Picture it; you’ve just rolled a joint filled with your favourite cannabis strain. You inhale, and a piece of plant matter fills your mouth. It’s unenjoyable, creating a less than ideal experience. And it is preventable.
Filters, or crutches, are an optional but crucial piece of joints. Though not required, they offer many benefits that make them popular among cannabis smokers.
Though you can undoubtedly buy filters, you can also make your own. We’ll show you how.
What Is a Filter, and Why Do I Need One?
A filter is a stiff paper (similar to cardboard) found at the mouth end of most joints. These pieces of paper serve many purposes. A filter can:
- Keep the end of your joint open, even under pressure from your lips.
- Prevent plant matter from making its way into your mouth and throat while you smoke.
- Protects your mouth from getting burnt as you reach the end of your joint.
In addition to enhancing your weed smoking experience, joints can be used as a form of self-expression. Rolling experts may shape their homemade filters to express themselves, making shapes like leaves or other symbols.
How to Make a Filter
There are many different ways you can make a filter to use in your joint. You can experiment and find the method that works best for you.
One of the easiest methods is simply rolling a piece of paper in with your joint. A filter added in this method will look like a spiral in your spiff. Though this is the easiest method, it is not the most effective. This method is prone to collapsing instead of helping to keep your joint open as a filter should. It is also not the most efficient way to prevent plant matter from reaching your mouth, as some smaller pieces can still make their way. But, for your first try, it is an option.
There is a better way to make a more effective filter.
Before you make your filter, you need to choose the right paper. You need a paper product that is not too thin and not too thick. Paper that is too thin will be flimsy and difficult to work with (and easy to break). Thick paper is bulky and can be challenging to manipulate and roll. Consider using a paper like:
- An index card
- The back flap of a chequebook
- A subscription card from a magazine
You can also purchase pre-cut filters and use those. These are designed to fit into your joint and are usually an ideal thickness. For many users, buying pre-cut filter papers is much more convenient than finding other products to use around your home.
- You’ll need to make a few folds at the end of your paper. The folds should be as wide as you want the final product to be. You can do as many folds as you want, but most people will make either an “M” or “V” shape with their folds.
- Then roll the remaining filter paper around the folded section. Your paper should wrap entirely around your filter. You should be able to roll the final product between your fingers.
- Place the filter at the end of your rolling paper (used to make your joint). Roll it into your joint, leaving a small portion of the filter exposed.
- Once you finish rolling your joint, push the exposed part back to make it flush with the end of the rolling paper.
You now have a homemade filter in your joint and are ready for a better smoking experience.
Keep in mind, when making your first folds (often “M” and “V” shapes), you can do as many as you want. Some people find that the more folds, the better the experience, but you can play around with it and see what works best for you.
Other Filter Options
While making a filter is relatively easy, it is an added step some people don’t want to mess with. That’s fine; there are other options.
If you don’t want to make homemade filters, you can find and purchase reusable filters. Or, you can reuse one you’ve made yourself a few times. Just keep in mind when reusing filters that they may have some residue from the previous smoking session left on them. This can increase the potency of your next joint and may impact your effects slightly.
Another option is to purchase pre-rolls that have filters in them. These are cannabis joints that manufacturers make. Though in the past, they had a bit of a reputation for not being as high quality as other products. However, as the demand for convenient and on-the-go joints has grown, so has their quality levels.
You can find pre-rolls made with different cannabis strains to meet your needs, and you can buy them individually or in packs. Just make sure the pre-roll you purchase has been made with a filter, as not all of them will be.
Filters for Joints: A Summary
Though filters are not required when rolling and smoking joints, they offer many benefits that make the extra step of including them worth it. A filter can protect your mouth from getting burnt on your joint, prevent plant matter from being inhaled, and create an overall better smoking experience.
Filters are generally made from a type of paper. You can use paper that you have at home (be sure the paper you are using is the right thickness) or purchase pre-cut filter paper to use. The convenience of having paper ready to use makes the purchase worth it for many users.
Once you have your filter paper, you can roll it up in your joint (simple but not the most effective option) or make a filter by making folds and wrapping the folds up before putting it in your joint.
Overall, making a filter is simple and can do a lot to make your cannabis experience better.