What are the Best Cannabis Rolling Papers?

February 05, 2024

Whether you're a seasoned joint enthusiast or a beginner looking to explore the art of rolling, understanding the nuances of rolling papers is crucial. From the material and size to additional features like flavor and thickness, the options are diverse. So, what are the best cannabis rolling papers for you? Let's talk about what to look for when deciding on your rolling papers.

What are Cannabis Rolling Papers?

Cannabis rolling papers are thin sheets, typically made of plant-based materials like hemp, wood pulp, or rice, designed for rolling joints. These papers provide a convenient and portable way to enjoy beginner strains of cannabis or premium, top shelf strains without the need for pipes or vaporizers. Whether you're a connoisseur appreciating the flavors of different strains or a casual consumer, the right rolling paper can enhance your smoking experience. 

How Do You Choose the Best Rolling Paper for You?

Selecting the best rolling paper involves considering various factors that cater to your preferences and rolling skills. Here are some key considerations whether you’re a beginner roller or a seasoned joint expert.

Understanding Rolling Paper Form

The form of rolling paper plays a crucial role in how you roll and enjoy your joint. There are two main forms to consider: 

Loose Leaf

Traditional loose-leaf rolling papers offer versatility, allowing you to craft joints of various sizes. This form is ideal for those who enjoy the rolling process and want complete control over the joint's size and shape. The downside of loose leaf rolling paper is that it takes a little bit to perfect the art of rolling.


Cones, on the other hand, come pre-shaped, providing a convenient option for those who prefer a quicker and more straightforward rolling experience. Cones are pre-rolled and tapered, making them beginner-friendly and quickly satisfying when you want to start your session and not waste time on the perfect roll. 

Understanding Rolling Paper Material

The material of the rolling paper contributes to both the burning characteristics and the overall experience. Here are some common materials:

Hemp Rolling Paper

Hemp rolling papers, made from hemp fibers, offer a natural and slow burn. They are considered a more environmentally friendly option and are suitable for those who are new to rolling their own joint.

Rice Rolling Paper

Rice rolling papers, derived from rice straw, are some of the thinnest in the industry. These papers are known for their minimal impact on the flavor of the cannabis, allowing you to enjoy the full profile of the strain. If you’re new to rolling a joint, we don’t recommend starting with rice paper because it is very easy to tear.

Wood Pulp Rolling Paper

Wood pulp rolling papers are a classic choice and often the most accessible—but true canna-connoisseurs tend to look down on them. They burn fast, and they’re not as friendly to the environment as other options. Some cannabis enthusiasts also feel like they leave a bad taste.

Flax Rolling Paper

Flax rolling papers, made from flax fibers, may be as thin as rice paper, but they are typically easier to roll. They also don’t combust the same way, meaning there is less smoke created by the paper.

Understanding Rolling Paper Size

The size of your rolling paper determines the size of the joint or blunt you'll end up with. Here's a quick guide to some common sizes:

  • Single Wide (68-70mm long, 34-36mm wide): Ideal for a quick solo smoke, single wide papers create smaller joints, perfect for personal use. This is the most common size you’ll find at the dispensary.

  • 1 1/4″ (76-78mm long, 45-48mm wide):This size is a popular choice, providing a bit more room for a moderate-sized joint. Many pre-rolls you purchase at the dispensary will come in a one-and-a-quarter paper.

  • 1 1/2″ (76-78mm long, 60-62mm wide): Offering more width, 1 1/2" papers are suitable for those who enjoy a larger joint or for those cannabis enthusiasts who are partaking with friends.

  • Double Wide (76-78mm long, 63-88mm wide): Double-wide papers are perfect for those who prefer a thick joint. Though not the easiest to roll, you’ll likely be the most popular person in the room if you roll up a double wide.

  • King (100-110mm long, 55-60mm wide): The king-size papers are perfect for those long-smoke sessions or for sessions with friends. If you roll up a king for yourself and can’t finish it, just make sure you know how to store flower properly, so you can preserve your joint for as long as possible. 

  • King Slim (105-110mm long, 42-46mm wide): Offering a longer but slimmer option, king slim papers are excellent for those who want a more extended smoke but don’t want to hold a bulky joint.

Other Factors When Choosing Rolling Paper

While the size of your paper certainly matters, there are other factors to consider when choosing the right rolling paper for you. They include:

The thickness of the rolling paper can affect the flavor of your joint. While they might be more difficult to use when rolling your joint, thinner paper tends to be preferred by cannabis connoisseurs who are looking for a smooth smoking experience. 

Crutch or Filter
Adding a crutch or filter to your joint provides stability and can enhance the smoking experience by preventing bits of cannabis from entering your mouth. While many rolling paper packs have filters with them, you can make your own or purchase more permanent glass or wood crutches to use. 

Flavored Papers
For those looking to add a twist to their smoking experience, flavored rolling papers are another option. These papers come infused with various flavors, from fruity to spicy, providing an extra layer of interest to your joint. Of course, if you prefer the flavor of your strain, you can also find papers that have no flavor at all.

Answering FAQs About Rolling Paper

Getting all the details about rolling paper can help you make an informed decision. Here are some questions we frequently get asked, along with their answers:

What is the best rolling paper for beginners?
The best rolling paper for beginners is a natural hemp rolling paper. The hemp paper tends to be stronger than other wood-pulp papers, making it easier to roll your joint when you’re new to the game.

Is bleached or unbleached rolling paper better?
While bleached versus unbleached rolling paper is a common topic of debate, the truth is that bleaching is simply an oxygenation process which turns the paper white. There are no chemicals, and there is no residue left in the paper. Unbleached paper has not been through this oxygenation process, so the fibers maintain their natural hue. Neither paper is better, per se, so you should pick the paper you prefer. 

How much flower does rolling paper hold?
The amount of flower a rolling paper can hold varies based on its size and thickness. In general, most joints hold about a half a gram worth of cannabis flower

Choose the Best Rolling Paper for You

As a smart dispensary shopper, consider your preferences, rolling skills, and desired smoking experience when making your selection of rolling paper. Then, start rolling. At the end of the day, you’re only as good as your technique, and fortunately, practicing is a fun way to both enjoy your cannabis flower and get better at rolling your joints. 

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Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.

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