Collection: Zig Zags

If you’re looking for premium, plant fiber based rolling papers for a smooth, even burn, look no further than Zig Zag rolling papers.  

History Lesson: Zig Zag Papers and the Zig Zag Man

While you may be quick to recognize Zig Zag Papers by the Zig Zag man, most do not know the story behind the icon. As the folklore goes, Captain Zig Zag was a soldier within the French North African regiment. In the midst of battle during the Siege of Sevastopol, his pipe was taken out by a bullet, so after the air had settled, he tore a piece of paper from a musket cartridge and rolled his tobacco with it. You can’t get any classier than that. And so, Zig Zag was born. Zig Zag is one of the oldest and most well known rolling paper companies in the world. They've been making fine papers for more than 130 years. Made in France from flax fiber, Zig Zag papers are known for their thinness and slow, even burn. They use a thin strip of 100% natural gum arabic to give your roll the perfect seal that won't affect the flavor of your smoke. You know you are using time-honored quality when you see the distinctive watermark on each Zig Zag paper. And just remember, Captain Zig-Zag wants YOU!

Buy Zig Zag Wraps, Papers, Cones

At, you can get an assortment of Zig Zag products including Zig Zag blunt wraps, Zig Zag rolling papers, Zig Zag cones and more. As for rolling papers, we have 1 1/2 in Ultra-Thin papers, Zig Zag Original 1 1/4 papers, Zig Zag King papers and more sizes. 

As a final tribute to one of the greatest, the Afroman, you can’t beat Colt 45 and two Zig Zags. I mean, baby, isn’t that all you need?


Why is it called Zig Zag?

Zig Zag is one of the most recognized rolling paper brands around, skyrocketing to stardom in the U.S. after Dr. Dre used the Zig Zag logo with his portrait in it as the cover for his 1992 album, The Chronic, which went triple platinum and is still named as one of the best rap albums of all time. Long before this, Zig Zag founders invented the interleaving process where each paper is overlaid on one another so when one paper is removed, another one automatically takes its place. If you’ve ever taken an entire pack of rolling papers out of the booklet, they aren’t flat on top of each other like a book, but instead form a zig zag pattern. Hence the name Zig Zag was born.

Do Zig Zags have nicotine?

There is no nicotine or tobacco in Zig Zag rolling papers, however the company now makes hemp wraps and cones as well as terpene infused products. This sometimes causes confusion since the brand first started out and became popular as one of the top papers for rolling cigarettes. Even today, many people, particularly in Europe, purchase packs of shredded tobacco and roll cigarettes by hand with the same rolling papers utilized by cannabis enthusiasts for joints and spliffs. Zig Zag started out as a cigarette paper company in a time when smoking pipes made from wood or clay was the most common way to indulge.

What are Zig Zags made of?

Zig Zag now has a wide range of premium rolling papers including a line of hemp wraps and cones specifically designed for cannabis smokers. Packs of Zig Zags are available in a few different materials including organic hemp, an unbleached natural fiber blend, and the iconic French Orange rolling papers made from fibers of the flax plant. Quality, natural ingredients are a top priority. No bleach or harsh chemicals are used in any of the papers’ production and each paper contains a thin strip of raw, 100% natural arabic gum for a secure seal that doesn’t impact the burn or flavor. Some of the booklets are crafted with recycled cardstock and printed with low-impact vegetable ink that’s better for the environment.

How old is Zig Zag?

The Zig Zag brand is one of the oldest rolling paper brands in existence, having been around for over 140 years, though companies from Spain hold the top spots. The brand was started by two brothers, Maurice and Jacques Braunstein, in Paris, France. They established the Papeterie de Gassicourt cigarette paper production factory in 1879 before inventing and patenting the interleaving process still used by rolling paper manufacturers today. With their innovative new rolling paper booklets gaining popularity and recognition across the country, the brothers launched the Zig Zag brand in 1894. A second production facility was opened in 1919 near the Alps in Eastern France to keep up with demand, however in the 1950s, after the death of one of the brothers, Zig Zag was sold to the Bolloré Group, who had stake in Zig Zag’s main competitors, JOB and OCB.

Does Zig Zag symbolize something?

We’re glad you asked because there’s actually a really interesting story behind the iconic hipster-looking man smoking on the cover of every Zig Zag booklet. French soldiers fighting in the Crimean War were called Zouaves and it was common for them to use clay pipes to smoke tobacco. As the legend goes, a Zouave named Boris pulled out his pipe for a smoke during the Siege of Sevastopol and just as he was about to light up, a stray bullet hit the pipe, shattering it into pieces. He immediately reached for his gunpowder bag and tore off a piece of its paper to try and roll a cigarette. The founders loved this legend and decided to use a smoking Zouave as the logo for Zig Zag. This bearded gentleman has since been referred to as the Zig Zag Man and Captain Zig Zag.

Does Zig Zag have a thin glue line?

Yes! Zig Zag has a very thin glue line that’s made from 100% natural raw arabic gum. The glue has absolutely no taste or flavor when smoked and it’s also edible, making it the perfect choice for premium rolling papers. Arabic gum is made from the saps of the thorntree (Acacia sensu lato) and the gum arabic tree (Senegalia senega). The glue is an essential part in ensuring that all hand rolled joints or cigarettes don’t begin to come apart while smoking. With Zig Zags, it doesn’t take much moisture, just a very light lick to create a proper seal.

What is Zig Zag paper made of?

When it comes to rolling papers, stoners can be very picky about what’s used in conjunction with their dry herb. Today, there are many different rolling paper brands, each with various materials used to create the paper. Flax, hemp, and rice are the most popular within the cannabis community. The classic French Orange Zig Zag rolling papers are made from flax plant fibers. They also have hemp papers made from organically grown hemp plants, as well as an unbleached paper crafted from a mix of different non-GMO and responsibly harvested natural fibers. All Zig Zag papers use the same 100% natural, raw arabic gum glue.

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