How to Make Awesome Filters for Your Joint

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Rolling a perfect joint takes more than a good grinder and expert rolling skills. To make your joint truly stand out, you need a good filter. You could always buy a glass filter, but those are expensive, and if you are a DIY kind of person, they take out the fun in rolling your joint from scratch.

In this article, we’ll show you a few simple tricks to make the perfect filter using materials readily available in your home. But first, let’s take you through the reasons why you need a filter in the first place.

Why Use a Filter?

Filters Help Maintain Your Joint’s Shape

Even if you’re still a newbie in the art of rolling joints, then you already know how much of a hassle it can be. For starters, you have to deal with the occasional spills and mishaps. And just when you thought you’ve got it right, your joint breaks apart when you start smoking it.

Using a filter maintains the shape of your joint not only when rolling but also when you’re smoking it. And if you’re using sticky weed with lots of resin, a filter can prevent the joint from breaking apart, especially if multiple people are handling it.

Better Airflow

Everyone has their preference on the rate at which they like their joint to burn. With a good filter, you can control this. The type of paper you use, coupled with your rolling style, has a dramatic effect on the rate at which your joint burns when you draw.

Also, nobody likes ending up with bits of weed stuck to their teeth every time they blaze up. A filter ‘filters’ your weed so you only draw the smoke. This makes your sessions more enjoyable and satisfying.

Reduces Tar

Cannabis has tons of potential medical benefits. But its smoke contains some of the carcinogens found in cigarettes. It might be good for your mind and body, but it can do some damage to your lungs. Filters catch some of the extra tar, thus delivering cleaner smoke.

Reduces Coughing

Reduces Coughing

Do you ever find yourself coughing after draws? Although this is quite normal, people suffering from bronchial sensitivity are the worst hit. By reducing the tar in cannabis smoke, filters can go a long way in reducing your coughing fits.

Which Materials Do You Need to Make a Filter?

The best thing about making joint filters is you’ll never run out of material options. That being said, you have to make a few considerations. For the best results, you’ll need to look for something that’s not too flimsy or too bulky. Basically, you’re looking for something thinner than cereal box cardboard but thicker than printer paper. Some of the most readily available options include:

  • Manila file folders
  • Magazine subscription cards
  • Index cards
  • Business cards (the thin ones)

But if you are looking for something more premium (but not as expensive as glass filters), you could also try out pre-cut crunches. There’s a bunch of them available on the market, so you won’t have a problem finding one. They are specifically designed to roll up smoothly and have a pretty good rigidity so they can hold their shape while you’re smoking.

How to Make a Filter

There’s no standard way of making a filter; you can get creative with it. That being said, there are some pre-tested and effective methods you can use. Let’s start out with the easiest one and work our way up.

The Spiral Filter

Most smokers prefer this method for one main reason: It’s simple and somewhat effective. To make a spiral filter, all you have to do is take your crunch and roll it into a cylinder.

Although it’s an easy technique, it comes with a few drawbacks. For starters, it leaves a big opening at the center of the crunch. This opening could potentially let through small pieces of weed that could end up in your mouth. Spiral filters are also lacking in rigidity. If you don’t handle your joint lightly, the filter could pinch close, and you don’t want that to happen in the middle of your session.

The Spiral Filter

The Hemp Filter

Making a hemp filter might be a little harder than making your regular spiral filter, but the result is bound to impress you. 

When making a hemp filter, start by making a single fold at the end of the crunch. Then, make three more folds, accordion-style, each larger than the last one. After three folds, make two more folds. This time, make each of them smaller than the last one. This means that your largest fold will be at the middle, with your smallest folds at each end. They will look like little waves. 

Next, it’s time to roll your filter. Roll the remaining length of scrub into a cylinder, with your waves in the middle. At this point, it might not look like a hemp leaf, so you might have to play around with the waves until you get that hemp leaf shape in the middle.

Apart from looking good, hemp filters are pretty sturdy. They also leave a very small opening in the middle so you don’t have to deal with weed pieces ending up in your mouth.

Magic W Filter

You’ve probably seen this design on some pre-rolled joints from certain brands. This design is not only simple but also does its job right.

To make a magic W filter, make three equally sized folds from one end of your crunch. The size you choose to go for depends entirely on the diameter of the joint you plan to roll. Once you have the three folds, roll up your crunch into a cylinder, then use a needle or toothpick to space the folds so they form the letter W.

Say Goodbye to the Roach

With the tips above, you never have to deal with the pain of burnt fingers ever again. You’ll also get the chance to impress fellow stoners. It takes some practice, but in time, you’ll be rolling like a pro.


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