All about rolling papers
Every pothead knows what a rolling paper, hemp wrap, or filter tip is. But did you know that a piece of rolling paper in India can be made of several materials? There are several brands involved in the sale of rolling papers and each of them has slight differences that can alter your smoking experience. The smoking quality you’ll enjoy slightly depends on what the paper is made from and some rolling paper does have an impressive quality than others. After reading this post, you’ll know the range of materials used for manufacturing a rolling paper in India.
Types of rolling paper materials
Smoking marijuana is a habit acquired by humans for a long time. Like several marijuana consumption methods, there are several rolling paper materials involved in the history of rolling papers. Some of them are not in active usage today while some are. The following list is a mix of both.
As surprising as it sounds, it’s true that rice is used to manufacture rolling papers. It has been the choice of raw material to be used as in the mass-production when the brands were switching from wood pulp near the end of the eighteen hundreds. Rolling papers made all over the 20th century were made from rice.
Hemp wraps are new in comparison to rice and they are gaining immense popularity. The reason why potheads love hemp wraps is that they have a mild taste. The hemp wraps are easier to roll and made from mashed-up Cannabis sativa leaves.
3. Wood pulp
The most primitive kind of rolling paper was made from wood pulp. Due to the fact that better-tasting alternatives are available, the popularity of wood pulp has decreased. It has a harsh taste that most smokers don’t like and it may also contain toxic ingredients. Wood pulp paper is thicker than its counterparts and has a pale appearance.
Flax papers are an all-natural option when it comes to joint papers and joint cones.
Esparto is an antique material used for manufacturing rolling papers. Some Spanish brands used esparto to make rolling papers in the old days. These are very harsh and contain a greater amount of carcinogens than other types.
The manufacturing process of the rolling paper in India
The rolling paper looks and feels like normal paper but their manufacturing procedure differs greatly. The exact manufacturing procedure used to make a rolling paper slightly differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. Anyway, here are some common steps that all rolling paper goes through:
1. Harvesting and processing
Very logically, raw materials like wood pulp, hemp, rice, or flax needs to be harvested. The difficulty of processing depends on the structure of the material. For instance, hemp leaves are easier to process but it’s not the same with wood.
2. Pulp to paper
The raw ingredients are made into pulp. This pulp is stretched or resized into desired shape and thickness. Next, it only needs to be dried and the rolling paper is ready but not ready to ship. Different manufacturers use different after-processing techniques due to which there’s that minute difference in their quality.
3. Cutting the paper
The long sheet of paper needs to be cut into the brand’s customary size and shape. Rolling papers made in booklets are quite common.
Rolling papers are usually sold in small booklets that act as a dispenser too, thus making managing easy. The smoking accessories brands that sell papers and wrappers use attractive designs on the booklets.
Are all additives harmful?
It’s true that rolling paper needs to use additives in the manufacturing process. But not all substances added to it are dangerous. Some of them are:
1. Non-toxic soy coloring
So what is soy-coloring? The soy-coloring is the printable substance used to print on cakes. The same technology is used to inscribe images on rolling papers.
2. Gum Arabic
The sticky portion of each rolling paper is made from gum Arabic, a natural and non-toxic substance obtained from the acacia tree.