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The Best Rolling Papers for Joints

Joint rollers, this list will come in handy.

Prerolls are great and all , but I love rolling joints. There is a great joy in rolling a good joint for the sesh. And papers are the mechanism that delivers your weed, which makes them important. This list is an ode to the joint papers that make our smoking sessions great.

I have personally tried every single one of these brands listed below. Some, I have known like close friends, historic brands with lineage over 100 years. Others are the new papers on the block that should be tried at least once.

From the very affordable to the very fancy, here are 10 of the best rolling papers for weed:

Juicy Jays

Colorful, fruity Juicy Jays are made out of hemp fiber and are beloved by many. The popular 1 ¼ inch papers are adored by smokers who seek to match a flavor profile with the natural terpenes in their cannabis . I have found they taste strongest on my tongue right after I roll it, or just after I lick my lips after hitting the joint, and not necessarily in the smoke itself. Favorite flavors of mine include Sticky Candy, Pineapple, White Grape, Peanut Butter, Peaches & Cream, and Wham Bam Watermelon.

Blazy Susan’s Pink Rolling Papers

The pink papers you have been seeing all over Instagram? The cannabis accessory company Blazy Susan coined them. These are vegan, non-GMO, and made with organic pink pigments in a factory in France. Some may consider these girly, but joints made with Blazy Susan’s rolling papers are quite simply a stunning way to smoke. Most importantly, they offer function alongside their cute aesthetic form by burning slow and evenly and tasting super light.


If you like good rolls with an air of sophistication, then the French-made OCB papers are perfect for you. Founded in 1918 (yep, we been rolling that long), OCB — which stands for Odet, Cascedec, Bollore — is sold on six continents.

Today, it’s just a super chic, thin paper most cannabis consumers know for their holographic-reflective accents. The flax plant fiber paper themselves are so thin, they are transparent, and include an adhesive strip of Arabic gum that is vegetarian and non-GMP. Most OCB packs of papers come with 32 leaves and 32 perforated tips attached so you can roll a crutch for every joint.


Founded in 1995, Raw papers are produced in Alcoy, Spain, a town for which the history of paper production is attributed, dating back to the 1600s. People love RAW papers because they have no added chalk, dyes, or additives. The lineup of Raw papers , according to the website, are made of just plants and plant starch, are vegan, non-GMO, chlorine-free, gluten-free, made using windmill power, and with a special criss-cross watermark that helps them smoke more evenly.

One thing we love? The paper packs and cones come in quite literally every size imaginable, including extra-long “RAW Classic Challenge Con” that is 2 feet long (600 mm). The company has done its share of special collaborations and artist series including a line with Wiz Khalifa, Clipper lighters, B-Real’s Phunky Feel glass tips.

Pure Hemp

Pure Hemp is as classic and minimalist as its name implies. Made in Barcelona, Spain, by a 125-year-old Spanish paper company Miquel y Costas Miquel S.A., these rolling papers put “earth’s oldest crop,” hemp, on a pedestal. These papers are thick to the touch, making them a bit easier to roll, but burn even and clean. Beloved Pure Hemp packs also have a clever “last 5” warning strips with a little cartoon dude. Try them for yourself to see.


Elements , as its name implies, is obsessed with earth-friendly materials and green energy in making its papers. Made with sugar gum for its adhesive, these sweet packs come with perforated crutches for rolling, and the paper itself is made out of rice, making them almost completely translucent. To be even more eco-friendly, the papers production facility in the Spanish region of Alcoy (the birthplace of rolling papers) is entirely wind-powered.

Elements are also uniquely dope for its “perfect fold” engineering , as well as its watermark which is in a criss-cross shape, meant to prevent runs and allow for a smoother burn. One last plus: their packs are great for throwing in your pocket because of their magnetic closing mechanism.


Ah, Randy’s , the original wired joint papers. Founded in 1975 in San Francisco, these bad boys are an engineering marvel, so simple yet so extraordinarily easy to use. And they smoke well, too. The classic ”Randy’s Wire” is made out of 100% steel made in America, which gradually bends and folds over as you smoke the joint. About halfway through, the wire becomes a joint holder that enables you to finish the rest of the j with ease, even when it gets teeny-tiny.

Lift Tickets

These are the only paper on the list that you need to purchase in a dispensary because they are finely coated with cannabis concentrate. Lift Tickets are sticky but surprisingly easy to roll, because the added layer of stickiness helps cohese all the ground-up cannabis together. Strains that the 5-pack of Lift Ticket papers come in are terpene-infused varieties like indica Larry OG, the concentrates produced by cannabis company LoudPack . Only available in California, these papers are one of the best flavored rolling papers around.


People have been rolling these babies for 130 years. A Zig-Zag pack looks and feels like an old, familiar friend. They are one of the most widely-accessible (they’re available over the counter is most convenient and grocery stores) and popular rolling papers in the world. The slow-burning orange pack is a go-to for cannabis consumers to roll with.

Other Zig-Zag options today include their unbleached and organic hemp papers. At 32 papers per pack, they are going to be one of the most affordable rolling papers on the list. The man on its cover, a 19th-century French soldier and mythic rolling paper innovator Le Zouave, is a countercultural icon.

“80 Benny” Papers from Empire Rolling

These are a cool party trick. Smoking benjamins has never been easier, thanks to the $100 bill papers from Empire Rolling. Their “80 Benny” papers are colorful and look exactly like a modern $100 bill, Ben Franklin smirking-and-all. The 80 Bennys are made with natural plant fibers, non-toxic vegetable oil coloring, and organic sugar glue. Their “wallet” packs have 20 perforated filter crutches in them for your rolling convenience. They are thick and make for a tougher roll, but super worthwhile to make your friends think you are a baller smoking tiny Benjamins.

Feature Image: Juicy Jays are one popular joint rolling paper that made the list. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps )

The Best Rolling Papers for Joints Joint rollers, this list will come in handy. Prerolls are great and all , but I love rolling joints. There is a great joy in rolling a good joint for the

Our Unbiased Guide To The Best Rolling Papers

Dec 11, 2018 5 minute read

Once you see the difference between paper brands, there’s no going back.

The importance of rolling papers is underrated. Outside the depths of weed culture, many cannabis consumers are not fully aware of how papers affect an experience in terms of taste and product conservation. I’ve been smoking for more than 10 years now and only recently woke up to this revelation. Aside from obvious differences like a cough attack versus a smooth, clean drag, the right papers can make an eighth of flower last twice as long—or two nights, if you’re like me.

TL;DR: Choosing the right papers will make or break your smoking experience, but if you’d rather skip the line and go with something ready to light, we’ve got you covered with the top-rated pre-rolls in the country.

OCB X-Pert Slim Fit

Odet Cascadec Bolloré, now OCB, is another ancient rolling paper company. Think of them as 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, they’re thin enough to produce less ash than others. Papers specifically designed for weed tend to lack the friction that makes them easier to roll for novice smokers. OCB’s slight weight make them a good starting point for beginners.

Bottom Line: They’re solid papers that won’t make you break a sweat when it comes time to roll.

Smoking King Size Deluxe

Founded in Spain in 1879, Smoking is one of the oldest rolling paper companies in existence. While obviously conceived for tobacco, varieties have since expanded to king-size papers in Deluxe and Green (hemp-based), and are clearly intended for weed whether the packaging wants to admit it or not. A favorite among my friends, the aforementioned Deluxe King Size is a luxuriously slow paper presented in a black pack with antiquated, big band flair. These natural, ultra-thin white papers offer a suave alternative to traditional, stoner-centric options. They’ve been around 100-something years for a reason.

Bottom Line: Listen to Frank Sinatra while smoking with these and consider yourself a connoisseur of life.

Elements King Size

Elements prides itself on producing the most environmentally conscious of all papers. Made primarily from rice, sugar, and 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: If you’re eco-conscious and nimble with your hands, these might be just the thing for you.


Considered solely based on their widespread accessibility (they’re sold anywhere cigarettes are), those iconic orange packets of Zig-Zag rolling papers should exist only as a last resort. When driving through one of California’s largely deserted armpits, you might find yourself paperless, in which case the bearded icon will become your best friend. Otherwise, you’re better off pretending you don’t know them. Though they’re intended for tobacco and burn rather quickly, they’re thinner than other gas station options, making them the only admissible option.

Bottom Line: Do it if you have to, don’t do it if you don’t.

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 By Chance. While the best papers typically come from Spain and France (where they smoke like there’s no tomorrow), Raw has reintroduced American exceptionalism with products openly designed for the herb. Their papers come in Classic Raw or Hemp and are made from a blend of naturally unbleached fibers, giving them a lovely brown translucence. I prefer the Classic to Hemp because they make for a lighter smoke. Little-known fact: When rolling papers are folded in their packaging, they have a distinct crease that can cause your joint to run. Raw circumvents the issue by packing the papers flat and making them wide enough to hold a comfortable crutch.

Bottom Line: You won’t find better papers than these. Several highly-rated pre-rolls from brands like Korova, Sherbinskis, Sunday Goods, and Biscotti all use Raw papers.

And the necessary novelty mention goes to…

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: They’re a joke but also a lot of fun.

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 are like choosing perfect accessories: They accentuate your look without becoming the main attraction.

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