Best Joint Papers: The Slow Burning, No Running Top 10

When it comes to finding the best joint paper, it is difficult to disseminate between the endless mix of rolling papers.

While smoker's preferences vary, most are looking for thin, durable paper that burns clean with minimal runs.

To make things easier, today we'll show you how to buy joint papers, what to avoid and also give you some of the best joint paper reviews.

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*Keep reading for a full buying guide or jump straight to the reviews! 

What Materials Work Best?

Rolling papers are made from a variety of light rag fibers, such as the pulp of hemp, rice or flax.

Most papers are cut into smaller pieces and printed with a thin line of glue.

Oftentimes, the papers are bleached to give them a white appearance.

While wood pulp and rice papers once reigned in popularity, additive-free, unbleached hemp and flax papers are the consensus for health-minded, eco-conscious shoppers.

These also tend to burn a bit slower than the others.

Novelty joint paper may be dipped in flavors or image enhancing materials.

Some papers are even completely transparent and made from plant-based materials.

While the large variety may seem overwhelming, paper material is personal preference.

Beware of Additives

In January of 2011, the FDA issued an order that required all tobacco related products must submit their ingredient lists or risk being withdrawn from the U.S. market.

Still, many popular companies use additives that help to regulate the paper's burn.

Many of these additives cause adverse health and can spoil cannabis smoke.

Meanwhile, the market is flooded with countless natural and additive-free papers.

Does the Gum Matter?

Paper adhesives vary almost as much as the pulp itself, yet they are often ignored or overlooked.

Many papers boast all-natural glues, such as 100% gum Arabic, rice or sugar.

Most adhesives can be activated with a little bit of moister, typically spit—making them easy to roll on the go.

Gum Arabic, according to the National Institute for Health, is a perfectly acceptable for human intake.

If a paper isn't sticking probably, you run the risk of losing precious filler. (p.s. that's cannabis!)

Occasionally, you'll find an un-gummed paper, but these can be frustrating for the average roller.

If you're feeling adventurous, this YouTube video gives the full rundown of how to hand-roll a joint without ungummed rolling papers.

Thickness matters

According to Rolling Depot, rolling papers date all the way back to early 1700s, when the brand Pay-Pay dominated the Spanish market.

While these Napolian era merchants were using some of the same pulps to make their papers, they were no doubt far thicker and smoke-producing than those of today.

Traditionally, thicker papers provided the slow burn that smokers desired.

Today, thin papers, especially those with criss-cross watermarks, like that used by brands like Zig Zag and RAW, can provide a healthier version of that slow, even burn we all love.

Modern industrial feats allow companies to create ultra thin, partially transparent papers from purer, unrefined materials, such as hemp, flax and wood.

Still, some still find the thicker papers easier to hand roll and less likely to rip.

No matter what size, thickness, material, or gum you prefer, there is bound to be a rolling paper that will make the joint of your dreams.

Raw's reputation for being one of the cleanest rolling paper companies is enhanced by their pre-rolled, pre-tipped conical joints.

Made from unbleached, GMO-free, unrefined, organic hemp, these papers produce a chemical-free, light smoke.

The eco-conscious smoker will take pleasure in these windmill-produced, vegan commodities.

Each cone is 83 mm long and features paper embossed with Raw's unique criss-cross watermark that promotes a slow, even burn from start to finish.

The pattern, which runs in every direction, also prevents frustrating runs.

Pro tip: Grind your weed better to prevent running!

For beginners or those who haven't mastered hand rolling, the cones are a hassle-free option.

For the flavor enthusiast, Juicy Jays offer an abundance of flavor-enhanced papers, including variations such as Absynthe, watermelon, raspberry and green apple.

Slightly sweet with a mellow aroma, these papers produce more smell than taste when burned.

Overall, these papers are of high quality.

However, the gum side occasionally struggles to stay stuck, causing the joint to unravel.

Nevertheless, unlike most flavored papers, Juicy Jays are fully dipped, three times over to ensure that every puff hits the taste buds.

Elements ultra thin rice papers are fine tuned so that you can enjoy the quality of your fill material without overbearing paper smoke.

The paper is truly ultra thin and features a unique unrefined sugar gum that attaches with minimal moisture and produces a beautiful caramel as it burns.

This paper also features a cross-cross pattern similar to RAW's, that helps to eliminate uneven burns and lines.

The only downside is that the gum end of the paper has a tendency to curl, making it more difficult to load into a rolling machine.

Raw's 1 1/4 rolling papers are produced from all-natural, vegan hemp paper and hemp gum, making them one of the cleanest burns on the market.

Your fill material will set up nicely in these transparent sheets.

Though they are extremely thin, they don't rip easily.

The papers are packed in loosely and may not feature the convenient midway fold, but alls well when you finally get to burning and get a feel for the slow, even blaze and soft, tasty smoke of criss-cross enhanced hemp paper.

There is something to be said of this tried and true convenient store staple.

After 130 years of making cigarette papers, it seems Zig Zag has finally pulled off the ultimate ultra thin rolling paper.

Keeping to their old school fashions, the papers feature natural gum arabic seals that are derived from the African acacia tree.

While durable and consistently rip-free, the strong materials don't interject with your smoke flavor.

There is no paper more classic than the Zig Zag orange label.

Made with all-natural flax plant fibers and gum Arabic seals, you don't need to worry about inhaling foul chemicals and additives.

Like all Zig Zag papers, they have been enhanced with branded criss-cross watermarks that provide a smooth, even burn.

While it's hard to not be tempted by the countless contemporary products out there today, these time-honored papers are far from obsolete.

OCB has been doling out paper since the mid-1800s in France.

OCB stands for Odet Cascadet Bolloré, a sophisticated name for a brand that now generates worldwide attention for its premium paper.

Thin, yet durable enough to hand roll, modern OCBs have less than ideal seals, that lend themselves to premature unraveling.

They're also significantly thicker than other popular brands.

Still, the company has a dedicated customer base, so they must be doing something right.

The tattooed, super star rapper by the name of Wiz Khalifa has partnered with RAW to create this commemorative collection of all-natural rolling papers.

RAW has worked tirelessly to produce this ultra thin, transparent paper made from unrefined hemp with hemp gum seals.

Featuring signature criss-crossing watermarks, these papers burn super slow.

The kit includes hemp tips and a handy poking stick.

Whether you're a Khalifa fan or not, this all-natural rolling kit features everything you need to make the most out of your fill.

Yet another commemorative rolling pack, the Bob Marley rolling papers are made from premium Spain-sourced unbleached hemp with natural gum seals.

Each pack contains 50 papers, with a convenient low inventory warning slip when you get down to your last five. They produce a smooth, even burn, with minimal runs.

They don't seem to deter from the natural flavor of your fill either.

For reggae fans and rolling paper enthusiasts alike, these 1 and 1/4 rolls make for a snug, flavorful roll.

Made from premium edible gold and all-natural hemp paper, these celebratory papers are perfect for special occasions.

Gold seems to be the icing on the cake when it comes to novelty papers.

Not to worry, these are also super easy to roll, coming with a secure glue line, and generate a smooth, clean smoke.

Treat your guests to an extra special treat with these metallic marvels.

Dating back to 1975, Randy's wire rolling papers are U.S. made wire infused smoking papers.

They feature sturdy, rip-free paper with a steel wire glued on one side.

The wire serves as a handy, disposable roach clip, but it also makes the paper easier to roll.On the downside, the paper has a tendency to run a bit.

Nevertheless, the advantage of the wire makes it easy to look past this shortcoming.


You can tell a lot of the tried and true rolling papers are at the top for a reason.

Companies like RAW and ZigZag are constantly putting out new and innovated rolling papers that are changing the way be smoke.

Which do you think are the best rolling papers for cannabis?

Let me know in the comments below!

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