The exact history of rolling papers is clouded in the smoke of time, but many legends point to Spain as their country of origin. Christopher Columbus returned from his first voyage to the Americas with tales to tell and tobacco to smoke. Tobacco cigars caught on quickly with the Spanish aristocracy. The peasants, not wanting to miss out, would wrap the dregs of these cigar butts in newspaper and attempt to smoke the very last tendrils of tobacco. Newspaper was of course hard on the health, and so rolling papers were invented in the paper making capital, Alcoy.
These small, thin leaves of paper became popular in North America and Europe during a time when cigarette taxation flared up. Understandably unhappy cigarette smokers began buying rolling papers so they could avoid the taxes while still savoring their tobacco fix. It wasn’t long after that the stoners followed the smokers and the first ever joints enjoyed their debut.
These wispy papers can be made from materials like hemp, rice straw, flax or wood pulp. They are usually between 70mm – 110mm long and come in a variety of widths depending on your specific spliff needs. Often longer spliffs are made from a slightly thicker rice-based material.
The size, length, thickness and type of glue used on the paper you choose will all have an effect on how well your blunt burns. Papers can also come as bleached or unbleached. During production chemicals may be added to make the paper lighter, stronger or to burn longer. Calcium carbonate (chalk) and chlorine are some unsavory chemicals that could eventually find their way into your cannabis. Some blunt wraps and colored papers also contain potassium nitrate which has been linked to respiratory tract damage and lung disease.