Rolling papers are made all over the world, but the vast majority come from just a handful of countries. The biggest producers are China, France, and Spain, but rolling papers also come from the United States, Brazil, Switzerland, and a few other countries.
The vast majority of rolling papers are made from wood pulp, with a small percentage being made from hemp or rice. Wood pulp is the most common material because it is relatively cheap and easy to work with. Hemp and rice papers are more expensive, but some people prefer them because they burn more slowly and evenly.
The manufacturing process for rolling papers is relatively simple. First, the wood pulp or other material is pulped and mixed with water to form a slurry. This slurry is then fed into a machine that mechanically presses it into thin sheets.
Once the sheets are made, they are cut into strips and then left to dry. After they are dry, they are usually coated with a thin layer of starch or gum to make them more pliable.
Rolling papers come in a variety of sizes, but the most common are 1 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches long. They can be bought pre-rolled or in a pack of loose sheets.
So, the next time you roll up a joint, take a moment to think about where your rolling paper came from. It’s likely that it traveled a long way to get to you!