Liborio Gonzalez Jr
Illustrative Essay - Final
August 21, 2007

How To Roll a Proper Joint

            How do you properly roll up a joint?

            Many people ask, "What is a joint?" A joint is a marijuana-rolled cigarette. The smoking and rolling of joints goes far back into the past and is still popular today. However, marijuana can be also be smoked in a pipe or a bong.  Marijuana is a mixture of green, brown, dried, shredded leaves, stems, and seeds of the hemp or cannabis plant.

            There are different techniques for rolling a joint. The most common are hand-rolling or by machine. Both are pretty simple to do, but some people prefer rolling a joint by hand. The paper used to roll a joint comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. You can roll up a joint by cutting a cigarette in half and use that paper, if you can't find any other kind. That is you pack the joint as big as you want. Some people like rolling them up as big as cigar and others small as cigarettes. It just depends on the person.

            To roll a good joint you must have a good mix of marijuana so make sure the consistency is even and break-up or remove any lumps or 'woody' bits. Start by evenly distributing the mix of marijuana over the paper. When you are done with that, pick everything up and start rolling in middle, rolling outwards. Let your thumbs do most of the work, but at the same time give support and pressure with your forefingers. When you are close to finishing, lick the excess paper and tuck down the paper edge with the tips of your thumbs. Now that you're done light it up and start smoking away.

            Smoking a joint is like smoking a cigarette, but better. You'll feel more relaxed when you smoke a joint. All your worries will go away in an instant.  The down side of rolling and smoking joints is that they're illegal, unlike a cigarette, which you can pretty much buy anywhere. Smoking cigarettes may be good for helping people with their stress. But, if you're looking to escape from reality, then smoke a joint. You'll feel much better.

            Just remember the art of rolling a joint is all about practicing and improving. The better control you have in rolling a joint the better they'll come out. If you are tired of cigarettes, why not try a joint. You'll feel better.