The Art of Rolling Joints Inside Out

How to roll an inside out joint

Our favorite way to roll a joint and eliminate paper is a European rolling technique referred to as rolling ‘inside out’ or ‘backroll’. While the technique is a bit more challenging, using less paper typically results in a slower burning joint with less noticeable paper taste. The majority of joint rolling tricks will still apply when rolling inside out, so this is equally suited for experts and beginners, but this one is an eye-catcher in the smoking circle. The primary difference is the orientation of the rolling paper – hence the name. The goal when rolling inside out is to use the minimum amount of paper required to complete one rotation around the bud and seal it right on the glue strip. Many joint smoking connoisseurs prefer this method as it results in a more even burn with less likelihood of canoeing. Below we have outlined the steps required to roll the perfect inside out joint. How do you roll?

Many cannabis connoisseurs prefer the inside out rolling technique.


Your cannabis needs to be finely ground before rolling and using a crutch is extremely helpful. Grab your favorite rolling papers in the right size to get started. If you really want to refine your rolling ability, we recommend combining the inside out technique with an ultra-thin, tasteless rolling paper. As a general rule, thin rice paper allows for a more precise roll relative to hemp and wood pulp papers. If you have never tried rolling a rice paper, now is the time. Need to buy a four piece grinder? We highly recommend shopping at Billowby.

  1. Flip the Paper

    Arrange paper for backroll

    Rather than using the normal paper orientation, flip the paper over so the strip of glue is closest to you with the adhesive portion facing down.

  2. Arrange and Roll as Usual

    How to arrange an inside out joint

    Once the paper is oriented correctly, fill the paper with ground bud and arrange it evenly. Shape the joint just as you would when rolling normally.

    How to roll a perfect inside out joint

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  3. The Inside Out Tuck

    At this point, the rolled cannabis should be appropriately shaped and ready for the tuck. Notice that you will be tucking the glue strip (opposite of the normal joint rolling methodology).

    How to tuck the glue strip with inside out joint

    It's crucial to execute a tight, slack-free tuck because the only point of overlap will be the glue strip. When rolling inside out, the tuck will determine where the joint is sealed.

    The perfect tuck and roll when inside out

    If the paper is stubborn and continues to crinkle when tucking, try using one hand to pull the tip of the paper away from the crutch.

    Roll a tight inside out joint

    As a final touch to increase the tension of your tuck, you can use your lips to pull the slack out of the papers with your fingers. Grasp the paper as indicated above to effectively tighten the spiral of rolling paper around the tube of bud.

    Rolling an inside out joint

    IMPORTANT: Once you have made the initial tuck, do not shift your finger positioning along the joint – simply continue to rotate the joint in your hands until the overlap is visible.

  4. Seal in One Smooth Motion

    Next, lick the strip of glue through the rolling paper. This may take a bit more persistence than licking the strip of glue directly, but once you lick and apply pressure, you'll be able to see the glue strip through the paper.

    Lick through the rolling paper

    NOTE: If the glue strip comes undone at this stage of the process, the likelihood of a re-tuck is very low. At this point, it may be better to grab a fresh paper and start over.

  5. Remove the Excess

    The final step is to remove the flap of excess rolling paper. Tearing the excess paper is the traditional technique and has a low margin for error, whereas burning the flap off is more for show and usually ends in disaster.


    To tear the excess paper, re-lick the glue strip and gently tear the excess paper away from the joint beginning at the crutch. Keep one hand on the glue strip as you push the flap away from your body. Do not pull to either side – doing so will likely unravel all your hard work! As shown below, the fingers holding the flap are positioned behind the joint. It typically helps to move your hand placement up the joint as you continue to tear towards the tip.

    Tear paper off inside out joint

    NOTE: if you're having trouble tearing the paper off, it's because it's not sufficiently moist and needs to be re-licked. Don't force it! Give the section overlapping the glue strip another lick and try again.


    Burn off excess paper from inside out joint

    The second method is a novelty trick for style points: you can set fire to the excess paper near the crutch and watch it burn all the way up the joint. NOTE: you must re-lick the glue strip through the paper to create a flame barrier!

    Accidentally burning your joint

    Burning the flap of excess paper is less precise and results in a higher likelihood of ruining the joint as shown below.

    Perfect inside out roll joint

    Regardless of the removal method, you should now have an inside out joint with the bare minimum paper required to seal it. Although rolling inside out is less forgiving when learning, once familiar, you may find it easier than rolling traditionally.

  6. Be a Pro on the Go

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    As you can see, rolling a joint requires a lot of moving parts, and you can't always bring your big bulky grinder with you. That's why we suggest the smell proof Safety Case to organize and protect your rolling papers, grinder, crutches, concentrates, poker, pipe and's the all-in-one solution.

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