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Saturday February 5, 2022

By Paul Barach

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There are plenty of reasons you may need to roll up a king-size joint (aka a baseball bat, doink, or J.O.U.S. — Joint of Unusual Size). Maybe you’re planning on an extra-large smoking circle for your upcoming gathering. Maybe you have a medical condition and it’s one of those days where you need extra relief. Maybe Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Cypress Hill are all at Wiz Khalifa’s 4/20 party and Sarah Silverman told them you were hella cool.

Whatever the reason, when it’s your time to go big (with rolling a king-sized joint) or go home (without Snoop Dogg thinking you’re cool), you’re gonna wanna go big. That’s why PotGuide is here with some tips and tricks on how to roll a King-Sized Joint.

What is a King-Sized Joint?

There are times where you need a large canvas to paint a masterpiece, and sometimes that masterpiece is a king sized joint.

Man rolling king size cannabis joint
King size joints are great when you need to make a joint last longer. Photo Credit

A king-sized joint is a filtered joint that’s rolled using either two standard rolling papers glued together, or one extra large rolling paper like a Zig Zag King, which are 53mm wide and 100mm long.

This marijuana cigarette fit for royalty is then filled with up to a gram and a half of ground up bud, then reinforced with an extra large crutch or filter.

How to Roll a King Sized Joint

It can seem intimidating at first to roll up a king-sized joint, but don’t stress it. Twisting one up requires a lot of the same skills and techniques as rolling up a regular-sized, filtered joint. If you need a refresher on crafting a doob with a crutch, here’s a handy guide.

Otherwise, let’s get started. Cypress Hill and the Lucas Brothers are waiting.

Steps to Rolling a King Sized Joint

What You’ll Need:

  • A gram or more of flower
  • A grinder
  • Papers (either regular or Zig Zag Kings)
  • Lighter
  • Filter tips or cardstock and scissors

Prepare Your King Sized Components

  1. Grind up your nug into a fluffy, fine texture and then set your pile to the side.
  2. Pick up your card stock strip. If you’re cutting the cardstock by hand, snip your strip down the entire length of your business card and make it a little thicker than usual. If you have a book of filter tips, pull out two.
  3. Take your card stock strip by the shorter end
  4. Fold an eighth of your strip over
  5. Flip your strip over and fold an equal amount towards the opposite end. You should now have a “V” of cardboard. You’re shooting for an accordion/W shape in the end.
  6. Flip your strip back over and repeat the fold. You should now have your “W” accordion shape with about half of your unfolded strip remaining.
  7. Squeeze your “W” fold together with your fingers, then wrap the remaining strip of cardstock around the folds.
  8. If you have two filter strips, your W should take up most of the first strip. Start wrapping the circle, then slide your filter tip into the W and wrap your second strip around.
  9. You should now have a “W” inside of a circle. This is your crutch/filter.
  10. Set your crutch aside next to your ground up weed pile.
  11. Pull a strip of Zig Zag King rolling paper from the pack. Hold it with your non-dominant hand with the glue strip facing you.
  12. Pro Tip: If you have regular sized papers, wet about a quarter of one end, then lay it across your second sheet with the glue strips lined up. Let them dry, then continue on.

Roll Your King Sized Joint

  1. Fold a diagonal crease across your rolling paper starting just to the right of the paper’s original crease. You’ll be rolling your paper into more of a cone shape than a typical joint, so you’ll need to start at a slight angle.
  2. Pick up your freshly ground weed from the pile and sprinkle it along the length of the paper. This part is tricky. You’ll want a larger pile of ground bud on the non-filter end for that cone-like roll, but you’ll still need enough bud in the middle and near the filter to ensure structural integrity of your king sized joint.
  3. Slide your crutch into the paper crease on either end of the joint so that there’s no weed trapped between your filter and the paper. If you need to adjust your filter’s size to fit the joint, you can tighten or loosen the wrap around the “W” as needed.
  4. With the rolling paper pinched between your index fingers and your thumb, gently roll the paper back and forth.
  5. Once your weed has been rolled into a cone-like form, roll the glue side farther up so that the weed settles into a basin on the lower end. Fold the remaining paper on the non-glue side over your bud, then tuck it in and gently roll the paper up until only the glue strip is sticking up. You want your paper wrapped tight enough around your bud to keep its shape, but not so tight that air can’t get through.
  6. Lick the glue strip and press it down to seal up your joint.
  7. If your filter slipped out of the mouth end as you were rolling it (it happens), just press it back into place with a pen. If it’s fallen out completely, try wrapping it tight and sliding it back in carefully. The crutch should expand to fit the mouth end.
  8. Holding the joint upright from the filter end, poke down any loose bud on the open end with a pen or similar object, then twist up that J.
  9. Light it up, hand it off to your friend in the smoking circle, or give it to Illana Glazer for her nod of approval.



If you’re having issues with joints canoeing, wet the side near the run and flip it over until the lagging side catches up. When you light up, be sure the end is a full-red circle. You may need to twist your king sized joint around like a cigar to ensure an even burn.

King size joint with marijuana flower next to it
Troubleshooting your king size joint shortly after lighting can set your experience back on track. Photo Credit

Poor Airflow:

You probably wrapped it too tight. In this case, you can gently twist the joint between your fingers to redistribute the flower, but you may need to re-roll it.

The Wrap Up

If you need to roll up a king sized joint, whether for yourself, your friends, or a party of famous stoners, don’t stress it. Just follow our simple steps and you’ll be lighting up that baseball bat (or J.O.U.S) in no time.

What are your tips for rolling a king? Share in the comments!


Paul Barach Paul Barach

Paul Barach is a Seattle-based freelance writer, editor, and author with experience creating well-researched, edited web articles covering cannabis news, culture, history and science. Paul is a regular contributor to PotGuide and has also contributed to publications such as, SlabMechanix, Litro, and The Trek. He prefers to spend his free time outdoors and most recently hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. So far he has only fallen into the La Brea Tarpits once. You can follow him on Instagram @BarachOutdoors and stay up to date professionally through his LinkedIn page.

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