A Beginner’s Guide to Using Rolling Papers

3 min readApr 8, 2022


If you are new to the world of cannabis, there can be a lot to learn at first. Our goal is to make things easier for you and give you a leg up as you try out different cannabis products. Today, we are focusing on one essential you will need when smoking flower — rolling papers. Our recreational marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana has created a quick guide with some helpful information!

What is rolling paper?

To put it bluntly, rolling papers are thin pieces of paper that are used to create cones or joints. This is what serves as the casing for your flower. Think of it like the tortilla of a burrito holding all the good stuff together!

Rolling papers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some even feature different flavors that you can use to enhance the overall taste and quality of your smoke by bringing out different terpene profiles. Most of the time, these papers are made of plant-based materials such as hemp, flax, or even rice straw.

How do you choose which is best for you?

Based on what we mentioned above, you might be wondering how you should pick the best one for you. Here are a few tips:

  • Thicker paper: If you’re pretty new to cannabis in general, opt for a thicker rolling paper, such as something hemp-based. This will make it easier to get the hang of the rolling technique.
  • Plain (Mary) Jane: Don’t go for any flavored paper until you figure out which flower flavors you like. The last thing you want is a less than appealing combo!
  • The Right Size: Ask yourself this: are you planning on sharing your cannabis or smoking solo? This will help you determine the size of the paper you need. For sharing, go for 1 ¼” paper.

Whichever one you choose is merely just based on preference. There is no right or wrong answer!

Step to Using Rolling Paper

Ready to get rolling? Follow this quick step-by-step guide to roll up your flower!

Step #1: Grind your Cannabis

If you’re trying to put all of your flower into a rolling paper, you’re in for a bad time. First, you will need to grind down your cannabis using a cannabis grinder. You can also use your fingers, but just be mindful of the trichomes, as they are essential to having the best high possible.

Step #2: Place Your Filter

A filter will serve as the mouthpiece for your joint or cone. You can buy one at From The Earth or can make one out of thicker paper, such as card stock. Fold it into an accordion shape and place it on your rolling paper.

Step #3: Add Your Weed

It’s time to add your ground-down flower! Spread it down in a nice, even line. Don’t try to overstuff it!

Step #4: Roll the Paper

Starting at the filter, begin to roll up your joint. Make a U-shape and work your way down while rocking back and forth, compressing the cannabis. Roll it with the adhesive side facing up. You want it snug but not so tight that air can’t come through.

Step #5: Wet the Adhesive

Just like when mailing an envelope, lick the adhesive and seal the deal! Or, if that’s unappealing, you can use a slightly damp paper towel. Just don’t get your whole joint wet!

Step #6: Pack and Twist

If any flower is trying to fall out, make sure to catch it now. You can use something like a pen or a chopstick to help with this. Then all you have to do is twist the end and you’re ready to go!




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