How To Roll A Blunt With Notebook Paper
The urge to light a blunt can be too strong at times, especially as a regular smoker. But what do you do when there is no cigar – not even one to tide you over? You could go to the nearest store to pick up a pack, or as some people did, roll one using a sheet of notebook paper.
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that rolling a blunt with notebook paper is, more or less, the same as using cigar wrap. An exemption is that you can’t lick and seal the way you could with a tobacco wrapper. Then again, you’re in a pinch, so it will have to do.
Actually, before you even think about doing that, there are things that you need to know first.
Should You Use Notebook Paper To Roll A Blunt?
First of all, rolling a blunt is the same as a joint except for the wrapper. Whereas joints use rolling papers, typically similar to cigarette papers, a blunt uses tobacco wrapper taken from a cigar. Hence, by substituting with notebook paper, then whatever you rolled is anything but a blunt – technically.
Rolling blunt with notebook paper
There are also some important things to consider concerning health risks.
1. Chemicals Used In Making The Paper
Often, the paper is bleached, and some of the chemical residues might remain. Not only that, but there is no one way to make paper. Although the principle remains the same, there are variations to the techniques. It also means that there are a plethora of chemicals – other than bleach – used.
A quick check tells us that there are over 40 compounds that could possibly be used. Not all at the same time, of course. Nonetheless, notebook papers are not meant for human ingestion. You could expect that once combusted, some of those compounds may produce toxic by-products. You may not be inhaling nicotine – as is the case with cigar wraps – but you do inhale substances other than cannabinoids.
Common sense dictates that the risk of inhaling toxic fumes is not worth it, considering there are other methods of consumption when in a pinch. If you have a piece of apple – go ahead and make a pipe out of it, for example. If not a blunt, the make a joint – rolling papers are so cheap that you ought to keep some for emergency purposes.
2. Don’t Forget The Ink
Some people who have tried to roll weed using notebook paper would only use the top portion where there is at least an inch of space before the first line. That makes sense. Dried ink is yet another chemical that may add to toxic fumes. And if you are to do that, then you have to work with a pretty much small sheet – allowing you to roll a thin joint – or blunt, if you prefer to call it that.
3. Rapid Burn Rate
Before the dried herb burns up, the notebook paper would be first. As such, you end up wasting valuable herbs. Just for this reason alone, it is better to go to a store and buy some cigars.
4. Smoke Is Harsh
Have you ever smelled a burning sheet of notebook paper? Before you start to make a blunt out of it, try to burn and smell the smoke. Are you sure that is what you want to inhale into your lungs? One thing is for sure if you are to try it, expect to have coughing fits as the smoke produced is harsh. Meanwhile, the coughing motion and your hands shaking are going to make some of the dried herbs fall out more.
How Do You Roll A Blunt Using Notebook Paper
If there is no other choice, and you understand that you are probably going to inhale some toxic chemicals as a result of burning notebook paper, then go ahead. Make one – that is your choice.
Typically, you would take out a sheet of paper and cut to approximately the size of a King size rolling paper. That should be around 100-110mm x 55-60mm. In the imperial system, that should be around 4-1/4″ x 2-1/4″.
Unlike cigar wrap, which already has a curve, you will want to roll the paper, creating a curve to catch the weed. Then, fill it up, pack, and roll. You could try to wet the edges to help create a seal, it is doubtful that it will adhere as well as cigar wraps do.
If you wish to, you could also fashion a crutch using an index card or business card. Considering the fast burn rate of notebook paper, maybe that helps keep your finger or lips from getting burned as it sort of serves as a gap or spacer.
The Original Wrap Is Better
There is no study on the effects of smoking using notebook paper – and for a good reason too. Not only is it a bad idea, but there are also plenty of alternatives that eliminate it from being considered for use.
Smoke a blunt using a notebook paper
Any other wrapper material, then what you are doing, is a makeshift joint. If you are so keen, then use an unbleached paper. Generally, avoid white papers because they are most likely bleached. Avoid colored ones, too, as they have chemical colorants. Also, the thinner the paper, the better it is, too, as it contains fewer chemicals than thick ones.
The most prudent thing to do is to hold off a bit until you could buy some cigars. Even at odd times, there are convenience stores that may sell tobacco. Although the brands may not be what is generally recommended in the cannabis community, they are still tobacco leaves, and you are making a blunt – after all.
Can you believe it? You can roll a blunt with notebook paper if a cigar is not available. Rolling is easy enough, but you need to know these things first.
Top 5 hacks for when you run out of smoking papers
Every dedicated cannabis user ought to be carrying around a kit of essential items at all times. Omitting this crucial aspect of the stoner routine is just unprofessional. But even the best of us get caught out at times, and go to roll a joint only to discover there are no smoking papers to be found. You may find yourself asking: what can I use as rolling paper?
1. Find a substitute for paper
We all remember schooldays when someone managed to smuggle in an eighth but—surprise surprise!—didn’t manage to steal any smoking papers from out of their big brother’s stash box.
And then eventually you all end up huddled behind the sports hall frantically trying to roll joints out of toilet paper, magazine covers and old receipts, and you’ve wasted most of the weed so far trying to do it…
So thank heaven that those days are long behind (most of) us, and we now have an array of superior options to go for, in the astoundingly rare event that we plan poorly enough to run out of OCB’s and there’s nary a head shop to be found.
If you happen to be artistically-minded, or just the type of person that likes to do brass rubbings when out and about, you may be the kind of person who carries around tracing paper in their pocket!
Tracing paper is actually a pretty good alternative for smoking papers, if you have the thin, high-quality stuff. Much better than a magazine or a receipt, anyway—but yeah, perhaps not the most common pocket item.
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2. Gum paper
On the other hand, if you’re just a regular, uncreative Joe with no tracing paper about your person (you poor peasant), you may still be in luck if you happen to have a few sticks of gum in your pocket. That silvery foil stuff that your sticks of gum come wrapped in?
If you can rub the foil part off without damaging the paper underneath, that paper can act as a pretty reasonable substitute Rizla—and as a bonus, all the sugary-gummy residual goodness left on the paper should help stick it together, with a little help from your tongue.
3. Roll up a corn husk
Although this technically counts as a replacement rolling paper, it’s so good it deserves a section of its own. The outer layers of an ear of sweetcorn can be dried and used as a natural rolling paper, and probably represents the least harmful option listed so far!
The husk is naturally soft, flexible and fibrous, and retains these qualities even when dry.
Many countries that produce both corn and cannabis use corn husks to roll joints as a traditional method of consumption. In Jamaica, an island that is globally known for its high-quality cannabis, sun-drying corn husks to later use as rolling papers is a widespread practice.
Here they are typically soaked in water briefly prior to rolling, to ensure that their flexibility is maximised.
Mexico and the USA are other countries where cannabis users report use of this method—in the USA, pre-dried corn husks can be purchased in the Mexican section of many large supermarkets, particularly in the South.
As well as corn, fibres from several other plants can substitute for rolling papers—and may even prove preferable in terms of flavour, as many report the ‘papery’ taste to be absent. The fibrous inner membrane of bamboo is one substitute, and the bark (or the layer beneath the bark) of several trees is light and flexible enough to be used.
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4. Make a bucket/lung
Making substitute pipes is another approach to the problem of being caught out without smoking papers or bong. There are various different ways to achieve this, from using an apple or a bell pepper to constructing ambitious devices out of old electronics and scrap metal.
Here we’ll briefly describe two related methods that are capable of packing a serious punch, but do not require any hard-to-find items.
Both techniques require a 2-litre (or similar) empty bottle, such as one used to contain water or soft drinks. The bottle must be cut in two, approximately 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. A piece of tin foil shaped to fit the mouth of the bottle and pierced several times to allow airflow is also needed.
To make a lung, simply use tape to attach a plastic bag to the cut end of the bottle; once secure, scrunch the bag up inside the bottle.
- Then place some cannabis onto the foil ‘gauze’, which should be loosely placed on the mouth of the bottle.
- Use a lighter to burn the cannabis while using your other hand to pull the plastic bag out of the bottle—by doing this you create a vacuum inside the bottle, which causes air (and smoke) to rush into the chamber.
- When the bag is fully extended, remove the foil from the bottle and inhale the smoke from inside the bottle.
- A bucket (also known as a gravity bong) functions similarly, but uses a large (at least 10 litre) bucket filled around 2/3 full with water. The bottle is placed into the bucket and held down so that it does not float up.
- The foil is placed on the mouth of the bottle, cannabis is placed on it and burned, and the bottle is slowly raised up, causing the vacuum inside to become filled with air and smoke.
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5. Do hot-knives
“Hot-knives” is one of the oldest and most well-known methods of consuming cannabis in the absence of a paper or pipe. It is also one of the simplest—but can potentially be quite dangerous, so great care must be taken especially if already intoxicated! All you need is a heat source such as a gas or electric stove, two knives and some cannabis.
Some also prefer to use a straw or a rolled-up piece of paper to inhale the smoke, to avoid getting too close to the source of the heat, but this is not always necessary.
- Simply switch on the stove and bring it up to a medium-hot temperature. Once it is hot, hold the blades of the two knives immediately above the heat source for a short time (usually 1-2 minutes is sufficient).
- Ensure that the handles of the knives are away from the heat source to avoid damage to them (and injury to you!). Then, carefully place a small piece of cannabis on to one of the knife blades, and press the other knife blade down onto it so that the cannabis is ‘sandwiched’ between two hot metal blades.
- The cannabis should begin to smoke immediately, so be ready to inhale as soon as contact has been made to avoid wastage. The advantage of this technique is that it can be used for any type of cannabis—flowers, hashish and even concentrates! This wide ranging application is the reason that hot-knives remains one of the most popular and well-known techniques in the book.
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6. Buy a vaporizer
A permanent solution for the forgetful cannabis users is to find a different way of using. If you never want the problem of getting caught without smoking papers again, have a look at the pocket sized vaporizers that are out there.
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