There is nothing worse than hitting a joint and inhaling a piece of weed, which is why the joint filter is such a key component when rolling up your bud. Not only do joint filters block loose weed particles, they also help determine the shape of your joint, stop tar from reaching your mouth, and prevent your joint from getting soggy if you’re smoking with one of those guys. Here you can find all information about “how to make the perfect joint filter”!
What’s a Joint Filter?
If you don’t know what a joint filter is, it’s usually made from a rolled up piece of cardboard (think business card thickness), that goes in the end of your joint. They go by many other names as well including crutch, roach, or tip. They definitely make smoking joints a more pleasurable experience, but you won’t necessarily always have the materials or skill to make one. If you can’t make a joint filter, I suggest rolling one end of your joint skinnier and pinching the tip when you take your hit.
Benefits of Joint Filters
Remember; if you are rolling your joint with the filter inside, your filter’s shape will largely determine the final shape of your joint. A cone shaped filter will produce a cone shaped joint, a straight filter makes a straight joint, etc. If you stick your filter in after you’ve rolled the joint, all you need to worry about is ensuring your filter isn’t too big or too small for the joint’s open end.
Don’t make your filter too tight! I’ve seen many seshes get ruined because someone rolled the joint filter too tight and no one can get any smoke out of it. To avoid this, either roll up the cardboard so that you can see a little space between each fold, or if you’re feeling fancy roll the filter into a V, M, or Z shape. Don’t roll the joint filter too loose either or you’ll end up with tar on your lips and teeth, and that’s never a good look.
Now we all know one of those guys. They’re the guy or girl who gets a little too excited to smoke a joint and sucks on the end of it like it’s a lollipop. Inevitably the joint will get soggy, weak, and generally disgusting. The joint filter helps prevent this by giving the end of your joint some extra stability, and keeps it wide enough to hopefully stop that guy from shoving it halfway down his throat.
REMEMBER FOLKS – Press the joint up to your lips; don’t stick it in your mouth.
Finally, don’t use cigarette filters in joints! A study conducted by NORML and MAPS found that compared to unfiltered joints, cigarette filters had a 30% worse cannabinoid/tar ratio. That means that when you use a cigarette filter for your joint, you’re going to get less of those tasty cannabinoids like THC and CBD. A joint filter might also affect cannabinoid levels, but not as much as a cigarette filter.
Joint filters protect your airway from weed particles, and keep your joints strong and looking pretty. So if you aren’t currently using them to roll your joints I highly suggest learning how. Either ask a seasoned stoner friend, or watch a Youtube tutorial like this one!