The Anatomy of a High-End, Natural Rolling Paper

You shouldn’t overlook the importance of natural, high-quality rolling papers.

Wrapping your premium cannabis flower in a high-quality rolling paper can spell the difference between an average – and memorable – consumer experience. 

And in an increasingly crowded (and competitive) market where quality is king, sourcing the best natural joint papers is crucial. 

This might seem like an odd question – but have you stopped to consider the components of a rolling paper? Have you wondered which rolling papers are best for cannabis? Or what rolling papers are – or should – be made of? 

From manufacturing to consumption, here’s a simple guide to help you identify high-end, natural rolling papers. 

Continue reading, and by the conclusion, you’ll understand the proper pre-roll papers to differentiate your brand – and, more importantly, keep customers coming back for more.

But if you’re researching how pre-rolls are made, it quickly becomes apparent that it’s easy to get it wrong. 

Dispensary pre-rolls need to feel unique but consistent, which means that using the same basic strains as your competitors won’t get you very far. 

Investing in high-quality pre-roll filler is an easy way to stand out. Hemp filler brings a range of benefits to brands, dispensaries, and consumers alike. 

What are rolling papers made of?

Let’s start by taking a close look at joint paper materials. Manufacturers commonly use several materials to produce rolling papers. Here are some of the most popular styles (discounting DIY solutions like a gum wrapper joint!).

Wood Pulp Rolling Papers

Most people associate wood pulp papers with classic joint wraps. Some manufacturers still use wood pulp to produce these thick, bleached white papers, but they’re losing popularity despite their sturdiness and ease of production. A harsh aftertaste gives consumers the impression wood pulp rolling papers are of lower quality.

Hemp Rolling Papers

Today, Hemp rolling papers are the standard for high-end pre-roll production. 

Consumers enjoy hemp’s mild taste. They also want the entourage effect that can be encouraged by the terpenes in the hemp pulp used to produce the papers. Hemp wrap manufacturers (like us) prize the sturdiness and ease of this material and the added consistency it brings to the cannabis consumption experience.

*Are you familiar with the entourage effect? Click here to learn more (from Wired).

Organic Rolling Papers

While they’re sometimes listed as a separate category, people consider any hemp, wood pulp, rice, or other naturally sourced rolling paper material organic. Consumers respond favorably to products labeled organic – it represents quality and health.

Cellulose Rolling Papers

Last but not least, let’s talk about transparent rolling papers. Less common than the other marijuana rolling papers we’ve discussed, manufacturers produce these papers from cellulose film sourced from cotton or wood pulp. 

While they’re attractive, cellulose rolling papers are considerably less popular for everyday use due to the thick, heavy smoke burning cellulose produces, as well as consumer concerns about the material’s association with the carcinogen Acrolein.

Rice Rolling Papers

Cigarette brands commonly used rice rolling papers until wood pulp paper was popularized at the end of the 1800s. 

These days, brands still often use rice rolling papers to produce cannabis pre-rolls. 

Producers value rice for its thinness and delicacy, but those qualities also make it more challenging to produce and transport at scale; rice rolling papers are more practical for consumers who roll their own.

What makes rolling papers high-end?

So now that we’ve covered your material options, let’s discuss how your brand or dispensary can conquer the pre-roll marketplace with high-end papers. But what makes papers high-end?

It starts with materials. Using a high-quality material like organic hemp, blended to create an enjoyable balance of flavors and terpenes, gives consumers a consistent, replicable smoking experience. 

And with consistency taken care of, you should consider branding as the next step to create high-end pre-rolls. We can help you determine the best gumming material, color, flavor profile, crutch, visual appeal (and more) to give your pre-roll a luxurious look and feel.

3 colors of Botani Paper in an abstract shape

Do rolling papers contain chemicals?

Yes, some rolling papers contain chemicals. 

But that doesn’t necessarily equate to an inorganic or harmful product; most natural things on earth contain chemicals, including us.  

Still, chemicals aren’t always ideal. And manufacturers produce cellulose rolling papers using a chemical extraction process. 

In contrast, hemp, wood, and rice papers can be produced without chemically-driven processes. So, if chemicals are your concern, stick to natural materials.

Are hemp rolling papers better?

While all joint rolling paper materials offer advantages, most experts agree that hemp papers create a superior pre-roll experience.

Consumers are drawn to hemp rolling papers because of their natural appeal. And since they’re made from the same material as the cannabis flowers they contain, people feel they’re enjoying a high-quality, natural smoking experience.

In addition, producers prefer hemp rolling papers because they can offer consistency. 

We mentioned this above, but it’s worth repeating: hemp rolling papers encourage the entourage effect, which offers some level of consistency. And you can take consistency a step further when you add hemp filler to the flower in your pre-rolls.

How do manufacturers produce flavored rolling papers?

Flavored rolling papers are an excellent differentiation tool. And manufacturers can produce them using a few methods. 

Manufacturers commonly infuse flavor in pre-roll papers using the same natural agents food produces use to make candy and other treats. These flavoring agents are perfectly safe for consumption.

If your customers are deterred by flavoring agents, you can also add flavor to your cannabis pre-rolls using organic materials. The flavors are subtler but lovely. For example, rose-flavored blunt wraps are increasingly popular among the cannabis connoisseur set.

Are rolling papers thin or thick?

The thickness of your rolling papers depends on the materials you use to make them.

Cellulose and rice papers are ultra-thin and delicate, while wood pulp rolling papers are thicker and more substantial. 

Hemp paper strikes a nice balance. It’s thick enough to feel substantive and high-end but thin enough that consumers don’t feel overwhelmed.

How are rolling papers made?

How your rolling papers are made depends, primarily, on what they’re made from.

However, an essential manufacturing process is used to create all kinds of paper. 

Fibers are extracted from hemp or another material and then pressed and processed to create a thin paper. 

Some manufacturers use additives or introduce custom colors or flavors, while others keep their papers plain.

What are rolling paper additives?

Some manufacturers use harmful additives in their rolling paper production process. We steer clear of anything that could cause issues, but you should understand some manufacturers’ most common harmful rolling paper additives. Those are:

  • Titanium oxide
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Potassium nitrate
  • Artificial dyes


However, just because there are additives in your rolling paper doesn’t mean they’re unnatural. For example, gum arabic, natural colors, and flavoring agents are all commonly used to create high-end rolling papers.

Are rolling papers biodegradable?

Yes! Because they’re made from natural materials, rolling papers are by definition biodegradable (even cellulose).

What is rolling paper glue made of?

Last but not least, let’s address a sticky question; what’s the best way to keep those rolling papers shut?

Gum arabic, also called sugar gum, is the most popular material manufacturers use to make rolling paper glue.

Sourced from the acacia tree, this hardened sap is used in many products, including rolling papers. Non-toxic and natural, it’s the perfect material for completing your high-end pre-roll experience.

Now that you know the various factors that go into creating memorable high-end, natural rolling paper, it’s time to get started on your rolling paper journey!