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How to Make Weed Joint Filters

Have you ever wondered how to make joint filters? If you have, then this guide is for you. A careful toker uses a filter when smoking joints. The correct term for a filter is a spliff, and this serves several purposes when you smoke joints.

Uses of weed joint filters

Joint filters serve different purposes.  First, it helps keep your join in good shape. A joint with a filter tends to be lean, easy to smoke, and won’t break until the last puff. Joint filters serve as a way to hold your joint with your lips without burning your skin. It’s the best way to keep your joint dry as you share your joint with friends.

And probably the most important use of a joint filter is that it keeps plant matter off your mouth. You don’t want burnt bits of weed to enter your mouth when you inhale! The filter keeps these all inside the joint body so you can enjoy a smooth and delightful smoking experience!

Other uses of joint filters

Weed joint filters are ideal for first-time weed joint smokers. Smoking joints is one of the most potent ways to consume marijuana as you’re ingesting fumes directly from the burnt buds. A filter will ensure that you’re not getting too high and too stoned to do anything! With a filter in place, you can reduce the side effects of weed as well.

And if you’re smoking weed as a medical treatment, installing joint lets, you modulate your intake. You won’t have to deal with dangerous side effects as well and completely benefit from weed’s medical effects. 

How to make joint filters?

Now that you know how important joint filters are, it’s time to learn how to make them. The best thing about making joints is you can make one out of simple things you have at home. As long as the material is stiff, you can use it to make joint filters. Here are some of the best materials you can find almost anywhere:

  • A Manila folder
  • An index card
  • The back of a checkbook or receipt booklet
  • A subscription card of a magazine or leaflet
  • Moderately thin business cards

Don’t use materials that are too stiff like very thick cardboard or materials that are just too flimsy like printer paper. Don’t use a cereal box because this is just too bulky. Never use printed paper like magazine paper or scented paper-like stationery. Colored paper is not a good material since this may contain chemicals used to color paper. Scents, dyes, and inks will all affect the flavor and smell of your weed. 

Instructions how to make joint filters

Follow these tips to make easy joint filters no matter where you are.

The rolled joint filter technique

1. Prepare all the materials you need

Make sure everything is handy before you begin. Have your selected material (we will use an index card for all our techniques), a nice pair of sharp scissors, rolling paper, and dried weed. You will also need rolling trays or joint rollers if you prefer to use this kind of tool.

2. Cut the material you want to use 

Cut the index card to a small piece measuring an inch long and 5 cm wide. If you plan to make more filters because you’ll be rolling a lot of joints, then cut more paper.  

3. Roll the joint filter

The rolled joint filter technique is the easiest because all you need to do is to roll the paper using your fingertips. But there’s a catch: roll the paper too tightly, and you’ll find it hard to smoke your joint. Roll the paper too loosely, and bits of plant matter can instantly move through the filter and enter your mouth!

So experiment on the right tightness to get the best results. Also, the rolled index card will tend to unravel, so take care to press on the roll after you’re done. Rest assured that when the rolled filter is installed in the joint, it will remain tucked and perfect.  

4. Install it in your joint

Prepare your joint the usual way and place the filter at the end. Keep 1/3 of the filter outside the rolling paper. This will serve the tip where your lips will touch. 

5. Roll the joint

When you’re happy with the amount of weed inside the joint and the position of your filter, tuck the joint using a simple roll and tuck technique. Use your rolling tool. 

6. Press the filter further inside

When your joint is ready, press the filter slowly inside the joint body. This will further keep your joint filter stable and will also help pack the weed inside the joint. 

Your weed joint with a filter is done! It’s time to make more. 

The folded “M” technique

1. Prepare the materials you need

In the folded “M” technique, you need a flexible material that will retain its shape even when folded or pressed. Again, index cards make the best material for this tutorial. 

Prepare your sharp scissors, rolling paper, weed, and rolling tools. Again, you may need a rolling tray for this technique so you can arrange your joints well.

2. Cut the material 

Cut the index cards to small pieces around 1 inch long and 5 cm wide. Cut many pieces if you are going to roll more joints. 

3. Make small folded letter Ms 

Fold the index card to a mini letter M from the length of the index card paper. Make at least two Ms and the remaining paper must be rolled around the small Ms. This technique will tuck the small Ms and will keep the filters in good shape. 

When you’re done making the figure, press on the filter firmly but not too tightly. This step will keep the filter tight and ready for use. 

4. Place the filter in the joint 

Now that the filters are ready to prepare the body of the joint. When you’re contented with the amount of buds inside the joint, place the filter along the tip of the joint. Keep 1/3 of the M filter out of the joint. 

5. Roll your joint

When you’re satisfied with the position, roll the joint well. Keep the filter in place. You’ll notice that the filter won’t unravel when the rolling paper is packed tightly around it. 

6. Check and recheck until you get it right

You may not get his technique perfectly the first time, and thus, you need to tweak your methods. If you find that the filter is too tight, make the Ms looser and loosen the rolled paper around the M. if the filter is too loose, tighten the rolled paper instead. 

7. Press the filter further inside the joint

When you have the perfect letter M filter, you may now press it deeper inside the joint. 

The accordion technique

1. Prepare all the materials you need to make the filter and joint

We are still going to use an index card to make accordion-style filters. Prepare a pair of sharp scissors, rolling paper, and dried weed. Rolling trays or joint rollers are also recommended.

2. Cut your preferred material

Again, cut the index card in a small 1-inch x 5 cm size. Cut more of these to make more filers if you will be making more joints.

3. Make accordion-style folds using the width of the material

Just like making small Ms, you need to fold the paper in small little Ms but this time, crease the paper well. Make sure that every fold is of the same size to create the best filter. 

When you’re done making folds across the length of the piece of an index card, bring the two ends of the accordion together.  Notice that the folds tend to unravel if you don’t crease these well. It will also be difficult to keep it on the joint, so many prefer to stick it inside the joint after rolling.

4. Roll the joint

Set the accordion filters aside and roll your joints first. When you’re satisfied with the amount of weed inside the joint roll, but keep one side open for the filter.

5. Stick the accordion filter in

When you’re done making your joints, get one filter and stick it inside. When it’s just the right length in, firmly tuck the filter with the rolling paper.  Adjust the body of the joint to accommodate the size of the filter.

6. Experiment on how tight or how lose the accordion folds should be

Smoke your newly-made joint and find out if you need to tweak your accordion filters. You may need to tighten the accordion folds if it’s too loose or to reduce the number of folds if the filter is too tight, and you can’t inhale anything. We guarantee that you’ll find the best tightness when making this accordion-type filter.  

The loose paper technique

Sometimes joint filters don’t have to be so fancy, especially when you don’t have enough time to make intricate origami folds. This loose paper technique may work but may sometimes be too tight. It’s just a matter of tweaking this technique with some less stiff paper or material. 

1. Prepare the things you’ll need

In this technique, we’ll be using softer or flimsier paper like printer paper because you need to crumple pieces of paper to make the filter. So prepare your paper, scissors, rolling paper, and weed.

2. Cut the material you will use

Cut several pieces of printer paper ½-inch long and 5 cm wide. Cut many pieces because you may need to use two pieces for every joint you make.  

3. Crumple the pieces very loosely

It’s time to crumple a few pieces of paper. Crumple a piece loosely and should be as small as a regular filter. Don’t worry about how loose or how tight the crumpled pieces are; you can adjust these later.

4. Place the crumpled paper on the tip of an open joint

You may place the crumpled pieces while the joint is still open, or you can insert these later when the joint is already rolled. Just like placing M filters, accordion filters, or rolled filters in an open joint, leave the room at the tip.

5. Roll the joint

Roll the joint well and keep the tip partially tucked in the joint. Let the tip of the joint hold the filter. You may press the end of the joint to hold the filter well.

6. Tweak the process

And as with all the different types of homemade filters, there are plenty of ways to tweak this method. You can crumple more pieces of paper if you find that the joint is a bit loose, or you can crumple the pieces tightly. 

Are there ready-made joint filters?

If you don’t want to waste time rolling and making your own joint filters, then you may use ready-made joint filters instead. Here are the best in the market:

Charcoal joint filters

A good ready-made filter is a charcoal-type joint filter. These tips are disposable and thus should be used only once. Many users prefer this type of charcoal joint filter, as these will retain their size and shape even when you travel with them. These are more preferred than glass filters because these won’t crack or break.

Glass joint filter tips 

Glass filter tips come with metal casing. These are known as the highest grade filter tips that you can buy. With his kind of filter, your weed’s taste and flavor won’t be affected. And because of the metal casing, these filters won’t break easily even when you use them regularly. You can wash and reuse these filters, too; no need to buy new filters for every use.

Hollow glass joint filter tips

An affordable reusable filter is a hollow joint filter made of glass. These won’t affect the taste and flavor of weed either; plus, you can wash them and reuse them anytime. This type of filter is cheap because these are made from hollow thin borosilicate glass. 

Pre-made rolling paper tips

You can also use pre-made filters made of paper. These are made pretty much the same as the rolled paper you make. But sadly, you can’t reuse these rolling paper tips, and because these are very small, these may limit the size of the joint that you’ll make. 


Now you know how to make joint filters, it’s time to use your newfound knowledge to make your very own homemade joints. Choose from any of these techniques until you find the one that will work for you.

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