How To Roll A Cross Joint
“What you do… do you light all three ends at the same, and the smoke converges, creating a “trifecta” of joint-smoking power. This is it, man. This is what your grandchildren are gonna be smoking. Future”.
The infamous words of Saul in the 2008 movie Pineapple Express remain indelible in the minds of many stoners.
The cross joint is considered by many as the holy grail of all joints. Showing up with a cross joint at a smoking sesh with mutuals gives you that elevated status and respect reserved for nobles.
If you think smoking is impressive, wait until you smoke two joints simultaneously. The effect is simply stunning. But how do you learn to roll the perfect cross blunt and become the GOAT among your peers?
This guide will help you learn how to roll a cross joint in a few easy steps.
The goal is to make two different blunts, one big and one small, and insert the small blunt through the larger blunt to make a cross shape. Are your fingers itching already?
Not to worry, because when we are done with this classic, you will not be in a hurry to return to smoking regular joints.
Before getting down to the business of how to make a cross joint, let’s begin with a brief description of the cross joint.
What Is a Cross Joint?
Like its name, a cross joint is a rolling paper draped around your grounded bud into a fat joint. But unlike regular joints, cross blunts come with a second smaller joint stuck in perpendicular just below the tip.
The result is a cross shape or a lowercase letter T depending on how it tickles your perception. Whatever you make of your cross joint, its aesthetic design sure makes it the crème De La crème of all joints.
It would help if you were more cautious when rolling cross joints. You can choose to be more creative by throwing in a mix of heady Indica such as the Death Bubba ( AAAA) Popcorn Nugs or an uplifting Sativa such as the Jack Herer (AAAA) Popcorn Nugs into your joint.
So, are you ready to go on this journey? Come with us as we take you through the steps and tricks of rolling a cross joint.
Supplies You Need to Make a Cross Joint
You would need some supplies to make a cross joint. Interestingly, the supplies for making a cross joint are pretty much the same for regular joints.
The difference is that you would only have a couple more items to make a cross blunt.
- Your weed strain of preference
- Dry herb grinder
- Large rolling papers
- Small rolling papers
- Needle or pin
- Small pieces of cardboard or card stock
If you are a newbie in rolling a cross joint, we suggest you buy more than one of each size of rolling paper in case you don’t get it right on your first attempt. So, without further ado, let’s roll in the joints.
Grind Your Herb
Begin by grinding your herb with a grinder. A grinder is a small container with “teeth” used for crushing nugs of weed into smaller pieces.
Suppose you don’t have a grinder, no problem. You can go old school. But a grinder doesn’t only save you time.
It unlocks your herb potency, taste, and smell. More so, using your fingers leaves your herb coarse, resulting in a lumpy cross joint that doesn’t burn evenly.
For people who don’t live in a weed-legal city or country, we suggest you use CBD flower with a THC content under the federal legal limit of 0.3%.
Roll A Large Joint
Once you are done grinding your herb, proceed to roll a large joint. Note that this is typically bigger than a regular joint in terms of length and thickness.
Fill your large rolling paper with a good number of dry herbs. You surely want your joint to be thick enough to fit another perpendicular blunt, so try avoiding wasting your herb.
Carefully pick up your large rolling paper and gently roll up and down between your thumb and inner index finger to lightly compress the content.
Continue by tucking the paper into a cone shape. Grab the rolled paper, moist one side, and play it on a flat surface with the moist side facing up.
Don’t forget to leave a bit of an empty twist at the tip end of your blunt. The reason is that the empty twist makes it quite easier to light your joint during smoking.
Place A Small Piece of Cardboard at The Butt End
Although this procedure is optional, the cardboard acts as a mouthpiece that allows your joint to burn down so you can enjoy every piece of herb. Here is how it works.
Cut a small strip of thin cardboard or cardstock paper. Then fold the strip of cardboard into a cylinder similar to the size of your rolled fat joint.
Roll A Thin Joint
You would have to ensure the blunt is thin enough to fit in through the fat joint since it would be used as the cross portion of your cross joint.
Spread your ground herb evenly and gently compress the herb into a straight cylindrical shape. Complete the second blunt by moistening and sealing, keeping the roll tight.
Chop A Hole in Your Fat Joint
Now that you’re done with your fat and small joint take a needle or knife and poke a hole through the fat joint.
The hole should be three-quarters of the way down from the end of the blunt you plan to light. Try not to cut too wide, so your small joint can properly fit in.
Chop A Hole in Your Thin Joint
Chop a hole through the middle of your thin joint. Ensure the hole is inserted directly in the middle of the small blunt and through both sides.
Note that the hole doesn’t have to be bigger than the one in your fat joint.
The reason for cutting a hole in your thin joint is to allow air to flow from the tip of the fat joint to the tail end.
You must poke a hole in the small joint to enjoy a delightful smoking experience. Once you are done with poking a hole in both joints, proceed to create your holy shape.
Insert the Thin-Joint Through the Fat Joint
Now it is time to assemble your cross blunt. Place one end of the thin joint through the hole in the fat joint and slowly twist, turn, push, and pull. You have to be gentle while doing this.
Avoid going too fast so you don’t rip up the thin or fat joint. Once you notice the thin joint is positioned halfway through the fat joint and looks symmetrical.
Ensure the small hole in the thin joint is well inside the fat joint to allow proper airflow and burning.
Support and Seal Up Your Cross Joint
Your holy grail is set and ready to light up. But there is one more thing. You need to give your joint a bit more structure and reinforcement. Here is how to get around it.
Get two more rolling papers and cut off their glues. Continue by wrapping the glues around the spot where your thin joint passes through your fat joint.
Don’t also forget to seal this area to prevent air and smoke from leaking out rather than travelling from the burning sides into your mouth.
The goal of making a cross joint is to enjoy the best toke ever. So, ensure you follow through on every step to create that top joint for ultimate elite stoners.
Other Types of Joint to Roll
You can try your hands at other exotic joints aside from cross joints. Here is a look at some of them.
The scorpion is a classic joint for stoners who have mastered the art of joint rolling. You must also be skilled in origami making to pull this off.
Tulips are quite easy to roll and are also a perfect joint for a night out with friends.
Now here is a joint for top stoners. It is mostly dedicated to big events and celebrations.
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If there is anything more pleasurable than smoking a joint, is got to be smoking a cross joint. Becoming a pro at making the perfect cross-spliff requires patience, tact, and precision.
Rolling a perfect cross joint may take a bit of practice, so don’t be hard on yourself when you make a miss.
Learn to follow the rules, and you will be rolling your cross joints like a pro in no time.