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Joint Rolling Machines or Hand-Rolled?

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Though sometimes considered the training wheels of cannabis, the humble joint roller is an often-overlooked tool that deserves a place in any rolling aficionado’s kit. Not ideal for every occasion, these simple contraptions offer a few features unmatched by other joint-rolling methods.

Pros of Joint Rolling Machines

While they may not showcase your ability to hand-roll a joint, joint rolling machines can get the job done quickly and efficiently under most circumstances. Here are some other top features of joint rolling machines:


Hand-rolling more than a few joints can take a considerable amount of time. Joint rolling machines put out a joint in under a minute; about 20-30 seconds if you’re adept. It is by far the most efficient method outside of using industrial, specialized equipment to load multiple joints. If you want to try to skip the rolling altogether and opt for pre-formed cones, anyone who’s worked in a dispensary will attest, hand-filling cones is tedious work.

Many hand-rollers still appreciate the speed of a good joint machine, reserving hand-rolling for times of relaxation and enjoyment; machines are for quick and necessary demands.  When you need a lot of jays in a hurry, a rolling machine is a good option.

Ease of Use

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Joint rolling machines are incredibly easy to use, with simple instructions. There are few moving parts, most are quite durable, and require only minimal fine motor skills (which can be an issue for consumers with disabilities).

For those that haven’t mastered hand-rolling (or even ventured into it), joint rolling machines allow almost anyone to roll a joint with minimal time and energy invested.

It’s the first and easiest step to stop relying on others (be it more costly jays at a dispensary or bugging a friend), and allows you to take command of your cannabis consumption. Beside, sometimes after a long day, it’s just easier to let the machine get it.


If you’re new to hand-rolling, your jays might not be the most dependable cannabis delivery method. With a machine, you’ll know what to expect every time. While many mean it as a put-down, the “training wheels” description has some merit to it. Hand-rolling takes practice, so in the meantime, you’ll have something to fall back on. If you’re still getting up to speed and don’t have time, product, or papers to risk, consider a roller.

Inconspicuous and Standard Dosing

Although cannabis is gaining international acceptance, many still attach a stigma to bigger joints. The clean, uniform, cigarette-like appearance that joint rolling machines produce is simply easier to blend-in in social settings, and closer to what non-smokers are used to seeing consumed. The standard 1¼ inch size is a manageable dose on the go that’s less likely to attract gawkers (though the smell still might).


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If you’re like many people, rolling a joint by hand can be time consuming and difficult. Rolling a joint by hand has a relaxing effect on many including myself. I certainly enjoy rolling a doobie up as it prepares my mind and body to relax and enjoy the present. I have never quite figured out why it’s so relaxing, it might be cause and effect, with my mind realizing that by rolling a joint I will soon be smoking and feel the pleasant effects of the herb. However, there are many times when people want a joint rolled without having to roll it by hand. For those times, a joint roller is the perfect smoking accessory to use to speed up the process. In this article we are going to cover how to use a joint roller so that your joint turns out better than everyone else’s. We will also go over the three easy steps to roll the perfect joint every time

joint rolling machine is sold by any head shop or smoke shop and most online head shops also sell it. There are a few other companies that concentrate on joint rolling machines. Depending on the joint roller specific instructions might vary, however the overall steps should remain the same. These are the steps we use to roll the perfect joints using a joint roller. 



  1. Joint Roller
  2. Grinder
  3. Rolling Papers
  4. Joint Filter
  5. Herb


  1. Open the joint roller by sliding the top over, place a filter on the far side
  2. Grind your herb so it’s fine, this will help the joint to smoke evenly. Nobody wants their joint to only burn on one side. 
  3. Place the finely grounded herb inside the joint roller. Make sure there is not too much, you need space so that the air flows through properly.
  4. Make sure the tip, crutch, or joint filter on the side opposite the herb.
  5. Close the joint roller.


  1. Place the joint rolling machine in front of you and place your fingers on the handles. Spin the handles towards yourself using your thumbs. Make sure to do this slowly and at a constant speed to ensure the joint is rolled evenly. 
  2. Place the raw rolling paper with the sticky side facing up. 
  3. Press down and once again roll towards your body. 
  4. Finally, lick the sticky part and finish rolling. 

Be sure to grab The Stashlight to store your joint until you are ready to smoke it. Nobody wants their hard work to go to waste. Never put your joint or blunt inside your pocket or backpack without it first being protected. The Stashlight enables you to carry your joint anywhere you’d like without having to worry about it bending or falling apart. This is key. Don’t waste your joint. 

When you are ready, break the Stashlight back out and remove the joint from the joint case. Now using the built in lighter, light your joint. Puff puff pass. Enjoy!

Wrapping It All Up

Finding a quality joint rolling machine can sometimes be a bit of a mission depending on what head shops you have access to. To this writer’s experience, OCB makes the best widely available rollers on the market. They have a smooth action, churn out quality jays, and the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sheaths can last a few years on daily use. There are products to be found above the OCB standard, but they are more difficult to come by for the typicall consumer. The disdain that the common cannabis smoker has for joint rollers is uncalled for. For making a quick jay, few things work better.

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