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Rolling Paper and Pre-rolled Cones Compared

Rolling Paper and Pre-rolled Cones Compared

Rolling Papers Vs. Pre-Rolled Cones

Whether you are an experienced smoker or not, you need to know what the pros and cons are of different rolling methods.  Using rolling papers or pre-rolled cones are pretty different and are going to be used by a different group of people, for the most part.  

It will all come down to your experience and the kind of joint you really want to smoke.  There is also the environment you are going to be in.  Will you have time to roll the joist with rolling paper or do you need to roll a large amount in a small period of time for a group of people?   These factors all play a roll in how you choose to roll your joint. 

What Does Roll Your Own Mean?

If you are just getting started smoking, then you may not even really know what it means to roll your own.  Rolling your own means that you have loose herbs and rolling papers or cones.  You are going to fill them yourself or with friends with as much herb as you want and then roll them up or close them.  

Some people will just buy the joints from someone or from a supplier pre-rolled and ready to smoke.  Really it all comes down to personal preference and time. 

Pre-Rolled Cones

If you want to roll your own but really don’t know where to start and don’t want to risk wasting your herbs, then you may want to check out pre-rolled cones. A pre-rolled cone is actually a piece of rolling paper that is wrapped in a conical shape around a cardboard tip.  This allows for convenience when it comes to rolling herbs to smoke.  


As with anything that you buy, there are things you need to know beforehand. There are some pros and cons when it comes to this type of paper.  


We want to focus on these three pros of using a pre-rolled cone rather than the rolling paper.  If you are looking for a really convenient way to roll a joint, then you will love these pros. 

  • Better For Beginners.  When you are just starting with smoking and rolling your own, you may find that you are pretty clumsy.  Using traditional paper may result in the loss of herbs as well as a poor smoking experience.  
  • Faster. Using cones is going to be way faster for the beginner.  Without the cones, it may take a much longer before you get to smoke because of how long rolling the herbs properly could take. 
  • Easy. Along with this method being faster and better for beginners, it is also easy.  We love the ease and convenience of pre-rolled cones, and if you are new to this, then you will too. 

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    Cons of Pre rolled Cones

    The cons that come with the cones may not be a deal-breaker for you, but you still need to know what to expect.  This will help you make an informed decision before you decide how to roll your herbs. 

  • More Expensive.  One of the big cons of using pre-rolled cones is that they do tend to be more expensive. If you are looking to save money, then this may not be the way to go.  However, it will prevent the loss of your herbs if you are not confident in your rolling abilities. 
  • Only One Shape. You can control the shape of your joint when you roll it using basic rolling paper.  That isn’t possible with a pre-rolled cone.  The joint will only be one shape.  This isn’t a huge deal, but it may bother some people. 
  • Rolling Paper Types

    The other option when it comes to rolling your own joint is rolling paper.  This is just a piece of paper that you put your herbs in, and then you roll it up.  There are methods to rolling that will help you get the right size and tightness of the roll.  

    There are also different types of rolling papers that you can choose from.  We will talk about these options in just a minute.  We are also going to talk about the pros and cons of using rolling paper. 


    There are three main types of rolling papers that are made of different substances.  Depending on how experienced you are, how fast you want the joint to burn, and how thin you like your paper will all determine which kind you choose. 

  • Rice Paper is the thinnest of all of the papers. While new smokers tend to not enjoy using this paper because of how hard it is to roll, experienced smokers like this type the best.  The reason this is a favorite among seasoned smokers is because of how slow it burns, allowing the smoker to enjoy the joint longer. 
  • Wood Pulp tends to be pretty thick and is often used by beginners.  Using wood pulp rolling paper is easier because the herbs stay in place better.  New smokers find this easier to learn with.  However, once they learn, they may move on to a different type of rolling paper.  A downside to this type of paper is the speed at which it burns.  This is also usually a fast-burning paper. 
  • Hemp is also really great for beginners, but it is thinner than the wood pulp that we just talked about.  Since it is thinner, it doesn’t burn as fast so you can smoke the joint you just rolled longer. 

  • Pros

    There are three pros that we want to talk about when it comes to rolling paper.  If you are trying to decide whether or not you want to go with cones or rolling papers, this section will help you make a decision. 

  • Cheaper. Rolling papers do tend to be cheaper than cones depending on what type of paper you buy.  However, if you want to save money and learn how to roll a joint without a cone, then this is the way to go. 
  • Easy for Experienced Smokers. While beginners find rolling papers challenging, experienced smokers think they are easy to use and can roll a joint pretty fast. 
  • More Control. This type of rolling paper can also give you more control over the size and shape of the joint.  If you want a small joint, you can do that, if you want it to be a particular shape, then no problem.  Cones tend to just be one shape or size, so rolling papers give you more options. 

  • Cons

    Along with the pros, there are always cons, and it is no different when we are talking about rolling paper or joints.  These two cons are probably only going to be considered cons by the inexperienced smokers but they are cons none the less. 

  • Time Consuming. Rolling joints with paper instead of cones does tend to be time-consuming.  If you are at a party and need to roll a bunch of joints at once, then the paper might not be a great choice unless you are really experienced. 
  • Not Great for Beginners. Regular rolling paper is just not great for beginners.  It is hard to use, and there tends to be a loss of herbs.  However, if you want to learn how to roll with paper, then you need to ask someone that has the experience to help you.  

  • We hope this guide helps you decide which type of rolling papers are best for you!

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