Also known as “blanks,” rolling papers are used to encase cannabis. The sheets may be made of hemp, rice straw, wood pulp, or flax, and can be used to either hand-roll or machine-roll cannabis. Typically folded inside a cardboard wrapper, rolling papers come in different dimensions, generally between 70 to 110 millimeters long, and may be flavored to enhance the taste experience of terpenes. Some flavored rolling paper varieties include blueberry, double chocolate, grape, and pineapple.

There are many different brands of rolling papers.

To roll a proper joint, you'll need some quality rolling papers.

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What are rolling papers?

Rolling papers, sometimes informally called joint paper or cigarette rolling papers, are any type of paper made specifically for encasing and smoking tobacco or cannabis. Rolling papers are made out of a variety of substances, many of which have their own distinctive characteristics.

How are rolling papers made?

Unlike regular paper that you write on, most rolling papers are not made from wood. Most rolling papers are made from non-wood fibers, often 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.

Are rolling papers illegal?

No, rolling papers are not illegal, although depending on where you live, what you roll up inside your rolling papers might be illegal.

What are rolling papers made of?

In general, most rolling papers are made from fibers extracted from non-wood sources such as flax, hemp, sisal, rice straw, esparto, and others.

Are hemp rolling papers better?

Any question regarding which types of rolling papers are better is a matter of personal preference. Cannabis smokers who regularly smoke joints and spliffs tend to have their own preferred rolling paper. Preferences might be influenced by how easy a smoker feels it is to work with a certain type of paper when rolling, the flavor of the smoke, how well a smoker feels a certain type of paper burns, or other subjective variables.

Many cannabis consumers enjoy using hemp rolling papers in particular, as this makes the entire joint a cannabis-derived product. Moving beyond rolling papers altogether, many cannabis smokers like using cigarillo wraps—made out tobacco leaves—to roll and smoke blunts.

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