How to Roll a Joint Without a Filter

Cannabis consumers have long enjoyed the solace of a good joint, and many even consider it their go-to method of smoking. While it’s easy to pick up a set of cones to pack with weed, or even a pre-rolled joint from a dispensary, rolling a joint from scratch is an essential skill that all cannabis smokers should have in their tool belts.

a woman smoking a cannabis joint

There are a multitude of ways to roll a joint, and while having a filter is generally ideal, stoners in a pinch know that it’s not always possible. Fear not: Rolling a joint without a filter — and without compromising the quality of your smoke sesh — is absolutely attainable!

Keep reading as we explore how to roll a joint without a filter.

Do You Need a Filter For a Joint?

While many smokers prefer to have crutches in their joints to add stability and avoid inhaling any stray herb as you smoke, joints don’t require a filter. That said, it’s important to take extra care when rolling up a j without a filter — namely to make sure the opening is tight and that you have enough room to hold it without burning yourself.

How to Roll a Joint Without a Filter


  • Approximately ½ gram of cannabis
  • Rolling papers (single-wide or 1 ¼ size)
  • Poker (for joint packing)
  • Lighter
  • Grinder
  • Rolling Tray

You can work up to larger quantities of cannabis as you perfect your joint-rolling skills, but a half-gram is a great starting point, especially for the size of most rolling standard papers.

Step 1: Grind Up Your Bud

Once you’ve chosen your favorite cannabis strain, break it down thoroughly for an ideal joint smoking experience. While it’s possible to finely grind your weed with your fingers alone, a grinder is the most efficient way to guarantee a smooth and even smoke.

Your cannabis shouldn’t be so broken down that it’s powdery, but you also want to ensure that any little “nugs” are fully broken up.

Step 2: Fill Up Your Joint

Lay down one of your rolling papers, making sure that the sticky edge is facing up, toward you. Place your ground herb on the center of the paper, spreading it along the long edge. No worries if any weed falls out — you can always add back in as you pack it up.

If you’re going for more of a cone shape, you’ll simply add less weed on one end and more on the other.

Step 3: Shape Your Joint

Carefully lift up your soon-to-be joint by each long edge and place them together, rolling each side of the paper between your thumb and index fingers. You should feel the weed being pressed down gently, but be sure not to squeeze too tightly. As you continue rubbing your fingers together, begin to drag the bottom part of the paper down.

Now, you’re ready to get rolling!

Step 4: Roll Your Joint

This part can be tricky, but hang in there. While rolling up the joint with one thumb, use the other to tuck in the bottom side of the rolling paper. (The sticky edge should be left facing out.) This upward action allows the joint to begin taking its final shape. Once the bottom edge has been tucked in, lick the sticky adhesive as you continue the rolling motion.

Continue to roll until the paper is pulled tight across your weed (but not too tight, as this will make it difficult to hit). The glue should tuck over the other long edge of the paper and automatically stick, but you may also want to lick the outer layer to ensure it’s fully attached.

Step 5: Pack Your Joint

We’re almost to the finish line!

Packing your joint helps to ensure that it burns evenly and has a nice, smooth smoke. Any “poker” will work here, so long as the diameter is smaller than the joint opening. A small pen is a great option in a pinch.

While holding your joint in an upright position, mouth-end facing down, gently tap it onto a flat surface to naturally pack down the loose cannabis. If you have any weed that fell out, feel free to place it back on the top end now. Use a poker and lightly press the weed into the bottom of the joint, just be sure not to force it down or pack it too tightly.

Finally, seal the open end of the joint paper by twisting the remaining paper to ensure all of the cannabis is contained. It should look like a wick once all is said and done.

Step 6: Light Up and Enjoy!

Congratulations! You are now ready to light up your new, filterless joint.

Keep in mind that joint rolling takes practice. You may not get it right the first try, but soon enough, you’ll find the process is a breeze.

Is a Joint Better With or Without a Filter?

Admittedly, having a filter can help to prevent a number of occupational hazards, so to speak, when it comes to smoking joints. Filters can help to ensure unwanted particles stay out of your mouth and prevent you from burning your fingers or lips.

The filter is also more solid and retains less saliva than paper on its own, making filtered joints more sanitary when sharing with others. A filter can also improve the airflow, which can enhance the overall smoking experience and help your joint to burn more evenly.

Generally, a filterless joint also contains a little bit of weed at the very end that cannot be smoked. While even filtered joints typically get tossed before every bit of flower is fully exhausted, this may be a drawback for some.


That wasn’t so bad, was it? While it’s convenient to grab a pack of cones or a pre-rolled joint, knowing how to swiftly roll up a joint in a pinch is an invaluable skill to master as a cannabis user. Happy smoking!

Reading next

a jar of cbg gummies with green cube gummies leaning on the jar
ashwagandha plant