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August 15, 2019

Rolling paper sizes and types: which one is best for you?

Which paper types and sizes are best suited for your needs?
by
Deidre Olsen

Puff or pass? With so many rolling paper products on the market, it can be challenging to choose which one is best for you. You’ve likely heard of household brands like Zig-Zag, RAW or Elements, each of which come in different sizes and types. It’s no secret that a well-rolled joint can enhance your smoking experience, but to fully enjoy everything cannabis has to offer, a fantastic rolling paper is critical. We’re excited to assist you in learning everything there is to know about rolling papers.

What size rolling paper is best for me?

Rolling papers come in different sizes for different reasons. Choosing a paper that's right for you depends on a few key factors including your location, how many people are smoking a joint, your required dosage and what shape or size you’d like to roll. Every brand has their own line of rolling papers with different sizes and shapes so these specifics can vary from product-to-product. The average size chart includes a single, 1 ¼", and king size.

Single

A single size rolling paper measures 68-70mm in length and 34-36mm in width. This size is accessible for cannabis consumers and is readily available at convenience stores, gas stations and smoke shops. If you prefer a bigger build that can accommodate more cannabis, this might be too small a choice for you.

1 ¼"

Whether or not it's obvious already, 1 ¼" can hold 25% more cannabis than a single-sized rolling paper. This size measures 76-78mm in length and 45-48mm in width. The slightly larger size of this paper makes it the most popular size on the market, allowing users to shape it into a cone. Rolling a joint is a skill that can take many of us years to perfect, so the option to shape yours into a cone makes things easier. Plus, this size is great to share with a friend or two due to the extra cannabis inside.

 

King

The king of all kings, this rolling paper measures in at 100-110mm in length and 55-60mm in width. As the largest standard size available on the market, king size papers are the second most popular size available. You won't regret investing in this option if you hope to smoke with a larger group of people.

What type of rolling paper is best for me?

You’ve figured out what size rolling paper you need but what about the paper itself? Things to take into consideration include taste, thickness, burn speed, existence of toxins and health impact. Traditionally, rolling papers have been made of wood pulp but in recent years, this has expanded to include hemp, flax and rice.

Bleached Wood Pulp

If you’re accustomed to the thick, white rolling papers used in cigarettes, then you’ll know bleached wood pulp when you see it. This has one of the most common smoking looks and feels, for both cannabis and tobacco. By default, wood pulp paper is brown. If it's white, this means it has been bleached using chemicals such as calcium carbonate.

Many people avoid these papers at all costs, preferring eco-friendly and health-conscious alternatives. Wood pulp, bleached or unbleached, holds it shape well against humidity and has a medium burn rate.

Unbleached Wood Pulp

This paper will have a similar look and feel to its bleached counterpart. If you're looking to stay close to the traditional smoking experience minus the carcinogens, this type of rolling paper will provide you with a medium burn rate, sturdy grasp and will withstand the elements.

Hemp

Raw hemp! Made from the cannabis plant itself, unbleached hemp paper is often light brown and thicker and rougher than other types. With a medium burn rate, good grip and gentle aftertaste, this is an excellent option for users wanting an eco-conscious and health-friendly option. Keep in mind, this paper has a tendency to absorb humidity so isn't as sturdy as others.

Rice

The greatest thing about rice paper is that it's made from all-natural ingredients. You can expect these joint papers to be thinner than others, requiring more advanced rolling skills due to more challenging grip. These papers are best for dry conditions as they won't bode well in the rain or humidity. Anticipate a slow burn using a paper that's great for your lungs and has little-to-no aftertaste.

Flax

Flax rolling papers are a fantastic option for people invested in their health and wellbeing. These smooth and silky joint papers are easy to roll and leave behind no flavour or aftertaste when smoked. The white, translucent nature of this paper also makes it ideal for branded cones, as the branded filter tips are easily visible through it.

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