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Rolling Paper Sizes

Rolling Paper Sizes:
Lengths, Widths and Other Useful Information

Rolling papers size can be very confusing. 1 1/4, Single Wide, 1 1/2. what does this mean? What cigarette roller and paper size can i use together? We have answers to these questions that can help when deciding to roll your own.

First off, let’s understand what the size of the papers really mean. There are only a few different sizes of rolling papers . They are:

  • Single Wide
  • 1 1/4
  • 1 1/2
  • Double Wide
  • King Size

Within the industry, these sizes have slightly different meanings from one manufacturer to the next. The term 1 1/4, 1 1/2, ect, are not meant to be a definitive size, but are used more as a general size guideline. The widths of these sizes can vary between different rolling paper brands. We will cover the guidelines for the different size rolling papers below.

  • Single Wide: Generally speaking, the single wide rolling paper is 68-70mm in length and 34-36mm in width. This is about 2.75 x 1.4 inches. This size will vary slightly amongst cigarette brands and is considered to be fairly popular with the roll your own community. You would use a 70mm cigarette roller with these size rolling papers.
  • 1 1/4: 1 1/4 got it’s name because it can hold approximately 25% more product than a Single Wide rolling paper. The 1 1/4 rolling paper is 76-78mm in length and 45-48mm in width. This works out to be about 3.1 x 1.8 inches. Each brand will be slightly different in size, but will usually fall within the above guidelines. These rolling papers are considered to be the most popular of all the sizes and are sometimes called “French Size” or “Spanish”. You would use a 79mm cigarette roller with these size rolling papers.
  • 1 1/2: 1 1/2 got it’s name because it can hold approximately 50% more product than a Single Wide rolling paper. The 1 1/2 rolling paper is 76-78mm in length and 60-62mm in width. This works out to be about 3.1 x 2.4 inches. This is the same as a 1 1/4 rolling paper except that it will roll a bigger diameter cigarette because of it’s bigger width. These aren’t quite as popular as some of the other sizes but are still widely available. You would use a 79mm cigarette roller with these size rolling papers.
  • Double Wide: This particular rolling paper got it’s name because it can approximately hold double the amount of product that a single wide rolling paper can. These are usually 76-78mm in length and 63-88mm in width. This converts to about 3.1 x 2.5-3.5 inches. The sizes of these paper can vary greatly from brand to brand and are not very popular. These will be the hardest of all the sizes to find but will roll the biggest diameter cigarette. You would use a 79mm cigarette roller with these rolling papers.
  • King Size: A King Size rolling paper is the biggest standard rolling paper on the market that has a consistent size across all brands. They are 100-105mm in length and 55-60mm in width. This converts to about 4 x 2 inches. There is a lot of confusion because of the name “King Size”. This is because a king size cigarette is usually 84mm in length and a king size rolling paper is usually 100-105mm in length. The king size rolling paper is about the length of a standard 100mm cigarette. These are the longest length of all the standard size rolling papers. They’re very popular, easy to find and are available in many different brands. These will be a slight variance in size from brand to brand but will usually fall within the guidelines listed above. You would use a 110mm cigarette roller with these rolling papers.

It’s easy to see why different size rolling papers can be confusing to some people, especially to those just starting to roll their own. You will become familiar with all the sizes and what they mean in no time at all. You can also see our page on How To Roll Your Own Cigarettes if you are just starting out in the roll your own process. You can also see our page on Cigarette Sizes if you are interested in the different manufactured cigarette sizes available.

Rolling Paper Size information and breakdown. Find out the different lengths, widths and what size cigarette roller to use with a certain size rolling paper.

How Much Weed Fits in a Joint?

In all the years I’ve smoked, though, I’d never actually thought about how much weed fits in a joint. I mean, sure, I’m generally aware of how much bud I used and how much I have left. But I’d never done the math to figure out exactly how much marijuana fits in a joint. Suddenly I was more than just curious. Knowing how much pot I could put in each paper would mean I’d know exactly how long each gram would last.

I started by looking for an answer online. I love math, but Google’s easier.

A statistical analysis from drug policy researchers estimates the average joint includes 0.32 grams of marijuana. But a survey conducted by High Times puts the average closer to 0.75 grams.

With so many smoking styles, pot densities, and paper sizes, there’s no easy answer to “How much weed fits in that?” But as a marijuana blogger and former calculus teacher (unrelated), I couldn’t take “there’s no easy answer” for an answer. That would be too easy.

So I found the most common rolling paper sizes (and a few not-so-common ones) and set out to mathematically determine just how much weed fits in a joint.

A Quick Note About the Maths

Jump ahead to the results if you don’t care about how I mathed.

The amount of marijuana that fits in a joint can be calculated using some fairly simple geometry. We just need to know the dimensions of the rolled joint and the equation for volume of a cone. We’ll also have to factor out the space lost at the bottom of the joint (especially if you use a filter/roach), which I do in the expert graphic below.

To keep calculations simple, if not scientific, let’s estimate that 15% of the maximum volume of the cone is automatically lost when rolling a joint to the filter, overlap where you seal the paper, and the fact that your weed isn’t packed in perfectly – it needs a little room to breathe.

Of course, the amount of marijuana needed to fill the available space will depend on the density of the bud. For the sake of consistency, let’s assume one gram of weed fills a joint rolled with 1 1/2″ rolling paper (if you’re stocked up on a particularly dense strain from your local Boulder dispensary, you may be able to fit a little more than my estimates).

I glossed over a few steps to speed things along and avoid overwhelming the math averse, but our final equation will look something like this:

Mass (marijuana) = πr 2 (h/3) * 2.43

We’re finally ready to measure how much weed fits in a joint. While these estimates can help you plan how any joints your remaining weed will fill, keep in mind these are just estimates. And if your maths can beat up my maths, please share in the comments.

Amount of Weed In a Joint (by Size of Rolling Paper)

Single Wide

Paper Dimensions: 2.75” x 1.4”
Radius of cone when rolled into a joint: 0.2”

How much weed can fit? 0.28 grams

Perfect for solo joints or a joint shared between 2-3 beginners.

1 ¼” Rolling Papers

Paper Dimensions: 3.1” x 1.8”
Radius of cone when rolled into a joint: 0.32”

How much weed can fit? 0.81 grams

One of the go-to rolling paper sizes, 1 1/4″ papers are big enough to share with 2-3 friends, but small enough that an experienced cannabis consumer could roll a pinner for solo use.

1 ½” Rolling Papers

Paper Dimensions: 3.1” x 2.4”
Radius when rolled into a joint: 0.36”

How much weed fits? 1 gram

Best saved for social settings when you can share… maybe if you’re an experienced consumer with a high tolerance looking to fade the day.

Double Wide

Paper Dimensions: 3.1” x 3.0”
Radius when rolled into a joint: 0.43”

How much weed fits? 1.46 grams

Perfect for rolling “fatties” for a long smoke session with multiple friends.

King Size

Paper Dimensions: 4” x 2”
Radius when rolled into a joint: .29”

How much fits? 0.86 grams

A longer, narrower joint with enough weed to get you and a few friends high.

Cheech & Chong Big Bambu Giant Rolling Paper

Big Bambu is the second album from Cheech & Chong. And, the original release included a giant rolling paper. Just for fun, I wanted to see how much weed it would take to fill it.

With dimensions of approximately 24” x 11”, a joint rolled with the Big Bambu paper would have a whopping 52.6 cubic inches of space to fill.

That translates to 154.7 grams of marijuana!

If you’re trying to pack the most weed into a single joint, wider papers are likely your best bet (unless you can get your hands on a Big Bambu giant rolling paper). I f you love smoking but hate how fast you run through your weed, consider smaller papers that reduce the total cannabis you can fit in each joint.

And if you love joints but hate having to roll them yourself, pick up a sativa, indica, hybrid, or caviar pre-roll from your favorite Boulder recreational marijuana dispensary.

Karing Kind Is Boulder’s First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary

We strive to offer a top-tier experience every time you enter our store. Our extensive menu of popular and hard-to-find strains, award-winning budtenders, incredible deals, and the lowest marijuana tax rate in the state make us the perfect Colorado cannabis destination.

While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates, edibles, salves and tinctures, inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week. Check our menu and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available.

How much weed (how many grams) fits in common rolling paper sizes, from 1 ¼” to double wides and blunt wraps. (Karing Kind | Boulder, CO)