With weed's rapidly expanding legalization, a lot of people are trying it for the first time, or coming back to it after years or even decades of abstinence. However, many are still wondering how to smoke a joint- the most iconic method of consuming cannabis.

A joint is another name for a cannabis cigarette

Marijuana is the most commonly smoked substance in the world, after tobacco. Smoked cannabis is known under different names in different countries. For example, in Canada and in the United States, it is commonly referred to as a joint, while in the United Kingdom, it is known as spliff. A joint is another name for a cannabis cigarette. Depending on how big you want it, a joint can usually fit anywhere between a quarter of a gram and even up to an eighth of an ounce. A joint was one of the first ways that marijuana was smoked. Simply put, a joint is a rolled marijuana cigarette. It is often rolled with partially translucent papers – known as rolling papers – that lack the awful additives found in cigars and cigarettes. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to rolling papers. However, going organic is always a good choice for those who aren't too fond of inhaling paper smoke. Rolling papers can be made of a slew of healthy composites, including corn, plant cellulose, hemp, rice, flax seed, wood fibers or wood pulp. However, the interior of a joint is exclusively marijuana.

A joint was one of the first ways that marijuana was smoked. Simply put, a joint is a rolled marijuana cigarette. It is often rolled with partially translucent papers – known as rolling papers – that lack the awful additives found in cigars and cigarettes. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to rolling papers. However, going organic is always a good choice for those who aren't too fond of inhaling paper smoke. Rolling papers can be made of a slew of healthy composites, including corn, plant cellulose, hemp, rice, flax seed, wood fibers or wood pulp. However, the interior of a joint is exclusively marijuana.

Joints, spliffs, and blunts mean different things

There are many other ways to smoke weed apart from joints. The options are nearly limitless. There are three broad categories by which to delineate rolls – joints, spliffs, and blunts. A blunt is similar to a joint in that it only contains cannabis. However, blunts are rolled with tobacco paper. Alternatively, blunts can be created with a cleaned out cigar wrap. A blunt is basically a hollowed-out cigar which is filled with marijuana before being resealed. On the other hand, spliffs are essentially hybrid, with partly tobacco and partly cannabis. Spliffs mean different things in different regions. In Jamaica, a spliff is the same as a pure cannabis cigarette. In the United States and in Europe, it is a combination of marijuana and tobacco. One of the best things about spliffs is the tobacco scent adds a layer of smell that masks the odor of cannabis.

Rolling joints is an art

Even though the popularity of vaporization has excelled the art of rolling, the easily accessible and minimalist consumption method still reigns supreme globally. The creative potential and skill required to craft a functional roll is celebrated among many cannabis enthusiasts. The first joint you will ever roll is not likely to be perfect. It takes practice to get it down, so practice away. However, if you want a more immediate solution, you can purchase a pre-rolled joint, a roller or ask someone else to do it. The true test of a good joint is not how you roll it, but how well it burns. You want to make sure that it burns evenly around. You obviously don't want to end up with a scraggly-looking cigarette with one half-burnt side.

Learn how to roll a joint

Every cannabis smoker should learn how to roll a joint. Begin by gathering your supplies, including cannabis strain of your choice, rolling papers, and a cannabis grinder. Break down your cannabis by giving it a good shake. If you don't have a grinder, you can use your hands, scissors or any other methods. Make a crutch – start with a few accordion folds at the end of the cardboard before rolling it to the desired thickness of your joint. Fill the joint with the crushed cannabis. Once the paper has the right amount of marijuana, shape the joint with your fingers. After you've loaded your joint, pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth to pack the cannabis down into its final shape. Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll and use the glued edge to tack down one end of the paper. You can use a pen to pack the end of the joint if you want an even burn. Your joint is now ready to be smoked. 

Smoking joints is more enjoyable with a crutch

Also called a filled or a tip, a crutch is essentially a mouthpiece made of wood pulp or glass. It serves a number of purposes, such as keeping the end of your joint open, blocking bits of plant matter from getting in your mouth and ensuring you don't burn your kisser as you puff your way down to the roach. The added distance between you and the roasting cherry prevents you from burning your fingers or lips. A crutch also helps in optimizing airflow by preventing the end from collapsing in on itself. The most favorite part is that joints rolled with crutches can be smoked to the very end.

Joint smoking etiquettes

The process of rolling joints is pretty straightforward, but there are some forms of joint smoking etiquette around the world. Cannabis lovers have a tight-knit society that follows loosely codified standards of behavior. If you break the rules, you won't necessarily be sent to jail; you will just not be invited into another smoke session. You don't want to get squeezed out for smoking joint like a rude, ill-mannered person.

Respect the rollers' rights

It is commonly believed that the person who rolls the joint gets to spark it. However, it is acceptable for the roller to offer this privilege to someone else. But, they have full control over the ignition process.

Puff, puff, and pass

Remember the culture of puff, puff, pass. This is how it's done in the U.S. and Canada. You get two puffs then it goes on to the next person. However, in Europe, they have the opposite rule. You are urged to smoke it comfortably for a bit, as long as you don't get over-greedy. The culture of sharing is a beautiful and essential aspect of the cannabis community. Smoking weed together is a bonding and intimate experience.

Pass the joint to the left

There was a time when people insisted that you always pass to the left, but this is no longer much of a consideration. Nonetheless, it may happen that you encounter it now and again. It is a Rastafarian tradition where the people would pass their marijuana joint to the left in times of peace and to the right in times of war. Passing the joint to the left is also a logical process. The benefits of establishing a common rotation during a session is helpful once a few rounds have been completed and smokers start to forget things.

Don't hold the weed

Don't babysit the joint. This tends to happen when the joint comes to a person who is telling a story. Sometimes they are so engrossed in their story that they end up "camping" on the joint and forget to pass it (they are stoned, after all). This usually causes great agitation among the group as they watch the weed burn away until someone reminds the camper to pass it on.

Don't wet the joint with your saliva

Don't get soggy. No one likes the person who licks their lips before smoking, then gets the joint all soggy before passing it. Not only does this cause the joint to fall apart, but it's just plain gross. Giving someone a mouth full of your saliva can certainly ruin the fun. Please be polite and at least wipe the mouthpiece before handing it off.

Blowing smoke in people's face is gross

It is utterly rude and inconsiderate to blow smoke in people's faces. Unless you've been invited to shotgun a joint, there is never a good reason to blow smoke on anyone's face.

Sharing is caring

The whole point of a smoking circle is to share. Make sure you bring your own marijuana or joint to share with the group. However, if you can't get your hands on some weed, bring the munchies or some beers. Smokers are known to be pretty easygoing.

Respect the space

House rules always reign supreme. If you are smoking at somebody's house, please be respectful. This goes the same for hotels, parks or any other place. Being disrespectful of the place in which you are smoking means you are giving all pot smokers a bad reputation.

Inform your group when you are sick

If you are sick, but still want to participate, bring your own piece of joint. You must also let the group know about your sickness as a sign of respect.

Don't pressurize your peer

Respect the person who doesn't want to participate or who doesn't like to smoke. Pissing contests have no place in any circle with proper etiquette. It is important to respect others' limit and opinions.

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