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Smoking cannabis cigarettes, better known as joints, has been common practice for decades. Although it is believed to have started in Mexico sometime around 1850, before prohibition began, cannabis cigarettes were common place. Smoking cannabis joints isn’t new, but the papers to roll them has diversified greatly.

In this three part series, we’ll talk about the materials used in making rolling papers and why it makes a difference, specific brands in the market, and finally, a few ways to use them.

Common Rolling Paper Materials

While the process itself hasn’t changed in more than a century, the materials used to produce rolling papers has definitely evolved. Whether you’re looking for something healthier, something delicious, or something with a lot of novelty potential, there is a rolling paper perfect for you.

Hemp Rolling Papers – Quite possibly the most logical way to way to smoke your cannabis… is with more cannabis, and since hemp is a sustainable crop, using hemp papers is also one of the most environmentally conscious materials when rolling your joints. 100% hemp fiber papers are generally beige or brown in color as they are unbleached and unprocessed.

Wood Pulp Papers – The most common paper on the market, wood pulp is just a technical way of saying “paper.” These papers are made from trees as with other paper products. Usually white, as they’ve been processed and chemically bleached, wood pulp papers burn quickly

Rice Rolling Papers – The other white paper. Rice paper is made by processing and pressing rice into sheets. Rice is thinner than traditional paper and burns more slowly. Rice can be blended with other ingredients like flax and sugar for flavor, and adding liquid terpenes to the paper is also quite common.

Gold Rolling Paper – For the cannabis smoker seeking a little more bling in their life and a little less cash, 24K gold rolling papers may be perfect. Loved for the novelty, gold rolling papers sell for around $40 for a 12 pack of papers. So, if you’re hosting Snoop Dogg this weekend, or just want to splurge for a special occasion, this may be the ticket. Safe to consume as they are made from a blend of edible gold and hemp.

Flavored Rolling Papers – Adding a burst of flavor to joints everywhere, flavor-infused papers are intended to tingle the taste buds. While some may be artificially flavored, other may be infused with organic terpenes, there are dozens of flavors to choose from including traditional fruit flavors, honey, root beer and even peanut butter.

Clear Rolling Papers – 100% natural and made from organic plant cellulose, these papers let you view your flower while you’re smoking it. These papers burn slowly and do not alter the flavor or aroma of your cannabis.

A Note About Gum

While how your joint is sealed may seem trivial, there are a couple notes to make about gum. Most quality brands will use gums made from sugar or hemp, however, some use animal-derived glues, which may be disconcerting to some. Clear papers are naturally self-adhesive, and others are ungummed, or use no glues at all.

Understanding the different available options available in rolling papers can help you tailor your smoking session to fit whatever the occasion. In part two of this series, we’ll share information about specific brand names.

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