Expert level joints to take your smoke sesh to new heights

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Nothing brings the room together like sparking a joint and passing it to the left. There are many types of joints, from pinners to bats to king-size, and those are just regular rolls. For some smoking sessions, rolling joints have evolved far beyond one-paper cones–now people are seshing with Blastoise joints, Windmills, and Scorpions.

We put together this list of the best trick joints accompanied by video tutorials for those rolling up for a crew.

Dutch Tulip

The Dutch Tulip is a long straight joint with a cone of ground cannabis at the front, resembling the stem and flower of a closed tulip. This joint is for sharing as it hits like the beer funnel of joints–the smoke comes out fast, and there is lots of it in every hit. The bud burns hot, so consider rolling a longer stem that cools the smoke before it hits your lips.

Cross Joint

Popularized by Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express, the Cross Joint consists of one main joint with another slowly fed through the upper third to resemble a cross. You must light all three ends simultaneously for a cross joint to hit-you need a friend to do it (or three hands). That’s also why the Cross Joint hit can be intense. As the three lit cherries meet in the crux of the cross, all of the smoke comes through the main joint. Try this trick roll first because the technique can be used with other joint shapes.

The Windmill

There are a few iterations of Windmill joints, but our favorite adhere four joints onto the end of a hollow conical tube spaced out like a windmill. As the joints burn, you inhale as the smoke filters through the vast space, cooling down a bit before reaching your lungs.

Diamond Joint

This trick joint has a diamond with a hole in the middle adhered to a main straight joint. It takes three joints to roll a Diamond, which ends up being a bit longer than a king-sized paper.

Plumber’s Joint

The Plumber is named for the pipe-like hole rolled in the middle to maximize airflow. This is another ideal joint rolling method for your first trick-joint. This tutorial also explains the backroll technique that can reduce runs in a joint and lead to a less harsh smoke.

Triple Braid

If you can roll a traditional joint, you can probably figure out how to braid three together. Be sure to pack the cannabis into the paper tightly in all three joints, as looser spots can cause one joint to run, making the whole setup fall apart. To reduce running, it’s also wise to backroll joints used in a triple braid.


This joint uses the Cross Joint method but elaborates on it, adding more crosses to resemble a Scorpion. Those planning on rolling this joint should call some friends. Like the Cross Joint, you must light all the ends simultaneously, which requires at least four people (including the person hitting it). In hindsight, it might be the perfect joint rolling option for 4/20 celebrations.

Lighting one of these joints is bound to be memorable– if you can pull off rolling it right. So get to practicing, because next time you’re rolling up for a special occasion or a big group, you might want to try one of these trick joints to impress your friends.

Cara Wietstock is Senior Content Producer of and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.