The filter or tip of a joint is often neglected when rolling. However the filter is what gives the joint it’s shape, makes it easier to smoke (if made well) and can look pretty cool, adding a finishing touch to a well rolled joint. Today for you we have 3 classic designs of joint filters, some are easier than others, but with a bit of practice you will be able to take your joint rolling skills up a notch.
1. The Hemp Filter
This is easily the hardest filter design on the list, but if done correctly it is also the coolest. Do not worry if it does not look anything like a hemp leaf at first, the filter on the photo was my 4th try and is still far from perfect. I used normal sized filters, but if you manage to find larger ones, or a cardboard that you can cut out, that would make it much easier.
You start off by making a small fold in the filter. Then you continue to fold the paper until you have s “waves” like in the photo. It is important that each is bigger than the previous and that they all start off from the same base. In other words, the top parts are increasing and the bottom ones are staying in the same line.
You continue by doing two more “waves”, each one smaller than the previous. What is important is that the folds are symmetrical, meaning that the “wave” before and after the biggest (middle) one are the same size, and so on. The “waves” are the leafs of the marijuana and they should be the same as the opposite ones on the other side, think of it as a mirror image.
You are almost ready. All that is left is to roll the joints. you have to push the folds together, maybe play around with it a little until it starts to look like a hemp leaf and start rolling. When rolling be careful not to squeeze the design, especially the highest leaf. It may take a few tries to make it look recognizably like a hemp leaf, but do not worry it gets easier.
2 Magic W Filter
This is the most famous filter design. You will even find the folds for doing it pre-marked on some brands of filters. Some people call it an M, but W is way cooler for some reason, so we’ll stick to that. The beauty of this tip is not just its simplicity, but also that it does what it is meant to do – it stops small weed particles from entering your mouth when smoking. It also does not take up much space and does not make the joint harder to smoke.
As you can see on the photo it only takes 3 folds to make this filter. What is important is that they are all the same size. Also keep in mind that your filter will be as big as the fold you start with ( it is the diameter of the filter), so depending on the size of the joint you want make a bigger or smaller W. Once you have the 3 folds, begin rolling the rest of the filter towards the W.
That is really it, it is a very simple filter that takes practice to master, so keep on rolling until you reach perfection.
3 Spiral Filter
This is not a very common one, but looks great and is the easiest to do. All you have to do is make a very small fold and they continue rolling around it. If you want a nice, small and tight spiral, you need to make sure that the first fold is really tiny. As small as you can humanly get it to be. The filter looks great and will not let any weed pass through to your mouth. The only thing that you have to be careful for is not to make it too tight, or it will be hard to take puffs from the joint. However this can be easily fixed by unrolling the filter and then rolling it again.
Overall rolling a good filter, is one of the most important components of a good joint. A lot of people neglect it or simply roll a circle, but in reality a good filter is 100% necessary for a good joint. It gives it a better shape and structure and prevents small particles from entering your mouth when you are smoking. But above all a nice filter looks cool, and honestly, isn’t that enough to make you want to learn how to make one?