How to Craft the Perfect Cone Joint

Whether you’re a beginner or looking to brush up your skills, here’s how to craft a perfect cone

Whether you’re indulging in a solo smoke session or sharing with your besties on a Friday night, a well-crafted joint never disappoints. Crafting the perfect cone joint requires practice and finesse, but once it’s mastered, it’s a  gift that keeps on giving.

Rolling the proper joint is a true art form. Every joint is unique and we all have our own idea of perfect. Although minor differences in preference are inevitable (and welcomed), ensuring an optimal smoking experience every time is the goal.

hands rolling a perfect cone joint

Images by Kate Shay for Revel and Rouse

Here’s a quick guide to classify joint shapes:

Pinner – A straight, symmetrical joint, the shape resembles a cigarette.

Cone – A joint that is smaller in diameter at the mouthpiece and gradually gets larger in circumference. The shape resembles a baseball bat.

Baby boomers roll pinners. You’ve seen them. Historically, they have been well-received, providing convenience and a communal “puff, puff, pass” experience. One hundred percent hippie approved.

While pinners have done the trick for generations, partaking in these slender smokes tend to feel less satisfying than the bong, blunt and dab sessions that our heavyhitting culture has established. Although it’s easy to roll using a handheld joint roller, these symmetrical joints tend to require multiple re-lightings and produce smaller amounts of smoke than today’s standard. In short, there are too many other options for us to only settle for a pinner. Leave it to today’s pioneers to think outside the box.

How can we make joints better?

This question inspired  the design of an even more fulfilling smoking experience: the cone. With only a slight variation in the rolling style from a pinner, the cone provides a smooth, consistent smoking experience. Each hit produces larger amounts of smoke, and the cannabis burns evenly.

Here’s what you need to roll the perfect cone joint:

Rolling tray – Any flat, firm surface, preferably with edges to prevent runaway flowers

Grinder MediTainer allows you to keep, grind and store flowers in the same container—truly remarkable for on-the-go roll sessions.

Rolling papers – Original Raw Papers work like a dream. Classic 1 ¼  inch’ is the standard size, but feel free to go bigger.

Crutch (aka Tip)This prevents  you from burning your fingers when the joint gets small. You can buy a pack of Raw Papers with filter tips included – or sold separately. They have have an ideal shape and thickness and make the crutch tuck a breeze.

Flower Humbolt Farms provides high quality and sun-grown products. Choose a nice flower from your favorite strain. If you’re unsure – check out some quick recommendations on our basics page.

cannabis grinder

Grinders are a must have for any flower lovers. The flower goes in...

ground cannabis flower

...and in a few twists you have a wonderful and consistent grind.

Step One: Grind the cannabis

Place the cannabis in a grinder, and rotate the device to break down the buds. Do not overfill the grinder.


Step Two: Roll the crutch

Create a tight, vertical fold on the edge of the crutch to guide the rest of the roll. Starting with the crutch tuck end, use your fingertips to roll the rest of the crutch into a cylinder. Roll the crutch back and forth between your fingers until you reach your preferred diameter. Be sure the creases on the crutch are tight. This step is important, as any cannabis consumer can tell you that nobody wants a scooby snack! Such an adorable name for the not so adorable taste of ground or burnt  flower that gets inhaled by accident.

Step Three: Prepare the paper

Crease the rolling paper horizontally, and create a pocket with the bottom half of the paper.

Place the rolled crutch on the left edge of the paper in the crease. You will keep your focus on the crutch and left side of the joint while rolling it. Alternatively, if you are right handed you might find keeping the crutch on the right hand side easier.  

Step Four: Insert the cannabis

Disperse the cannabis onto the paper while keeping your grip on the crutch end of the paper. The amount of flower should gradually increase from the crutch to the end.

Keep a hold of the crutch with your dominant hand until the joint is completely rolled.

Step Five: Shape the cone

With your left hand gripping the crutch, move your thumb and pointer finger on your right hand up and down to roll the cannabis inside the paper until the cannabis is compressed to the bottom half of the paper. Remember, the amount of flower should gradually increases from the mouthpiece to the end.

When you let go of the paper, the flower will be condensed and shaped inside the paper.

Step Six: It’s all about the tuck!

Tuck the paper tightly around the crutch using both thumbs and pointer fingers. This will guide the rest of the paper to fold around the already cone-shaped flower inside the paper. Run your right thumb and pointer finger from left to right over the entire paper to smooth the cannabis inside the paper and ensure evenness and consistency. Repeat this until the joint is smooth and evenly filled.

Step Seven: Seal the deal

Lick the top sticky line of the paper with the tip of your tongue. Too much moisture will cause the paper to tear.

Starting with the open end, stick the paper together loosely, as needed. This will be the wide end of the cone.

Slowly, from right to left, seal the joint. The cannabis is already shaped inside the paper, so this step secures the paper around the cannabis.

Step Eight: Do the twist

Pinch the excess paper at the end of the joint. Rotate the joint, and pinch the end again. Do this a few more times to create a sealed end. Then twist the excess paper, and gently press inward to compress the end of the joint. There you have it: the perfect cone joint!

rolling the cone joint

Just a few twists and the top...

twisting the end of the cone joint

...and we're ready to roll.

Step Nine: Light it up!

Use a lighter to burn the twisted paper, and slowly light the end of the joint. Once a small amount of the flower is burning, take your first puff.

Please note: do not inhale while lighting the joint. This will cause it to run and burn unevenly.

You can relight it again to ensure the entire circumference is lit, and take another puff.

If anyone else is joining you, pass the joint to your left.

Your first cone joint may not be pretty, but remember that practice makes perfect. Enjoy the process, and your skills will gradually improve.

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Amber Eagle • Contributor + Life Coach

Amber Eagle is a fun & funky Life Coach residing in San Francisco. Amber’s passions include Cannabis, natural healing, and helping others. Amber is an ambitious free spirit who loves cracking up, grooving to live jams, and (rolling &) partaking in tasty strains of flower in the sunshine. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @ambeagle

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