Reportedly, since the early 1800s, smokers have been rolling joints. There have been several different variations of papers made using inorganic and organic material, but in general, your papers should be made of natural materials and designed to enhance your sesh. Over time, two types of rolling papers emerged and have stayed popular amongst joint smoking stoners: rice paper and hemp paper. When choosing between the two for rolling joints, it’s important to consider your rolling skills and what you’re looking for out of your smoke sesh.
Rolling Joints Right
In the current cannabis climate, joints remain one of the cheapest ways to get stoned – with the average pack of papers costing less than $5. When rolling joints, aspects like the papers taste, thickness, and smoke speed play a part in the success of your overall experience. With so many options to choose from, it’s important to be able to weed through the hype to find the best rolling papers for you (and your joints.) After all, picking the right rolling papers is the first step in solidifying a satisfying smoke sesh.
Hemp Papers Are Perfect For Newbies
If you are new to rolling joints, or if it’s been awhile, hemp papers may be the perfect choice. Hemp paper is known to have more texture than other types (like rice paper) making it easier to grip and roll. This style of rolling paper is made from hemp fibers – making them all natural and eco-friendly. Hemp paper is often light brown in color and often works well in most environments making them perfect for rolling joints on the go.
Hemp paper tends to burn slower than its rice-made counterpart, and is known to go out less often while smoking. These rolling papers do come with slight (and distinctive) aftertaste that tends to be milk and musky. While most people won’t taste the difference, some connoisseurs find the lingering musk takes away from their overall experience. If these papers taste too strong for your liking, there are alternative options that won’t affect the aroma of your burning herb.
Rice Papers May Offer An Elevated Experience
Once you’ve mastered the art of rolling joints with hemp paper, you will be ready to take on rolling with rice paper. The clean taste (or lack thereof) of rice papers makes the full flavor of your flower pop. If you want to surprise your friends with a super smooth smoke sesh, rice papers are a great all-natural option. The majority of rice paper is made just from processed and thinned-out rice, but you can also find variations that have other natural additives, like flax.
This smooth paper is not for the inexperienced or the faint of heart. Rice paper can be difficult to work with since it is harder to grip and roll. In addition to being harder to roll, these papers are also less durable than hemp paper. Rice paper is almost impossible to work with in moist/humid conditions – forget about using these papers in the rain!
Even with the added effort, rice paper tends to be preferred by seasoned stoners when compared to hemp alternatives. Joints rolled with rice paper are known to offer the purest flavor experience on the market. This is because they offer cleaner hits, less harshness, no aftertaste, and less ash production than other papers available today.