Rolling papers come in a lot of different sizes, and each is unique in its own way. It can be confusing and many users aren't sure which kind of paper they need or what they're looking for when beginning their experience. To provide some clarification for our roll-your-own smokers, we've created this article to serve as your guide to rolling papers. Each paper size fills a need and it is important to know which type is best for you. Standard sizes include 1 ¼, single-wide, 1 ½, and King Size. Each brand of rolling paper has its own unique features and paper types, let’s help you find the perfect size!
The first paper that is popular among smokers is the 1 1/4 rolling paper size. These are the typical standard paper that most major brands use because of their overall convenience. Many smokers choose to use these 1 ¼ rolling papers because they are so widely available. The term "1 ¼" doesn't refer to the paper length however, it refers to the paper width. Every 1 1/4 paper is exactly 1 and 1/4 inch wide, but the length can vary slightly depending on the brand. You can find them on in a range of about 78 mm - 84 mm. remember that each brand very slightly so it is important to try out a few brands to find which ones work best for your rolling style. You can even buy 1 ¼ rolling papers online, for example, check out our Juicy Jays selection!
The next type of paper that is extremely common is the single wide paper. Although single wide papers vary in length from brand to brand like the 1 1/4 paper, they can always be found to be 1 inch wide, which makes the name very straightforward. Typically these papers will also be shorter than a 1 1/4 paper, and can classically found between 68mm - 70mm. This ratio is used to make sure that a full roll can be made for the entire structure if you decide to roll a cone-shaped cigarette. Single Wide papers are very common and can be found from multiple brands. Zig Zag is a popular brand that offers Single Wide, including the Zig Zag White Single Wide.
A lot of smokers use a 1 1/2 rolling paper due to its slightly larger widths. The extra space is extremely useful for packing more legal smoking herb into the end product. This means thicker pre-rolls that last a little longer for passing around the circle! They allow a bit more control because they have a larger surface area and give the roller plenty of command over the outcome and the overall shape. Typically they will be about the same length as a 1 1/4 paper at about 78mm - 84mm in length. These papers are not extremely popular but the avid smoker knows that they can always rely on certain brands. For example, you can find the pure hemp 1 1/2 rolling papers here on rollingpaperdepot.com.
Double-wide rolling papers or another style that is not common but it's desired among those who need more control. The name “double-wide” is exactly as it sounds; these papers are two inches wide, as the name "double-wide" suggests. Just like the 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 papers, these are also found at widths of 78 mm - 84 mm. A popular brand of these is Rizla, who makes a variety of unique rolling papers that can be found with only high-end retailers like us!
84mm papers live up to their name and are the easiest to understand. At exactly 84mm in length and 1 1/4 inches in width. In other words, it's a maximum-sized 1 1/4 paper. Many companies choose to use this type of paper because it provides the perfect length for the average roller. Almost every brand creates this size of paper and often marks it as a 1 ¼. Most brands will clearly identify when they use an 84 mm paper so be sure to check to make sure that you're getting exactly what you need. At Rolling Paper Depot, we have many brands of 84 mm including DLX or deluxe rolling papers which can be found by following the link here.
Who doesn't want to feel like a king? King Size rolling papers are used by those who liked a lot of smoking herbs in their cigarettes. This is the biggest standard size on the market and is used by many brands due to the popularity and the prestige of being called King. Many people choose this size because of the burn time as well. King Size rolling papers are 109mm - 110mm in length, which adds a great deal of space at the end of the paper compared to other sizes. Depending on the brand, the addition of almost 35mm increases the burn time by half, which makes them desirable when being passed around a circle. These are slightly wider than other papers and come out just over the width of a 1 1/4 at about 55mm - 60mm in height. The longer burn time also helps users just rolling for themselves because they can spread their favorite smoking product out even more and enjoy it for a longer time. Pick up some Elements King size papers and try one of the leading industry brands!
The last paper type is another hybrid of other varieties. King Size Slim combines the length of a King Size with the width of a 1 1/4 paper, giving the experienced roller the perfect amount of paper troll in any shape while still maintaining the longer burn time associated with King Size. these are known to be the most difficult paper to roll with so make sure you have plenty of practice before diving into these bad boys. Many less experienced users have trouble with King Size Slim Papers because of the slightly increased dexterity required to roll the paper an accurate angle and crutch size. Compare King Size to King Size Slim with another pack of Elements.
Every brand may include a slight variation in each size which makes it important to stay up-to-date with your favorite brands. Some brands make special unique sizes, for example, RAW King Size supreme papers which are even larger than regular King Size. Make sure to check out all of the available options on rollingpaperdepot.com.
The size that we recommend for beginners is the classic 1 and 1/4 paper. It provides the perfect control for new learners and allows them to get a good base of knowledge on how a paper feels. When you’re ready to try a new style of paper, we recommend trying the 1 and 1/2 paper because it allows the user to practice rolling for overall shape which is a good skill to pick up.
The thickness of rolling papers differ from brand to brand based on what type of paper is being used. Typically this is measured as a GSM rating, which ideally hovers between 11 and 15. The higher the number the thicker the paper. A standard paper will be between about 13 and 15 GSM while an ultra-thin paper, sometimes referred to as ultra-slim, comes in between about 11 and 13.
Rolling papers prices vary widely by brand and by variety. Some very common brands come in at a low price because of their incredible popularity, while more specialized papers come in at a higher price. Price also increases as paper size does, for example, a king-size will be about $2.50-$4.00, a bit more expensive than a 1 ¼ which are typically $2.00-$3.00. The more unique sizes like double-wide are the most expensive at about $3.50-$4.50 per pack
Each paper varies a bit in the amount that can be packed into it, but the big emphasis here is on the user's preference. Below you can find a quick reference for how much tobacco to include with each size:
From those first learning to roll up to those who have been in the game for years, RPD is here to help you figure out how to make each smoking session the best one yet! The best way to find the best paper for you is by simply trying them out and telling your friends, so make sure you’re well-stocked! Visit our website to check out our rolling paper bundles and don’t forget… Practice makes perfect! Tag us on social and use the hashtag #KeepOneRolled so we can see your rolled masterpiece!