Here are our top 5 brands…
If you aren’t a seasoned cannabis smoker, you may be surprised to know that there is much more to the experience than the quality of the weed itself. Cannabis connoisseurs know that even seemingly insignificant elements make a huge difference. While the standard of the bud IS pivotal, so too is that of the rolling papers you use.
Rolling papers don’t seem like they could make much of a difference when it comes to how much you enjoy a smoke. However, they have a significant impact. A low-grade rolling paper can cause unpleasant tastes, lead to coughing fits, and burn quickly. As a result, you lose more weed than you would with premium papers. Also, the best rolling papers make it easy to roll your herb.
When it comes to marijuana, experienced users are often subjective regarding the best herb, equipment, and brands. Rolling papers are no different! In this guide, we offer our opinion on the five best brands around. If you disagree (or agree), let us know in the comments section. For the record, this list refers to rolling papers for joints.
Why Roll Your Own Joints in the First Place?
In an era where finding pre-rolled joints is an incredibly easy process, it is easy to succumb to the convenience. However, it remains cheap and straightforward to roll joints. The only equipment necessary is rolling papers, a grinder, a lighter, and of course, marijuana. Purchasing ‘loose’ flower is less expensive than pre-rolled joints.
Then there is the small matter of ‘connecting’ with your bud. Whether or not you want to admit it, the entire experience takes on greater resonance when you roll the joint. The vast majority of users enjoy the ritual of grinding the herb and rolling it into a perfect joint. Try it just once, and you’ll see what we mean.
Now, without further ado, here are our picks for the best rolling papers around.
#1 – Shine 24K Gold Rolling Papers
If you want something a little classy, you will find it hard to improve upon the Shine brand. Its 24K Gold papers include a blend of 24K gold and hemp. This option is the right one if you are having a celebratory smoke. Each pack comes with a certificate of authenticity and burns rather slowly, so you get to enjoy every moment. The papers measure 1.25 inches and include a hemp base.
The main downside is the price. You pay up to $13 for just two papers! Therefore, you don’t want to entrust these to a friend who isn’t the best roller around. Shine 24K is the luxury rolling paper, and it makes you feel important, but most people can only afford a pack now and then!
#2. RAW Papers
Perhaps one of the most well-known and popular brands of rolling paper, RAW, has been around for some time now. The industry favorite offers unrefined and natural products that provide a large canvas to work with. Whether you are opting for classic or hemp papers, RAW is the OG option for those who want to showcase their ‘experience’ as a marijuana user.
You can even get RAW papers without the crease. They are easy to roll, cost a few bucks at most, and are ideal when learning how to create joints. Occasionally, RAW papers don’t burn proportionally and be careful not to use too much saliva.
#3. Elements Rice Papers
Taking the crown as one of the most environmentally conscious brands around, Elements offers something unique for those who prefer a natural approach to cannabis smoking. Made from rice and sugar, Elements’ rice papers don’t produce ash. Instead, they caramelize as they burn, making them a delight to smoke.
Originating from Spain, these papers burn faster than your standard. However, they are incredibly well priced considering the quality and quantity you get in a pack (300 for $3.61 on Amazon). They also offer a real pure bud taste – perfect for saving for those delicious high-end buds! The caramel undertones provide a pleasant flavor without overpowering the herb.
On the downside, novices may find it a struggle to roll with Elements. In high humidity, the paper tends to curl, and these papers don’t work that well with a rolling machine.
#4. Zig Zag Rolling Papers
Up next is the reliable Zig Zag brand. These papers are ultra-affordable, easily accessible, and offer a wide range of options. The brand has a history spanning over a century, and it retains its position as a market leader. Zig Zag’s White Single Wide Rolling Papers remain among the brand’s bestsellers.
At 70mm wide, they are excellent for rolling tobacco and weed. These papers offer a slow, reliable burn, and the joints are extremely easy to roll. It is a brand that seldom disappoints, whether you want an ultra-thin paper, or a product suitable for blunt wraps.
#5. Juicy Jay Flavored Rolling Papers
If you have a few dollars to spend because you mistakenly purchased mediocre weed, Juicy Jays is the brand for you. Whether you have schwag or older marijuana, the likelihood is, you won’t derive much enjoyment from the flavor. Juicy Jays mask the taste by providing intensely flavorful rolling papers.
At around $12-13 for a six-pack, you pay the price, but it is worth it if you have crap cannabis. Flavors include strawberry kiwi, birthday cake, and tequila. The brand triple dips its papers to guarantee an infusion of taste. As fun as Juicy Jays papers are, we don’t recommend them if you have premium-quality herb, although they do allow for smooth hits.
Rolling Papers – What to Consider
There are a few other things to consider when choosing the best rolling papers for weed:
Don’t assume that rolling papers are a ‘one size fits all’ affair. There are various options depending on what you need, and the size you choose has a significant impact on your smoking experience. Here is a look at the most common sizes:
- Single: These are the smallest you’re likely to find on the market. When you roll using a single, you’ll notice that it is around half the diameter of a typical cigarette. Its dimensions are approx. 68mm x 34mm.
- 1.25: The classic 1 ¼ paper is the most popular option and is akin to that of a regular cigarette. Its dimensions are approx. 76mm x 48mm.
- 5: The 1 ½ gets its name because it holds up to 50% more than a single. They are often the same length as a 1.25 at 76-78mm but are also up to 62mm wide.
- Doublewide: As the name suggests, this paper holds up to twice as much product as a single. The size varies significantly but is up to 78mm x 88mm.
- King Size: As a general rule, king size papers are the biggest on the market. They are approx. 105mm x 60mm.
Natural or Flavored?
The next decision, after size, is to choose between natural or flavored papers.
- Natural: This option is probably healthier because it is designed to ensure you don’t inhale harmful materials during combustion. Natural papers should not include any additives or dyes.
- Flavored: The benefit is a range of cool flavors such as watermelon and strawberry. However, there is a chance that flavored papers are less healthy as they may contain chemicals.
Here, you have three main options:
- Hemp: Papers made from hemp are easy to roll and environmentally friendly. However, not everyone likes the strong taste.
- Rice: Rice papers are famed for their slow burn and great taste. However, some brands use additives.
- Wood Pulp: This option remains the most popular. It is the same material used to create cigarette papers. Once again, some brands are a lot healthier than others.
Final Thoughts: Are You Cutting Yourself Short with Your Rolling Papers?
The biggest thing to remember when it comes to smoking cannabis is that it is a personal experience. It is down to your taste and preference on everything from bud to paper, so you may have a favorite we haven’t talked about today.
We would love to know if you have a go-to brand that isn’t on our list! Let us know in your top five in the comments section and give a review of any brand we mentioned in this piece.