What Are “Cross Joints” and How Do You Roll Them?

[Canniseur: The first time I ever saw one of these, I just had to try it. It’s a whole lotta weed to inhale at one time! WHEW!!!! It’s an interesting leson in crafting and craft because a good one is very difficult to make! Once you have mastered this, you can probably qualify as a surgeon. NOT]

When did you first learn about the majesty of cross joints?

For those familiar with this holy grail of grass consumption, the answer is quite likely to be the 2008 film Pineapple Express, a stoner action-comedy in which the two lead characters discuss and consume the fabled cross joint. While Saul (a pot dealer played by James Franco) gets credit for rolling all the joints in the script, in reality, it was Franco’s co-star who actually put his finger skills to use.

Yes, noted cannabis aficionado Seth Rogen is the man responsible for the cross joint’s debut in mainstream pop culture. Ironically, his character, Dale, is utterly mystified by the first cross joint he encounters. “You can SMOKE this?” he asks in shock, reflecting what could be said is a fairly universal response to see such marijuana elegance in the flesh. Dale is immediately given the good news: he can most certainly smoke that.

However, before we go over the steps required to construct and consume your own cross joint, here are a few details on what these complex contraptions actually are.

What Are “Cross Joints”?

Without wishing to invoke blasphemy, cross joints are essentially a crucifix of cannabis — at least from a physical standpoint. Technically speaking, a cross joint consists of a larger joint that has a second, smaller joint inserted horizontally through its middle. The name “cross joints” is thus because these architectural wonders of pot literally resemble crosses. If you prefer an agnostic descriptor, they also resemble a lower-case letter “t” (minus the bottom hook). Whatever shape you see, by lighting all three ends, one can create what Saul emphatically calls “a trifecta of joint-smoking power.”

The main trick to making your cross joint work involves a few carefully-placed sewing needle holes to ensure even air flow from three ignition points. Once those points (top and both sides) are burning, the fun begins. Despite their appeal, novice rollers may wish to start with something a bit more basic before tackling the cross joint.

For those who feel qualified (or just really love being frustrated), read on for a step-for-step guide on how to make this doobie dream come true.

How Do You Roll a “Cross Joint”? 

Seth Rogen has alway carried himself as a man of the people, so naturally, he made a video documenting the process of how to roll a cross joint in hopes of sharing this coveted knowledge with the wider world. Here’s what he suggests you do to successfully craft your own cross joint.

Supplies Required: 

  • Weed
  • Grinder
  • A small piece of cardboard
  • Rolling papers (1 large, 1 small)
  • Sewing needle or a similar tool


  1. Using the larger rolling paper, roll what Rogen describes as a “big fat joint.” Be sure you roll this joint thick enough to insert another, smaller joint through the middle of the big guy, which we’ll detail how to do in a few steps.
  2. Get your smaller rolling paper and roll another joint. To keep things simple, we’ll refer to these two joints as LJ (large joint) and SJ (small joint) from here on out.
  3. Take the sewing needle and poke a hole in the LJ where you want the SJ to go through. Work the needle back and forth until the opening is large enough to fit one end of the SJ through it.
  4. Next, use the sewing needle to poke a hole in the SJ (which will go through the middle of the LJ). Place the hole in your SJ to coincide with the part of it that will be inside the LJ. This hole ensures that you’ll be able to inhale weed through the tip of the LJ, as the airflow would otherwise be blocked.
  5. Put the SJ through the hole you’ve just made in the LJ so that a balanced amount of SJ is sticking out on either side.
  6. This is optional, but Rogen recommends taking a few extra papers, cutting off the stickum part, and using them to reinforce the area where the two joints meet so everything pulls smoother.
  7. Roll your small piece of cardboard into a crutch and slide it into the bottom of the larger joint. (This can also be done during step one.)
  8. Light it up (in all three spots) and enjoy! Saul and Dale would be proud of you.


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