Tobacco’s out – at least as far as rolling papers are concerned. This isn’t a revelation or anything; the popularity of adding tobacco into the rolling papers themselves dimmed out rapidly over the last few years. These days, event blunt wraps that contain tobacco are being scrutinized. Most of this has to do with a general increase in health-consciousness with consumers growing increasingly interested in marijuana’s medical benefits. It only makes sense that they’d be seeking the healthiest rolling paper solutions available. With hemp and rice papers regularly topping prominent lists of the best rolling papers, it seems like the perfect time to discuss our favorite natural rolling paper and wrap picks (in no particular order).
UPDATE: Bio Organic HMP Cones for Gluten-Free Smokers
We got in these Bio Organic HMP Cones well after we initially published this list but felt like they deserved a mention. They’re created through an organic method so you won’t have your rolling papers inundated with unnatural chemical additives in any step of the production; no pesticides, no herbicides, no chemical fertilizers. They’re also gluten free which is great for smokers with dietary restrictions and gluten allergens. Unlike the rest of the rolling papers that made this list, these are only available in cone form.
OCB: The Best Rolling Papers for the Eco-Conscious
OCB are some of the best rolling papers for the smoker looking for an option that considers the environment just as much as his/her own body. OCB rolling papers are presented in recycled packaging emblazoned with vegetable-based inks that are fully sustainable. The rolling papers themselves are hemp-based and the company’s Organic line really goes the extra distance to maintain purity. These papers are comprised of GMO-free hemp grown on the French company’s organic farms. The result is a vegetarian-friendly thin hemp rolling paper with a smooth, slow burn. All-natural Arabic gum sealants add a finishing touch to a premium rolling paper choice.
Zen Effen: Thin Hemp Rolling Papers For the Win
If you’ve got rolling skills, then thin is always in which makes Zen Effen a top choice for natural rolling papers. These are easily some of the thinnest (if not the absolute thinnest) hemp rolling papers on the market but they still have a decent durability. Regardless, these aren’t the best choice for novices who are trying to work out their practice joints. But once you’ve got your practice in and are confident about your rolling skills, Zen Effen rolling papers can reward you with a smooth, even burn. Zen Effen are made from pure hemp and a 100% natural Arabic gum for a strong seal that doesn’t rely on hazardous chemicals.
Elements: Rice is Nice
While most of our favorite health-conscious rolling papers are hemp-based, we recognize that not all smokers are feeling hemp rolling papers and that’s where Elements really shine. Elements are rice-based rolling papers that seal with all-natural Acacia gum for a clean burn with minimal ash. However, like Zen Effen, Elements are so thin that they can be challenging for novice rollers. It’s a bit of a novelty, but some packs of Elements boast exceptionally innovative packaging for rolling papers. While a basic Elements pack is pretty standard, some packaging includes tips and a magnetic closure to protect your papers from the…uh…elements. This can really come in handy since the rice paper is susceptible to curling when exposed to humidity. Warping like this won’t ruin the paper but it can make a pack look less-than-pristine.
RAW: Still One of the Best
Pretty much anytime we talk about rolling papers, we have to talk about RAW. For any old school video game enthusiasts, you can sort of consider RAW rolling papers the Mario of Super Mario Bros. 2
(not as strong as Toad, can’t float like the Princess, can’t jump super high like Luigi – just the best all-around). These organic rolling papers are straight out of Alcoy, Spain where they’re created without any bleaches or other potentially toxic additives. I’ve met a lot of folks in and out of the medical community that wouldn’t hesitate to call RAW the best rolling papers because they’re light, airy and you can taste the purity. They’re also pretty much everywhere. You can also get a lot of variety from RAW, from the ultra-thin double-pressed RAW Black artisan papers to the RAW Masterpiece and Artesano lines (which come presented in eco craft packaging with Japanese thermography)!
A Note About Vegan Hemp Wraps
You’re possibly asking yourself, “Aren’t all hemp wraps vegan?” We've been asked this question a lot since the publication of this blog. It’s an understandable point of confusion for even the most devout aficionados of blunt papers. Simply put, if the wraps you’re using aren’t clearly labeled as vegan, then they’re not vegan. The inclusion of tobacco turns most conscientious vegans off to smoking blunts because tobacco companies often engage in animal testing. However, since states like California and Massachusetts banned flavored tobacco products in recent years, vegan blunt wraps have seen a rise in popularity. Several brands of cigarillo wraps also fail the vegan test through the use of glues created using animal collagen (most often horse bones and hooves). Most suppliers of blunt paper produce vegan hemp wraps in addition to the more traditional cigarillo wraps of old, though High Hemp is one of the brands most closely associated to the vegan lifestyle.
High Hemp: The Titans of Taste
One of the built-in perks of choosing all-natural hemp rolling papers and wraps is the untainted flavor. You don’t need a refined palette to recognize that chemicals and contaminants taste pretty nasty. High Hemp provides some of the best wraps for outstanding taste because, by being comprised of fully organic hemp, they’re cutting out additives that pollute your flavors not to mention your body. If you’re in the mood for something a bit exotic, High Hemp are adept at complimenting the taste of your herb with their own array of flavors. But if you’re a purist who wants the convenience and old school cool of a blunt but without compromising the distinct flavor profiles of your flower, High Hemp also provides plenty of flavorless options. They’re also vegan with a low environmental impact and high CBD.
King Palms: The Purity of the Rainforest
You don’t get more natural than King Palms. These are actual palm leaves hand-picked in a Singapore rainforest so they’re free of artificial pesticides and additives. Purified water is used to clean the leaves and the result is a clean, all-natural alternative to traditional rolling papers and blunt wraps. King Palms are reinforced with a corn husk crutch so these are some really primal options from front to back. They’re pre-rolled too so this helps out those of us with less-than-stellar blunt rolling skills. With their slow burn and rich flavor, King Palms are definitely a brand to keep your eye on.