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Rolling Papers: The History Full Guide

Rolling Papers: The History Full Guide

As a marijuana smoker, your rolling papers are everything. While smoking with bongs and pipes is cool, some of us simply love the art of rolling dry herb and sparking that joint. It feels traditional and original, but it has also been modified to deliver the best experience thanks to the evolution of cannabis itself and its rolling papers.

Choking while smoking, especially with others, is not “a crime,” but it's something we all try to avoid. Often, what causes you to choke isn’t your beloved cannabis but the rolling paper you use. Learning how to roll is another thing you want to perfect. It becomes easier with a cool rolling tray!

Picking the perfect rolling paper comes with its perks like the beauty and class it adds to every blunt. After reading this piece, trust that you have amazing facts to share that will wow your fellow smoking partners of just how knowledgeable you are about herbs. You can't say you don’t want to cause we all do :).

What are Rolling Papers?

Rolling papers are specially produced wraps used to hold cannabis flowers for smokers. These wraps were initially created for cigarettes but after seeing that marijuana smokers couldn’t go on using regular paper companies like RAW, Rizla decided to start making papers specially designed for stoners who had to wrap their herbs themselves.

The history of rolling papers started in the era of cigars. In the beginning, only cigars were smoked and they were made by rolling tobacco in tobacco leaf. As you must have realized, cigars are mostly associated with wealth so only the rich could afford smoking cigars. The beggars of Spain collected the cigar butts from the ground and rolled them in pieces of paper which they then smoked. This custom became more popular in 1851 after the Crimean War. During this war, British soldiers learnt how to roll tobacco in newspapers from their Turkish allies.

It was during this period that we saw the first rolling paper companies Rizla and Smoking emerge. Meanwhile RAW later joined and these three are still market leaders with their ever-improving variety of rolling papers.

Ever since the legalization of cannabis across some states in the U.S., there has been an upsurge in the rolling paper industry. The demand has created the need for more companies to produce an outrageous number of different types and designs of rolling papers. At this point, if you can think about it, someone somewhere can produce it.


Rolling Paper Sizes

Rolling papers today come in many sizes. Here is a run down of the most common rolling paper sizes you can find in the market.

Classic Rolling Paper

These are the rolling papers you will most likely get when you request for a pack in a store. These are standard rolling papers and measure 76-78mm in length and 45-48mm in width. It is very similar to an average cigarette stick and it is the ideal size you should use if you’re still new to rolling papers.

Single Wide Rolling Papers

This is another common type of rolling paper. It measures 68-70mm in length and 34-36mm in width. These rolling papers come in a slightly smaller width so you have enough rolls for one of those alone smoking sessions. However, their small size usually makes them harder to roll.

Double Wide

Its name paints a good picture of what you see when you see this rolling paper. Most smokers are unaware of this size because of its unusual size. It looks too bulky or large which doesn’t look attractive to most smokers. This paper measures between 63-88mm in width and 76-78mm in length. You must know how to roll properly to pull this off. When done right, you will see a big wrap, but if you aren’t familiar with it, you may end up smoking more paper than cannabis.

King Size

King size is the most desired rolling paper size in the market these days. This is the rolling paper you take to parties. It measures around 11-110mm in length and 55-60mm in width. These rolling papers are long enough to roll a perfect big blunt.

What are Rolling Papers Made of?

Rolling papers can be made from a number of materials. You should always know what material is used in making your papers as it plays an important role in how clean your smoke is.

Rolling papers are mostly made from any of the following materials:

  • Hemp
  • Rice straw
  • Flax
  • Wood pulp

Flavored Paper

Some papers come with flavors that range from chocolate to fruits. While these types of rolling papers add something interesting to your cannabis flavor, they usually burn up faster. However, if you do enjoy them, they are great for smoking.

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