If you have trouble with your joints burning unevenly, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, this is one of the most common problems for novice and experienced smokers alike. You can minimize this, but it’s always going to be an issue, as you will be rolling joints manually and that always means that there will be some variability in how they turn out.
Here are some ways that you can make your joints burn more evenly. Remember that rolling joints takes some practice, and you don’t necessarily have to practice on your bud. Pick up some oregano, another spice with a similar consistency or, if you have a friend who smokes tobacco, you can always ask if you can either take apart some of their cigarettes and practice rolling with tobacco or use rolling tobacco, if they happen to roll their own. Remember, however, that tobacco does burn differently than marijuana, so being a good cigarette roller won’t necessarily mean that you are good joint roller. The idea is just to practice the motions.
The first thing you want to do is make certain that the marijuana you are rolling is broken up evenly. The easiest way to do this is to use a grinder. This is a metal device that you put your bud in, twist the cap and retrieve the ground up bud from the bottom. It gives you an exceptionally even grind. If you don’t have one of these, a mortar and pestle will work, as well.
After you fold up the paper, place the marijuana in it evenly. Don’t worry about getting it completely to the ends of the paper, as it will spread out and fill in the spaces on its own. When you roll the joint, do it very gently. Don’t crank down on the marijuana, as this will result in a very tight joint that won’t burn at all.
If you can get the roll even, it will generally burn very regularly across the entire surface of the joint. It’s when you have a chunk of marijuana in there that isn’t broken up quite well enough, a piece of stem or another substance that burns at a different rate than bud or when you have spots in the joint where there isn’t any material at all that you wind up with a problem.
Fixing it on the Fly
When joints burn unevenly, the most common remedy is to whet your finger with a little bit of spit, rub it on the side of the joint that is burning too quickly and see if that evens it out. This doesn’t always work and, sometimes, all you end up with is a joint that looks like it was dropped in the water.
If your joint is burning horribly unevenly, put it out, take it apart and reroll the weed. You’re just wasting weed at that point. If it’s only slightly uneven, try turning the joint around as you drag off it, which sometimes causes it to start burning a bit more evenly.