Papers and wraps
Brief History of The Rolling Paper
There is nothing quite like kicking back after a long day with your favorite brand of papers and rolling up a fresh one. If you vape and smoke, just smoke, and regardless of the content you roll up, everyone has a favorite brand of papers, wraps, cones, cigars, or cigarillos they prefer.
Rolling papers are the oldest form of smoking tobacco, hemp, and cannabis; some form is believed to have been around since at least the 1500s after Christopher Columbus brought the first bushel of tobacco back from the new world.
The history gets a little murky at this point with the claim that the first commercially sold brand of cigarette paper originated in Alcoy, Spain, in 1764 by a company called Pay-Pay, yet that company was formed in 1703.
However, the company, now known as Rizla, claims its roots from 1532. When Pierre Lacroix traded rolling papers for champagne, supposedly, the receipt for this transaction still exists. In 1660, the claim is that Pierre perfected the rolling paper.
In 1736, officially known as the Lacroix Rolling Paper Company at the time, the new head of the company François Lacroix purchased their first paper mill. In 1796 Napoleon issued the Lacroix family a license to produce papers for his military troops. In 1886 with the introduction of rice paper and its overwhelming and immediate success, the company’s name was changed to RizLa+. (“Riz” the French word for rice, and “La+” is an abbreviation of Lacroix) In 1942 Rizla acquired a patent for applying gum along the edge of rolling papers. Rizla. (2022, May 6). In Wikipedia.
Fast forward to the present day, and there are 100s of rolling paper brands making different types of papers with different materials. In addition, some have added flavors and other features to make rolling more enjoyable.
We put together a quick summary of the most popular brands and their offerings here.
Backwoods all natural tobacco cigars were introduced nationally in 1981 and were an overnight success. The cigar’s unique structure – “WILD & MILD” as it was identified, with a roll-your-own look, a frayed end, tapered body and unfinished head has worldwide appeal. Their unique style, taste, aroma and packaging have made Backwoods the number one selling all natural cigars in the world. Source ITG Brands
Backwoods Cigars flavors are available in single packs and 5 packs in the following flavors:
Banana, Cognac, Dark Stout, Honey, Honey Berry, Honey Bourbon, Original, Russian Cream, Sweet
CAMO Natural Leaf Wraps
Most wraps are made of hemp, including all the ones on this list, and are the majority of the roll your own cigar category of papers.
Available in 5 packs in the following flavors: Blueberry, Chocolate, Grape, Mango, Vanilla
Phillies Cigars began in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1910, introduced by Bayuk Bros. as Philadelphia Hand Made cigars. The smoking public quickly shortened that name to Phillies and a cigar brand was born. Phillies has the distinction of being one of the most iconic and recognized cigar brands within the United States offering an extensive selection of cigars to satisfy any taste and smoking preference. Source ITG Brands
Often Phillies are referred to as “blunts“. As Notorious B.I.G once said,
“I love it when they call me Big Poppa / I only smoke blunts if they roll propa”
Available in 5 packs in the following flavors: Chocolate, Regular, Strawberry
The largest manufacturer and marketer of cigars in the world, Swisher International Group Inc. produces premium and mass market cigars, little cigars, and various smokeless tobacco products under numerous brand names, including the company’s two most famous brand names, King Edward and Swisher Sweets. Source read more
Often referred to as ‘Rillos. These are mini cigars called cigarillos
Available in 2 packs in the following flavors: Blueberry, Diamond, Grape, Peach, Strawberry, Sweet, Tropical Fusion
Owned by Swedish Match, also the manufacturer of a similar brand called Game, and is the 2nd largest producer of mass market cigars (excluding little cigars), directly behind Swisher Sweet.
Originating in Sweeden in the year 1915 and has had an interesting relationship with the Swedish government and other companies from Sweeden. Read more about Swedish Match
Also considered a cigarillo and is popular amongst the current 21 to 30-year-old crowd. As of 2021, this is the “hype” ‘Rillo of choice. Even though it is not the best-selling cigarillo brand in the USA.
Available in 2 packs in the following flavors: Dragon Fruit, Grape, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tropical Twist, White Peach/Sangria
Zig Zag Papers
1 ¼ French Orange, 1 ¼ Original White, 1 ½ Ultra Thin, King Slim Unbleached
Are avaialble in a 32 pc booklet
1 ¼ Organic Hemp, 1 ¼ Unbleached
Avaialble in a 50 pc booklet
Zig Zag Cones
Available in a 6 pack in sizes
1 ¼, 1 ¼ Unbleached
Available in a 3 pack in
King, King Unbleached
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