This is a basic beginner’s guide to rolling a concealable joint that
looks like a cigarette for discreet use in public. The orthodox method
of joint rolling does not seem to be popular in Malaysia due to the low
proliferation of rolling papers, compounded by the unique customs in a
country where drug use is generally frowned upon and the sociological
factors affecting ganja (cannabis, marijuana, weed) consumption and the
local etiquette involved with cannabis use.
Listed below are the items necessary for making a cigarette joint:
1. Cannabis (also known as ganja, marijuana, weed, grass, pot etc)
Shown above is the commonly available cannabis in Malaysia – highly compressed for minimal bulk.
This is the Marlboro “Racing Edition” packs – Marlboros are ideal
due to the high structural integrity of the paper. Pall Mall is also
acceptable due to the extreme ease of tobacco removal (low density) but
has a more fragile paper.
Please snap off the needle for safety purposes – only the plunger is
required, though the body provides a relatively clean receptacle for
storing it. IV users should remove the orange cap to avoid mistaking it
for a usable syringe (which is why the needle should be snapped off).
Guide to making a cannabis cigarette:
Step 1: Prepare a “workspace” i.e. a clean sheet of
glossy paper to “shred” the cannabis. There are some people who prefer
to utilize scissors for this tedious task, but manual shredding can be
enjoyable for the people who enjoy working hands-on with cannabis.
Prepare an amount according to personal preference.
Step 2: Take one cigarette and hold it at the
reference point shown in the photo above. User preference is the
overriding factor here, but generally 1-2 cm above the filter is a good
Step 3: Work you way down the length of the
cigarette by applying rotational pressure with an appropriate amount of
force to “loosen” up the tobacco inside the cigarette. Please do not
use excessive force as the integrity of the cigarette will be
compromised. Marlboros generally can withstand moderately rough
treatment without adverse effects.
Step 4: Extract all the tobacco from the cigarette
starting from the reference point. The tobacco can be pulled out when
it emerges during Step 3 and stroking the cigarette downwards will
loosen up the remaining tobacco for spinning (mixing with cannabis).
Step 5: It is essential that at least some tobacco
is used as cannabis alone will not burn well. The ratio of cannabis to
tobacco should be very high (for non-smokers) or 2:1 (for smokers). 1:1
ratios are also acceptable in times of low cannabis availability.
Step 6: The emptied cigarette should look like the
photo above. The entire cigarette should be hollow up to the reference
point. The reference point is used to avoid cannabis wastage by
ensuring that the very end of the cannabis cigarette contains tobacco
only. This will prevent users from having to smoke right down to the
filter, which can be unpleasant to the palate. Notice that the
structural integrity of the hollowed out cigarette is maintained.
Step 7: Combine the cannabis with tobacco by
sifting it using the fingers. Please ensure that an equal distribution
is prepared and ensure that there are no excessively large pieces of
the mixture present. It is also important that the stem and seeds of
the cannabis bud is not used as the former can tear the cigarette when
repacked and the latter would result in an uneven burn.
Step 8: Previous cannabis + tobacco preparation
surplus can also be added at this point (if any). Ensure that the
sifting process is repeated if surplus mix is used.
Step 9: There should be a pile of cannabis and
tobacco mixture on your workspace at this point. It is important to
note that potential sources of airstreams such as ceiling fans should
be neutralized. Working with cannabis requires a wind free environment,
much like methamphetamine use. This rule should be adhered to strictly,
at the expense of extreme displacement of substance(s) due to changing
wind currents or existing atmosphere disturbances. The latter includes,
but is not limited to, people breathing over your neck, sneezing, and
coughing either by yourself or others.
Step 10: Prepare the plunger by removing the plunger from the body of the syringe completely.
Step 11: Grip the cigarette firmly on the filter
tip and insert plunger carefully into the cigarette, making sure to
minimize unnecessary contact with the sides or (more importantly) the
top of the cigarette to avoid structural damage. This first step is
done to ensure that the 1-2 cm of tobacco intentionally left behind in
the cigarette is packed properly as the base for a smooth draw.
Step 12: Hold the hollow cigarette at 45 degrees
and proceed to fill the cigarette with the cannabis and tobacco
mixture. It is essential that no contact is made with the fragile tip
of the cigarette. Instead, allow gravity to do most of the work by
using the thumb and forefingers to “drop” the mixture into the
cigarette. This can be achieved by using the motion used to snap your
fingers (without actually doing so) while holding the mixture on top of
Step 13: Periodically insert the plunger into the
slowly refilled cigarette to ensure that the density is maintained.
Using the fingers of one hand to tentatively grip the paper top of the
cigarette and holding it while pushing the plunger in and
simultaneously “docking” the filter to the table to provide support
will “pack” the cigarette effectively, though it should be mentioned
that this requires some expertise to avoid compromising the integrity
of the cigarette paper.
Step 14: Repeat Steps 12 – 13 until the cigarette
is repackaged with cannabis. It should look like this after it’s being
filled – with minimal damage to the exterior. It justifies reiterating
that no stems should be present in the mix due to the possibility of it
tearing the paper.
Step 15: The refilled cannabis cigarette can be
left as is, though this practice is not recommended due to the
possibility of confusing the cigarette joint for a real cigarette.
Step 16: Twist the tip of the cigarette to produce
a classic joint “twist close” shape to differentiate the cannabis
cigarette from factory packed cigarettes.
Congratulations! The cannabis cigarette is now ready to be enjoyed or transported under the guise of a normal cigarette.
It should be noted that smoking the cannabis joint disguised as a
cigarette would not produce optimal effects due to the cigarette
filter. The cigarette filter should be removed, stripped down to a
minimal amount and reinserted to produce a more THC laden smoke. The
video below describes the methodology involved and includes a cool
trick to remove the filter (Thanks dc!):
Download: Cannabis cigarette filter removal trick and lighting up [sixthseal.com]
Please note that smoking cannabis in public is illegal and there is
a very real risk of a law enforcement officer stopping you and asking
for a toke. ;)
Happy April Fool’s Day! The “cannabis” above is just tobacco and
nothing illegal was used in the making of this post. I know I’m a day
late, but who would believe it if it was posted on 1st of April? ;)