The history of rolling paper begins in Spain around 1703. The term for rolling paper back then was Pay-Pay. A few decades earlier, a man called Alexandro Rizlette de Cramptone Lacroix came across French soldiers who were heading home after fighting in Spain. They were carrying rolling papers. Lacroix started making his own rolling papers, and the rest is history. (Source:


Nowadays, the rolling paper is used by millions of people across the globe, and you’re probably thinking of doing the same. If you’ve never used a rolling paper before or just looking for something new, you’ll learn how to find the best one for your needs in this article. So scroll down to see what to consider when looking for the best rolling paper.

Qualities of the best rolling paper


Characteristics that the best rolling paper should have include:


  • Reputable brand
  • Doesn’t burn too quickly
  • Doesn’t extinguish too easily
  • Not fragile
  • Sturdy and thick but easy to roll
  • Not leaving the taste of paper in your mouth
  • Yields enough to meet your (or the group’s) needs
  • Combination of quality and reasonable price

Choose the right size


The size of the rolling paper can either make or break your experience. When you’re looking for the rolling paper, tons of options show up, and it can be difficult to make a decision. That’s why the first and most important thing is to choose the size.


If you’re experienced in rolling pot, then you probably have a certain size in mind. Or, at least, you know which size you most definitely don’t want.


On the other hand, if you’re a beginner, you probably wonder why the size matters or how different sizes differ.


What are the sizes of rolling paper available on the market?


Take a look at the table below to see the most common sizes of the rolling paper.


Length Width
Single wide 68-70mm

(2.7 inches)


(1 ½ – 1 ¾ inches)

1 ¼ wide 76-78mm

(3.07 inches)


(1 ¾ inches)

1 ½ wide 76-78mm

(3.07 inches)


(2-3 inches)

Double wide 76-78mm

(3.07 inches)


(2 ½ – 3 ½ inches)

King size 100-110mm

(4.3 inches)


(1 ½ – 2 ¼ inches)

King slim 105-110mm

(4.1 inches)


(1.6-1.8 inches)


Characteristics of the most common rolling paper sizes


Single wide – quite tricky for beginners due to their small size. While it takes some getting to used to, this rolling paper will give you a tight joint. However, it’s not ideal for passing to others in the room


One ¼” – one of the most popular sizes of the rolling paper, similar to the standard cigarette once rolled. This size is also ideal for groups of up to three people


1 ½” – when rolled, it’s larger than a standard cigarette, but not as big as a blunt. They are perfect for groups of three to five people


Double wide – not a popular size, although it gives larger joints. When not rolled properly, you end up inhaling more paper than cannabis. That being said, the double-wide rolling paper is suitable for beginners because it allows them to get some practice and experience. When you get more experience, switch to a smaller size e.g., 1 ½” rolling paper, which is also cheaper


King – allow for more tokes and better ventilation, plus they’re easier to handle than smaller sizes. King rolling paper makes it easy to share a joint with three to five other people. The king-size slim is basically the same, jut a lot tighter


Generally speaking, the wider and longer the rolling paper is, the more marijuana you can fit inside. Wider rolling papers are more suitable for beginners because it’s easier to roll a joint and gain more experience.

Choose the size of the rolling paper based on


  • Your experience
  • Skill level
  • Preference (whether you like wider or tighter joint)
  • Purpose (whether you’re going to share it with someone or use it yourself)

Which material to choose?


The size of the rolling paper is the most important factor to consider, but not the only one. You also need to think about the materials.


And no, not all rolling papers are the same. They’re made of different materials, including:


  • Hemp – strong, tree-free, and less processed
  • Rice – lighter paper, ash-free, doesn’t interfere with the taste, easy to break.
  • Flax – lightweight, but sturdier
  • Plant cellulose – although see-through, these rolling papers aren’t plastic, people find it fun.

So which material of a rolling paper to choose?


Hemp or flax rolling papers are a great choice for people who are looking for thick and sturdy rolling paper but still want it to be easy to roll. It’s useful to mention that nowadays, there are organic hemp or flax rolling papers, which could be ideal for people who want a clean and genuine experience.


On the flip side, rolling rice paper appeals to people who want minimal ash. But, they’re fragile and break easily. The roll also tends to extinguish quickly. In other words, rolling rice paper could be frustrating for beginners.


While plant cellulose rolling paper allows you to see what’s inside, it doesn’t add any value for that matter. This rolling paper is more like a novelty rather than a practical choice.


What weight is ideal?


Besides size and material, you should also consider the weight of a rolling paper. While the rolling papers come at different weights, we can divide them into the following.


  • Fine or thin
  • Medium
  • Standard weight/free burning


When it comes to the weight of a rolling paper, it all comes down to your preferences. There is no golden rule here. Just keep in mind that the finer or thinner a rolling paper is, the more difficult it is to roll.


Generally speaking, the thicker rolling paper is easier to handle and more practical for beginners. On the flip side, the benefit of thin and lightweight rolling papers is that you don’t feel paper in the smoke.



Back in time, there weren’t many options in terms of paper, but now the choice is vast. Rolling papers come at different flavors, including citrus, coconut, chocolate, cherry, you name it. Some people love to feel these flavors in their smoke, while others do not.


So, take some time to think about it.


Do you want to spice things up and get a flavored rolling paper, or you just want the regular kind? It’s useful to remember that flavored rolling paper tends to burn faster.




Finding the ideal rolling paper is not that difficult. You just need to consider size, weight, and material, and it’s going to be easier to narrow down the choice. Remember, it all comes down to your experience and preferences. Start with easier rolling papers and work your way up to more advanced alternatives.


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