No matter how many ways there are to consume cannabis, joints will always be a favorite. They are easy to stash, highly portable, and they provide an enjoyable smoking experience.
Many factors play a role in consuming the perfect joint. Rolling papers are one of the most crucial components. So, what type of rolling papers should you use?
We can’t answer that question, but we can provide guidelines on various types of paper to get you headed in the right direction.
What are Rolling Papers Made Of?
- Rice: Rice is the most common rolling paper material. The papers are made from processed, pressed rice. They are all-natural and thinner than other papers, so they are beneficial to your respiratory system. However, they can be difficult to roll with.
- Hemp: Hemp is becoming a more popular rolling paper material thanks to its mild taste, health benefits, eco-friendliness, and association with marijuana. It consists of the dried pulp of cannabis sativa leaves.
- Wood Pulp: Wood pulp is one of the oldest rolling paper materials. However, it is mostly phased out due to its harsh taste and chemical-based ingredients.
- Flax: Flax rolling papers are not as popular as they once were, but they are a safe type of rolling paper that’s all-natural and easy to use.
- Esparto: Also known as ‘needle grass’, esparto was used by some Spanish rolling paper companies many years ago. The material is mostly phased out due to its harsh taste and potential to contain carcinogens.
What Sizes Do Rolling Papers Come In?
Rolling papers come in various sizes including:
- Single wide- for your standard joint
- 1 ¼”- can hold 25% more weed than standard rolling papers
- 1 ½”- can hold 50% more weed than standard rolling papers
- Double wide – can hold twice the weed of standard rolling papers
- King Size – Some brands make a king-size rolling paper that’s even bigger than double wide. Double wides range from 76-68 mm while king size is from 100-110mm.
Larger rolling papers are great because they hold more weed, but they can also be difficult to roll with. You must also make sure you put enough weed in your paper so it’s not overly papery.
Are Rolling Papers Bad for You?
Some rolling papers may contain toxic chemicals. Today’s manufacturers are aware of health concerns and have updated their standards. However, there are still some that make products with unhealthy components.
Ingredients to be aware of include:
- Titanium oxide: Titanium oxide is a component added to rolling papers to make them burn longer. However, it is also toxic and the long burn increases fire risk.
- Chlorine Bleach: Chlorine bleach is often added to papers to give them their white color. However, bleach is toxic and can lead to respiratory issues. It is often found in wood pulp rolling papers.
- Calcium Carbonate: Calcium carbonate is another component added to rolling paper to make it burn slower. It is also the scientific term for chalk. I’m sure many of us don’t think smoking chalk is a good idea.
- Potassium Nitrate: Potassium nitrate is often found in blunts and flavored papers. It is not found in all blunts and flavored papers but it’s possible.
- Artificial Dyes: Some colored rolling papers may contain dyes that are harmful to health. Double-check to ensure your rolling paper contains dyes that are all-natural and non-carcinogenic.
- Non-Toxic Soy Coloring: Not all colored papers are bad. Some are colored with non-toxic soy coloring that provides a vibrant color without the health risks.
- Gum Arabis: Gum Arabic is applied to the part of the rolling paper that’s licked and sealed. It is an all-natural derivative of acacia trees. It is non-toxic and has a pleasant, sweet taste.
What to Look for in a Rolling Paper
- Size: The rolling paper size you choose will vary depending on how fat you want your joint to be and your rolling paper skills. New users may want to start with standard-sized rolling paper to ensure a neat roll.
- Thickness: Many feel thick paper overpowers the weed, but it is easier to roll with. Newer users should start with thicker paper until they become more familiar with the rolling process.
- Extras: It’s fun to purchase rolling papers that are flavored and colored, but beware. They could contain toxic ingredients.
- Cannabis Infused: Many of today’s rolling papers are cannabis-infused. They will provide a more potent high. New users should be aware of the paper’s potent effects. And, because they contain weed, they are a lot more expensive than regular papers.
420 Central’s Rolling Paper Selection
- Elements: Elements are ultra-thin rice papers. They are made with plant-based ingredients and grown in natural soil. They use vegan gum and burn with very little ash. We carry them in standard and king sizes.
- Dutch Cream Hemp Wraps: Dutch Cream Hemp Wraps are completely organic. They are GMO and tobacco-free. They come with wraps and tips and have a delightful vanilla cream taste.
- OCB Slim: OCB papers are ultra-thin and very smooth. They are designed to deliver a premium smoking experience. They are dye-free, chlorine-free, and vegan.
- Randy’s Wired Rolling Papers: Randy’s Wired Rolling Papers have a wire running through them so you can smoke them right down to the roach. They are available in various sizes and come in hemp-infused varieties.
- Raw: Raw papers are plant-based and unbleached. They come in various types and sizes. The company also supports philanthropic causes.
420 offers an extensive collection of rolling papers and a high-quality cannabis selection. We offer in-store sales, online ordering, and weed delivery. Contact us to find out why we are the top Orange County cannabis dispensary.