How to Roll a Donut Joint

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From the outside, the world of cannabis might seem simple and boring, but those privy to the inside world know exactly how exciting it can be. This applies to something as simple as rolling a joint, of which there are many kinds.

Sure, a regular joint gets the job done, but it's not as exciting as a donut joint.

If you like smoking cannabis but you're bored of regular and run-of-the-mill joints, you might want to learn how to roll a donut joint. What a donut joint is, why you might want to try it, and how to roll it step-by-step are what we'll teach you today. Let’s roll the perfect joint!

Key Takeaways

  • Donut joints are special joints with a hash core in the middle.
  • You'll need special tools and tips to roll a good donut joint.
  • Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on how to roll a donut joint.

Find out how to roll a joint with kief and wax.

Introduction to Donut Joints

Before you get too excited, no, a donut joint is not a joint that’s also edible, nor does it resemble the shape of a donut in the traditional sense. So, what is a donut joint?

What is a Donut Joint?

A donut joint is also known as a hash hole joint. A donut joint may look like a regular joint from the outside but with one unique characteristic: its center has a core of hash or other cannabis extracts running through it.

If you were to look at a donut joint before you seal the end after it has been rolled, it would somewhat look like a donut. You would see a core of hash surrounded by cannabis flower. As you would expect, this automatically makes a cannabis flower joint much more potent and exhilarating to smoke.

Why Try Rolling a Donut Joint?

There are many reasons to try rolling a donut joint, among them the challenge! After years and years of rolling regular joints, you might want something more difficult level or that you've never done before. However, the benefits of rolling a donut into a joint go beyond demonstrating creativity and killing boredom.

As you might guess, seeing as a donut joint has a core of hash or other cannabis extracts inside it, you automatically expect it to be more potent.

For instance, your average cannabis flower usually contains somewhere between 20 and 30% THC, whereas hash can contain up to 60% THC or, in some cases, even more. This makes even the smallest of joints way more potent.

Hash is generally made from Indica strains, and most hash types are known for producing a strong body high. Rolling a donut joint with hash inside is a great option if you feel like relaxing, sinking into your couch, and having a good night's sleep.

Tools and Materials Needed

There are a few things that you'll need to roll a donut into a joint at home, and it all starts with choosing the right strain of cannabis.

Choosing the Right Cannabis Strains

There are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right strain of cannabis to roll your donut joint with. One of these is the THC level. Keep in mind that the hash you'll use will be very powerful and have a high THC level.

If you're not used to such high levels of THC, you might want to choose a strain of cannabis with lower THC levels. However, if you just want to get as high as humanly possible, go for the strongest strain you can find.

You'll also want to consider the differences between indica and sativa strains. Hash will generally make you feel quite sedated, so if you mix this with an Indica strain like this Crystal Candy, you'll multiply those sedative effects and likely end up sinking into your couch and passing out into a deep slumber.

However, if you want to slightly counteract the sedative effects of the hash, you could always choose a decent sativa strain, like this Purple Tangie, which might be slightly uplifting.

Essential Tools for Rolling a Donut Joint

There are just a few essential tools that you'll need to roll a donut joint, including the following:

  • 1-2 grams of ground cannabis flower.
  • Hash (any kind will do, about 0.5 grams).
  • King-size rolling papers.
  • Some sort of filter material.
  • A rolling tray, if needed.

Step-by-Step Guide: Rolling a Donut Joint

Rolling a donut joint might seem intimidating, but in all reality, it's really easy and only takes a few simple steps. Here is how to do it.

Preparing Your Cannabis

First, you need to prepare your cannabis, which means finely grinding it. It doesn't have to be powder-fine, but you should get it pretty close.

To get the joint to pack properly, the cannabis should be finely ground. During the grinding process, remove any seeds and stems. Stems can poke holes in your rolling papers, and seeds can explode if they are heated up while smoking.

Crafting the Donut Shape

The trick here is to craft the donut shape.

  1. You're going to start like with a regular joint. Fold your rolling paper in half and then evenly disperse the ground cannabis flower along the center of the rolling paper.
  2. If you use filter material or a rolling tip, insert it into the end. Remember that the filter material should be on the side of your joint where your dominant hand is.
  3. Instead of simply rolling the joint, you will insert hash in the middle. Take the hash (as much as you like, but roughly 0.5g is recommended) and roll it into a thin, long snake. You want the hash snake to be about as long as the ground cannabis inside of the joint.
  4. Place this on top of the ground cannabis flower on the rolling paper.
  5. You'll now pick up the rolling paper with both hands, with your thumbs on the front and your pointer and middle fingers on the rear.
  6. Use your fingers to slowly move the cannabis flower and hash back and forth in a circular motion, constantly compacting and shaping it between your fingers until it resembles a cigar or joint.
  7. Once you have what resembles a fairly firm cylinder, tuck in the longer edge of the joint paper closer to you so that it's behind the cylinder or joint of cannabis flower, and then roll upwards to the top. Always work your way from the filter end to the open end of the joint. You should now have a fully formed joint that needs to be stuck shut.

Sealing and Final Touches

All that's left to do now is to seal the joint, which is done by licking the glue at the top of the rolling paper and then rolling the bottom of the joint, the cigar shape, up over the portion of the paper with the newly-wet glue. If you like to pack down your joint, now is the time to take hold of the end, pinch it shut, and give it a good shake. This will compact all of the cannabis flour, therefore helping the joint burn better.

Here's a quick video tutorial on how to roll a donut joint.

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Donut Joint

Rolling a perfect donut joint is easier said than done, but there are tips you can follow to make this process easier and more successful. One of the most difficult aspects of the donut joint is getting it to burn properly, so our tips will mostly focus on this problem.

Achieving the Perfect Burn

Achieving the perfect burden with a donut joint can be difficult, mainly because the hash in the middle is going to burn slower than the cannabis flower on the outside. To prevent this difference in burning speed, try wetting the outside of the joint slightly.

By keeping the outside of the joint wet, you'll keep the cannabis flower moist enough so that it burns a little bit slower, therefore keeping pace with the hash.

It's also important not to pack the joint too tightly to achieve the perfect burn. Packing the joint too tightly will prevent air from flowing properly between the particles, making it impossible for you to pull on the joint.

Creative Variations to Try

Some creative variations of joints and blunts you can try rolling include a cone joint, cross joint, tulip joint, rose joint, scorpion joint, and shotgun joint. If you want to take things up a level, rolling a full-size rose blunt might be for you! Rolling a tea joint is pretty cool, too!

Tips and Advice for First-Time Joint Rollers

Here are some tips and tricks for rolling a joint the first time.

  • Match the amount of cannabis flour to the size of the rolling paper. Don't pack too much cannabis powder because you'll likely split the rolling paper or end up with a subpar joint.
  • If it's your first time rolling a joint, try using cannabis flower that isn't too sticky. Sticky flower is hard to mold into a joint of the desired shape.
  • The ratio of flower to hash should be about 4:1. If you have too much hash compared to the cannabis flower, the joint won't burn properly because hash is much harder to light up.
  • cannabis flower should be quite finely ground, so a grinder is recommended.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Rolling Donut Joints

Let me explain how I started rolling donut joints. At first, I thought it was just a style thing but the truth is there’s something more to it than just looking cool.

A donut joint, for those who don’t know, is basically a normal joint but instead of just weed, you have a ball of hash running through the middle. It’s not just a normal joint – this baby is a serious little burner, mainly because of the hash centre.

What I thought would be just ‘a fun way of changing up the same-old drill’, turned out a bit more ‘daunting, what with the numerous extra steps attached to the procedure – the making of the hash core to the flower to hash ratio – not to mention a few other tools required – good bud, some hash, king-size rolling papers and a rolling tray’.

But the thing is, getting it right is tricky. The hash burns slower than the flower, so if the balance isn’t right, the two can burn unevenly. One thing I learned was to lightly dampen the outside of the joint to slow down the flower’s burn rate so that it matches the hash. And don’t pack it too tightly, or you’ll choke it and it’ll be hard to pull.

It’s a creative twist on rolling and smoking, and once you get the hang of it, it really is a pretty rewarding technique. Just make sure to pick the right strain and brace yourself for a much more intense ride.

Whether you’re looking to take your relaxation up a notch, or just up your rolling game, the donut joint is a technique worth mastering. Hopefully some of my early blunders and insights will save you from a few of the burning-herb-related oopsies I had to endure on my way to getting this right. And happy donutting!


As you can see, rolling a donut joint isn't all that difficult. As long as you have some good cannabis flower, some decent hash, and a basic understanding of rolling a joint, you should be able to accomplish this with no problem. It’s a really interesting and creative way to roll a joint, and all of that extra hash in the middle might just give you that kick you've been looking for.

How to Roll a Donut Joint: Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a donut joint different from regular joints?

A donut joint's unique circular shape offers a creative and enjoyable smoking experience.

Are there any special tips for ensuring the donut joint burns evenly?

Even distribution of cannabis and careful crafting of the donut shape are key for an even burn.


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Disclaimer: The blog post is for general information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered to be, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided on this blog is and the links within the post are based on research from credible resources and medical experts as of the day of writing. It is meant to add to and not replace the advice of your healthcare professional.

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