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Rolling Papers

The Weed Lovers Guide to the Best Rolling Papers

Whether it’s the rustle of a fresh pack or the smooth glide of paper between your fingers, the quest for the best rolling papers is a revered ritual for cannabis enthusiasts. Rolling a joint is an art, and the canvas — your rolling paper — can make all the difference between a masterpiece and a mess. With so many brands vying for the title of best rolling papers, it’s time to unwrap the mystery and stick to the facts, ensuring your next session is lit in more ways than one.

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Size and Shape

It all begins with the size of your canvas. And here, size does matter. But so does style, skill, and setting. So, choose wisely, roll diligently, and smoke joyfully.

Single Wide 

Single wide rolling papers are your pocket-sized partners in crime, measuring a neat 68-70mm in length and 34-36mm in width. These little legends are the go-to for a quick, personal sesh.

Perfect for the solo artist or the rolling rookie, their compact size makes them a breeze to roll and an absolute gem for those intimate moments with your favorite herb. A beginner’s best friend, they’re as straightforward as they come and as common as the cold, making them a staple in any smoker’s repertoire.

1 1/4

Stepping it up a notch, the 1 1/4 rolling papers stretch out to about 76-78mm long and puff out to 45-48mm wide. These papers are the bread and butter for those who like their sessions a tad longer but not into marathon territory.

Beloved by the seasoned smoker, the 1 1/4 size is a versatile vessel, ready to carry a generous cargo of tobacco or herbs. It’s no wonder this size has won the hearts of many as the go-to for pre-rolls, striking that sweet spot between duration and manageability.

1 1/2

Now, for those who prefer their smoke sessions to be a bit more… communal, the 1 1/2 rolling papers are your ticket to a shared paradise. Clocking in at approximately 76-78mm in length and sporting a width of 60-62mm, these papers are primed for passing around.

Due to their width, they are a tad trickier to tame. However, they reward the patient roller with a smooth and even burn. Gather ’round, friends, because this size says, “the more, the merrier.”

Double Wide

For the adventurers who believe that more is more, double-wide rolling papers stand ready to challenge your rolling prowess. Keeping the length cozy at 68-70mm but doubling down on the width to a grand 76-78mm, these papers are not for the faint of heart.

They’re the canvas for those who wish to craft a joint that’s as bold in stature as it is in spirit. While they may test your dexterity, the payoff is a robust and hearty smoke that says, “Go big or go home.”

King Size

When the night is young, and the company is right, king size rolling papers make their grand entrance. Stretching the limits at 100-110mm in length and broadening horizons at 55-60mm in width, these papers are for the long haul. Ideal for parties or those solo reflection sessions that ask for a bit more time, king size papers are a commitment to the craft and a nod to endurance. Roll with care, ignite with passion, and enjoy the journey.

King Size Slim

Marrying the length of its king size brethren with a slimmer figure of 44-46mm in width, the king size slim rolling papers are the epitome of balance. These slender savants offer the best of both worlds: the longevity of a king size roll without the bulk, ensuring every draw is as smooth as the last. They’re the choice of the discerning smoker who values finesse in their roll and elegance in their experience. Roll on, you stylish smoker, roll on.

Material Matters

The quality of your smoke comes through the material of your rolling paper. Pioneers like OCB and Elements are at the forefront, exploring materials like hemp, rice, bamboo, flax, and even more exotic bases. Each presents a distinct experience from the ground up. Let’s take a closer look.

Hemp

Hemp rolling papers have surged in popularity, not just for their sustainability but also for their flavor. Cultivated with minimal environmental impact, hemp papers burn slowly and even, offering mild, earthy undertones that complement your weed’s natural flavors.

Plus, there’s something extra cool about smoking weed with weed.

Rice Paper

For those seeking a cleaner, purer smoke, rice rolling papers are it. Ultra-thin and almost transparent, these papers produce a light, smooth burn that lets the essence of your cannabis shine through.

Elements’ rice papers take this minimalistic approach, offering a virtually ash-free experience. This choice speaks to purists, who want nothing between them and their premium strain’s true character.

Bamboo

These rolling papers are newer to the scene but have quickly gained a following for their sustainability and unique smoking qualities. Bamboo is a strong, resilient paper that can handle moisture well, making for an easy roll and a steady burn. OCB’s bamboo papers are leading this wave, providing a taste as clean as the paper’s production, ideal for those who prioritize green practices and a silky-smooth draw. 

Flax

Flax rolling papers carry the legacy of rolling paper history, offering a medium-strength texture that’s both durable and lightweight. These papers burn uniformly, with a slight hint of nuttiness that adds depth to your smoke. The traditionalists gravitate towards flax for its classic rolling experience, embodied by brands like Zig-Zag, which marry heritage with performance.

Wood Pulp

The original material for rolling papers, wood pulp, offers a familiar and dependable smoke. These papers tend to be a bit thicker, which can translate to a faster burn, but their reliability is unmatched. Brands like Blazy Susan have innovated within this material, offering papers that are both easy to handle and capable of enhancing the smoking experience with a stable, consistent burn.

man hands rolling a joint with cannabis.

The Thickness Gauge

When it comes to rolling papers, the thickness isn’t just a minor detail. If you’re looking for wispy thinness that lets your herb’s flavor sing or a robust build that paces your session, the thickness of your paper also plays a role in your experience. Let’s delve into the layers and discover how each thickness plays its part.

Ultra-Thin

Ultra-thin papers, like those from Vibes, are the whisper in the wind of rolling paper options. Designed for the purist, these papers are almost see-through, offering the least interference with your herb’s natural flavors. They burn with grace, requiring a gentle touch and a connoisseur’s appreciation for subtlety. This choice is for those who want to taste the garden in every puff, placing the spotlight firmly on the flower.

Thin

A step up in the thickness scale, thin papers strike a harmonious balance between durability and flavor preservation. They’re forgiving enough for the casual roller yet refined enough to let the essence of the smoke come through. This middle ground is where functionality meets finesse, providing a smooth, even burn that respects the integrity of your herb.

Medium

Medium-thickness papers offer a sturdy foundation for your rolls, able to withstand a bit more handling and moisture without compromising the smoking experience. These papers, like those from Blazy Susan, provide a deliberate, contemplative burn that allows you to savor each moment. They’re the choice for those who prefer their sessions paced and their flavors slowly unveiled, turning every smoke into a meditation.

Thick

Thick rolling papers are the workhorses of the smoking world, built for endurance. They burn slower, extending your session and spreading the warmth of the experience over time. While they may mask subtle flavors, they excel in social settings, where the joint is passed, and the stories flow as freely as the smoke. This thickness is for the social smoker, the one who sees cannabis as a shared journey.

Extra-Thick

At the far end of the spectrum, extra-thick papers make a bold statement. They’re about volume and presence, crafting a smoke that’s as much about the ritual as it is about the result. These papers demand attention and skill, rewarding the roller with a burn that’s slow and steady, a beacon in the night for those who gather around its glow.

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Photo by Houseplant

Houseplant Rolling Papers + Tips

The Connoisseur’s Choice

Cost: $4

The cannabis lifestyle brand Houseplant, founded by comedy icon Seth Rogen, presents a pack that has everything you need. The best rolling papers often come with extras, and Houseplant doesn’t play around.

They offer three options: rice paper, bamboo or classic. Each one guarantees a smooth burn, and the pack’s innovative magnetic closure means no more crumpled papers. The easy-to-handle texture of these papers makes them a breeze to roll, securing their spot as a top-tier pick for the discerning smoker.

Bamboo Rolling Papers + Tips

Brown Rice Rolling Papers + Tips

Classic Rolling Papers + Tips

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Elements Ultra-Thin Rice Papers

Budget-Friendly and Eco-Conscious

Cost: $1.50 (at matchboxbros.com)

Elements rolling papers are a godsend for the thrifty toker. These ultra-thin rice papers promise a clean burn with minimal ash, thanks to the natural sugar gum that caramelizes as it burns, adding a hint of sweetness to your smoke. The watermark pattern prevents runs and ensures an even burn, a testament to the brand’s attention to detail. For those watching their wallet and their environmental footprint, Elements is a match made in rolling paper heaven.

Pick up your pack here.

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Shine 24K Gold Rolling Papers

The Most Luxurious

Cost: $11 (1 Sheet pack)

Talk about a golden touch — Shine’s 24K Gold Rolling Papers are the epitome of opulence. While they may not be the pick for your everyday smoke, they’re perfect for those special occasions when you want to make a statement. The hemp blend base ensures a smooth burn, while the gold leaves a memorable ash that’s sure to spark conversation. Best enjoyed with a crowd, Shine takes the crown for the most luxurious smoking experience.

Get your shine on here.

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Photo by Vibes

Vibes 50 Fine Rice Rolling Papers

The Connoisseur’s Runner-Up

Price: 3 (from greengoods.com)

Vibes, the brainchild of rapper and cannabis mogul Berner, has quickly risen through the ranks to become a favorite among enthusiasts. These fine rice rolling papers are crafted for those who don’t want the paper to overshadow the premium taste of their herbs. The papers are thin yet forgiving, making them ideal for both beginners and seasoned rollers. The burn is consistent, and the flavor is as pure as it gets, cementing Vibes as a strong contender for the best rolling papers.

If you’re feeling the Vibes shop here.

OCB Roll Kit

The Novice’s Dream

Cost: $8.38 (3-pk on Amazon.com)

For those just getting their feet wet in the world of rolling, the OCB Roll Kit is a guiding light. The kit includes everything a newcomer might need: durable, virgin, unbleached papers, natural fiber filter tips, and a fold-out tray that doubles as a convenient workspace. With its thoughtful design and beginner-friendly features, the OCB Roll Kit is the perfect companion for those starting their rolling journey. 

Get your kit here.

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Papers + Ink Rolling Papers

Aesthetically Pleasing and Functional

Cost: $14 (mini pack) or $24 (full kit)

When style is as important as substance, Papers + Ink stands out. These king-sized papers come adorned with custom designs printed with non-toxic vegetable-based inks, courtesy of founder Carolyn Chu. Though these papers may not be your go-to for daily use, they offer a fun and visually striking alternative for gatherings or gifting, making a strong case for themselves as some of the best rolling papers for those with an eye for design.

Get your custom printed rolling papers here.

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Photo by Blazy Susan

Blazy Susan Pink Rolling Kit

Make a Statement with Every Roll

Cost: $3.99

Blazy Susan’s Pink Rolling Papers are a vibrant expression of the brand’s commitment to quality and individuality. The vegan and non-GMO papers burn evenly and slow, allowing for a session that’s as uninterrupted as it is colorful. Opt for Blazy Susan when you want your smoking experience to be unique, memorable, and playful.

Get your perfect pink papers here.

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Zig-Zag Ultra Thin Cones

The Kings of Convenience

Cost: $2.49 (6 pack)

Zig-Zag has long been synonymous with quality rolling papers, and their Ultra Thin Cones are no exception. Ideal for those who value convenience but don’t want to compromise on the quality of their smoke. These pre-rolled cones provide a perfect roll every time, proof of Zig-Zag’s legacy in the smoking world.

Zig and zag here.

Juicy Jays Flavored papers
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Juicy Jay’s Flavored Papers

The Tastiest Choice

Cost: $3.99 (from beamersmoke.com)

Juicy Jay’s takes the concept of flavored rolling papers to new heights with their extensive variety of tastes. From sweet to tangy, these papers are triple-dipped to imbue your smoking experience with an extra dimension of flavor. Not for the purist, Juicy Jay’s papers are perfect for those looking to add a fun twist to their tokes. They’re the standout choice for the best rolling papers in the flavored category.

If you’re feeling juicy, shop here.

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Rizla Rolling Papers

The Time-Honored Tradition

Cost: $6.86 (10 pk of 50 papers)

Rizla, has a storied history that spans 200 years, offering a rolling experience steeped in tradition. These papers come in various thicknesses and sizes, allowing for a personalized roll tailored to individual preferences. Rizla is truly a mainstay in the rolling paper market.

Shop history and tradition here.

The Final Roll-Up

The quest for the best rolling papers is more than what you smoke; it’s how you smoke it. Beyond the glint of gold leaf, the eco-consciousness of rice paper, or the ready-to-go pre-rolled cones lies choice. Each is an opportunity to define the ritual that turns the overlooked act of lighting up into a personal ceremony. So, as you navigate this smoky spectrum, let your selection elevate and stamp the smoking experience with your unique seal.

Roll on, explorers, and and let every joint be proof of your dedication to perfection.

General Cannabis FAQ

Cannabis, often referred to as marijuana, is a plant that has been used for thousands of years for various purposes, including medicine, textiles, and recreation. The plant contains compounds known as cannabinoids, with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) being the most well-known. THC is primarily responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects, while CBD is recognized for its potential therapeutic benefits without causing a “high.”

Many countries and U.S. states have decriminalized or legalized the use of marijuana for medical use, recreational, or both. The legal status changes frequently as legislation evolves.

In the U.S., states vote to regulate marijuana use on an individual basis. While it remains illegal at the federal level, numerous states have legalized it for medicinal and/or recreational use.

The following states have legalized medical, recreational, or both:

  • Alaska – Medical
  • Arizona – Legal
  • Arkansas – Medical
  • California – Legal
  • Colorado – Legal
  • Connecticut – Legal
  • Delaware – Legal
  • District of Columbia – Legal
  • Florida – Medical
  • Hawaii – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Illinois – Legal
  • Louisiana – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Maine – Legal
  • Maryland – Legal
  • Massachusetts – Legal
  • Michigan – Legal
  • Minnesota – Legal
  • Mississippi – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Missouri – Legal
  • Montana – Legal
  • Nevada – Legal
  • New Hampshire – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • New Jersey – Legal
  • New Mexico – Legal
  • New York – Legal
  • North Dakota – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Ohio – Medical (Possession decriminalized)
  • Oklahoma – Medical
  • Oregon – Legal
  • Pennsylvania – Medical
  • Rhode Island – Legal
  • South Dakota – Medical
  • Utah – Medical
  • Vermont – Legal
  • Virginia – Legal
  • Washington – Legal
  • West Virginia – Medical

 

Outside of the U.S., countries like The Netherlands, Canada, and, more recently, Thailand have legalized cannabis on a national level.

Always check local laws and regulations in your specific location.

In states where marijuana has been legalized, you can purchase products at licensed dispensaries. Revolution products are available at Enlightened, Revolution, and partner dispensaries in Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, and Maryland. Find a dispensary near you.

Keep in mind that dispensaries may cater to medical patients, recreational consumers, or both, depending on local laws.

Always ensure that you are buying from a reputable and licensed establishment to guarantee product quality and safety.

The effects of cannabis vary widely depending on the strain, dosage, method of consumption, an individual’s endocannabinoid system, and more.

Some commonly reported effects include:

Psychoactive Effects: Euphoria, mood elevation, cerebral stimulation, stress relief, calming effects, and relaxation.

Physical Effects: Pain relief, body buzz, anti-inflammation, anti-nausea, energy boost or sedation, and appetite stimulation

*Medical Benefits: Cannabis is believed to have a range of therapeutic effects and alleviation of symptoms related to conditions like epilepsy, PTSD, and more.

*Marijuana is not approved by the FDA to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The primary difference lies in their intended use:

Medical Cannabis: Used as a treatment and alleviation of symptoms for specific health conditions. Medical strains might be cultivated and processed to have higher CBD content or other therapeutic compounds. Medical cannabis requires a physician who usually prescribes or recommends it as a treatment option.

Recreational Cannabis: Used without a medical justification but for personal enjoyment and fulfillment.

The process varies from state to state but typically involves the following steps:

Doctor’s Recommendation: Schedule an appointment with a physician who is authorized to recommend medical marijuana. Discuss your health conditions and reasons for seeking cannabis as a treatment.

Application: Once you have a doctor’s recommendation, you’ll usually need to apply for a medical marijuana card through a designated state or country agency.

Proof & Identification: Provide necessary identification and proof of residency as required by your jurisdiction.

Fee Payment: Most jurisdictions require a fee for the application and issuance of a medical marijuana card.

Card Issuance: Once approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card, allowing you to purchase cannabis at designated medical dispensaries.

If you’d like more detailed information, please read our state-specific medical card guide here.