Rolling papers are very essential to every smoker and as a matter of fact, they are as important as the stuff you put in them.
So you should try not to go wrong when making a choice of a rolling papers .so many options seemed to have over the market (such as vapes, bongs, pipes etc.) but despite all the innovations which come into the market on a daily basis, virtually every smoker creates a room for the traditional rolling in paper once in a while.
Nothing gives me joy like the sight of an expertly rolled smoke. Rolling papers have long been in existence during the reign of King Philip the third of Spain.
It was said that beggars at that time picked up remnants of already smoked cigars from the ground and the tobacco contents are gathered and wrapped in a different paper and it is smoked.
This practice became very common and it even spread all over Europe giving birth to the modern contemporary rolling papers we make use of.
Rolling papers are now made from different materials ranging from hemp to no-hemp, bleached to unbleached etc. this has made it difficult to find the right paper to roll your stuff as there are tons of rolling paper types in the market today, each of which possesses their respective pros and cons.
This article or write up would focus on bleached rolling papers and most importantly why it should be avoided.
As earlier mentioned, rolling papers can be made from different materials but for the records, wood pulp made rolling papers were the first rolling papers to ever find an application.
Wood pulp made rolling papers are not appreciably different from ordinary papers. It was until early 19th century that rice, hemp and other materials began to find application in the rolling paper industry.
Each of these materials having their own advantages and disadvantages. So therefore, it now comes down to choice and preferred style.
Wood pulp, despite been in existence for centuries now, is still very popular and from research it is still the most common material employed in making rolling papers.
Natural wood pulp rolling papers are usually brown or light brown in color and they burn faster than other material based papers.
They are characterized by a somewhat thick appearance and feel when held in the hands, you would be tempted to attribute this feature to quality, but then you would be getting it all wrong.
It is to this regards that some manufacturers of rolling papers resolved and decided to introduce chemicals to this traditional (thick appearing) rolling papers, basically to make them lighter, stronger and even finer with the aim of making them burn for a longer period of time.
To achieve this goal, manufacturers now introduced bleaches such as chlorine and calcium carbonate into the production process of rolling papers.
if you purchase a rolling paper that is made from wood pulp and it is white in color, it should leave you with just one conclusion, which is that the brown color of wood pulp has been altered by the use of bleaching chemicals like chlorine and calcium carbonate as earlier mentioned.
Other bleaching agents exist but this two have found deep application in the industry.
Bleaching of rolling papers to remove the brown colouration is no longer a strange thing in the industry anymore and in reality, most of the rolling papers you see in rizla shops today have been breached.
The bleaching process of a rolling paper is highly contaminant for the environment since it involves several toxic and harmful substances like chlorine.
Luckily for traditional smokers lovers, we can now find and use different kinds of bleached rolling papers, those bleached with chlorine or other derivatives, those bleached with substances like oxygen, ozone, hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine and are referred to as unbleached rolling papers.
This unbleached category of rolling papers are safe to the user and also to the environment.
In general, bleached rolling papers are really not the best papers to roll and this brings us to the topic title “why should you avoid bleached rolling papers”.
It is evident from the illustration of bleached and unbleached papers that avoiding chlorine inspired rolling papers would prevent lots of health and environmental problems.
In conclusion, natural papers constitute the best material for rolling papers as they do not contain any chemical of the sort that might compromise the taste of your smoke, your health and the environment.
Note that the most popular and most fashionable rolling papers actually contain bleach, so it is advised that you look at them closely before making your choice.