What are Rolling Papers made of?

What are Rolling Papers made of?

One thing you need to know is that not all rolling papers are made equal. There is a notable difference in the materials and the additional ingredients used in production. Several materials have been used to make rolling papers and cones. Here are some of them:

Wood Pulp

Wood pulp is the same material that makes writing paper. Papers made from wood pulp have been in existence since the earliest days of rolling papers, and they continue to exist. Typically, they have a brown or light brown color. 

These papers tend to burn faster and produce the most ash. They also appear thick and feel the same when you touch them. 

In recent times, companies have introduced chemicals like chlorine to make wood pulp paper burn much smoother and slower. The chemicals bleach the papers, giving them a white appearance.

There are health and environmental concerns regarding the use of bleached rolling paper. 


Rice features among the most common rolling paper materials in the market. As rice fiber got into the market, many top brands switched from wood pulp and started using it. When mass production of rolling papers started, rice was one of the major materials used. 

It was toward the end of the 1800s, and the usage of rolling papers made from rice extended deep into the 20th century. 

The rolling papers are thinner and lighter, and they burn for longer periods. The only downside is that they can go off if you take long breaks. Learners may find it challenging to roll a joint because the paper rips easily. 


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Hemp has become increasingly popular among the materials used to make rolling papers. Many people like it because it is associated with cannabis, and it contains a mild, sweet taste. Smokers find the taste pleasant.

Hemp rolling papers are products of dried pulp that comes from mashed up leaves of marijuana. It contains 100% all natural fiber, providing users with the healthiest option among rolling papers. 

Generally, hemp rolling papers are light and do not get ripped easily. it also burns evenly and slowly without producing excess ash and does not go off easily. 

Typically, hemp solves the challenges users experience when using wood pulp or rice.


Flax rolling papers have become quite less popular compared to the way they used to be. Flax is a versatile plant material (made from the Linum plant), is thin, and easy to roll. 

Although flax is slightly thicker than rice, it has less combustion, meaning you will taste less smoke and more of your natural herbs. It has a slow burn rate and does not leave an unpleasant aftertaste. 

Blended Papers

Some rolling papers have several drawbacks which may make users dislike them. Companies tend to blend the various materials to reduce the disadvantages. For instance, they can blend wood pulp and rice to produce a rolling paper that does not burn faster and produces less ash. It also burns more evenly.