You may or may not be aware already, but some of the most creative thinkers and problem solvers have been using rolling papers for more than just lighting for decades. Everything from beauty products to cleaning products, rolling papers can be a ridiculously cheaper alternative to many common household products.
Beyond origami, we wanted to actually provide you with some real-life, practical uses for rolling papers that may just save your ass one day. With our guide to alternative uses for rolling papers, your friends will consider you the MacGyver of getting toasted!
Camera Lens Cleaner & Flash Diffuser
Any aspiring photographers out there that are always chasing that perfect shot may want to consider carrying a pack of Rizlas in their camera kit bag. Quite commonly, rolling papers have been used for cleaning camera lenses. Due to the fine rice material of rolling paper, you can use them to clean your camera without leaving any residue, scratches or blemishes.
Rolling papers can also be used as a very handy flash diffuser. Simply take a paper, fold it in half and place it over the flash and take your picture. This will really soften the light in any of your photos and costs next to nothing compared to most camera equipment!
Facial Oil Blotting Paper
This should be included in a piece entitled “Stoner Beauty Secrets 101”. I’m sure many of our female audience will be aware of this already but for those of you who aren’t, rolling papers can be used as a cheaper cosmetic alterative for oily skin. Hemp paper is generally very absorbent and has been used by many for clearing up greasy / oily skin.
Hemp papers in particular are great at this as they are hypo-allergenic and minimize the risk of skin irritation. They are also extremely durable and do not tear or break easily, making them ideal hygiene products.
Guitar Picks & Tuners
If you roll your paper up thoroughly enough, you can make your paper into a guitar pick that can make some really awesome and unique sounds. Another common trick for any musicians out there; the rolling paper box can be used to slide your guitar into standard tuning by placing it on the fret-board behind the strings. (Insert rock and roll pun here).
While it may seem obvious at first, it can be easy to underestimate just how well rolling paper can be used to repair other paper items like books, magazines and other reading items. Simply take a little bit of glue, apply it to your paper, stick to your torn page(s) and BOOM! Your page is almost good as new! Just make sure the paper you use closely matches the colours of the page you are trying to repair.
Absorbing Moisture on Wind Instruments
Here’s another one for the musicians out there. Again focusing on the absorbent nature of the rolling paper, it can be used for absorbing the moisture that accumulates between the keypads and joints (particularly on the flute or oboe). Payers of wind instruments have also been known to place a folded rolling paper over their front or bottom teeth to prevent their lips from being cut. This is due to the large amount of pressure the clarinet exerts on their lips.
We have just touched on the tip of the ice berg in terms of the quantity of different alternative uses a pack of rolling papers are really capable of. So dear reader, please feel free to send us some of your suggestions for alternative uses for the humble rolling paper!
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