October 19, 2023 08:00 am ETEstimated Read Time: 4 Minutes
Rolling papers have a long and storied history. They originated in Alcoy, Spain back in the 1500s where they were known as cigarette papers, primarily used for tobacco. Today, rolling papers have taken on an entirely new identity as essential tools for any cannabis consumer. Even rolling paper companies themselves have caught on, designing their products with cannabis specifically in mind.
Thanks to cannabis’ ever-growing popularity, the modern herb consumer has nearly unlimited options when it comes to their rolling paper. Not just when it comes to brands either! Today’s consumers can even choose what material they want their rolling paper to be made from.
Here are some of the most popular brands on the market:
JOB Gold 1-1/2 size (100% wood fibers)
Zig Zag (made from wood, pulp, hemp, and flax)
Raw (made from flax and hemp fibers)
Element (made from pure rice)
OCB (made from flax, bamboo, wood, and hemp)
Here are the rolling paper material options consumers can choose from:
Even with all these cannabis-specific papers, some consumers still prefer more traditional tobacco papers. When these are used, the end product is called a blunt. Buyer beware; if tobacco is not for you — you will not enjoy a blunt.
The History of Rolling Papers
Rolling paper’s history goes back hundreds of years. There are many different versions of where rolling papers come from or originated, but most, lead you to a town in Spain called Alcoy. Legend says that Christopher Columbus brought tobacco leaves and cigars to Spain when he returned from the Americas. Cigars were expensive as they were new, and only rich people, known as aristocrats, could afford them. Aristocrats would smoke their cigars and frivolously toss the butt wherever they chose. Poor people would pick these butts up and re-roll the tobacco using old newspapers.
Allegedly, someone saw these poor people using newspapers to roll tobacco and had an ingenious idea. Somewhere in the 1500s, rolling papers were born. The first rolling papers were more of a roll of paper comprised of big sheets that were folded and cut to size. The first rolling paper company, Pay-Pay, established itself in 1703. In 1765, Dominican monk Father Jamie Villanueva Estingo reportedly redefined how papers were distributed, placing them in pre-packed booklets.
Of course, Spain wasn’t the only one entertaining the concept of rolling papers. An old campfire story recounts the tale of a Frenchman, Alexandro Lacroix, trading a soldier champagne for papers in 1532. Alexandro replicated these papers and started making them himself. Nearly 200 years later, a descendant of Alexandro named Francois Lacroix founded the Lacroix Rolling Paper Company. Another hundred years would pass, and this company would go on to become what is known today as the legendary Rizla Rolling Papers.
Unpacking the Popularity of Joints
Joints have grown in popularity over the years. Today, they are a staple of cannabis consumption. Even with the advent of healthier smoking options like vaporizers, many still choose the classic joint.
Apply For Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Veriheal has satisfied hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide
Get approved or your money back
Appointments available on-demand
Customer support available 24/7
Many people start and end their day with a good joint. When you smoke in the morning after waking up, it is referred to as a wake-n-bake. Wake and bakes can be done with bowls and bongs, but for many, a good old-fashioned joint is still the go-to option.
The art of rolling joints is one that is an acquired talent. Joints can be rolled into all kinds of different shapes. Simply put, if you can imagine it, there’s somebody out there who can roll a joint in its shape. I’ve seen joints rolled into helicopters, scorpions, bowls, and more.
(RAW Rolling Papers show how to use their rolling papers in unconventional ways)
Decades of government anti-cannabis propaganda brainwashed a nation into believing cannabis, or marijuana as they called it, was the devil’s lettuce. Of course, this campaign against cannabis was built on the foundation of racism, sexism, and greed. To protest this, it’s not uncommon to see crowds smoking joints or even crowds smoking a huge joint. At this point, it’s hard to argue that the humble joint hasn’t risen to the status of a powerful political tool.
Ashley Priest is a patient, mother, entrepreneur, and activist that fights to end prohibition globally for a better future for all. Ashley has a passion for sharing education pertaining to the goddess plant known as cannabis. She believes that a single seed can tip the scales and that together through education we can end the stigma that is preventing cannabis from flowering to its full potential globally.
Blunts: What are they exactly, and how do they affect your body? If you’re interested in smoking blunts—or already smoke them—this guide is for you. We’ll cover everything you need to know about this popular cannabis intake method, including how they’re made, how they differ from spliffs and joints, risks of use, and alternative intake…
“Stoned,” “high,” “tripping,” and “baked,” are all terms engrained in the cannabis community. These metaphorical descriptions contribute to how we perceive, interpret, and learn from the experiences produced by cannabis consumption. Cannabis experiences, of course, are unique and highly variable. Specific plant strains, the presence of other cannabinoids, different delivery methods, and a user’s individual…
Cannabis seeds, aka beans, come in a lot of different varieties. On top of countless different strains to choose from, there are regular cannabis seeds, feminized cannabis seeds, auto-flowering cannabis seeds, and ruderalis cannabis seeds. Ruderalis cannabis seeds are the least common out of the group, generally only used by breeders. Regular cannabis seeds produce…
With fall well underway, many growers are getting ready to harvest their cannabis cards. When it comes to harvests, you better have a plan ready, or things will get really hectic real quick. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be. With a little due diligence and some planning, you can make harvesting your outdoor cannabis plants…
As more states move toward legalization, accurately detecting impaired driving is of the utmost importance. Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) have long been the go-to method for law enforcement to assess driver impairment caused by substances like alcohol. However, a recent 2023 study published in JAMA Psychiatry raises serious questions about the accuracy of these tests…
The statements made regarding cannabis products on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cannabis is not an FDA-approved substance and is still illegal under federal law. The information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. We strongly recommend that you consult with a physician or other qualified healthcare provider before using any cannabis products. The use of any information provided on this website is solely at your own risk.