Rolling paper has been an integral part of cannabis culture right from the times of its first recorded existence in Spain in 1532. But the earliest known company that produced roll paper was not till 1736 in France. The Lacroix family started manufacturing the papers, expanding rapidly with their first big contract and license granted from none other than Napoleon.
Prior to that, Napoleon’s soldiers were ripping off pages from books to roll their cigarettes. In 1885, the company introduced rice paper. Over the years, other companies combined pulp, hemp, rice and flax, using resin or adhesive to hold the ends together.
A popular way for stoners to roll a joint to reduce paper taste is a European technique of rolling “inside out” or “backroll.” It takes a little more expertise to roll it well but it’s well worth the effort when you enjoy a slowly burning joint and less paper taste.
For stoners, rolling a joint is nothing short of art. Some get creative, rolling them into a variety of shapes and sizes from tulips, cones, braids, crosses, gold leaves and more. A regular joint holds about 0.32 gm of cannabis. To consume a lesser amount, simply go for slim rolls.
Today, cannabis culture includes a variety of inhaling techniques, including dabs and vapes but rolling a joint remains a favourite with marijuana traditionalists. If you are a cannabis newbie, the first thing you should know is that there are three types of cannabis rolls:
It’s easy to get confused between the three. Here’s how you can tell them apart so you know your pot preferences.
Joints: This is the simplest form of rolling. All you need is dried and ground cannabis buds and a rolling paper. You can use a grinder to the crush the flowers or rub them together between your fingers. The paper is made of hemp, rice or flour, even 24-karat gold leaves. Take your pick and roll.
Blunts: Blunts, like joints, involve only cannabis and a rolling paper. But the paper wraps are made of tobacco pulp, or the tobacco from a cigar is removed and the outer shell is used to hold cannabis. Sometimes, the slight presence of tobacco in a blunt can offer an extra kick with the cannabis. A fatty blunt can carry half-gram to a full-gram or more of cannabis. For blunts without the tobacco kick, choose hemp blunt wraps.
Spliffs: Higher the tobacco quality, higher the quality of the spliff you smoke because spliffs burn slower and steadier than joints. Combining tobacco with weed gives an extra kick but do remember, smoking anything will adversely affect your lungs.
Smoking or combustion is known to change the properties of a substance, often making it toxic or carcinogenic that can also impair cognitive functions, especially in adolescents, and have harmful effects like cancer. Over 8 million people are known to die from smoking tobacco through cancer or cardiovascular disease.
While rolling a joint is popular to enjoy cannabis, this is not the only way. Edibles, vaping, pipe or bong are other alternatives that are more popular in the U.S. and Canada.
In many ways, vaping is considered healthier than a joint because the devices heat the cannabis oil or flowers to a temperature that converts THC and CBD into a vapour without burning it. Just make sure you inhale a smaller amount and take lesser hits than smoking a joint.