Maybe you can’t see a big difference between paper brands. We can.
The importance of rolling papers is underrated. Outside the depths of weed culture, a scene founded upon long-time medicinal smokers and burgeoning with new-found legality, many marijuana consumers are not fully aware of the effect papers play on experience in terms of taste and product conservation. I’ve been smoking for 10 years, only awoke to this revelation a year ago. Aside from being the difference between a cough attack, tar-mouthed piece of shit and a smooth-breathing high, the right papers can make an eighth last twice as long. So, if you’re me, two nights.
With the Internet offering an abhorrent representation of this largely unexplored topic (attn: Bambu papers are trash), the Skeeve is here to set the record straight.
RAW KING SIZE SUPREME
Raws have become hugely popular in recent years, growing from a secret staple of heady stoners to appearances in rap videos like Rae Sremmurd’s terrible new song “By Chance,” and in the more-420-friendly convenience stores. While the best papers typically come from Spain and France, Raw reintroduces American exceptionalism with products openly designed for marijuana. The papers come in Classic Raw or Hemp. Classic Raw is made from a blend of naturally unbleached fibers as opposed to being chlorine whitened, giving that lovely brown translucence. I prefer the Classic to Hemp, in my opinion a lighter smoke. The best papers I buy are Creaseless Classic Raw King Size Supreme. Little known fact: The mechanical crease of a rolling paper can cause your joint to run. These large, flat papers circumvent the issue, with enough space for a comfortable crutch.
Bottom Line: The best papers
SMOKING KING SIZE DELUXE
Founded in Spain, 1879, Smoking is one of the oldest rolling paper companies in existence. While obviously conceived for tobacco, varieties now expand to king size papers in Deluxe and Green (hemp), and are clearly intended for weed, whether the packaging admits it or not. A favorite among friends, the aforementioned Deluxe King Size is a luxuriously slow paper presented in a black pack with antiquated, big band flair. These natural, ultrathin white papers offer a suave alternative to the more stoner-centric options. They’ve been around 137 years for a reason.
Bottom Line: Listen to Frank Sinatra while Smoking, consider self a connoisseur of life
OCB X-PERT SLIM FIT
Odet Cascadec Bolloré, now OCB, is another ancient rolling-paper company. Think Smoking’s French counterpart. In lieu of Smoking’s aesthetically endearing nod to the past, OCB offers a package from the sleek silver future with delicate papers now geared toward weed. My favorite is the OCB X-Pert Slim Fit. They have no taste, burn slowly, and though not the thinnest, thin enough to produce less ash than others. Papers specifically designed for weed tend to lack the friction to make the initial tuck with ease on a joint, unless you’re used to doing it all the time. OCB’s slight weight make them a good starting point.
Bottom Line: Easy to roll for a good paper
ELEMENTS KING SIZE
Elements prides itself on producing the most environmentally conscious of all papers. Made from rice and sugar with wind power, they create no ash, instead caramelizing the natural sugar gum as it burns. This Spanish Company makes beautiful papers, but they burn faster than others and are more difficult to roll. However, the pack does feature a tiny magnet that snaps it closed. Very cool.
Bottom Line: Advanced level stoner
ORANGE 1 1/4 ZIG ZAG
Considered solely based on accessibility, sold anywhere cigarettes are, Orange Zig Zag exists as a last resort. If driving through the middle of Idaho, and you find yourself paperless, a bearded icon becomes your best friend. Though intended for tobacco and burning rather quickly, they’re thinner than other gas station options, and the only admissible one.
Bottom Line: Do it if you have to
Necessary Novelty Mention:
RANDY’S WIRED ROLLING PAPERS
Randy’s are fun because they make you feel fancy. Though the papers themselves aren’t great—kind of thick, burning too fast—a thin metal wire extends along the length of the paper. As you smoke, you bend the wire down into a little handle. This, for some reason, feels incredibly aristocratic in a silly way. Though your joint will probably run along the wire and burn a little unevenly, it is completely worth it.
Bottom Line: Funny when stoned
Look, as you can probably tell from this list, selecting the right rolling papers can be a more personal endeavor than you might’ve thought. But at the end of the day, choosing high-quality papers is like choosing perfect accessories: They accentuate your look without becoming the main attraction.