Smoke Tips: How to Choose the Right Rolling Paper

How to Choose the Right Rolling Paper

Rolling papers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There is no set standard of width, or length, and they will vary slightly depending on the manufacturer. If picking the proper size was not daunting enough, we must also consider the material used for rolling paper. Common materials include wood pulp, rice, and hemp, each offering their own set of pros and cons. Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is that choosing the right paper comes down to personal preference. How to choose the right rolling paper really depends on your experience with smoking.


These papers typically measure 68-70mm in length and 34-36mm in width. These papers are very common and can be found at most gas stations and smoke shops. They are less popular due to their size and associated rolling difficulty.
These papers measure roughly 68-70mm in length, but range from 63-88mm in width. Because these are the least popular size available, their dimensions vary greatly depending on the brand. Recommended only if you’re trying to produce a large cone. B careful that you pack it efficiently, as it is easy to end up smoking more paper than herb.

1 ¼
Measuring in at about 76-78mm in length and 45-48mm in width, these papers offer you, as the name implies, 25% more real estate than a standard single wide. These are the most popular size of rolling paper on the market, and are perfect for rolling cones!

1 ½
As the previous entry offered a 25% increase, you can probably guess that the 1 ½ boasts a 50% increase. Measuring in at roughly 76-78mm in length and 60-62mm in width. These cones, while less popular than the slightly smaller brother, are still widely available.

Measurements ranging from 100-110mm in length and 55-60mm in width make this the largest standard size. King size papers also come in a slim variety – referred to as King Slims. The increased length of king size papers make them the second most popular size on the market.


Most widely available, and most commonly used. The biggest advantage of these papers is their ease of use, making them perfect for those still learning to roll. Wood pulp papers have a medium-to-high burn rate, and usually stay lit pretty well. Their most noticeable disadvantage is their distinct aftertaste, that not every body enjoys. They also produce more ash than other materials.

Made from rice, and typically the thinnest of the available papers. Lack of taste being their biggest advantage, they also burn slower than standard wood pulp papers. Most notable drawback being that they are quite a challenge to roll properly. Not recommended for those still learning the art of rolling.

Hemp papers can be found in a variety of thicknesses, but as a general rule of thumb, they are thicker and have a more textured feel than that of rice papers. This provides a good grip, and makes for a relatively easy roll. Hemp papers also stay lit better and burn slower than rice papers, but also boast a mild sweet and musky taste that most smokers find pleasant. Last but not least, hemp papers are also considered the most eco-friendly option.

If you have any other questions or want a live demo of how to roll dry herbs, stop in the shop and we can help you get started on what you need.

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