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How to Make a Joint Burn Slower and Last Longer

Proper joint rolling is considered a fine art in many social circles. There’s something special about a properly rolled, evenly burning joint that seems to last as long as you want it to. Unfortunately, not all of us have the magic green touch and joint rolling can be somewhat of a cumbersome task.

One opportunity that plagues rollers from all levels of experience is being able to extend the life of a joint. Understanding how to make a joint burn slower is a question that has surfed the cannabis forums for some time. To achieve longer, more leisurely smoke sessions, here are a few tips to help make your joints last longer.

1. Grind Your Cannabis

make joints burn slower by grinding your marijuana

Ensuring an even and fine grind is imperative not only to achieving a longer lasting smoke, but a far more even burn on all sides of the joint. Try to find a grinder that gives a good fine grind when packing a joint. Be sure not to over grind, as powdery herb will prevent proper airflow and may compromise your smoking experience.

Grinders come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to pick one that will accommodate the capacity of your joint so you aren’t left having to pack multiple loads. When time is of the essence, you’ll want to avoid long preparations to save time for what matters: puffing.

2. Source Quality Starting Material

joints with higher quality marijuana bud will burn slower and last longer

Cure time will affect the burn rate of the cannabis inside of your joint, so buying properly cured cannabis is going to ensure you a much longer lasting experience. Cannabis that has been under-cured will burn very slowly, as opposed to dry or old cannabis that will burn far too quickly for a proper joint. Sourcing your herb from reputable establishments is the first step to finding a product that works best.

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Another great tip is to have a conversation with your budtender or cannabis retailer about your intentions so that they can find a cannabis cultivar that fits your exact needs. In this case, you’ll want to ask for something that breaks down easily and will provide an even and long lasting smoke. Many shops sell shake bags that consist of partially ground cannabis, which is a great starting point.

3. Choose the Right Paper

some joint rolling papers burn slower than others

Rolling papers come in all shapes and sizes, and some are much better at providing a long lasting, even smoke than others. Finding the right rolling paper is a matter of preference, but some popular brands include RAW Rolling Papers and Zig Zags. Both of these brands offer highly recommended rolling papers that come in varying sizes. Hemp rolling papers offer a nice even smoke, and many claim that corn husk rolling papers will extend the life of your joint.

4. Use Multiple Sheets

joints can burn slower if two sheets are used when rolling
When rolling your joint, consider using an extra paper for fortification. Using more than one sheet will prevent burn runs from overtaking a side of your joint, leaving you with an uneven and undesirable burn. A second sheet may also help contain airflow, channeling it through a tighter space. This will help to prevent expedited burning.

5. Roll Tight

roll joints tighter for a slower burn rate
Airflow is the name of the game when it comes to having control over your joint’s burn rate. The easiest way to control airflow is to roll a tight, even joint. There are many methods for achieving a tight roll, and even machines that will help eliminate the guess work and dexterity required to achieve a precise roll. Opt for help if need be, because rolling a joint with the perfect tightness requires practice.

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One method that works well for novice rollers is the canoe method. Fold a rolling paper in half and twist the folded side of one of the ends into a cone. This creates a “canoe” that can be easily packed and rolled. The twisted end contains your herb while you focus on getting the tightest roll possible. Try not to roll too tight, as you’ll risk splitting your paper as well as creating an airflow obstruction.

6. “Twax” Your Joint

adding cannabis wax to joints can help them burn slower

“Twaxing,” or the process of adding cannabis concentrates to your joint, is a terrific way of delivering an extra boost of cannabinoids to your system while also acting as a buffering agent for burn rates. Adding wax either to the outside of your joint or packed in with the ground cannabis will help to significantly slow down the rate at which your joint burns. This method will give you more hits that should pack a considerable punch.

Using butters or crumble works well inside of a joint, whereas shatters and saps do a wonderful job when molded and wrapped around the outside of your rolled apparatus.

7. Recycle Roaches

recycle joint roaches to make them last longer

Typically, the end of a joint will yield the last few remnants of your cannabis. Don’t let this go to waste — there are several ways of recycling roaches in order to extend your smoking experience.

Using a roach clip or roach stone will allow you safe handling for getting those last few puff in. Loading a roach into a bowl or water pipe is also a great way of extending the last legs of life out of your roach. If all else, fails, don’t hesitate to pick the last bit of green goodness out of your expired joint to repurpose somewhere else. Having your grinder nearby is a perfect storage place for that last little bit of leftover ground flower to save for your next smoking adventure.

Hopefully, some of these tips will help you to extend your joint smoking experience a bit longer the next time you decide to partake. Remember, if you really want to make your joints last longer, the trick is to find a balance between quality cannabis, reputable rolling papers, and a roller who knows how to get the job done.

Bonus tip: Quality and quantity will always ensure a longer experience. If you want your smoke sash to last longer, try rolling bigger joints (and more of them). Remember, sharing is caring!


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Identifying Old or Bad Cannabis Past its Shelf Life

Cannabis can have an indefinite shelf life, but only if all of the proper conditions have been met. For cannabis to truly stand the sands of time, one must not only handle each process of the growth and harvest cycle carefully, but also store the cannabis properly. If all of these conditions are met, one could be enjoying their favorite strain 10 years from now with little quality degradation.

Unfortunately, not all cannabis is cultivated with this level of precision and since consumers can’t control the quality of their cannabis before it reaches their hands, having the ability to identify mishandled cannabis that is typically labeled “old” or “bad” is an imperative last line of defense. After all, nobody wants to puff a bowl of bone dry and/or moldy ganja.

Here are five cues you can use to sense if your cannabis is old or bad.

Aromatic Cues

Aromatic cues for identifying old or bad cannabis
Terpenes are fickle; they don’t want to stick around for very long if they aren’t being treated well. Take this as an easy first cue in determining whether or not your cannabis is smoke-worthy. A vibrant bouquet of terpenes is typically an indicator that your cannabis is fine, although it’s important to detect other penetrating scents that may indicate a compromise in quality.

Musty, mildew smells may be a red flag for mold presence. Chemical aromas could be a sign of improper pesticide use or flushing opportunities. Improperly stored cannabis may also draw scents from their containers. Any of these unwelcome smells that you may come by should prompt you to put the herb down and reconsider. Even no smell at all is fishy, so if you’re concerned, see if any of these additional cues also raise red flags.

Visual Cues

Visual cues for identifying old or bad cannabis

Cannabis has a wonderful way of showing off its aesthetics when it’s healthy, even “post-mortem,” so to speak. Conversely, undesirable cannabis has a way of letting you know when to say “pass,” as well. One identifier of cringe-worthy cannabis is whether or not you can even tell if it’s cannabis at all. Old and dried out cannabis will break apart into a fine powder with minimal effort. Not to be mistaken with kief, broken down, dried cannabis will contain particulates such as stems or even seeds in some cases. Where seeds and stems are not indicative of bad cannabis, their presence can sometimes be an identifier.

In most cases, mold on cannabis can be identified visually. Mold can take on several appearances, but one easy way to identify the differences between mold and trichomes is by seeing where the concentration is. Mold will grow over trichomes, appearing as a powdery white mass that can penetrate every surface of the afflicted flower. Keep in mind that mold can also occur beneath the visible surface of cannabis nugs, which is why breaking apart flowers can help determine their quality.

Tactile Cues

Tactile cues for identifying old or bad cannabis
Handling your cannabis can be a great way to identify critical quality cues. If you have identifiable nugs, pull them apart. Are they over-compressed? Does there seem to be any moisture content? Does the herb disintegrate in between your fingers? All of these cues can be identifiable by making physical contact with your herb. Furthermore, deconstructing your flowers is a great way to identify penetrating mold that may not be initially available to the naked eye.

Audio Cues


This may sound a bit like a stretch of the imagination, but listen to the sound of your nugs breaking apart between your fingers. Properly dried and cured flowers will audibly “snap.” Dried stems will also snap. These are good audio indicators that your buds are still within their moisture sweet spot.

Brittle, old, and dry cannabis will sound crackly between your fingers. Not only will you be able to feel the dryness, but that sound should be a clue as well. Conversely, cannabis with too much moisture content won’t make any sound at all, as it will be much more difficult to pull apart.

Taste Test

Taste test to identify old or bad cannabis
At the end of the day, if your cannabis looks good, smells good, breaks apart with no issues, and gives you that wonderful snap sensation, try it out. If you haven’t taken the time to inspect your herb first, I don’t advise skipping straight to smoking it before determining if it’s old or bad. That said, bad cannabis does not smoke well, which you’ll figure out very quickly into your first puff. Sometimes you just have to dig in and give it a try (although you should, at the very least, inspect for mold first).


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How to Roll a Perfect Blunt: A Step-by-Step Guide

For beginners asking “what is a blunt?”, a blunt is to a joint what the cigar is to a cigarette. Or more simply, it is a cigar that has been emptied of its loose-leaf tobacco and filled with cannabis. While not quite as iconic as the standard joint, the cultural significance of the blunt cannot be ignored. Many prefer the added buzz created by the mix of cannabis and its tobacco wrap, while others appreciate the variety of flavors available in most cigarillos and blunt wraps.

Rolling a blunt comes with its own set of norms that are in place to maintain function and tradition. To help you roll up your own, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step guide to blunt rolling.

Start by gathering the necessary supplies:

  • Cannabis strain of choice
  • Cigar, cigarillo, or blunt wrap
  • Grinder and blade are optional, but may be helpful for those new to rolling

Step 1: Grind Your Cannabis

How to Roll a Blunt step 1: grind your cannabis
Break down your cannabis into shake using a grinder or your hands. Using a grinder will help maintain an even burn, while using your hands is the more traditional method and is often preferred to help the blunt burn a little slower.

Step 2: Prep the Blunt Wrap

How to Roll a Blunt step 2: prep your blunt wrap
To roll your blunt you’ll need a tobacco wrap. Traditionally, connoisseurs will empty a cigarillo (like Swisher Sweets, Phillies, or Backwoods), but these day you can find empty wraps at the corner store. Use a blade to cut the blunt lengthwise, or if you’ve got the right touch you can “crack” the blunt using your fingers. Once you’ve split the blunt, empty the tobacco from the middle and discard (or if you like to smoke spliffs, save it for later).

Step 3: Wet the Wrap

How to Roll a Blunt step 3: wet the wrap
Using just a little bit of moisture will make your blunt wrap easier to work with, shape, and help seal up any small tears that might occur while you’re emptying its tobacco innards. This is easily done with some saliva, but if you’re rolling this blunt for someone else, you might consider using the tip of your finger and some tap water.

Step 4: Fill It Up

How to Roll a Blunt step 4: fill the wrap with cannabis
Fill the empty tobacco wrapping with ground cannabis. For a standard size cigarillo one to two grams is plenty, though if you’re sharing your blunt, are an experienced roller, or are using a blunt wrap, you should be able to fit a fair amount more.

Step 5: Roll the Blunt Wrap

How to Roll a Blunt step 5: roll the blunt wrap
Roll the cannabis between your fingers to pack the blunt evenly. Be careful: if you didn’t moisten the wrap enough, it may crack. Once you’ve packed and shaped your blunt, tuck the wrap under itself and wet the inside of the exposed edge from end to end. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles. (Tip: if you poke a hole or if the blunt cracks at all while you’re working with it, you can use the gummy adhesive from rolling papers to repair it.)

Step 6: Bake the Blunt

How to Roll a Blunt step 6: bake the blunt
Now that your blunt is rolled, you’ll want to “bake” or dry it to help seal it together and encourage an even burn. Bake your blunt by running a lighter lengthwise under the seam and around the outside. Be careful not to hold the lighter too close — you only want the heat, not the flame.

Step 7: Enjoy!

How to Roll a Blunt step 6: enjoy your blunt!
Now that you’ve got your blunt rolled, all that’ left is to light the end and enjoy with some friends!

What’s your favorite trick for rolling a blunt? Share your tips, fond memories while smoking blunts, or different ways to roll a blunt in the comments below and pass along the skill to others!


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