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Rolling Papers and smoking cannabis

A Comprehensive Guide To Different Types Of Rolling Papers

The quality of your joint and your overall smoking experience can both be enhanced by a good rolling paper. But no fine paper can replace the skill to roll a joint perfectly, and mastering the art of flawless roll-ups can take years. The most popular method of obtaining the benefits of cannabinoids and all the aromas this plant has to offer is still smoking cannabis in joints, even in this trending era of vaporizers. 

In order to buy various types of rolling papers from state-licensed dispensaries, you must have legal access to cannabis products. A valid state medical marijuana card is required to gain access to this legal resource. If you don’t already have one, you can conveniently apply for your medical marijuana card online from the comfort of your home. 

Wood pulp, a material that is used to make traditional rolling papers, has merits and demerits for smokers. Over the past two decades, an increasing number of cannabis-focused, health-conscious papers have made their way onto the market. To meet the demands of an increasingly aware public, rolling papers made of rice, hemp, and even transparent cellulose have been produced. 

Every different rolling paper has distinct qualities that appeal to various types of smokers. The characteristics that are mostly dependent on personal preference are thickness, taste, and burning speed of the paper. These are some common materials and their properties to help you choose wisely when purchasing your next pack of papers. 

Key Features of Rolling Papers

There are hundreds of different rolling papers available, all claiming to offer something unique, as you may have noticed if you have ever visited a smoke shop. Furthermore, rolling papers can be very different from one another even though they look similar. Notable characteristics that may affect your decision to buy a rolling paper include flavor, size, shape and style, and color/design. 


The following pre-cut sizes are commonly available for rolling papers:

  • Standard size rolling papers (also known as single wide): 68X34
  • 1¼” rolling papers: 76X45
  • 1½” rolling papers: 76X60 
  • Double wide rolling papers: 76X63 
  • King size rolling paper: 100X55
  • King slim rolling papers: 105X42


Rolling papers come in a variety of flavors, ranging from dark chocolate to fresh menthol. These include:

  • Mint or menthol
  • Green apple
  • Watermelon
  • Banana
  • Cherry
  • Berry (strawberry, raspberry, or blueberry)

The flavor of the paper itself is often the only addition to rolling papers, of course.


Learning how to roll a smoke requires patience and time because it can be difficult. Pre-rolled cones or wraps are a great option if you’re not very good at rolling or if you’d rather leave it to the professionals. Just fill them with your preferred herb, twist the top, and in a matter of minutes, enjoy a flawless smoke! Alternatively, booklets are dependable and portable if you would rather roll from a flat sheet of paper.

Colour and Design

There are many different colors of rolling papers, ranging from simple brown or white (unbleached) to more intricately stamped papers with distinctive patterns. In addition, pre-rolled cones that are an impressive 24″ (~61 cm) in diameter are available to distribute at gatherings, as well as gold leaf papers that allow you to live the high life.

Popular Materials Used in Rolling Papers

The most typical materials used to make rolling papers are broken down below. Some are more well-liked than others, and while some are kept largely unprocessed, others undergo extensive chemical processing. Moreover, the burn rate and porosity of each type of paper vary slightly.

  • Classic Wood Pulp Paper 

Wood pulp rolling papers were among the most widely used materials in history, and they are still in use today. They are frequently blended with other fibers to give them a texture that makes handling them easier. Even though these papers come in a few different thicknesses—bleached or unbleached—they are generally thicker than other, more recent varieties. 

Brown wood pulp sheets are not bleached; white wood pulp papers are. Since the papers’ handy texture holds its shape well even in the presence of slight humidity or trembling, perspiring hands, the solid wood pulp makes them ideal for beginners. Compared to other materials, wood pulp papers burn relatively quickly and are not as popular with most smokers.

  • Barely There Rice Paper  

The best rice papers are essentially just processed and pressed rice since they are made with only natural ingredients. Generally speaking, these rolling papers are thinner than others, which is better for your lungs but might make rolling a little harder. This smooth paper can be prone to certain conditions, particularly damp air, and may not hold up well between your fingers. 

When it’s pouring outside, forget about smoking while using these papers. Despite being thin, rice paper burns slowly. Because only a small amount of material is needed for a single sheet, it might be a better option for your health and for enjoying cannabis without much of an aftertaste.

  • Silky Smooth Flax Paper 

Flax, which is occasionally added to blends of rolling paper, can also produce a comparable effect. It’s true that there are rolling papers made entirely of flax that make a good substitute for rice papers. Flax seeds are a highly nutritious food that can be processed into a rich oil with a plethora of potential benefits. Flax seeds are produced by the well-known flax plant. The plant’s naturally long stems are used to make flax fiber, which can be processed into a paper that is ultra-fine, lightweight, and long-lasting. 

Flax papers have a distinct, silky texture that feels wonderful in the hands and makes rolling them simple, even though they’re not that popular. Flax papers are flavorless, so they won’t affect or change the flavors or aromas of your herb in any way. They also burn slowly, giving you more time to enjoy your smoke.

  • Hemp Is a Smoker’s Friend 

The last 20 years have seen a proud resurgence of industrial hemp, and the community quickly embraced hemp rolling papers. Since hemp fiber, not wood pulp, is used to make these papers, they first aid in the preservation of trees. Because most cannabis users dislike the bleaching process, their predominant color is light brown. 

When rolling, hemp papers offer a better grip because they are rougher and thicker than rice ones. They do, nevertheless, tend to absorb humidity and then release it. They burn at a medium pace and extinguish less frequently than rice paper. Hemp paper joints may acquire a subtle aftertaste that does not overpower the burning herb’s aroma.

  • Old-School Esparto Paper 

Tall perennial grass called esparto, or halfa grass, is farmed as a crop in Portugal, Spain, and North Africa. Esparto can be processed to make paper, but it’s primarily used to make baskets, cardboard, and even clothes. For easier processing, esparto is usually combined with 5–10% wood pulp when making paper. 

Additionally, although esparto paper has long been produced, esparto rolling papers are extremely rare. And with good reason—it has been demonstrated that burning esparto produces smoke that is extremely carcinogenic. Therefore, we advise against smoking on esparto papers!

According to Bronx state laws, if you are a smoker who occasionally tries different rolling papers, you will need a medical marijuana card in order to purchase different rolling papers from a dispensary. This card will allow you to visit a state-licensed dispensary. 

Identifying Harmful Ingredients to Avoid in Rolling Papers

Keep in mind that smoking is always harmful, regardless of the herb you smoke or the rolling material(s) you choose. The intense heat produced by lighting a match or lighting plant material causes a series of reactions that fundamentally change the chemicals in the material you’re smoking. The resulting smoke contains a wide range of toxic compounds, many of which have been shown to be carcinogenic, in addition to terpenes, flavonoids, and, in the case of cannabis, cannabinoids.

However, there’s no need to add gasoline to the fire (pun intended) if you smoke. You can minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals and enjoy a better-tasting and smelling smoke by selecting premium, natural smoking materials. Avoiding the following chemicals in rolling papers:

  • Heavy metals: It is well known that heavy metals, including arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium, are exceedingly toxic to humans and a variety of other living forms. These metals have been found to be present in some rolling papers.
  • GMO fibers: Although there is much discussion about the potential health risks associated with consuming genetically modified products, at RQS, we advocate for a natural approach to product development. Therefore, we urge everyone who smokes to look for GMO-free products whenever they can.
  • Artificial dyes: Although natural dyes, such as those found in food coloring, can be used to make some colored papers, harsh chemical dyes that are unfit for human consumption are used to make others. If you enjoy using colored paper, look for products that have been dyed naturally.
  • Calcium carbonate and bleach: To give them a bright, white color, many commercial rolling papers undergo bleaching. Chlorine, which is extremely toxic and releases fumes that are harmful, is the most common chemical used to bleach rolling papers. Use unbleached paper when smoking to reduce your exposure to excess chemicals. 

Another popular use for calcium carbonate is bleaching rolling papers, which results in a slow, even burn. The increased porosity of calcium carbonate-treated paper impacts gas exchange during the roll-up’s burning process. Regrettably, breathing in calcium carbonate irritates the respiratory system, eyes, and skin in close proximity. The smoke that is produced when calcium carbonate burns is irritating.

  • Potassium nitrate: This highly toxic substance is frequently found in flavored papers, especially blunt wraps. When potassium nitrate is in its natural state, it irritates the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lungs when inhaled. Potassium nitrate can impact the body’s ability to transport oxygen, which can result in anemia and even death at high concentrations.

The Bottom Line!

When it comes to rolling papers, there is an abundance of options. A person’s preference for a particular type or brand of paper will often depend on factors like price, size, flavor, and color as well as how the paper burns. To preserve the flavor of your smoke and protect yourself from excessive chemicals, we advise avoiding bleached or highly processed rolling papers whenever feasible.