How to Roll a Cone Joint - The Best Way to Learn to Roll Joints


Rolling a nice cone joint can be a great way to start off your smoking experience. While most everyone is familiar with what a cone joint looks like, fewer are experienced in rolling them. While the cone joint shares many similarities with a regular joint, there are some intricacies and techniques that differentiate rolling a cone. It’s also a great way to learn how to roll in general. Check out the best way to roll a cone joint below.

Why Smoke a Joint?

With pipes, vapes and bongs, many wonder if there is still a place for joints in the modern smoker’s arsenal. Our answer? A resounding “yes.” While these other methods have their own advantages, there is something intangibly satisfying about a joint. From its easy portability to its classic design and the allure of the perfect roll, the joint packs its own punches that are quite distinct from other forms of smoking.

What Do You Need to Roll a Cone Joint?

  • Rolling Papers
  • Filter, Tip, or Crutch
  • Hebal Material
  • Grinder (optional)
  • Packing Tool (optional)
  • Lighter

Rolling Papers

These must be papers designed for rolling, do not attempt to roll with post it notes or some form of regular paper.

Rolling papers are preferred for both their ease of rolling and lighter weight. This will keep the flavors of your smoking blends intact while also preventing some of the extra carbon and paper by-products from reaching your lungs.

Filter, Tip, or Crutch

While there are more terms or nicknames for this than the Eskimos have for snow, the idea is the same. You need something that will help you shape your cone joint, while also keeping any loose plant material from being sucked into your mouth

Filters or inserts can be found in many smoke shops and corner stores. Glass options are available for re-usable cone joint tips. If you are unable to find filters or commercial inserts, you may create your own crutch to begin rolling your cone joint.

Tips can be created from cardstock from business cards or even a piece of the packaging that contains your rolling papers.

Herbal Material

Unless you plan on smoking paper, the cone joint will most certainly require something to fill it. So, prepare whatever herbal material is your preference for rolling.

It’s important to make sure that the loading materials of your choice are properly prepped for rolling a cone joint. You will want to make sure that your herbs are properly cured and not too moist, so they continue to burn evenly. If your bud feels damp, you should leave it in a jar with the lid off to let some of the moisture release. If you’d like to speed up the process, you can place your herb in a brown paper bag for a few hours until the excess moisture is absorbed.

Grinder (optional)

While there are any number of ways to break down your herbal material, we recommend a grinder to get the most even and balanced results. While many like to “get their hands dirty” and use their fingers to break up their herbs, this method will yield inconsistent chunks of herb. This will promote an uneven burn. The oils in your fingers can also absorb many of the crystals and pollens from your herbal blends.             

A fine grind with a dense pack is the best way to fill a cone joint. This eliminates air pockets which may be detrimental to your smoking experience. The dense pack will both aid in the combustion of your herbal materials, as well as increase the structural integrity of your joint. This method will keep it from “running” or “Canoeing.”

Packing Tool (optional)

You will most likely need something to tamp down your herbs into the cone. This can be any long, skinny appendage. Feel free to use a ballpoint pen, paper clip, or even a key. It’s helpful to have something that can assist in your packing to get a nice, dense cone joint.


Duh dude, unless you aren’t planning on sparking up this fatty cone, you’re going to need an ignition source. You can use any method of ignition to get this thing going. While some purists may object to bics or butane lighters, they’ve always worked fine for me. To add a little intrigue, consider an electronic lighter or even a long-lasting hemp wick.

Pre-Roll Style Cone Joints

These types of joints are commonly seen in dispensaries and can also be purchased from many corner stores. The advantage of the pre-roll style cone joint is twofold.

First, it allows you to get a much better cone shape than you can with herbs already inside the paper. Secondly, it can be prepared ahead of time so when you’re ready to smoke, all you have to do is load and go. Ever tried to roll a joint after a little pre-gaming and got less than optimal results? It can happen to the best of us, avoid it with a pre-roll.

The Second advantage to using this pre roll method is that it will allow you to keep your herbal blends fresher for longer. Paper will naturally pull moisture from your herbal blends, this can leave them dry or dusty. No one’s trying to get dusted, with a pre-roll you can wait to load your herb until you’re ready to smoke.

This is also a great way to learn how to roll joints as you don't have to worry about spilling or wasting any of your precious herbs. All you need is a pack of papers. Practice, practice, practice until every last paper is gone. You'll be a cone joint rolling pro before you know it.

How to Roll a Cone Joint with a Filter Tip

  • Roll your filter
  • Add filter to rolling paper
  • Begin rolling the paper around the filter
  • Make sure the seam stays straight
  • Lick and tuck
  • Fill your cone
  • Light it up

Roll Your Filter

One of the most important aspects of rolling the perfect cone joint is the filter. If you use cotton filters or re-usable tips, you can ignore this step as you don’t really have much choice. If creating your own tip, you can use a business card, card stock, even a piece of cardboard from the holder of your joint papers.

When rolling your own tip, many first-timers, even experienced joint rollers make the mistake of simply rolling the tip into a cylinder. This is actually an inefficient way to roll a tip for your cone joint. Instead begin by bending zig zags into the filter to create ridges or fins. The fins will help to prevent plant matter and particulate from flying into your mouth.

The shape of your joint will largely be determined by this tip, this is the foundation for the perfect cone joint. You’ll want to roll the filter with a cone shape, tapered at the bottom and extending outwards. Practice this a few times to see what works best.

Add Filter to Rolling Paper

Now that your tip is solidly rolled, slide that bad boy right into your chosen paper. You can test your filter by gently making sure the seam will be able to close, even at the widest point.

Begin Rolling Paper Around Filter

So, your tip is on point? Your joint is going to close? Congrats, you’re halfway to blowing fat doinks. Now the easy part, getting the cone joint started.

Firmly hold the tip in place in the paper, you can now begin rolling the joint. Try to keep the paper tight around the tip. Make sure to keep your seam flat and free of wrinkles. Once the seam is beneath the paper and firmly wrapped around the cone, you’re home free.

Make Sure the Seam Stays Straight

Remember how you got the seam to sit flush under the paper? If you did this correctly, it should be relatively easy to continue up the body of the joint. Before you enter the final stages of your cone joint, make sure that you’ve nailed the cone shape. Make sure that it’s free of wrinkles, puckers or indents.

Lick and Tuck

Once your shape has been perfected, gently lick the glue strip and close the seam. It’s important to maintain a healthy balance between bone dry and sopping wet. You want the seam to seal securely without slobbering all over the cone joint. No one wants to base your saliva my dog.

If you’ve don’t all this correctly, you should now be left with a nice-looking cone joint that is completely sealed. You are now ready to begin filling your cone.

How to Fill a Cone Joint

Now it’s time to fill your cone joint with your desired herbal materials. Using finely ground dry herb, begin adding the herbs. The key here is to add as much herb as you can, while spilling as little as possible and not leaving a mess behind.

We would recommend some sort of aid to fill your cone. Any thick card stock or piece of paper will work, fold in half lengthwise and add your filing materials. This trench will prevent your herb from spilling unnecessarily.  Gently tap it in and let your perfectly rolled cone funnel the herb to the tip.

To avoid air pockets and aid in the perfect burn, it’s best to pack the herbs in your cone joint dense, but not too dense. Sound Vague? No worries, it’s not an exact science. You want to strike a balance between keeping a tight pack, while not making the draw too stiff. Basically, when properly filled, your joint should be firm to the touch with a small amount of give.

How to Fill a Cone Joint with an Electric Herb Grinder

Find this method of dumping and stuffing to be archaic and inefficient? Does the constant grinding of your sticky icky leave your wrists feeling tired and sore? Save time with an electric herb grinder like the Banana Bros OTTO.

This badboy will grind your herb and stuff your cone in less than sixty seconds. Check it out Here

How to Light a Cone Joint

To finish your cone joint, twist off the end of the joint to form a “tail.” Now, it’s ready to light. Ignite your flame and submerge the flame to the base of the tail. Slowly rotate the joint to get an even light, all the way around.

Now blaze it up and enjoy!


That about does it for our instructional on how to roll a cone joint. Think we missed anything? Got any techniques for making this easier? How did YOU learn to roll? Let us know in the comments below. Whether you're vaping down, or rolling up, stay blazin! -VaporNation