Cross joints are one of the most unique ways to smoke. Almost like smoking three joints at once, the cross joint is the holy grail for stoners.
If you’ve ever seen a cross joint in action, your first thought was probably ‘how on earth did they roll that thing?’
Well, wonder no more, because this simple step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know about how to roll the perfect cross joint.
What Is A Cross Joint?
A cross joint is essentially two or more joints rolled together into one. Their name comes from their shape, where the regular joint has an additional two branches forming a cross shape.
All three parts of the cross are lit at once; this not only means you can pack more weed into a single joint, but the amount of smoke you get delivers a much more potent high.
The best part is that you don’t have to be a master smoker to make them – anyone with basic knowledge of rolling joints should be able to do it!
How To Roll A Cross Joint
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Before you can start rolling, you need to gather the right supplies. Most of these are the same as for a normal joint, but there are a few extras that are needed for a cross joint. You’ll need:
- Your weed (enough for one large joint and one small joint)
- A Grinder
- Rolling Papers
- Crafting Knife
Step 2: Get Your Weed Ready
The next thing you’ll want to do when rolling a cross joint is to prepare your weed. You’ll need to break up any large buds and grind them to a medium coarseness, ensuring that all of the bud is roughly the same size.
This is important as it makes sure there are equal amounts of herb in each joint, and that it burns evenly.
Step 3: Roll Your Joints
Now it’s time to roll your first joint. This will be the main, vertical joint, and needs to be on the bigger side. Make a roach or take a premade filter, and roll a large joint (aim to use about 2/3 of your weed in this first joint).
Once you’re done, set this joint to the side.
The second joint will be the horizontal line that forms the cross. This joint needs to be smaller than the first one; it has to fit comfortably through the center of the first joint, so make sure it’s skinny enough that it will fit.
Don’t use a roach in the second joint, instead, twisting both ends to completely seal it. Try and get it perfectly symmetrical, as this will make sure it burns evenly.
Step 4: Make Holes In The Joints
Here’s where things start to get a bit tricky. To get the two joints into the cross shape, you’ll need to make a hole in the first joint for the second joint to fit through.
This isn’t hard to do as long as you have a steady hand and a gentle touch. Using a pin, paperclip, or similar object, poke a hole directly through the larger joint, around halfway up.
Now, gently twist and pivot the pin to widen the hole.
You’ll also need to poke a small hole directly through the center of the smaller joint. This is important, as it will allow air to flow through so you can actually pull the smoke through.
It’s easy to forget this step, but you won’t be able to smoke your cross joint without it. This hole doesn’t need to be as large as the one you made in the first joint, and a simple poke with a pin will work fine.
This step can be intimidating at first, but as long as you’re patient and delicate you shouldn’t have any problems.
Step 5: Combine The Joints To Form A Cross
Now, you need to insert the smaller joint into the hole you just made in the larger joint. Take your time while you’re doing this and make sure you’re being delicate to avoid damaging either of your joints.
Patience pays off here!
Get the smaller joint as central as you can, with the hole poked through the center of it lined up with the roach and the tip of the main joint. This makes sure you’re getting good airflow.
Step 6: Secure The Joints With Rolling Papers
Your cross joint isn’t done just yet, and you need to fix the two joints together to stop the smaller one from twisting or sliding. Securing the joints will also keep them from ripping by reinforcing the paper around the holes.
You can secure your cross joint using some extra rolling papers – or, more specifically, the strips of the rolling papers that are coated with glue.
Using a craft knife, carefully separate the glue strips from the rest of the rolling paper and put them to one side. Do this until you have between 4-8 strips.
This part is dangerous and you need to be careful, so make sure you aren’t already high before you start. You can also use scissors or even just rip the glue strips off, but this is much less precise and will leave you with a messy joint.
Now, start wrapping the glue strips around where the two joints meet, going diagonally across the cross shape like an X.
Licking the glue strips can be tricky, so try licking one of your fingertips and using that to moisten the glue. Continue adding strips until the two joints are securely fixed together.
Step 7: Light Up!
It’s finally the moment you’ve been waiting for – it’s time to smoke your cross joint! There’s a common myth that says you need two people to light a cross joint, but it’s not hard at all to do it solo.
Start with the main joint and make sure it’s fully lit.
Then, move on to the ends of the smaller joint. Try and do this quickly to make sure it burns evenly, but it’s okay if you take a few seconds between lighting each side.
Now, just keep smoking as normal and enjoy the incredible high you get from this three-tipped joint!
Congratulations – you’ve just rolled your first cross joint! Cross joints are a great way to mix up your regular smoking sessions, and are a sure-fire way to impress your buddies.
Best of all, they’re way easier to make than they look, and as long as you follow this simple guide you’ll be able to roll the perfect cross joint every time.
So now that you know how to roll a cross joint, all that’s left for you to do now is make one for yourself. Have fun!