Substitutes & Alternatives to Rolling Paper

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Everyone has been stuck without rolling papers at least once before and it can be an alarming situation if you don’t have some tricks stashed up your sleeve. Every stoner should be prepared for the worst, and this article is all about creative alternatives to rolling papers. So if you are looking for a paperless solution, keep reading this article!

You’ve been dying to smoke this joint all day… and then! Of course, your housemate has finished your papers or you have forgotten to swing by the headshop for a packet of OCB’s on the way home. Well, maybe you’re the kind with enough energy to run back out to sort out the problem.

If you’re not, and like to be a little bit more creative and resourceful, we’ve got some ideas for substitutes and alternatives to rolling papers. Some other sources out there will make suggestions that mean using tin foil. However, we would strongly recommend against smoking out of anything made from tin foil because of the toxic chemicals that can reach the body!

Substituting rolling paper for any of the following suggestions is a fun way to make the most of a mediocre situation! There will be no need to run out of the house to buy anything, as all of these alternatives can be fashioned together with just a few household items!

Rolling a Joint with a Leaf…?

Things must be really desperate. You don’t even have a pipe lying around, or anything that resembles something you can smoke out of. Never mind! There must be a plant safe to smoke in your backyard or in a neighbour’s front yard. Make sure you don’t pick a leaf that is unsafe to smoke! Roll it up into something cone shaped and sprinkle some buds in the top. Use it like a pipe!

Don’t believe in blasphemy? Use a Bible.

If you are a Christian, you can skip straight through this one. Everybody remembers being in high school and trying to make rolling papers out of magazines, receipts, school books and regular paper. None of them really work properly, and you end up losing most of your weed to the mission of successfully rolling it.

There is one kind of paper that works extremely well as a substitute for rolling papers: Bible paper. It’s thin, like a rolling paper and sticks extremely well with enough saliva. If Jesus were in your situation, what would he do?

Rolling a Joint with an Apple/strawberry/fruit pipe

 Substitutes & Alternatives to Rolling Paper - WeedSeedShop Blog

Fruit pipes are a great way to solve the no papers dilemma. You must have a piece of fruit lying around somewhere. It doesn’t even really matter which one. The only other thing you will need is something to drill a hole through the piece of fruit with.

People swear by using a hollowed-out pen. Unscrew the top and take the ink tube out, and you’re left with a hollow plastic tube. You can use this to poke holes in the fruit.

First, poke a hole through the top. This will act as your cone piece. Don’t poke all the way to the bottom, or your weed will fall straight through. Go about half way down. Then, from one of the two sides, poke a hole that goes just far enough to meet the first vertical hole you made.

So you now have two holes that meet somewhere inside your piece of fruit. One is horizontal and the other is vertical. Pack your bowl into the vertical hole, and smoke out of the horizontal one!

Empty a cigarette

Most joint rollers would call this one blasphemy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. If you don’t have any papers around but there is a friend who smokes cigarettes, you can use the age-old method of emptying out the cigarette. If you’re really adamant on doing the best job you can, you should take out the filter and replace it with a cardboard one. Carbon filters completely ruin the cannabis experience.

Fill it up with your favourite green, and problem solved! You’re smoking now, and the ganja gods will forgive you for this one.

The hot knives method

Who remembers being a teenager? Hot knives pack a powerful hit that goes straight to the head. All you need is a stove, and some butter knives. Roll up your buds into small balls that fit on top of the butter knife. Heat up your hot knives over the stove – and I mean, make them hot! You only need to heat the tip of the knife where you will put the weed, which means you can keep the handle cool.

When both your knives are hot enough, sandwich one of your little pieces of bud between them. They will instantly start incinerating into a big cloud of white smoke, so be ready to inhale quickly! Having a straw handy is one of the best ways to get all of the smoke in. Be careful not to burn anybody in the process!

Make a bucket bong

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To make a bucket bong, you just need a bucket, an empty soft drink bottle and some water. Cut the bottom of the bottle off and fashion a cone piece out of the top of the bottle.

Submerge the bottom half of the bottle (the end that has been cut) into a bucket with water, you want to leave enough space in the bottle to fill up with some smoke. Put the buds in the cone piece.

The trick is here. While you are burning the buds, slowly be lifting the bottle out of the water, this is what allows the empty space in the bottle to fill up with smoke. Once it has completely come out of the water, pull out the cone piece and smoke up a bottle full of smoke!

Improvise with a corn husk

Did you know in tribal Native American culture, tobacco was traditionally rolled up in a corn husk because of the sacred properties of corn? While the cultural context might not interest you too much, the very great idea of rolling up a joint using a corn husk might.

They smoke extremely well if you can successfully get the joint together! Rolling is a little bit of a challenge, but it can be tied together with a few pieces of string. Once it’s together, it gives the joint a very special twist!

When there’s really nothing else…

We never recommend smoking off something that contains aluminum foil, because so many toxins come out of this material when it is heated. However, there is an age-old trick of using the wrapper of a piece of gum.

These wrappers are usually made up of two layers of material: a thin piece of paper with a thin layer of foil attached.

By scratching gently, you can remove the foil from the piece of paper and you are left with something that eerily resembles a rolling paper. Be careful to get all of the foil off before rolling and only use this method when there is no option left!

But… do you keep running into this situation where you’re out of paper? Invest in a good vaporizer and you’ll never need paper again 😉


18 thoughts on “Substitutes & Alternatives to Rolling Paper”

      1. Joshua, I’m willing to bet the person above was looking for answers other than the ones that literally everyone knows. I know I came here because I was hoping to find a start to finish guide to making my own rice or flax rolling papers since literally no one has one of those

      2. Can you feel and tell who really ran out of papers lol. Don’t be nasty, she is only trying too help. You don’t have too agree. Everyone has a pretty/good point. We all just fail to see it. Listen I have no payps rite now. Did I find what I was looking for? Yes and no, but your insults just dont stick well, and your true colours are running up the side of our doobs, bogart canoe artist..

  1. Silas nigga

    these are so fucken obvious like no kidding smoking out an apple I need some shit that actually is like a j

      1. shes ugly af get your eyes checked also stupid af since this is an article on how to roll joints without papers and she includes pipes and bongs. thats a completely different method

      2. Anouk - WeedSeedShop

        Hey Ardo, thanks for sharing your opinion on the looks of my lovely colleague. I’m sure she’ll greatly appreciate the feedback.

        Some of the methods in this article very closely resemble the smoking method that you’d need papers for. However, the other options are also interesting alternative consumption methods for those that don’t have any papers on hand, and might also lack a cigarette, any pieces of fruits, a bible, and leaves. We thought it was helpful input nonetheless! Were there any specific methods missing in your opinion? Feel free to share & help your fellow stoners 🙂

  2. I’d never use bible paper Jesus Christ have some respect for the Lord. But if you do use it that’s surely one way to get the word in ya..

    1. Just curious… u can state jesus christ like ur swearing but u cant use a blank page out of ur bible?

  3. Was hoping that this would tell me how to make my own papers from plant material. Instead its another pointless common sense article. This wasn’t helpful at all

    1. onion skins! they dont taste like onion, dont worry. peel it off carefully, get it wet (bc onion skins are dry asf and itll crumble), and then pat it dry with a paper towel! then youre ready to roll. its hard to stick it together, so i usually take the paper from a roach and stick one layer to the one under. hope this helps!

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    Born in Germany, lived in England my childhood years and spent my high school era in the US. My parents are basically hippies and that is why I have had the possibility to speak freely and explore my passion for the cannabis plant. My love for writing followed soon after. Writing about this subject has taught me so many things about the use, cultivation, health benefits and industrial options, and I love that I can share this knowledge with you! I visit Amsterdam as often as I can and I love the vibe there when it comes to weed, it lets me try new things and learn about the newest developments in the industry. The one person I would love to smoke some with would have to be Stevie Wonder. I love relaxing to his music while high and I would love to meet him!
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