Rolling papers, blunt wraps, and cones are an extremely economic way of smoking your favorite herbs. With the progression of legalization in the United States, prerolls from a medical and recreational dispensary have become very popular. Rolling your own was and is still one of the most popular ways of smoking. With the advent of the cone is made using papers even easier, and more convenient.
Rolling papers are as old as marijuana itself. Smoking weed isn't just a way to pass time. For most tokers, being able to roll their joints helps to express their love for cannabis and show how long they have been in the game.
Interestingly, smokers nowadays have loads of options when it comes to choosing a rolling paper. Rolling a joint is an art, and to get the perfect joint, you not only need to master the art of rolling but also need to use the best weed wraps.
What are Rolling Papers?
Rolling papers are special papers made out of different materials used for wrapping dry herbs. Weed wraps usually come in different sizes, but regardless of your choice, quality rolling papers can help improve your smoking experience, whether you’re hitting a blunt alone or with friends.
Not all rolling papers are made equal, some are more sophisticated than others. Generally, a quality rolling paper has a slow burn rate and does not alter the taste of your herbs. Your choice of a weed wrap can say a lot about your experience and dexterity in the art of rolling.
What are They Made of?
If you're wondering whether rolling papers are made from the same materials as your writing paper then you must know that they are nothing close to it.
Rolling papers are made from extracted fibers from non-wood plants. The fibers are further processed and made into paper using an industrialized machine with added colors and flavors depending on the demand.
The papers come out as being thin and lightweight, suitable for rolling marijuana and other dry herbs of choice.
Rolling paper may be transparent, thick, or flavored in varying sizes. Some weed wraps contain extra additives which regulate the burning and a narrow strip of glue on the long edge.
Types of Rolling Papers
There are a wide variety of rolling papers on the market. Choosing the perfect weed wrap depends on several factors such as the user's experience, the paper size, and materials used in producing it.
Here are some of the most popular rolling papers in the market based on the best materials used.
Hemp rolling papers are produced from hemp plants. The extracted fibers are refined into rolling papers. Hemp has become the most sought after rolling paper in the market.
Hemp rolling papers do not contain THC nor does it provide any psychoactive experience associated with consuming cannabis. The fibers used in the production are made from plant stalks and not leaves and flowers.
There are many brands of hemp rolling papers to choose from, ranging from the RAW, Hemp ZigZag Organic 1¼ Papers , Pure Hemp Unbleached Single Wide Papers and so on.
Rice rolling papers are mostly made from organic ingredients meaning it's primarily a processed and pressed rice.
This type of rolling paper is mostly thinner than others which makes it safe for your lungs. Rice rolling papers burn slowly without getting in the way of your weed's flavor. However, these types of weed wraps can be a little more tricky and require more effort to roll efficiently.
Flax is one of the best rolling papers in the market, known for the smooth experience they provide. They are made from Linum or Linaria plant extracts which are also used for the production of linen.
Flax paper is a better alternative to rice paper, especially for smokers looking to get the pure flavors of their herbs. Flax rolling papers have the same refreshing feel, slow burn rate, and are generally healthy to consume with no aftertaste, just like hemp rolling wraps.
The Wood Pulp rolling papers are regarded as the king of rolling papers as they have been around for over a century.
It is by far the most common paper in the market and has been used by thousands of people. When it comes to thickness, Wood Pulp stands out from both rice and hemp papers.
The papers are relatively easy to use, yet burn faster than most of the other papers. It is often overlooked by many smokers because of the chemical used in producing some of the papers.
Flavored papers are basically designed to improve and enhance the natural taste of rolling papers. It adds additional flavor to complement the herb enclosed in it to give your strain more flavor.
If you want to spice up your smoking session then flavored papers are the best fit for you. There are different types of flavors available to choose from depending on your preference.
Some of the most common fruity flavors include apple, banana, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, coconut, grape, mango, orange, peach, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, and mint.
What to Know about a Joint
Smoking joints is one of the oldest ways of consuming cannabis and it has remained popular till this day. For clarity, joints or spliffs, as they are sometimes called, are rolled dry cannabis strains that take the shape of a cigarette.
As with cigarettes, you light up one end of the joint and inhale from the other end. The end of the joint where you inhale from is usually called a “roach” and the small clips used for smoking a roach are referred to as “roach clips.”
While there are pre-rolled cones in the market to help beginners, experienced stoners usually prefer to roll their own joint from scratch.
Thin rolling papers are made from different organic materials such as hemp, rice or flax. Although thinner papers have a slow burn rate, they are harder to roll compared to thick papers and they also tend to go out quickly if left unattended to.
Types of Gum
Rolling papers are usually sealed with gum either at one edge of the paper or spread across the body. There are basically two types of gums used in the production of rolling papers - acacia and sugar.
Acacia: Acacia is a natural plant adhesive extracted from gum arabic. It is an organic derivative collected from the acacia tree with non-toxic additives.
Sugar: There are several brands of rolling papers made with sugar gum. Sugar gums are all-natural extracts which makes it safe to consume. It has a sweet flavor which gives it the name sugar gum.
Why is everyone smoking out of cones now?
For old time smokers this seems to be a common question. If you are an old-timer you are used to using a standard rolling paper like a zig-zag orange. It is a basic economy no-frills paper that works, but it in no way compares to a modern-day cone. The best part of using a cone is that they come prerolled and all you have to do is stuff them with the ground up smoke of your choice. Most cones will come with a packing tool that helps you pack your cannabis into the cone. Once packed the only thing you need to do to finish the process is to twist the end. This has made using cones an easier process because there is no rolling it up like a joint. It seems as though the cone was the answer to the person that couldn't even roll a good joint.
Another great thing about cones is that they come in different sizes. Depending on how much you want to smoke you can choose smaller ½ gram cones, or the standard one gram cone. In recent times companies like Raw Brand Rolling papers have made monster cones that measure 12” and even 24”. These pre-measured sizes make it convenient to smoke a regulated amount for someone that wants to keep track of their consumption. If you know that you are hanging out with friends and you guys will go through 3 grams, then you just take three 1 gram cones.
Most prerolls in dispensaries are now made out of cones. Industrial cone filling machines have been invented to pack thousands of cones per hour. In the older days of medical marijuana employees of the dispensary would roll joints by hand. This was time-consuming, and the weights were all over the place. With standardized cone sizes and filler machines they made the process of turning your trim into packed cones a fast and easy operation.
What about Blunt Wraps?
Blunt wraps rose to fame in the '90s. Celebrity rappers well known for smoking cannabis used blunt wraps as their wrap of choice. Phillies Blunts was the OG of blunts wraps. Anyone and everyone smoked out of Phillies. Eventually Companies like Swisher Sweets and Backwoods got into the blunt wrap game, and Phillies fell to the wayside. Now there are hundreds of choices when it comes to blunt wraps. The newest most popular choices are all tobacco-free blunt wraps. They can be made of hemp, palm leaves, or even banana leaves, but they all are 100% tobacco-free. As society has been educated on the effects of tobacco, and true cannabis connoisseur wants to enjoy a purer flavor, tobacco blunt wraps have fallen out of vogue.
Blunt wraps always had an advantage over traditional papers because of their size. You can roll up a blunt and share it with a group of 5 of your friends. Depending on the quality of the product inside you may not even be able to finish it. It's a far cry from a 1 1/4” standard rolling paper. For a single user you can roll a blunt and hit it throughout an entire day, and still might not finish it. Once blunts caught on flavoring became popular. Flavors like blueberry, strawberry, and cognac were commonplace when smoking with friends.
Rolling Papers are king
No matter the trends in the wraps world Rolling Papers have held the top spot for decades. Traditional rolling papers were made of trees. They didn't stick very well, they were stiff, and they weren't the best tasting. It literally tasted like smoking paper. Rolling papers have progressed so much that they are no longer anything like the papers of the '70s. The options are endless. They come in varying sizes, flavors, and are made of different materials.
Hemp papers have become the paper of choice in today's smoking market. Hemp offers a sustainable material that doesn't leave a foul taste, and burns evenly. Brands like Raw Hemp Papers have risen to the tops of the paper charts with a varying list of SKU's that rivals your local supermarket. Raw Rolling Papers offers hundreds of variations of papers. They come in natural unbleached papers as well as a more refined product. The sizes available in hemp paper is insane. From smaller 1” papers, all the way up to rolls that roll out many feet long, there are now so many options for hemp paper sizes making a decision n which one to choose can be daunting.
Flavored rolling papers have come into popularity in the 2000s. Despite actions from the US Federal government, they have continued to gain in popularity. Early flavors that shot to popularity were blueberry, sour apple, grape, and pretty much and type of berry you could think of. Today flavored rolling papers have morphed into some of the flavors that juice became popular for. Flavors like coffee, cotton candy, and cookies and cream have started to take some of the market share forms some of the more traditional flavors.
Unlike tree rolling papers of the past, today's papers can be made of a wide variety of materials. Hemp obviously is the go-to in today's papers, but newer on the scene are materials like flax, rice, banana, and palm leaves. All of these have a different advantage over the other, and it really comes down to personal preference. The flavor would be the top deciding factor when choosing one of these papers. Second would be the way the paper burned. It's a huge factor when choosing the right paper. If you live in a humid climate you may want to choose a paper that burns faster to help compensate for the herbs being moist. If you live in a super dry climate you may want a paper that burns slower because your buds are also dry and brittle.
With so many choices of rolling papers it can be hard to figure out where to start. That's why Mile High Glass Pipes sells our single packs of papers for you to try as an economical add on to any pipe purchase. For only a couple of bucks, you can try a paper you have been eyeing, and wade through the options knowing that all of the papers we sell have been tested personally by us.