The unfiltered history of rolling papers, plus Tommy Chong's big fat Jamaican vacation


9 Responses to “The unfiltered history of rolling papers, plus Tommy Chong's big fat Jamaican vacation”

  1. noah django says:

    pretty interesting read even for a current non-smoker like me.

    “Cheech and Chong’s 1972 album opened like a rolling-paper booklet and even featured a rolling-paper sheet watermarked with a picture of the duo on it.”

    I feel the need to take it upon myself to point out that this rolling paper was fucking massive.  not really relevant, but too impressive to leave out.

    • dr_bombay says:

      well, like the album’s name, it was BIG.

    • teapot says:

      That’s pretty sweet, but really it should be a triangle not a rectangle. If you’re trying to roll a joint that big it’s got to be conical in the end rather than cylindrical because it won’t hold its own weight otherwise.

      Wonder how many of those were given an attempt.

      • noah django says:

        was wondering myself.  one thing’s for sure:  when someone sacrificed the entire ounce or whatever required to fill that beast, it would have been for one helluva party.  can you imagine the double-take you’d do if someone passed that to you?

  2. Chauncey Scott says:

    I’ve smoked a joint that long before, if not longer (we connected like 30 papers and 6 of us rolled in unison at a prom party) in the younger years. While the cone shape may conceivably hold the weight I still think it would sag unless you used two hands. We had it setup on the railing of the deck. And it wasnt possible to pock it up until about 2/3rds done. It burned for about 1 1/2 hrs.

    • teapot says:

      You are kinda right, but the difference between big joints and little ones is that you don’t hold then at the end. Hold it in the middle (like a long piece of timber).

  3. dnebdal says:

    Norway has for many years had massive tobacco taxes, and for a long period filter cigarettes were way more expensive than loose tobacco. As pipe smoking declined, this led to a country of rollup-smokers; you could get Big Ben or Rizla packets (with glue strips to tape them inside the “lid” of the tobacco packages) absolutely everywhere.  It also led to semi-official statements being sent to international meetings to notify them that our delegates were not, in fact, smoking anything illegal.

    It declined a bit when the taxes were shifted around to make the pricing per cigarette-equivalent more equal, and far more (together with smoking in general) when we put the new smoking laws in effect.

  4. Farkface says:

    Modiano Club’s for the win.

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