With all the celebrity cannabis brands out there these days, one of the main things I’ve noticed is a surge in rolling papers. Suddenly you can find them in almost any colors and flavors, and they’re really being used to show personality. I saw someone on one of my social media platforms rolling and smoking unicorn patterned papers for 420, and I thought damn, that’s unique as hell. One of the most important, but little discussed elements of cannabis is the rolling paper so it’s kind of nice to see them getting some attention. Today we’re going to take a deep dive into this important piece of cannabis consumption, and answer all your questions. How are they made? What are they made of? Are they illegal? Read on to find out.
The unsung heroes of cannabis, also known as “blanks”, “joint papers” or “cigarette rolling papers, are thin sheets of paper made specifically for encasing and smoking tobacco and/or cannabis. These papers are combustible and come in a variety of materials, all of which have their own distinct flavors and characteristics. They come folded inside a cardboard wrapper and in different sizes, generally between 70 to 110 millimeters long, and may be flavored to enhance the taste experience of terpenes. In addition to unicorn print, you can find them in the same colors as your favorite sports teams or even flavored to enhance the taste of weed terpenes think blueberry, double chocolate, grape, and pineapple.
In terms of materials, rolling papers differ from regular paper that you write on, and they are not made from wood. Most rolling papers are made from non-wood fibers, from plants like hemp, flax, rice straw, and others. These types of fibers tend to burn slower than wood fibers, making them more suitable for smoking. Rolling papers are made when fibers are extracted from these plants, pressed, and processed into a very thin paper. Along the way, most rolling papers are combined with chemicals—calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, sodium and potassium citrate, and others to influence factors like paper color, burn rate, and flavor.
You might have heard that hemp rolling papers are better, but that’s a matter of personal preference. Some people think rolling papers of any kind are too delicate. Others like to get their papers from cigarillos like Swishers or Backwoods. Your preferences will be shaped by how easy you find a certain paper to work with, its impact on the flavor of the smoke, how well you feel it burns, and any other number of factors. Don’t be afraid to try a bunch of different ones to form an opinion.
The most important thing to know is that rolling papers aren’t illegal, although what you’re smoking in them might be, depending on where you live. Rolling joints is fun and there’s a lot to experiment with. When I hit up my guy at Select to hook me up with my favorite strains, sometimes I try new papers, and sometimes I stick to the classics. Weed is supposed to be fun, so why not try to get some cellulose paper to show off the herb or try some advanced level joint rolling L shapes, tulips, or even scorpions can be done by some people. However not me, because I don’t have that kind of time and patience. Maybe one day, but for now I just want to smoke.
Don’t sleep on rolling papers because you forget about them. They’re just paper so they’re one of the few items you can order online without the raising eyebrows. Also they’re one of the areas to refine and explore in your quest for the perfect jay. Hit us up and tell us your favorite brands if you have any suggestions.