General Material Used in Most Rolling Papers
- Wood Pulp – Rolling papers were first made from wood pulp. This is the same material that is responsible for regular cigarettes and printer paper as well. These are the easiest type of rolling papers to find. They have a medium to fast burn rate and can stay lit even in a strong wind. The drawback to wood pulp rolling papers is the taste which is the worst out of all the varieties and leaves a less than pleasant aftertaste. They also produce the most ash and burn less cleanly as well. From a health perspective, they are the lowest quality rolling papers you can choose. Wood pulp rolling papers can be 100% wood pulp or can even be blended with flax. They come in bleached or unbleached varieties. The less processed your rolling papers are the better they will taste while you are smoking.
- Hemp – Hemp rolling papers are usually made from 100% hemp and the majority comes unbleached. Hemp rolling papers come in a variety of thicknesses and have a thicker feel than rice rolling papers do. The textured feel of hemp papers gives the smoker a good grip and makes for super easy cigarette rolling. This type of rolling paper stays lit better and has a mild, pleasant taste that is musky or sweet tasting. Hemp rolling papers are also the most environmentally conscious.
- Rice – Rice rolling papers are made from processed rice and other additives including flax and sugar. This is the thinnest of the rolling paper types. Rice rolling papers have the slowest burn rate and least noticeable taste of all the choices. They are super thin and very smooth with no texture, which makes rolling cigarettes a challenge but with practice or a rolling tray it gets a lot easier. The drawback to rice papers is that they can go out if they are not being smoked constantly.
Flavored Rolling Papers
- There have been some recommendations that smoking flavored cigarettes that have been hand rolled is not a good idea on a regular daily basis, but there are no studies to support these recommendations so this would be a decision you would need to make based on your own research.
- Flavored rolling papers do burn faster than the other kinds but if you really like the taste of the different flavors, this may not be that big a deal for you. When burning, they smell good as well which improves the sensory experience of smoking as well.
Novelty Rolling Papers
- Novelty types include flavored rolling papers, gold rolling papers and transparent papers made from cellulose.
Rolling Paper Sizes
- Single – Single wide papers typically measure 2.6” -2.75” long x 1.33” – 1.41” wide. This single wide size is the most common and can easily be found anywhere. They can be difficult to roll cigarettes with but some love the slim profile.
- 1 ¼” – This size rolling paper holds about 25% more tobacco than the single wide size does. This is the most popular size on the market due to the increased width that allows for a thicker cigarette.
- 1 ½” – These are a little wider than the 1 ¼” size and give you a bigger diameter as well. It is less common for smokers to use this size but they are not hard to find.
- Double Wide – These rolling papers are designed to double the tobacco capacity but from a smoking perspective they tend to not be very efficient. Most people end up not using the whole size which results in more waste.
- King Size – This is the largest standard rolling paper size available. They come in a slim variety which works well for those who are used to smoking 100s in commercial brands. This extra long size makes the king size rolling paper the second most popular size that smokers purchase.
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