A good rolling paper can improve the quality of your joint and your overall smoking experience. However, no fine paper can substitute the skill required for a well-rolled joint, and learning how to craft impeccable roll-ups can take years. Despite the recent vaporizer boom, smoking cannabis in joints is still the most common way to benefit from cannabinoids together with all the aromas this plant offers us.

Traditional rolling papers are made from wood pulp, which has pros and cons when it comes to smoking. In the last 20 years, more and more cannabis-focussed, health-conscious papers have entered the market, with rice, hemp, and even transparent cellulose rolling papers produced to satisfy the demands of a more conscious public. Each kind of rolling paper has its own unique characteristics that appeal to different kinds of smokers. For example, taste, thickness, and burning speed of the paper are various features that come down largely to personal taste. To help you make an informed decision when buying your next pack of papers, here is a list of the most common materials and their characteristics.

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WHITE OR BROWN?

Rolling papers may have different porosity to control ventilation and burning rate. Apart from this, the paper can contain additional substances that slow down the burning, stabilize the paper itself, its smoke, and its ash. White rolling papers usually have a chemical aspect because of the presence of chlorine or calcium carbonate, which help slow down the burn. Flavored and colored rolling papers also contain chemicals or even natural substances that have no real reason to be inhaled. Nowadays, many papers from respectable brands are made without chemical treatments or materials that improve combustion, reducing the possible harm and aftertaste of your smoke.

CLASSIC WOOD PULP PAPER

Wood pulp rolling papers are the most popular papers, and this has been true for more than a century. They can even be blended with other fibres, and their texture makes them easy to handle. On average, these papers are thicker than the newer types, even if they are actually available in a few different thicknesses—bleached or unbleached. White wood pulp papers are bleached while brown ones are not. Wood pulp is solid, and the handy texture of these papers makes them convenient for beginners because they hold their shape well, even in presence of a little humidity or shaky, sweaty hands. Wood pulp papers have a medium burn rate.

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BARELY-THERE RICE PAPER

The best rice papers are made from all-natural ingredients, meaning it’s basically just processed and pressed rice. These rolling papers are usually thinner than others. This is a good thing for your lungs, but may require a little more effort when you’re rolling. This smooth paper might not grip well between your fingers and it’s pretty vulnerable to certain conditions, especially damp air. Forget smoking with these papers when it’s raining outside. Rice paper is thin, yet burns slowly. The little material used for a single sheet makes it a good choice for your health and for enjoying your weed without almost any external aftertaste. A similar result can be reached with flax, which is sometimes used in rolling paper blends. There are indeed rolling papers made from 100% flax that can be considered a nice alternative to rice papers with analogue characteristics.

HEMP IS A SMOKER'S FRIEND 

Industrial hemp proudly came back in the last 20 years, and hemp rolling papers were immediately appreciated by the community. First off, these papers help save trees since they are made from hemp fibre. Their colour is mainly light brown because the bleaching process is usually not appreciated by cannabis consumers. Hemp papers are thicker and rougher than rice ones, providing a good grip when rolling. However, they have a similar tendency to absorb (and eventually release) humidity. They have a medium burn rate and go out less often than rice papers. Joints made with hemp papers might take on a delicate aftertaste that won't spoil the aroma of the burning herb they wrap.

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OTHER PAPERS

You can find papers of any crazy colour and flavour, or even transparent ones without added flavour that are made from cellulose. Novelty papers can be fun to try once if you just can’t resist. After that, it’s a good idea to gradually learn how to roll with the unprocessed, thinnest paper available in order to reduce the amount of dangerous substances you inhale and avoid spoiling the taste of good cannabis. The thinnest papers weigh around 10g/m², and all major brands offer different dimensions for these products. Again, picking a wider or longer paper, or one made from rice instead of hemp largely depends on individual taste and smoking behaviour. Have fun and experiment!

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