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Rolling a smoke is a much of an art as it is a science, man. Excellence at hand rolling a joint is a coveted skill in the weed world, but it’s hardly a requirement for entry. The best thing about the rise of retail cannabis is that it makes it easy for beginners to get, er, rolling, as pre-rolled joints are commonly sold next to the edibles, vapes, and flower. But rolling your own is a ritual unto itself, and can even earn you the first taste during a smoking session—sometimes called roller’s rights—so you might as well learn. Rolling is a skill that can also provide employment: Some people actually have jobs as professional joint rollers for celebrities and businesses, or do the work freelancer like any other creative skill. A joint’s papers can be made from rice, hemp, or other fibers, and people also use hemp ‘blunt’ wraps, tobacco cigars (aka blunts), or a tobacco leaf (aka fronto) to roll up. Still others sprinkle fronto inside their joints (a classic NYC move) or add tobacco from a cigarette or pouch to make an old-school spliff. You can choose from pre-made cones, crystal clear rolling papers, papers made from gold, or, in a pinch, pages from the good ol’ hotel bible (it’s gross, but it works). Doing it for yourself is not only satisfying—it allows you to control the experience. You’ll select the contents, the volume, and other custom elements that a pre rolled joint can’t always provide. […]