Light it up! You are good to go and ready to indulge in your joint!


When you are ready to roll your first joint, ensuring there is enough flower is important. We recommend to use about ½ to 1 gram of dried flower. This will be enough to pack your joint, but won’t be too much for your rolling papers. When you smoke it, try taking a couple of puffs, focusing on how your body and mind are feeling. You should feel the effects within 30 minutes, once you start feeling the effects, you can determine how much more you’d like to smoke from there. Always, always, always remember to listen and concentrate on how your mind and body are reacting to your product and change dosage accordingly. 


You can use whatever flower you’d like to use for your joint. As stated previously, a joint can include any type of flower; CBD, CBG, Delta 8, and more.

When you are getting ready to roll your joint, you will want to use the best rolling papers, try RAW rolling papers. They are made from the purest naturally unrefined plant fibers and are finished with natural tree sap gum line. For RAW rolling papers, you can get them on our website here

For filters and a roller, if you’re choosing to use a roller, visit your local smoke shop.  

CBD Flower

CBD flower is exactly what you think it is – it is non-psychoactive hemp flower that will not get you high. Even though the buds may look the same as marijuana buds, it doesn’t react the same way. CBD flower is just another form of CBD that can quickly get into your bloodstream to start reacting with your Endocannabinoid System. 

Our favorite local CBD flower vendor is Squish Global. The Cherry Blossom CBD flower we carry is an indica-dominant hybrid strain. This strain in particular can help with insomnia and anxiety, especially. This strain delivers refreshingly fruity flavors with earthy and sweet berry undertones. 

Shop all of our CBD Flower here

Delta 8 Flower

Delta 8 flower is produced by using premium hemp flowers that are then coated with Delta 8 infused kief and Delta 8 infused distillate oil. The frostiness you see on the outside of your product is the kief and distillate oil. Delta 8 flower provides the benefits of CBD (anti-inflammatory, stress reducer, anxiety and depression relief, pain relief, sleep aid, etc.) while also being psychoactive. This means it delivers a mental high and full body relaxation. 

Delta Extrax

Delta Extrax is another awesome company with premium Delta 8 products, including flower. This flower comes in 3 fun strains; Sour Diesel, Bubba OG Kush, and White Rhino. For an uplifting, dreamy, and cerebral sativa, choose Sour Diesel. Sour Diesel’s flavors include a very pungent diesel-like smell. Bubba OG is good for a true indica experience with effects prefect for relaxing at the end of a long day. Bubba OG has a tantalizing sweet smell with peppery notes followed by a citrusy herbal taste. For super relaxing, but well-balanced vibes, try White Rhino. White Rhino is pungent with woody and earthy flavors. 

Shop all of our Delta 8 Flower here


What if you don’t want to roll your own joint? Or maybe you’re not great at it. That’s okay (I’m not either), that’s why we also offer pre-rolls and cigarettes. 

The Delta 8 cigarettes do NOT contain nicotine, they are strictly Delta 8 flower, just like a pre-roll. These cigarettes come in 3 different strains; Banana Runtz, Blue Dream, and Purple Punch. Banana Runtz is a fruity and sour sativa-dominant hybrid. Blue Dream is sweet blueberry flavored uplifting sativa strain. Purple Punch is a grape Kool-Aid tasting and relaxing indica strain. 

You are already familiar with the strains from Delta Extrax (as described above); Sour Diesel, Bubba OG Kush, and White Rhino. If you like those strains in Delta 8 flower, but aren’t ready to try rolling a joint, try them in pre-rolls. 

Shop Pre-rolls: Sour Diesel pre-roll | Bubba OG Kush pre-roll | White Rhino pre-roll


Is CBD flower legal?

Yes – CBD flower is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill.

Is Delta 8 flower legal?

Yes – Delta 8 flower is also legal under the 2018 Farm Bill.

What kind of flower should I use to roll a joint?

To roll a joint, you can use any dried flower you want – CBD, CBG, Delta 8, and more!

I can’t roll a joint – do you have pre-rolls?

We do offer pre-rolls and cigarettes (no nicotine) in certain strains.


If you’re ready to get your joints rolling, whether it be by hand or with a roller, grab your flower and get rolling! Are you having trouble getting started? Not sure where to start? Not sure which flower you need? Contact our team now! Let us know in the comments how your experience was!


Brie Lowrey, resident Head of Customer Engagement here at The Green Dragon CBD, is a Kansas City Native now residing in St. Louis. She thrives on keeping up with social media trends, staying up-to-date on CBD news, and sending out office-wide dragon jokes. Connect with her on LinkedInInstagram, or read other posts by Brie.

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