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How to Roll: The Joint Pipe

Published on September 8, 2015, By Tony Greenhand

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So it’s come to this. A joint-shaped joint just isn’t doing it for you anymore and you’ve decided it’s time to level up. Well get your grinders handy and your lighters ready, with one simple addition to your joint you will be ready to regally take on the town. The joint pipe can be a festive addition to any party or a solo contemplative cannon to the face.

Step 1: Supplies

  • 1 pack of King-Sized papers of your choice (with filters)
  • Scissors
  • Grinder
  • 2-3 Grams of Cannabis
  • Lighter
  • Don’t forget your lungs

Step 2: Roll a Joint

First roll a joint, to some this will be a simple task but for those who need some guidance please see this tutorial for help. I like to roll a joint that has a slight taper towards the filter like the cone in the linked tutorial, but cylindrical joints work just as well.

Step 3: Cut the Joint

When the joint is finished, use the scissors to cut the tip of the joint at about a 45 degree angle. The angle of this cut also helps to ensure an even burn when the joint pipe is complete.

Step 4: Form the “Bowl” of the Joint Pipe

Now that you have a nice joint it’s time to kick it up a notch. Set it to the side and grab your lighter and another rolling paper. I wrap the rolling paper around the lighter to create the smashed cylindrical shape of the bell of the pipe. When wrapping the paper around the lighter I keep the glue facing inwards, and I lightly wet it to keep it in place. I try to overhang the glue strip off of the lighter so that it doesn’t seal to the lighter when dry.

Step 5: Seal the Pipe

I then grab my pair of scissors and another paper. I take my scissors and I remove the glue strip from my remaining rolling paper. I then seal the connection of the paper bell, being careful not to over wet it. Once sealed, it should easily slide off of the lighter, then we are ready to put it onto our joint.

Step 6: Attach the Pipe to the Joint

I put the bell on first hollow and fill it afterwards. I use the inward facing glue strip top help seal the bell to the joint, it should easily slide over the joint covering it completely on all sides. I use another glue strip if needed to seal the remaining holes after filling, but this is often not needed.

Step 7: Pack it up

When filling the pipe part of the joint pipe, make sure to pack the bell evenly with no air pockets to ensure an even burn.

Step 8: Light it up!

Now your joint pipe is ready to enjoy, or you could continue to add more bends to make more intricate pipe designs. I make sure to build up a good ember before inhaling on these to prevent runs. You can also ‘twax‘ the joint pipe, like the one pictured above. Twaxing means to apply hash/concentrates to the inside, outside, or tip of your rolls/bowls in any way shape or form. It makes the apparatus burn more slowly and evenly.

I find that a butane torch on its lowest setting works well to get the party started, and the joint pipe does a good job at ending it. Hope you all have found this tutorial useful, thank you for looking! Please leave any questions or comments in the comment section below.

Bonus: Check out these Creative Joint Pipes & Blunt Pipes

How to Roll: The Joint Pipe Published on September 8, 2015, By Tony Greenhand Marijuana Knowledge Base So it’s come to this. A joint-shaped joint just isn’t doing it for you anymore and

Joint pipe weed

Most tokers usually have a preferred method for smoking weed. Some folks like to take their time sharing a joint, while more hardcore smokers may prefer choking on a massive bong rip.

But why do these different methods lead to varying qualities of highs?

Believe it or not, science hasn’t quite reached a consensus here, despite more than half of American adults saying they’ve tried pot at least once. That said, it may have something to do with water filters found in water pipes and bongs. Let’s explore.

Water Filters

Kyle Boyar, the vice chair of the American Chemical Society’s cannabis division, told MERRY JANE he was unaware of any ongoing studies into why pipes, bongs, and the like cause different kinds of buzzes. He did, however, point to one 1996 MAPS study that could provide some clues.

In the study, researchers measured how much THC came out of the business ends of various smoking devices. Surprisingly, unfiltered joints provided more THC than water pipes, as the water filters trapped some THC while allowing cannabis tar to pass through.

“Counterintuitive results, for sure,” Boyar said. “The chemist in me wonders how do cannabinoid components that are insoluble in water end up getting trapped in the water more than the tar,” which is also insoluble.

The MAPS study, unfortunately, didn’t evaluate how high people got from different smoking methods, since there were no human subjects. It only measured how much THC could transfer from the weed to the smoker.

Blunts

“The dose is certainly the key issue,” wrote Mitch Earleywine, a cannabis researcher and professor of psychology at the State University of New York-Albany, in an e-mail to MERRY JANE. “Unfortunately, funding for an experiment comparing these methods is pretty scarce.”

For blunts, Earleywine noted that tokers aren’t just inhaling cannabis. They’re inhaling nicotine, too, as blunts are wrapped with tobacco paper or leaves.

“I’ve seen a blunt or two that has more tobacco than folks might guess, so nicotine ends up adding a bit of stimulation to the mix,” he wrote. “So the blunt would end up being less sedating than the joint, even though it’s the same marijuana.”

Blunts are often much larger than joints, so they “often deliver a bigger hit,” he added.

Additionally, THC may not be the only factor. Some evidence indicates terpenes, the aromatic compounds in weed that make it smell like skunk, berries, wood, or dirt, could alter THC’s effects.

Or Could the Differences Be Due to Terpenes?

To illustrate how terpenes could play a role, Earleywine chose the terpenes linalool and limonene as examples.

“With the bong, we run the smoke through water,” he told MERRY JANE. “Linalool is water-soluble, but limonene is not. So some of the linalool is going to end up in the bong water — not in the smoke.”

Because linalool may induce sleepiness, smoking weed through a bong could contribute to more energetic highs, at least in this case.

Water also cools the smoke, allowing tokers to draw in much bigger hits through bongs than they could with joints or blunts. Even if water filtration absorbs some of the THC, the sheer amount of smoke produced by a bong could off-set any losses of cannabinoids or terpenes, Earleywine wrote.

Can We Even Reliably Test the Question?

Scientifically determining the differences among smoking methods isn’t clear-cut, either.

How much weed someone consumes at once can vary depending on the individual. For example, Sally may pack her blunt with two fat grams of weed, whereas Billy only twists a gram in his Philly wraps.

The amounts of weed loaded into a joint, blunt, or bong will obviously affect how much smoke someone inhales. One 2011 study looked at self-reports for weed use, and the researchers discovered some consistency between methods.

“Participants reported that they placed 50 percent more marijuana in blunts than in joints and placed more than twice the amount of marijuana in blunts than in pipes,” the researchers wrote.

So maybe it’s really just a matter of how much weed goes into a pipe or joint. Maybe.

It gets more complicated with bongs.

Most bongs feature a “female” stem at the base, which holds a smaller “male” stem attached to the removable bowl. Sometimes the stems form air-tight seals between both the stems and the bong’s base, but not always. If there are gaps, the toker will draw in extra air which could significantly dilute the smoke, ultimately altering her or his heady experience, reported Mic.

Even within a single method, there’s a lot of variability. Too much variability to base the research on self-reports or uncontrolled methods.

Does It Even Matter?

Just as every approach to smoking weed is different, individual consumers are different, too.

How one person feels blazing a joint may not resemble the high a buddy feels from smoking on the same joint.

And for some tokers, the question of why bongs, joints, and blunts feel different doesn’t apply.

“I don’t feel any difference” between various smoking methods, said Edgar Robles, a long-time smoker based in Colorado. “Weed is weed. It all gets me stoned the same.”

Believe it or not, science hasn’t quite figured this out.