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The Best Rolling Papers in 2024

Rolling paper brands are a dime a dozen; visit your local headshop, and you’ll likely encounter an overwhelming number of brands. Decisions can be made even harder when you realize that brands often have multiple paper styles available. In this article, we’ll discuss what we consider to be the best rolling papers currently on the market, considering how they burn, their toxic property potential, and how easy they are to roll.

The Primary Types of Rolling Papers

Before we provide a list of our favourite rolling papers and why we recommend them, it’s useful to understand the core differences in the materials used in the manufacturing process. Most rolling papers are made from plant-based materials. The most common core materials include:

  • Hemp Hemp has become extremely popular in recent years as global regulations around hemp manufacturing have eased up. Hemp provides an eco-friendly solution that tends to burn evenly and provides a smooth smoke.
  • Rice Capable of being manufactured into very thin papers and featuring a subtle flavour profile, this material boasts a slow burn. Because it’s often so thin, it can prove more challenging to roll for new rollers.
  • Wood Pulp – Wood pulp is a classic material that has long been used for rolling papers. Historically, thick wood pulp papers would burn with a distinct flavour, but nowadays, there are many great wood pulp options that smoke smooth and with little distraction of additional flavours.
  • Flax Flax is similar to hemp in how it smokes. It’s derived from the Linum plant and provides a smooth smoke with little influence from its inherent flavours when smoked.

Less commonly used in modern manufacturing is Esparto Grass. We recommend avoiding these papers where you can, as they have a high potential for carcinogens and are typically harsher.

The Best Rolling Papers

With the plethora of papers on the market, it can be challenging to know what’s worth the money and what’s all marketing. That’s why we’re here. We’ve tested dozens of papers, looking for those that smoke and burn the best so we can stock them. Therefore, it’s no surprise that we stock most of the papers on this list. Keep in mind that these selections are subjective.

1. Vibes King Size Ultra Slims

Rolling Difficulty

Suitable for All

Type of Paper

Unbleached Wood Pulp

Size

King Size

Vibes is one of the latest brands to hit the market. We first introduced them to the South African market back in 2022 after our American contacts spoke highly of them, and ever since then, we’ve been unable to put them down. Vibes is owned by Berner (of Cookies Fame) and has an ethos that places quality above all else. These papers strike a fine balance between thinness and how easy they are to roll.

Some super thin papers can be challenging for beginners or casual joint smokers to roll, but that’s not the case with Vibes – they are relatively easy to roll despite their thin form factor and neutral flavor profile. Vibes King Size Ultra Slims (Black) is our top pick for rolling papers in 2024.

The Vibes stand out as an exception to using wood pulp as the primary material, as they don’t give the same strong flavour that other, cheaper wood pulp papers do.

2. OCB Ultimate Slim

OCB Ultimate Slim King Size + Tips

Rolling Difficulty

For Experienced Rollers

Type of Paper

Unbleached Flax Fibres

Size

King Size

Prior to discovering Vibes, my go-to paper was OCB’s Ultimate Slim. It’s a somewhat underrated paper that offers incredibly smooth smokes and even burning. Because the Ultimate Slim is so thin (the thinnest paper in the world, in fact, according to OCB), it is more challenging to roll. This paper is best suited for experienced rollers who aren’t afraid to tangle with a thin, delicate paper. Those who master the rolling are rewarded with a neutral flavour profile that lets the flavor of your herb shine through.

OCB doesn’t explicitly state what materials it uses, but the papers are unbleached and likely made from wood pulp.

3. Blazy Susan

Blazy Susan Pre Rolled Cones 1 1/4 - Pack of 6

Rolling Difficulty

Suitable for All

Type of Paper

Organically Dyed Wood Pulp

Size

King Size

Coloured rolling papers can be fun and novel, but they can also, in some cases, be dangerous. Only buy coloured papers from trusted brands who are upfront about how they are made. Blazy Susan papers are made from premium wood pulp, which has been sourced from sustainable forests with FSC certification. Their pink papers are made from unbleached wood pulp and use organic pigment dyes, while their purple varieties use vegetable dyes.

The result is a unique, feminine paper that has become extremely popular in South Africa since we first introduced it back in 2022. Blazy Susan papers are easier to roll than both the Vibes King Size Slim and OCB’s Ultimate Slim. They aren’t quite as thin, which makes rolling them easier. Still, Blazy Susan papers provide a reliable, clean smoke that lets you enjoy your flower the way its meant to be enjoyed.

4. Elements Ultra Thin Rice Papers

Elements Ultra Thin Rice Papers- King Size Slim Full Box

Rolling Difficulty

Intermediate

Type of Paper

Unbleached Rice Paper

Size

King Size

Elements are a popular paper that’s made from unbleached rice paper. They are very thin for a rice paper design, more so than Vibes Red/Rice in our opinion. It’s this thin design that provides the renowned smooth, slow burn and holds a light well, so you don’t need to constantly relight. Additionally, Elements does a great job of minimizing additional flavors in your smoke.

These papers can be tricky to roll for beginners because they’re so thin. However, with some practice, you won’t have problems. They are still easier to roll than OCB’s Ultimate Slim.

5. RAW Organic Hemp

Rolling Difficulty

Intermediate

Type of Paper

Unbleached Hemp

Size

King Size

RAW has some of the best marketing out of any rolling paper manufacturer, but they’re not just good at generating new sales; the company offers high-quality papers that have become a staple for stoners around the world. Their organic hemp papers stand out as some of their best, providing a smooth smoke and minimal flavour disruption. As the name implies, these papers are made from organic hemp.

Regarding rolling difficulty, the RAW organic hemp is relatively easy to roll but is not ideal for beginners who may struggle with their thin nature.

A Buyer’s Guide To Rolling Papers

Joints are one of my favourite ways to smoke, it has the ability to provide subtle nuances in flavour that are in the herb. Some suggest that the paper flavour impacts the smoke too much, and once upon a time that was the case, but modern papers have little influence on flavour. What makes joints so great for flavour is the ability to let it run slowly over your tongue which lets you pick up on multiple dimensions of flavour. You can get the first taste on the tongue, the taste on the exhale and get a good idea of the mouth-coating abilities of that strain.

Whether you’re an occassional joint smoker, or its your go-to method, there’s some useful considerations when buying papers. This buyer’s guide will help advise you in these considerations.

Ease of Rolling

One of the most important considerations is that of your rolling abilities. Frequent joint smokers may no longer think about this, but for newer smokers or rollers, it can be annoying to pick up a new pack of papers and find that you can’t roll them. There is typically a trade-off between thickness and ease of rolling. Thicker papers are usually easier to roll, but tend to interfere with flavour a little more than thinner alternatives. Regardless of the paper you’re used to, a bit of practice and you’ll become competent in every design.

Flavour Retention

Flavour is most influenced by the thickness of the paper, the glues used and the material that the paper is made from. Rice papers are often considered to have the best flavour retention, followed by Flax, Hemp and Wood Pulp, respectively. This is more important if you’re smoking high quality flower. If you’re smoking brick weed, flavour retention has less relevance.

Health & Safety

Many consumers assume that because papers are available from stores that they’ve got to be safe, but that’s not the case. Just recently a study showed that there are health risks associated with certain rolling papers. What the study found, is that many of the attempts by manufacturers to have their papers stand out may actually have health impacts, as excessive levels of copper was associated with on-paper branding and designs. While the results weren’t published with the details of how each brand performed, it is something to consider. Opting for papers made from natural dyes and materials are more likely to be safer.

Size

Finally, think about the size of your joints first. King size is the most popular option, but if you prefer to roll smaller joints, you can always cut a king-size in half and create two 0.75g joints. The size of your papers can also influence your rolling, and each size takes some getting used to.

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