Every little thing You Want To Know About Rolling Papers Defined


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December 18, 2020

There’s nothing like a joint. While there are many perfectly acceptable ways to consume cannabis, a joint is an art. You’re easier to roll over than you think, but that extra effort makes smoking all the more satisfying.

It all starts with your favorite variety and the perfect roll paper – and while you’ve probably covered the cannabis, choosing a paper from all the options on the market can seem overwhelming. However, once you know the basics, you’ll be discovering your common talent in no time.

Choose your fiber

Wood pulp

Traditional pulp papers are classic for one reason: they are the easiest to roll and are incredibly tough. While they’re the quickest and easiest way to get a joint together for beginners, they burn quickly and hot, so you may have a joint that smokes too quickly or unevenly.


There’s something nice about rolling a hemp hinge – you just add more cannabis over the cannabis. Hemp papers are thin, sturdy, and easier to roll than other plant fibers, and the mild taste won’t interfere with the natural taste of your cannabis. They are a little more difficult to work with than pulp, but they are a great place to branch out. Hemp is an extremely sustainable crop, so it’s also a good choice for the environment.

For a sustainable option, Zig-Zag hemp papers are made from fibers from organic farms.


Rice papers are difficult, but incredibly rewarding due to their ultra-thin profile. They can be a bit slippery, but they’re slow to burn – and look really cool.


Flax paper is the best of all worlds: thin as rice, but easy to roll like wood pulp or hemp. Because of their low profile, flax compounds have less combustion, so you taste less smoke and more good taste.

Fiber blends

Each rolling paper stock has its advantages and disadvantages, so sometimes the best choice is a mixture. Zig-zag usually mixes wood pulp with other natural plant fibers for easy rolling and a slow, even burn. Their famous white papers and classic orange packs are made from natural flax fibers.

Bleach or not bleach?

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While there is a lot of talk in Stoner circles about whether unbleached papers are safer, there really is one key difference between the two: color.

While some have falsely claimed that “unbleached” means that white papers are made with household bleach or the like, this is not the case. Zig-zag white papers use an oxygenation process that leaves no residue on the paper. No “bleach” or chlorine is used in the lightening process. “Unbleached” simply means that the papers skip this step, which means that the paper has the natural hue of the fibers compared to a classic white look.

If you love the tried and true white and orange packs, you can smoke them with confidence. But for customers who prefer unbleached, Zig-Zag is for you. Their standard 1.25 inch papers are available unbleached, but are just as easy to roll up and to smoke satisfactorily. If you’d prefer to roll bigger, then you’ve got the ultra-thin King Slim unbleached papers covered. The packaging is also unbleached and decorated with vegetable inks.

Zig-Zag’s entire range of organic hemp papers is unbleached, just as nature intended.

The glue that holds everything together

You’ll need to glue your joint together, but built-in adhesives on roll paper can hide a lot of chemicals. If a roll paper doesn’t have the adhesive ingredients listed, it is best to stay away.

Zig-Zag uses 100% gum arabic glue, a type of tree sap. It’s the same material used for postage stamps and offers a natural, secure hold.

There are other natural options – some rollers use glue made from sugar. Gum arabic is the clear choice for safety and reliability.

What you should know about novelty papers

Rolling joints is fun, and mixing it up with the occasional flavored or colored paper seems harmless. But take a second look before you wrap your grape monkey in some grape flavor. Recent research showed that flavored blunt packaging is much higher in pesticides, lead, and other contaminants than other roll papers. Cellulose paper, which clearly shows off the herb inside, had the highest levels of pollutants.

It is best to go for a trustworthy brand if you want to add some whimsy to your joints. Or better yet, try an advanced joint rolling like an L joint or a tulip. Some particularly creative reels have even made scorpions.

If you want to see your weed while you smoke it, try an ultra-thin paper instead, like Zig-Zag’s translucent ultra-thin paper.

Added convenience

Image courtesy of Zig-Zag.

No time or energy to roll a joint today? Tired of inhaling shake? Tenons, like the standard, unbleached, and king-size tenons from Zig-Zag, are a really simple option – all you have to do is cram and twist to get a thick, secure connection. If you just want to make rolling together a little easier, these little cigarette rolling machines work for cannabis too.

Ready to roll? There is no greater authority on the rolling of papers than zigzag. The iconic company was a hand-rolled cigarette and joint staple. Zig-Zag is so ingrained in cannabis culture that Dr. Dre featured them on The Chronic album cover. If your great grandfather smoked, he probably used zig zag. Zig-Zag bundles are there to get you started, including rolling trays with the iconic design.

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Beth Edmonds