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Your Ultimate Guide to Rolling Cones
What’s better than an ice cream cone? Cones for your herb of course!
Bowls, bongs, dab rigs, edibles—all the different methods of consuming cannabis can be exhausting to understand for even seasoned smokers.
It can also be overwhelmingly confusing if you’re a newbie. But smoking cannabis doesn’t need to be complicated OR stressful. After all, many of us toke up to relieve stress, not add to it, right? This guide will help you better understand cones and why they are a popular way to enjoy your herb.
Cone Joints – what are they?
Smoking a cone joint doesn’t require fancy concentrates or expensive glass pieces like other ways of consuming cannabis. All you need is a good supply of your favorite rolling papers, a filter for the tip, a lighter, and your weed.
If you’re someone who wants a simple, convenient way to get high, look no further than a cone joint. But if you’re new to the rolling game you may be wondering what the difference is between a regular joint and cone joint? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
What’s the Difference Between a Straight and Cone Joint?
Cone joints are a lot like regular joints, except they are fatter (like the Pillsbury Dough Boy) and they usually have a filter (unlike your friend Stacy). They are comprised of rolling paper and require a bit of technique and practice in order to perfect the process of rolling on your own. This is why pre-rolled cones are often a favorite smoking accessory, especially among newbies.
The main difference between and a straight joint and a cone joint is the fact that cone joints are literally shaped like a cone. They’re wide at the top and become narrower at the base just like a funnel. Except unlike the one you use to put oil in your car, this funnel gets backed with some of the best herb nature has to offer.
Cones also tend to be sturdier and more durable than a straight joint. This can make them easier to travel with in baggies or other containers without them getting damaged or falling apart. Best of all, they are usually capable of holding more herb, making them a favorite when toking up with friends.
Cones can come in a wide range of sizes, brands, types, material, and can even be pre-rolled if you suck at rolling yourself. This guide will explain the different kinds of rolling cones, pros and cons, and how they are made.
Pre-rolled cones are perfect for someone who enjoys smoking joints but is terrible at rolling them. These cones, as the name suggests, come already rolled for you. Pre-rolled cones eliminate the hard work of rolling and provide you with the perfect funnel-shaped joint, every single time.
Even if you happen to be good at rolling, it's always nice to have some of these on-hand for those times when you are:
- In a rush
- On the go with no good place to roll your own
- Are too “high” to roll yourself
Go Classic: Pre-Rolled Hemp Cones from Hemp
Hemp papers are as natural as it gets. You won’t have to worry about any harmful dyes or chemicals while you’re burning this kind of cone. Hemp cones are convenient and easy to find at most smoke shops.
Let's take a closer look at the good and bad with these types of cones…
Pros:Hemp cones are inexpensive, easy to find, and most varieties are organic or vegan, making them a healthier option and providing a more natural experience. Since this kind of rolling paper is made out of hemp, they are made from all-natural materials and provide a clean, smooth smoking experience. Another advantage of using pre-rolled hemp cones is the fact that the paper is usually thin meaning that it won’t be too harsh on your lungs, nor will it have a big impact on the flavor of your herb.
Cons:Most varieties use thin paper which can become crushed easily. Hemp cones can also occasionally canoe (burn unevenly on one side).
Pre-Rolled Palm Leaf Cones
Rolling papers made out of palm leaves are another natural option for smoking. The leaves are cleaned with purified water making each smoke sesh cleaner and healthier for your lungs.
Pros:Palm leaf papers are all-natural and don’t contain any chemicals. Some brands also eliminate the use of glue, making this option about as natural as it gets. Many smokers enjoy how smooth smoking is with palm leaf and how slowly the material burns. Slower burns experienced with this material are often preferred for relaxed smoking sessions where the user wants to savor and draw out the experience vs. taking a few pulls and being done.
Cons:If you’re used to using more conventional rolling papers, the taste of palm leaf papers may throw you off a bit at first. They also require a little more maintenance than other materials since it’s an actual leaf. If they aren’t stored properly then they can become dried out. Since come brands don’t use any gum to bind the joint, it may fall apart.
Pre-Rolled Rice Paper Cones
Rice paper is popular for making tasty spring rolls and can be used cosmetically to remove excess oil from your face. But did you know you could use rice paper for your joint too? Rice-paper cones are another all-natural option for toking.
Pros: Many smokers prefer using rice-paper for their joints because it’s slow-burning and leaves no paper ash behind like other materials. Some brands use a sugar-based gum which gives the joint a sweet, yet mellow caramel taste.
Cons:Rice paper is pretty thin and can tear easily. This can also present a problem if you’re traveling with your cones. The sheets can also stick together if not stored properly. It’s important to keep your papers stored in a cool, dry place to prevent sticking.
Pre-Rolled Terpene-Infused Cones
If you want the ultimate high when smoking your cone joint, look no further than terpene-infused cones. This paper is infused with terpenes found in cannabis which maximizes your high. It also gives a unique flavor with each hit.
Pros:Many different flavors to choose from like pine, citrus, mint, or even rosemary. Terpene-infused papers mean they are infused with strains of cannabis which can give you a great aromatic buzz with fruity and early hints.
Cons:Terpene papers can be overwhelming and override the taste of your bud. They’re usually more expensive than other materials and can leave a dry taste in your mouth.
Custom Cones – as unique as you are
If conventional pre-rolled cones aren’t your thing, you can order custom cones. Having custom cones allows you to tailor your rolling papers to your preferences and lifestyle. You also have more selection in sizes. Most custom cones come in either hemp or white-refined paper.
Pros:Custom cones allow you to stand out from other smokers with custom sizing and design. You can order cones with color and decorative prints making them one of a kind.
Cons: Custom cones can be extremely expensive since they’re usually sold in bulk. These types of cones are commonly bought by dispensaries or other smoke shops to sell. They’re usually not marketed to consumers.
Regular Rolling Papers
If you still want to try smoking a cone joint but don’t have the funds for pre-rolled ones, you can always try your hand at rolling one. Flat smoking papers and filters are inexpensive and can be found at convenience stores, smoke shops, and gas stations - find some here. Regular smoking papers come in the same varieties of pre-rolled cones. You can get hemp, rice paper, or palm-leaf rolling papers or order custom rolling papers.
How to Roll Your Own Smoking Cone
First, you’ll want to get supplies. Make sure to have rolling papers, a lighter, a filter, and of course the bud handy. A rolling tray might also come in handy while rolling. Once you have what you need, you can follow this guide and roll your first smoking cone.
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Have Your Filter Ready
Tear out your filter along the perforations and start folding the paper like a fan - or use a glass filter tip - check some out. When you’re done, the filter should look like a crinkle-cut french fry. Once you’ve folded your filter, start to roll it with the folds going in. It should be smooth on the outside.
Place the Filter in the Paper
Now that your filter is ready, you can use your rolling paper. If you’re new to rolling, you may find it easier to roll when the paper is creased down the middle. If you already bought creaseless rolling papers, you’ll want to fold the paper down the middle before getting started. Make sure to have the glue side of the rolling paper facing up. This is essential for your joint holding its shape.
Fill Your Cone
Lay the paper out flat on a hard surface. Place your filter at the end of the paper aligned with the crease in the center. Fill the rest of the open space with your weed. In order to get a cone shape, you’ll want to add more weed at the opposite end of the filter and add less as you get closer to the filter. Make sure to use the center crease as a guide when filling with weed.
Roll Your Cone
Once your rolling paper is filled, gently pick it up with both hands using your thumbs and index fingers. Roll it between your thumb and finger inward to lightly compress the weed into a joint. Now that your joint is more of a cone-like shape, you’ll want to smooth out your joint. Run your thumb across your joint while simultaneously rolling inward. When there is little to no paper left at the filter end, lick the loose end of the joint to glue it together.
If you completely butcher this step, don’t feel bad. Many first-timers spill some or all of their weed trying to roll. If you think you may be clumsy on your first try, roll your cone over a table so you can recover your spilled bud.
Pack Your Cone
At this point, your joint should be a well-shaped cone resembling a baseball bat. The filter should be snug in your joint. Now it’s time to pack down the weed. Gently tap the filter end of your cone joint on a hard surface. Do it a few times to get the bud nicely compressed. If you prefer, you can use the tip of a pen to gently pack down your weed instead.
Twist the Excess Paper
Once the weed is nicely packed in your cone joint, you’ll notice a gap between the weed and tip of your joint. Gently twist the excess paper making it into a long, straight tip. The tip is the part you initially light when smoking your cone.
Enjoy Your Smoking Cone
Congrats, you officially have a rolled cone! Now you can sit back, relax, and toke away. To prevent your smoking cone from canoeing, twist your joint in full circular motion as you take a puff. Some smokers say this helps it burn more evenly.
The Bottom Line About Rolling Cones
Cone joints provide a simple, convenient way to enjoy your favorite herb. They differ from a straight joint in a number of ways that make them appealing to smokers. They hold more herb, are sturdier in construction, come equipped with a tip filter and more.
Not to mention that pre-rolled cones offer the convenience of not having to master the art of rolling your own. However, rolling your own smoking cones is an option for those that want to tackle the challenge are who are willing to practice at it.
No matter what you choose, enjoy safely and don’t be afraid to experiment with different papers and brands until you find the perfect fit for your needs.
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