The 5 Best Cannabis Rolling Papers
Thursday February 14, 2019
W hen it comes to rolling joints, choosing the right paper is highly important. Not only do rolling papers affect the overall smoking experience, but they also play a large factor in how easy it is to roll your cannabis. Many people have a favorite rolling paper brand and claim that their papers are the easiest for them to roll with. Of course, everyone is different and has their own rolling preferences, making it difficult to definitively label one rolling paper as better than another. However, there are a few brands that stand out from the rest. Below, we’ve curated a list of our top 5 favorite rolling papers. Check them out, roll one up and enjoy!
Elements rolling papers are loved among many cannabis consumers. The love for them stems from more than one reason, too. For instance, they are made with natural materials like rice and sugar and they don’t contain any harsh burning agents. Once Elements rolling papers are burned, the only ash left over is the gum that caramelizes as it’s cooked. That’s a good sign that you’re smoking a quality paper.
Another good sign is that Elements don’t easily run. They’re embedded with a proprietary criss-cross watermark that helps keep the burn even across the life of the joint.
From their slow burn hemp paper to their ultra-thin rice papers, even the packaging of Elements rolling papers is appealing. The aesthetics of their boxes beautifully matches the quality of the papers on the inside. While the rice papers are a bit more difficult to roll than the hemp papers, their thin profile, smooth taste, and effective burn make Elements rolling papers a staple for cannabis consumers around the world.
No dyes, no chalk, no burn additives. RAW natural rolling papers are what their name claims to be: raw rolling papers. They’re unbleached and unrefined products made solely out of plant material. As a result, not only are they easy to roll with, but they also add very little taste to your joint.
If you’re looking for a paper that gives you both a clean burn and a clean conscience, then consider RAW rolling papers. Why? The RAW Foundation donates meals to children in famished communities, provides fresh water and filters to folks impacted by natural disasters, and even sponsors an orphanage in Bali, Indonesia. RAW produces charismatic rolling papers because their leaders are thoughtful individuals. Their charity is a great part of their company, it’s just a bonus that their rolling papers are top-of-the-line for a cannabis consumer looking for an easy roll and a pleasant smoke.
OCB claims to be the thinnest rolling paper in the world. My ruler has a difficult time measuring the accuracy of that claim, but there’s no doubt the OCB makes some of the best rolling papers out there. OCB has been around for 100 years, and for good reason. Usually, such a thin paper might tear or be difficult to control, but OCB has perfected the art of creating thin, easy-to-work-with papers.
Over their 100 years, they’ve created paper for French bibles, letter paper, and cotton paper, among others. In 1999, however, they officially started what is now their most iconic line: OCB Premium rolling papers. They’ve withstood the test of time because they burn clean and add nothing more than what they call ‘an American taste’ to a joint. Since their OCB Premium papers were launched, they’ve added on X-Pert papers, Organic Hemp papers, and even created biodegradable, unbleached filters.
Juicy Jay’s started in the Big Apple (a juicy apple at the time), in the 1980s. The creators had a deep love for all things from the ’80s like 5.0 Mustangs, gold rims, and LL Cool J. With their love of ugly cars and music that hasn’t withstood the test of time, they scouted New York City in search of their idol. Without finding LL Cool J, the creator of Juicy Jay’s was still granted a new nickname that eventually inspired the name of the rolling papers themselves.
Not only are they easy to roll with, but Juicy Jay’s also make this list because they taste fantastic. From watermelon to blueberry to peanut butter to root beer, there is a flavor for every person. There’s even a flavor that harkens back to 80’s music: Vanilla Ice. Easy to roll with and adding extra flavor to your joint, Juicy Jay’s simply look cool and can add just the right amount of flare to a smoke session. With bright colors and fashionable design, Juicy Jay’s catch the eye and the love of people who like smoking joints.
Zig Zag – ‘Oranges’
Yes, they’re a bit thicker than the other papers on this list. Yes, they burn a bit faster than other papers on this list. Yes, they add a bit more ash and unnecessary flavor to joints than other papers on this list. So why do Zig Zag 1 ¼ inch papers that come in their classic orange box make it to the last spot on this list? One word: accessibility. These papers are everywhere. You can find them in virtually every gas station, they’re cost-effective, and they’re your best option when you can’t find any of the other brands on this list. Furthermore, they’re likely one of the easiest papers to learn to roll with.
What’s your favorite brand of rolling paper and why? Let us know in the comments below!
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What’s In Your Marijuana? Check The Papers: Study Finds Pesticides, Heavy Metals In Rolling Products
A couple popular brands of rolling papers, blunt wraps, and other products used to twist up cannabis into smokeable form are contaminated with pesticides and heavy metals, a study from a California-based testing lab has found.
The good news is that most popular products were squeaky clean. But a few were not.
While most of the 118 smoking products examined by SC Labs this summer had only minute amounts of toxic material—and thus pose little to no threat to most marijuana consumers—a few were dirty enough to fail state product standards when combined with cannabis.
A couple more were so dirty by themselves, with heavy metal levels more than 100 times worse than state limits that the lab recommended consumers treat them like seafood containing high levels of mercury, and limit consumption.
What’s in your blunt? Potentially toxic material, a recent review of 118 rolling products has found.
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For cannabis users, this all adds up to two takeways.
One, rolling papers and other products used to consume cannabis aren’t currently subject to any kind of state safety limits for harmful additives; maybe they should.
And two, health-conscious cannabis consumers have yet another vector for contamination to worry about.
DENVER, CO. – September 09: Billy Miller finishes rolling a blunt after the first 600 joints were . [+] given out at the formal launch of “No on Proposition AA” Campaign. Marijuana joints were handed out at Civic Center Park to any person age 21 or older to oppose the highest tax increase in Colorado history, authorizing a 30% State tax on recreational marijuana (15% excise tax and 15% sales tax). No remuneration whatsoever was accepted for the marijuana. Handing out free marijuana to adults 21+ is legal under the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII Section 16 (“Amendment 64”). September 09, 2013 Denver, Colorado. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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SC Labs is based in Santa Cruz, California. Technicians there first began to suspect something was wrong with rolling papers after some pre-rolled joints—containing demonstrably clean cannabis—kept failing a final inspection.
Unlike some other states including Oregon, California requires cannabis products entering the market to be tested for potency and cleanliness “in their final form.” (And, at least currently, there are no standards applied to rolling papers themselves in any state.)
Suspecting the failure could be tied to the rolling papers used to twist up the prerolls, SC Labs collected 118 different brands of rolling papers, blunt wraps, and hemp cones from Amazon and local smoke shops.
Of the 101 products tested for heavy metal contamination, 90 percent had at least one heavy metal, with 8 percent registering so much heavy metal contamination that the paper itself would fail state-testing standards.
Heavy metals include cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and lead; exposure to too much heavy metals can trigger neurotoxicity, cancer, and kidney problems in humans, research shows.
Lead was the most common metal found, according to SC Labs.
As for pesticides, 16 percent of the rolling products tested had detectable levels, with 5 percent containing more pesticides than allowed under California standards.
What products were the worst? SC Labs did not name too many names, but smokers who favor paper rolling products can breathe easy. No rolling papers violated pesticide limits.
It was cellulose-based papers—the transparent, gummy papers sold as “clear” papers in smoke shops and the like—that had “very high levels of contamination,” according to SC Labs’s report released Friday.
The limit for lead contamination in California is 0.5 micograms of lead per gram. Two cellulose papers, made by Smokeclear and aLeda, had 55.1 and 60.3 micrograms of lead per gram, according to SC Labs—astronomical levels
Interestingly, both flavored blunt wraps and supposedly more “natural” hemp-based wraps failed tests for cadmium and arsenic as well as lead, as per SC Labs. Blueberry and pineapple-flavored “cigar cones” made by Zig-Zag both failed, as did hemp wraps made by Twisted Hemp and HydroLemonade. Wraps made by King Palm and Elements also failed for pesticides.
How bad is this? Well, not so bad… mostly.
The hemp papers and the wraps seemed to fail mostly because there’s just more of then, SC Labs’s Josh Wurzer said in an interview.
“They’re thicker, and that seemed to be the issue,” he said. “But that being said, the findings of the study don’t support too much alarm—this certainly isn’t a, ‘Raise the alarm bells now, we have to stop and test all papers.’”
When combined with clean cannabis, even rolling papers that failed state testing standards would create a “clean” product—provided, of course, that they did not fail too badly, like some of the hemp, cellulose, and flavored wraps.
The study demonstrates that California did the right thing by requiring final packaged products to undergo testing. “Other states might want to take a look at their requirements,” Wurzer said.
And smokers might want to at least consider re-examining their habits.
“Would I personally completely stop smoking everything in a blunt wrap? No, but I would consider limiting how often I use them,” he said. “If I was smoking three to four joints a day and I always used a blunt wrap, I would reconsider that.”
“It seemed like regular old rolling papers were pretty clean,” he added. “Maybe I’d just switch to using those most of the time.”
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 23: Raw Rolling Papers vendors were giving away free samples at the National . [+] Cannabis Festival held on the grounds near RFK Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. The festival featured musicians, vendors and educational exhibits. (Photo by Kate Patterson for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Of course, these considerations only apply in legal states with product-testing requirements. If your state still hasn’t legalized recreational cannabis and you’re still forced to patronize the illicit market, who knows what’s in your weed? Whatever it is, whatever’s in the blunt wrap won’t make much of a difference.
Is your favorite brand of blunt wrap or rolling paper making your cannabis too dirty to smoke? Maybe!