How to smoke a joint or spliff

Smoking a joint can be a fun and enjoyable experience. But if you’re new to smoking, it can also be a bit intimidating. It isn’t as simple as lighting up and breathing in. To get the best out of your weed, you need to roll it properly, make a filter and understand how to inhale properly. Not to worry, though – we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about smoking a joint, from how to roll one to how to smoke it properly.

How long should it take to smoke a joint

The length of time it takes to smoke a joint can vary depending on the size of the joint and how much you’re inhaling, and how many people might be sharing it.  A standard sized joint would take most people about 10-15 minutes to smoke. However, don’ t feel like you should be smoking it in under 15 minutes. Smoking is about relaxing and taking your time. When you smoke it should be a leisure activity like having a glass of wine at the end of a stressful day. And if you don’t finish it all in one go you can always save the rest for tomorrow.

How much THC is in a joint?

With potency levels in weed ranging from the low THC levels of 10% all the way up to 34%, the amount of THC that is in a joint varies massively depending on the strain of the weed and the size of the joint. If we take an average sized joint with a potency level of around 20%, you can say that the joint will contain roughly 0.5-1 gram of weed, which can have a THC content of anywhere from 10-30% the  average joint will contain between 45-250 milligrams of THC.

What is the best way to make a filter for a joint?

Best way to make a filter for a joint

A filter, also known as a crutch, is a piece of paper or cardboard that’s rolled up and inserted into the end of a joint where you inhale the smoke. Filters are essential to keep the shape of the joint, prevent loose weed from falling out of the joint and providing a smoother smoking experience. 

To make a filter quickly at home, simply take a small piece of cardboard or paper and roll it up into a cylinder shape. You can then insert it into the end of your joint. 

Alternatively for those of you that are concerned about your lung health why not invest in some activated carbon filters? They are growing in popularity and some pre rolled joints come with them as standard. Carbon filters help to remove some of the tar and nasty burnt plant material that is harmful to inhale. So, if you want to keep your lungs healthy use these instead. Priced at around $15-$25 for 100 it’s a worthwhile investment that won’t break the bank.

How to smoke a joint

Anyone can smoke a joint but if you want to get the most out of your weed and truly enjoy the experience then its important to learn a few things properly first….

Learn how to roll a joint properly

Rolling a joint can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re new to smoking but it’s important to get this right because a well rolled joint burns evenly and smoked better. Follow our simple steps below and with a bit of practice, you’ll be rolling like a pro in no time. Here are the basic steps to rolling a joint:

  1. Grind your weed: Use a grinder to break up your weed into small pieces.
  2. Prepare your rolling paper: Take a rolling paper and place it with the sticky side facing up.
  3. Add your weed: Sprinkle your ground weed onto the paper, making sure to distribute it evenly, leaving a gap the size of your filter at one end.
  4. Roll the joint: Use your thumbs and forefingers to roll the joint back and forth, tucking the paper in as you go.
  5. Seal the joint: Lick the sticky edge of the paper and press it down to seal the joint.

Use good quality weed

Weed comes in varying degrees of quality. You’ve got your low level street dealer weed, and then from dispensaries you have bottom, middle and top shelf weed (top being the best quality). Personally though you can’t beat good quality home grown weed. Nobody will take as much time and care growing the plant as you would at home yourself.

The quality of the weed you use has a big impact on your smoking experience so make sure you use good quality bud. With so many different cannabis seed banks out there it’s not difficult to grow at home (providing you live somewhere where it is legal to do so). And if you do buy from a dispensary or a dealer make sure you give it a smell before buying, good quality weed should smell nice, if you get any scents of damp or mold avoid buying it.

How should you light a joint?

When lighting a joint, it’s important to use a lighter or match to evenly burn the end of the joint. Hold the joint to your lips and light the end while inhaling. Rotate the joint as you breathe in to create an even burn.

How to inhale weed?

So many first time smokers make the common mistake of just breathing in using their mouth. Doing this will give almost none of the effects you want from smoking weed. To inhale properly you need to breathe the smoke deep into your lungs, hold it for 1-2 seconds and then slowly exhale. It is in the lungs that THC is absorbed so you need to breathe it in properly to get THC into your bloodstream.

How to avoid coughing when smoking weed?

Breathing hot smoke into your throat and lungs is an irritant and can trigger you to cough. Coughing is the throat’s natural reaction that is triggered by the throat when anything that could be harmful is detected. The aim of coughing is to eject any harmful foreign bodies from the throat from being inhaled all the way into your lungs.  

To prevent or reduce coughing you need to prevent that irritation from occurring. To do this make sure you drink plenty of water to stop your throat from becoming dry. You can also suck on a menthol throat sweet before and during smoking. These numb the throat slightly and reduce coughing.


Finally, when you breathe smoke in try not to hold it in your lungs for more than a couple of seconds. There is a common misconception that holding your breath will make you higher, however, this is incorrect. When you inhale the exchange of THC into the bloodstream happens within about 2 seconds, so holding for any longer than this is pointless and will only make you cough.

So there you have it, folks! A few key tips on how to smoke a joint properly. Remember to always share it with your friends (if they’re cool with it), take it slow, and enjoy the ride. And if all else fails, just roll up another one and try again. Happy toking!

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