Cannabis Culture: The History Of The Joint
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Cannabis Culture: The History Of The Joint

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Smoking cannabis has a long history. Now learn about of one of weed’s darlings, the joint.

Every toker has his or her own story of learning to smoke green. The smoking apparatus scavenged out of plastic bottles and tinfoil … the first bong rip and wondering if you’re doing it right. Friends and music, camping out and staying in, learning who you were and how you smoke.

Somewhere in that story, for most weed aficionados, is the creation of their first joint. It is etched into the history of every smoker’s experience with green.

Wrapped up in enjoying a good smoke, it’s easy to forget that cannabis has a dank history of its own. Even the instruments we use to toke our fine herb have their own backgrounds. It’s time to learn about one of a cannabis connoisseur’s favorite things to smoke … the joint.

Brief History Of Cannabis | Traditional Smoking Intruments

Brief History Of Cannabis | Traditional Smoking Intruments

The joint was not among the original methods for cannabis consumption. History shows that marijuana was primarily smoked through pipes and hookahs.

All the way back to 2700 BCE, cannabis has been used for medicinal properties and mystic qualities across the world.

  • India: It is likely people in India used cannabis as early as 2000 BCE. It is associated with Lord Shiva and remains popular during certain religious festivals.

  • Ancient Greece: Hemp was noted primarily for its medical value in ancient Greece, though historians and poets acknowledge recreational use there as early as the 5th century BCE.

  • Asia and Africa: China documents using marijuana as an anesthetic in 200 CE. Medieval Arabia debated the benefits of eating hash back in 1200. Marco Polo reported assassins using hashish, and Ethiopian pipes held marijuana in them as far back as the 1300s.

  • Americas and Europe: In the 18th and 19th century, hemp plantations proliferated in Europe and across the Americas. While it remains unclear how much of that Cannabis sativa was for recreational use, there is strong documentation of hashish and marijuana being smoked by Napoleonic soldiers in Egypt and them bringing it back to France.

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Joint Popularity

Joint Popularity

The first recorded use of the joint is around 1850 in Mexico. A pharmacist at the University of Guadalajara found that workers in the fields were mixing marijuana with tobacco in their cigarettes. At the same time, a publication in "The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal" suggested a treatment for respiratory problems. They thought mixing cannabis, belladonna and potassium nitrate would allow patients to increase oxygen flow and decrease asthma attacks.

In the 1920s, prohibition of alcohol increased cannabis consumption. Speakeasies were places where people would gather to drink whiskey and listen to jazz. With the increasing popularity of jazz, musicians began touring the country and bringing with them “jazz cigarettes”. Because the legal status of pot was different back then, they would smoke reefer in public and this helped spread the use of joints.

In the 1960s, after marijuana was made illegal, hippies took the joint to a whole new level to make it the staple it is today. They created jewelry and accessories to disguise clips and other paraphernalia; so only fellow tokers would know their smoking habits. Eventually the joint was ensconced in a place of honor, helping shape a lifestyle around marijuana consumption.

Rolling Papers


What makes the joint such a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the consumption of marijuana? Joint enthusiasts love their rolling papers; it’s what they roll their reefer with that gives the joint its magic. We all know those artists who can roll the best joints; they create masterpieces like crosses, braids, and pitchforks, just to name a few. Or they can create the cleanest classic joints straight or with a filter.

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With the growing popularity of joints, companies began to design a wider selection of rolling papers to appeal to the toker market. Packaging of rolling papers began to be decorated with colorful patterns and pot enthusiast statements. A number of joint connoisseurs have a preference for their wrapping papers to have as little harsh taste as possible. A number of the most popular papers are made with rice, hemp and flax.


Written by: Zamnesia
Zamnesia has spent years honing its products, ranges, and knowledge of all things psychedelic. Driven by the spirit of Zammi, Zamnesia strives to bring you accurate, factual, and informative content.

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