With the number of people enjoying the ease of pre-rolled joints increasing each year, it’s safe to say – though many don’t like to admit it – many cannabis smokers don’t roll their own joints.
For those still cheating the art of rolling by wrapping the paper around a pencil then just stuffing weed in the end, even cross-joint from Seth Rogan’s Pineapple Express is mind-boggling, but some of the designs people are making today absolutely blow that out of the water.
People have been consuming cannabis since as early as 2000 BCE in certain Indian festivals, but the earliest recent record of joints is seen in Mexico around 1850, when cannabis was mixed into tobacco cigarettes men would smoke while working in the fields.
As cannabis made its way to America, the 1920s would dub them “jazz cigarettes” as they were common among speakeasies playing jazz music. Prohibition of alcohol made cannabis even more popular, until the “Reefer Madness” propaganda drove cannabis culture underground – at least until the anti-establishment movements of the 1960s and ’70s when weed was cool again.
Fast forward a decade or two and people have embraced the herb for more than a good time, and the humble joint became the star of more than a few 4:20 smoke-ins on our way to legalization.
Today, that “humble” joint has become an art form in and of itself.
A great example of this is the World Rolling Championship, hosted by a company that’s a personal favourite, the universally loved Raw.
It’s impossible to mention all of the best past entries, but some favourites include beautiful snowflakes, a fully detailed BMX bike, a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine … they’ve even got a shark smoking a joint. And they’re all smokeable.
Another place to see these consumable creations is on Instagram, and you have to check out Canadian artist Cody Vangogh (@codycangogh).
Cataloguing his cannabis creativity, it seems like everything can be pictured in joint-form with posts showing joints made of mythical creatures, sci-fi spaceships, an enthusiastic axolotl, and so much more.
The artist behind the above mentioned Mystery Machine for Raw’s competition (@roll_bjt) can also be found showcasing designs such as a super-realistic sea turtle weighing in a staggering total of 22.2 pounds!
With more than 400 hours invested in this single piece, I can’t recommend checking this account out enough. Some pieces even have multiple works connecting to each other like an action figure, such as their incredible headless horseman which took (only) 250 hours to complete!
No matter if you’re like me, struggling to roll an ugly little toothpick joint, or like these guys with the Midas touch, hopefully you’ve gained some inspiration to try it out for yourself. At the very least, we’ve given you a fun weed-filled rabbit hole to dive into some ridiculous rolling.
To get the week’s latest must-read stories from the cannabis world direct to your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter at canadianevergreen.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.