cellulose rolling papers health

Clear Rolling Papers // Clear Cigarette Papers

Clear Rolling papers are made from a specialized form of cellulose film which is also known as Cellophane. When you think of Cellophane you probably think of plastic wrap, however natural Cellophane is not made from plastic. Instead it is made from chemically modified natural Cellulose, predominantly from trees or cotton.

They burn quite well and very different then a normal white paper. They sort of compact around your cigarette as you are smoking and therefore provide a very tight pull. It’s quite unlike smoking a normal cigarette. They also have a sweet taste on the lips. This is part of the Glycerin effect. Glycerin tastes sweet. Burning Glycerin does release Acrolein (a carcinogen). This may sound bad but remember that burning Tobacco releases LOTS of carcinogens – lots more then that small amount of Glycerin!

There has been some controversy surrounding these products. This is because a couple brands incorrectly advertised their products as being more natural then regular ‘white’ rolling papers and went so far as to claim that regular white rolling papers contain lead and arsenic whereas clear rolling papers do not. As American Spirit once said “THERE IS NO HEALTHY CIGARETTE”. However a clear rolled cigarette would definitely not be any safer or healthier then a ‘white’ cigarette in this writers opinion. See the bottom of this page for the PURE LIE

I recall in the 1970’s another company tried to launch a brand of clear rolling papers. They were called INVISIBLE and should be part of my collection somewhere. They were extremely dry, so they were crumbly and difficult to roll with. These clear rolling papers below are made from a mixture of cellulose, Glycerin and water. The Aleda website & advertisements mistakenly claimed that their product is made from 100% vegetables, which is incorrect. Aleda is made from a blend of wood cellulose, glycerin and water – no Vegetables in there sorry.

Here is a quote from the Aleda website with corrections in RED

    100% Cellulose, made from all natural soluble vegetable origin
      (Incorrect, the product is

    80% wood based cellulose, 14% Glycerin and 6% water. Use any extraction test and you will see this for yourself. Cellulose is not made from Vegetables but rather from Wood or rare forms of Cotton that are grown in China. It can also be made from Hemp but that process is very difficult and expensive and has not yet been perfected.)

  • Biodegradable
    • (True, Clear Papers are 100% Bio-Degradable)
  • Odorless and innocuous
    • (Maybe until burned? It’s a very smoky burn and with approximately 24gsm of wood it burns sort of – well I wouldn’t call it innocuous. )
  • Slower combustion
    • (True, it does burn slower then regular papers due to the Glycerin)
  • Does not alter the tobacco taste and characteristics
    • (debatable, but some smokers really enjoy them – and that is the truth!) High transparency (95%)
  • Made without glue, bleach, metals or dyes unlike other traditional rolling papers.
    • (the process to make Cellophane is actually a very chemical oriented process that has been banned in many if not most countries due to it’s chemical byproducts).
  • This unique product comes in two different sizes – Aleda King Size, which is the perfect blunt replacement, and Aleda Mini – which replaces the traditional 1 ј” paper.
    • (again incorrect, the Aleda Mini we have here is the same size as a Single Wide paper – not 1 1/4 !)
  • Update on the Aleda False Information Scandal

    Thanks to the outright embarrassment of Aleda by the information posted on this page and the information posted on Wikipedia, Aleda has retracted their false statements that the product is made from Vegetables. They recently posted ad admission that their clear rolling papers ARE made from Wood and Glycerin.

    Here is a copy of the apology letter Aleda recently posted on their website:

    Dear Consumers, Partners and Distributors,

    Due to all the rumors created by disloyal competition, we are demystifying the process of production of our transparent paper. Our transparent paper is composed of a 100% natural regenerated cellulose film. Regenerated Cellulose is a film obtained from 100% refined cellulose, which comes from the wood pulp.

    The process of production of the transparent paper does NOT alter the chemical nature of the cellulose film and for this the process of production uses chemically inert, insoluble, infusible and innocuous material.

    This film is treated with emollients which give the softness and humidity with emphasis on its high shininess and the highest transparency.

    Glycerin is a natural substance used in many perishable and non-perishable products to give softness and shininess to the product. Some of these products include:

    • Candies
    • Cakes
    • Non-Sugar Sweeteners
    • In cooking in general

    Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and which has a high boiling point. It attracts moisture and gives the product a shiny and soft texture. This is the reason for the use of glycerin. It can only be harmful when re-heated various times at very high temperatures. This does not happen with aLeda as it can only burn once and cannot be re-used.

    Our product is made from treated eucalyptus cellulose, re-managed and reforested in a sustainable way in accordance to ISO 14001, which makes it ecologically correct.

    These trees are planted primarily to cover raw material necessities and at the same time to preserve the environment through high technology plantation authorized by IBAMA (Brazilian Environmental Institute) and complying with technical foresting criteria through sustainable managing and selective cutting.

    The cellulose used to make our product has a biodegradable certificate as per European Laws.

    While we are glad Aleda admitted the obvious truth as of today their USA website still has the old very false information posted:

    Other companies such as PURE / have also published incredible false statements such as the one below taken from their website as evidence

    This information above is a “PURE LIE”.

    Paper is naturally BROWN in color – not Clear. Clear papers are made using a chemically intrusive process and would likely have a harsher impact on the environment then white paper. We have filed a fraud complaint against / Pure Clear Rolling Papers LLC with the FTC and we hope our readers will do the same. Pure Papers is a marketing company from Beverly Hills California. They are not a longstanding Tobacco company such as Republic, Imperial, HBI or Gizeh/Mascotte. The truly healthiest cigarette is said to be one rolled in an unbleached paper (Reference)

    Here’s another example of “Smoke-Lies”:

    It seems like so many companies just can’t resist – continually false advertising to consumers. Smokies (AKA Smoklies) is the newest clear paper we have seen. They joined right in by printing lies. Smokies are not made from vegetables and they are not made from 100% cellulose. Cellophane does contain chemicals, and their product also contains lead and arsenic, possibly at significantly higher levels then a quality white paper. Another FTC complaint has been filed against them.

    Here’s another “Master Liar”

    Again this company claims that Cellophane is more natural then a white paper and that silly statement that paper is clear before somehow arsenic and lead are added to turn a clear paper white? That is a bold face lie.

    Now here comes the BIGGEST LIAR YET:

    Not only did Roopa print the most amount to date of outright lies and false statements, but they went an additional step by saying that Cellophane is “a paper in the raw”. Thus they’re trying to associate smoking Cellophane with the unbleached RAW rolling papers. That’s really over the top! Let’s recount their lies for them:

    • 1) They claim the product is made from Vegetables
      • Absolute lie, it’s made from Wood, Glycerin and Water
    • 2) They claim the product is made from 100% cellulose
      • Another lie, it’s made from Wood Cellulose, Glycerin and Water.
    • 3) They claim that Cellophane is “finished at a phase in the manufacturing process before the chemical compounds are added, eliminating any doubts in relation to the health of our customers”
      • Another really big lie, Cellophane is made in an entirely different process as outlined here. The process used to make these clear papers is extremely toxic and uses very harsh chemicals.
    • 4) They claim to meet EU’s chemical standards –
      • we don’t know if they are lying again, however these standards are for Cellophane as a PACKING MATERIAL, not intended to be used in burning as a cigarette paper.
    • 5) They claim that lead, arsenic and heavy metals are required to make paper white
      • Absolute lie, We could continue this list forever, the bottom line is that they are using completely false statements to try and trick you into smoking their product. You can see their entire Power Point presentation here.

    One last very important thing

    Clear papers are really a LOT of fun to roll with (They’re a ‘Trip’ hah hah). They also burn quite well, nice slow and smooth. A friend pulled out some clear cigarettes at a pub the other day and we ended up having a blast showing them to everyone in the place. They are a great attention-getter and conversation-starter! We do like the product, we think it’s fun to use and roll with, we just don’t like the Aleda, PURE, and Smokies guys printing false information and tricking consumers into thinking the product is more natural then regular white rolling papers.

    All smoking is bad for you!

    Information on Clear Rolling Papers on Wikipedia

    Here is an article of interest from Can Culture Magazine that features Clear Rolling Papers

    The World’s Largest Online Collection of Rolling Papers

    The Different Kinds Of Rolling Papers Explained

    A good rolling paper made from natural materials improves the quality of the smoking experience. Several types of papers are available to address the cannabis smoker’s needs. The choice between wood, rice, hemp, or other fibres depends on taste, smoking speed, rolling skills, and other factors.

    A good rolling paper can improve the quality of your joint and your overall smoking experience. However, no fine paper can substitute the skill required for a well-rolled joint, and learning how to craft impeccable roll-ups can take years. Despite the recent vaporizer boom, smoking cannabis in joints is still the most common way to benefit from cannabinoids together with all the aromas this plant offers us.

    Traditional rolling papers are made from wood pulp, which has pros and cons when it comes to smoking. In the last 20 years, more and more cannabis-focussed, health-conscious papers have entered the market, with rice, hemp, and even transparent cellulose rolling papers produced to satisfy the demands of a more conscious public. Each kind of rolling paper has its own unique characteristics that appeal to different kinds of smokers. For example, taste, thickness, and burning speed of the paper are various features that come down largely to personal taste. To help you make an informed decision when buying your next pack of papers, here is a list of the most common materials and their characteristics.


    Rolling papers may have different porosity to control ventilation and burning rate. Apart from this, the paper can contain additional substances that slow down the burning, stabilize the paper itself, its smoke, and its ash. White rolling papers usually have a chemical aspect because of the presence of chlorine or calcium carbonate, which help slow down the burn. Flavored and colored rolling papers also contain chemicals or even natural substances that have no real reason to be inhaled. Nowadays, many papers from respectable brands are made without chemical treatments or materials that improve combustion, reducing the possible harm and aftertaste of your smoke.


    Wood pulp rolling papers are the most popular papers, and this has been true for more than a century. They can even be blended with other fibres, and their texture makes them easy to handle. On average, these papers are thicker than the newer types, even if they are actually available in a few different thicknesses—bleached or unbleached. White wood pulp papers are bleached while brown ones are not. Wood pulp is solid, and the handy texture of these papers makes them convenient for beginners because they hold their shape well, even in presence of a little humidity or shaky, sweaty hands. Wood pulp papers have a medium burn rate.


    The best rice papers are made from all-natural ingredients, meaning it’s basically just processed and pressed rice. These rolling papers are usually thinner than others. This is a good thing for your lungs, but may require a little more effort when you’re rolling. This smooth paper might not grip well between your fingers and it’s pretty vulnerable to certain conditions, especially damp air. Forget smoking with these papers when it’s raining outside. Rice paper is thin, yet burns slowly. The little material used for a single sheet makes it a good choice for your health and for enjoying your weed without almost any external aftertaste. A similar result can be reached with flax, which is sometimes used in rolling paper blends. There are indeed rolling papers made from 100% flax that can be considered a nice alternative to rice papers with analogue characteristics.<


    Industrial hemp proudly came back in the last 20 years, and hemp rolling papers were immediately appreciated by the community. First off, these papers help save trees since they are made from hemp fibre. Their colour is mainly light brown because the bleaching process is usually not appreciated by cannabis consumers. Hemp papers are thicker and rougher than rice ones, providing a good grip when rolling. However, they have a similar tendency to absorb (and eventually release) humidity. They have a medium burn rate and go out less often than rice papers. Joints made with hemp papers might take on a delicate aftertaste that won’t spoil the aroma of the burning herb they wrap.


    You can find papers of any crazy colour and flavour, or even transparent ones without added flavour that are made from cellulose. Novelty papers can be fun to try once if you just can’t resist. After that, it’s a good idea to gradually learn how to roll with the unprocessed, thinnest paper available in order to reduce the amount of dangerous substances you inhale and avoid spoiling the taste of good cannabis. The thinnest papers weigh around 10g/m², and all major brands offer different dimensions for these products. Again, picking a wider or longer paper, or one made from rice instead of hemp largely depends on individual taste and smoking behaviour. Have fun and experiment!

    The rolling paper material affects the quality of the smoking experience. Wood pulp, rice, or hemp? Here is how to pick the right paper. ]]>