Papers come in all shapes, sizes, colours and designs. Novelties aside, the best skins are the ones that stick where and when you want them to.

There is nothing worse than spending 20 minutes on your masterpiece only to have it fall apart at the crucial moment. Rice or wheat straw papers are recommended, the thinner and finer the better. Most of the designs use the standard cigarette sized paper, but they will work just as well with the king-size varieties, you'll just get bigger joints.


Paper will never get anyone high so the aim is always to use as little as possible. Try tearing your papers down to size, the smaller the better. Judicous trimming can also make the joint easier to roll. The wider, squarer types of paper give you more scope for creating tailor-made skins of different shapes.


If things start to go pear-shaped the humble skin can save the day. Gummed strips torn from some spare papers make axcellent bandages for tears, leaks, gaps and other emergencies. The strips are also ideal for creating joins between spliffs or roaches.


Sometimes you may find youself stranded without a 24hr in sight. In parts of India you have about as much chance of finding a packet of rizlas as you have of getting freshwipes in the local latrine. Salvation comes in the form of the "Bidi". These suspicously cheap, hand made cigarettes consist of questionable herbs and a few crumbs of tobacco rolled inside some kind of leaf and then tied-up with thread. Simply unravel your "bidi", empty is dodgy contents, refill with the good stuff and wrap it back up. With a bit of practise the whole procedure can be done in a matter of seconds.

If you find yourself even further removed from civilisation then seek out a bananatree. Bannana leafs stay pliable enough to roll with when dried.



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