Sunday September 15, 2019
There isn’t anything much better than sharing a perfectly rolled joint with a good group of friends. That is, of course, unless the joint starts burning unevenly causing it to run up one side while leaving the other side completely untouched. Commonly called “canoeing,” or “running,” an uneven burn is frustrating and wasteful, and a total buzzkill in the stoner circle. There are many reasons a joint might canoe – perhaps airflow is uneven, or the day is windy, or maybe it wasn’t lit correctly in the first place. Whatever the reason, there some quick and easy fixes you can do to stop your joint from canoeing again.
Tips for Preventing Your Joint from Canoeing
Nobody likes a joint that canoes. They burn faster, waste your precious flower, and are generally frowned upon in most smoke sessions. To make sure the joints you roll don’t canoe or run, follow the tips below! If you need a basic refresher on rolling joints in the first place, check out our helpful video below:
Now that we’re nice and refreshed on rolling a nice joint, keep on reading to learn how you can make sure it burns perfectly.
Use Properly Cured Flower
The smoothest, most flavorful burn will come from flower that has been properly dried and cured. Carefully cured cannabis should not be too wet (which may make it pack to tight to smoke) or too dry (which can cause it to burn too quickly) and smell largely of terpenes rather than plant matter. Properly cured cannabis should be dry but sticky and pull easily away from the stem without crumbling in your fingers.
Grind Your Bud
The easiest way to accomplish a smooth burn is to ensure the product being burnt is an even consistency. To do this, you’ll need an herb grinder – not just your fingers.
That’s because no matter how fine your hands can pick apart your bud, the consistency will never be perfect; there will always be clumps of flower and air pockets in between, which will cause the embers to catch and run unevenly down the joint.
Practice Joint Rolling
Rolling a perfect joint takes skill, and that skill can only come from practice. When first learning, many people roll their joints unevenly so that one half of the joint is loose and the other tightly packed. This can cause uneven airflow through the joint causing it to run and thus burn into a canoe shape. A tight roll, however, should not cause this problem (though note that if it’s too tight, it can be hard to pull air through – hence the reason the perfect roll takes practice). One great way to practice the perfect roll is with the help of a dollar bill or cigarette rolling machine. Once this tactic is mastered, you can move on to a good ol’ hand roll.
Light it Right
No matter how even the roll, an uneven burn can throw the whole thing off. Therefore, when sparking a joint, always make sure the embers catch evenly and to light your joint all the way around the circumference of the tip before putting your lighter away.
If you want to make sure your joint is lit evenly, gently blow on the lit end and see if a nice circle of embers is glowing. If not, simply relight the areas that aren’t fully lit.
This can be challenging on a windy day so try to use a windbreak (a wall or a good group of friends, for example), and re-light as necessary to maintain an even burn throughout your smoke session.
Get it Wet
Once the canoeing starts, it can be hard to put a stop to it – but it can be done. One easy way to do this is to “lay a lick down” or otherwise wet the canoeing side of the joint so that the joint paper burns slower on this side. In theory, the dry side of the joint will catch up with the wet side before it dries, allowing the embers to catch up to each other to finish with an even burn. Reserve this tip for last, though, as it is certain to waste a considerable amount of cannabis, depending of course, on how large the canoe was to begin. Your smoke sesh should be an enjoyable experience. Don’t let a canoeing joint ruin the mood. Use these tips to prevent or correct a canoeing joint!
Is there anything we missed? Share your tricks for preventing a canoeing joint with us, too.