How to Roll A Cross Joint

Cross joints are a great way to show off your rolling skills while smoking two different strains at once.

We can safely say that every stoner and their buddies have contemplated rolling one of these bad boys at some point in their life. But there’s a good chance it turned into a heaping pile of ash and wasted weed. 

There might be a couple of miraculous moments where you roll yourself a perfect cross joint just like Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express. Well, guess what? Now you have a step-by-step guide on how to make cross joints. 

Why Roll A Cross Joint?

The real question is why not? The idea of figuring out a way to smoke two strains at once sounds like a stroke of genius. 

The extra effort will definitely make you the MVP in your smoking circle. Imagine having the euphoric high of sativa partnered up with the relaxing high of indica? That couch is going to get really comfy, really quick.

Supplies You’ll Need to Roll A Cross Joint

A cross joint consists of the union of two joints fitted together in the shape of a cross

These are pretty straightforward but here’s a small list of things you’ll need to roll a cross joint:

  1. Your favourite strain or strains of weed.
  2. Grinder
  3. Large rolling paper
  4. Small rolling paper
  5. Needle, pin or wire
  6. Scissors 
  7. Small piece of cardboard/ cardstock (This is optional)

How to Roll A Cross Joint

  • Roll a fat joint 

So first things first, roll the fattest joint you wouldn’t normally roll at your average smoke sesh. It has to be bigger in terms of girth and not length. 

The more you have to work with, the easier it will be to slide the second joint in. 

Pack in the joint well – the denser it is, the better it would be. Tie up the end of the joint with a loose twist, it will light up quicker this way.

  • Insert a small piece of cardboard at the end (Optional)

You want to have a roach that’s a little sturdier than your normal ones as this joint will be on the heavier side. If it works for Seth Rogen, it should work for you too. 

Cut the cardboard into a piece measuring to about two or three inches. Depending on your preference, roll that into a cylinder the size of the joint itself. This way, you get to smoke the whole joint without wasting any dried flowers. 

  • Roll A Thin Joint 

It’s time to roll the second joint. It has to be thin enough to fit through the fat joint you rolled earlier. We suggest you make it as thin as possible. When you become a pro, you can start experimenting with different sizes.

  • Poke A Hole In The Fat Joint

Now, you have to poke a hole using the needle. Aim to have to quarter of the way from the twisted end. Once you’ve made the hole, gently start widening it. Don’t rush it or you might rip the paper. Make it smaller than the size of the thin joint for a snug fit.

  • Poke A Hole In The Middle Of The Thin Joint

This is really important to do. To make sure all the joints burn at the same time, you have to poke a hole in the thin joint. It doesn’t have to be huge, but enough to make sure there is proper airflow. Remember to wiggle the needle through it gently to widen the hole.

  • Form The Cross

Time to put your creation together. Start inserting the thin joint into the fat joints opening. Be sure to go slow and rotate it from time to time. The hole in the thin joint has to be inside the fat joint for proper airflow to occur. 

  • Seal The Cross

You’re almost there! Cut up some of the rolling paper and use it to reinforce the cross. This will ensure that there aren’t any extra air holes and it will create a suction. 

This will ensure the cross joint burns evenly throughout. Now hold that bad boy in the air and give yourself a high five. You, my friend, have just learned how to make a cross joint. 

The Wrap Up

Once you’ve finished the hard part, now is the easy part. Get two or three lighters if you have to. Two smoking buddies as well and light your creation up simultaneously. Make sure you take small pulls of the joint so everything burns just right and you don’t have any wastage of that good green.


It is agreed on that this is probably harder to roll than your average joint. With practice, you could master that and many more extravagant joints like the braided, trident and even the tulip joint. But if you do run out of paper, try these 6 great alternatives to rolling papers.