September 14, 2012: Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games to books. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver.
This week, it's a Stoner Mac special: The top seven countdown to the best rolling papers.
A few months ago, Steve Elliot, a friend at Toke of the Town, our pot-smoking sister blog, unearthed his thirty-year-old collection of vintage rolling paper boxes for a photo blog. The selection was huge, and things haven't changed much today, with dozens of rolling paper companies out there. It got us thinking: When it's time to spin one up, which popular papers hit the mark? Stoner Mac's grades are below.Number 7: Zig-Zag The tried and true wood-pulp classic made in France. The image of the man on the package is synonymous with cannabis smoking; these have to be the most common brand wrapping up joints across the USA. Doubt it? Ask around at your next concert for a paper and see how many people pull out a flattened orange paper box.
For their longevity and brand recognition though, your average pack of Zig-Zags are among the thickest papers out there. You might as well roll up your herb with printer paper.Number 6: Randy's The brand has got more slick packaging today than back in the 1970s. But this has always been a paper for the pot puffer, and it may be one of the first specifically marketed to cannabis users. The key to this paper's popularity is in the small metal wire glued into the bottom edge of the paper opposite the gum. Not only does it help in rolling by keeping the paper in a pouch position, but as the paper burns the wire exposes and becomes a built-in roach clip. Far out, man!
But nostalgia doesn't a good rolling paper make. Like Zig-Zags, these papers are thick and made with wood pulp.The added fold keeping the wire in doesn't help minimize things, either. And let's face it: The biggest strike is that you're smoking metal. Nevertheless, they still survive as a brand -- kept alive mostly by old timers and high schoolers still smoking buds down to the lip-burning end.Continue for more of our top seven countdown to the best rolling papers.