Canoeing is when a joint quickly burns on one side but not the other. It completely ruins the experience and wastes your weed. Possibly one of the most annoying things that can happen when smoking a joint. We have all had it happen to us at one point or another.You spark it up and all of a sudden, half the paper is gone, half the weed gone up in smoke, but the joint itself is still the same length!
Getting a joint to burn evenly is not hard at all. You can minimize this, but it’s always going to be an issue, as you will be rolling joints manually and that always means that there will be some variability in how they turn out. It just takes a little preparation and knowledge. As soon as you start incorporating these principles into your rolling habits, the sooner you will never see those dreaded canoes again.
Use a Grinder
Having a high-quality grinder is an all-around game changer. No matter how much you are used to crumbling your cannabis by hand, the quality of the smoke vastly improves with a good grind. You will tremendously increase the surface area so that the material will burn much more evenly. The taste will come through more intensely as well and contrary to popular belief, you end up using less bud in the long run.
When you crumble your weed by hand, even pinching between your nails, what happens is that you end up with dozens of rice-sized kernels that remain quite dense and compact. As you roll these up, they will be bulky, creating air pockets.
As the paper makes contact with these weed-kernels, the heat will scorch the outer layer, but never really have time to burn through to the center. So the burnt material ends up acting like a like protective shell, while the air pockets accelerate the rate at which the paper burns. The joint quickly fizzles unevenly in oblivion.
Choose the High Quality Rolling Papers
Why would you take so much time and effort to grow or buy top-quality weed, only to downgrade the experience by using bad-quality rolling paper? Are you still using 40-year-old wood-pulp based tobacco paper brands you find at the inconspicuous corner shop? Then it is time for an upgrade. Stay away from wood pulp ones and instead go for rice or hemp. The thinner the paper, the better the burn.
Organize Your Weed Evenly
From time to time, it’s not your rolling skills that are the problem, it’s the way the bud is laid out. Luckily, this is a super easy fix. Just make sure one side of your J doesn’t have more weed than the other. If the finished product looks uneven on the outside, then that’s a sure sign that you need to reposition your ganja.
Don’t Roll It Too Tight Or Too Loose
Another culprit for an uneven burn. An overly-tight/overly-loose joint happens when conditions change. Maybe someone made you a smaller than usual rolling-tip, forcing you to over-tighten. Or you just bought a new brand of rolling paper that has a greater width than you expected. Are you getting to the bottom of your jar and using more airy bud than usual?
The only right answer here is consistency. If you make it a point to standardise your procedure, you will become king or queen of rolling.Start using a rolling machine and rolling tips of the same size, every time. The tighter the procedure, the more consistent the results.
You will soon be making dispensary-quality joints. Visually appealing, nice and straight, and mainly, with an even burn. Observe how much you improve when you find yourself rolling by hand.
Light Your Joint In The Right Way
This is when the magic happens! So take this step seriously too. It is not just a matter of sparking up and puffing away. In case you want to know the right way, all you need to do is rotate the joint as you are firing it up. Do not take deep puffs right now, it could induce one side to start burning faster than the other. . Don’t start inhaling until the cherry is lit. Once the tip begins to burn, that’s when you can start inhaling and apply extra heat as needed to even it out.
Rotate As You Smoke
If one side of the joint is burning more than the other, then try flipping it over so that the canoeing side is on the bottom. That way, the heat will rise to the top and cause the other side to burn, which should help even it out a bit.
How Fix It
When joints burn unevenly, the most common remedy is to whet your finger with a little bit of spit, rub it on the side of the joint that is burning too quickly and see if that evens it out. This doesn’t always work and, sometimes, all you end up with is a joint that looks like it was dropped in the water.