I have a confession to make. Although I write about cannabis, I never really understood how to roll a good joint. No matter how hard I tried, the fruits of my labor always ended up puffing up strangely, protruding at an angle or, perhaps the ultimate mark of failure, burning unevenly.
So, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to seek professional help from legendary singer, songwriter and stoner David Crosby, a man with decades of smoking experience under his belt ( do it behind his suspenders).
I looked for Crosby not only because he’s a rocker who knows how to ride, but because over the past few years he has gained a reputation for giving wise advice (not just on cannabis either) over a long period of time. column in Rolling Stone magazine titled “Ask Croz” and humorously criticized the manual rolling work submitted for review via Social media.
While Crosby’s favorite drinking method these days is a Pax vaporizer (he points out it’s easier on the throat and lungs of an always-on musician), he was willing to give me a first-hand tutorial. hands on the art of rolling joints at his home outside Santa Barbara.
During the visit, the opinionated musician also showed me around his garden, told me about his long-standing love for weed, how he became the staple of the Beatles ganja in Los Angeles. and his long-standing plans to showcase his well-known penchant for pot in an authentic – and seriously strong – celebrity cannabis brand after the federal ban was in the rearview mirror.
Highlights of that conversation appear above in Episode 3 of The Green Room, the Los Angeles Times’ new video series that focuses on the cultivation and trade of cannabis in California. The first two installments (as well as future episodes, which are currently slated for release every other Tuesday) can be found in The Times’ growing collection of cannabis-related content at latimes.com/topic/cannabis.
The green room
A series of videos on cannabis, trade and cultivation.