There are so many types of rolling papers—how do I know which ones to buy?
When you’re first learning to roll cigarettes, you’ll probably want to use large, wide rolling papers. A big rolling paper is easier to hold than a small, narrow one. It might make sense to make the trip to your city’s smoke shop—there, you’ll get a good selection, and you’ll probably be able to speak with an expert. Let the staff know what you value in a rolling paper—do you want something that’s easy to hold? Do you care about organic? Do you live in a humid place? If so, invest in a better rolling paper—cheap ones might grow brittle and curl. As long as you’re eighteen or over, don’t be afraid to linger at the smoke shop while you make up your mind.
OK, now I have my rolling papers. How do I use my rolling papers?
If you’re a visual learner, check out YouTube and Google for easy-to-follow videos. Or, ask a trusted friend how best to roll. Ultimately, everyone has their own preferences, styles, and rolling paper “quirks”—you’ll learn yours.
In the meantime, keep a few things in mind: first of all, be patient! You won’t roll a great cigarette on your first try. You probably won’t on your second, either. Starting with cheap papers—then moving up to something more elegant, like Shine Rolling Papers—isn’t a bad idea. Give yourself plenty of space – and materials – to work with.
Next, prepare your tobacco product. If it’s clumpy or lumpy, break it up with your fingers until it gets crumbly. Take a paper and open it like a book. Place a line of your tobacco product along the center, leaving a half-inch at each end. After a few tries, you’ll get a sense of how much tobacco product you need. Next, roll the paper – with the tobacco product stuffed inside – until you’ve got a thin, even roll, pencil-width or so. Use both hands! And remember – be gentle on yourself. Rolling a good cigarette takes practice.
Where do I buy rolling papers?
Typically, rolling papers are available at liquor stores, some gas stations, head shops, and online. Smoke shops—those that sell tobacco, pipes, and other smoking paraphernalia—are your best bet, though – at least at first. This is where you’ll be able to inspect papers in person, with a real person on hand to guide and advise you as you make your decision.
Where and when is it legal to use rolling papers?
As long as you’re eighteen years old (and can show federal or state ID), you can legally purchase rolling papers. In places where cigarette smoking is legal and accepted, you may roll cigarettes—although don’t be afraid if someone looks at you askance. In most American cities, rolled cigarettes remain somewhat unusual.
What should I keep in mind while shopping for rolling papers?
Buy extras! You’ll thank yourself later, and you’ll regret not buying them if you run out. Rolling papers can be hard to come by in the United States, and in some smaller towns and many large stores, like grocery stores, they aren’t available. Stash a few rolling papers in your wallet for safekeeping; they’ll come in handy, but take up virtually no space.
How much should I expect to spend on rolling papers?
Packages of rolling papers start at two to three dollars, with specialty papers costing upwards of fifty. The most inexpensive papers come for free in packages of rolling tobacco—and those start at around eight dollars. Shine Rolling papers are made of 24-carat gold and start at $20 for a two-sheet pack.
What are my alternatives to rolling papers?
There are pre-rolled cigarettes, of course, but you can’t control what goes inside, or what kind of filter or rolling paper was used. You might consider a pipe or a hookah, but rolling papers remain one of the easiest, most convenient, and most pleasant smoking methods.
Will I find different types of rolling papers around the world?
You sure will! Most rolling papers are made in Spain, France, and Belgium, so you’ll find the biggest range in those countries. In Holland, where marijuana is decriminalized, an assortment of rolling papers—including “designer” rolling papers—is widely available. Pay-Pay, the world’s oldest brand of rolling papers, is made from pure hemp in Alcoy, Spain. Countries in Latin America have their own brands, and Australia’s Tally-Ho rolling papers offer pieces of patriotic trivia on the packaging.