How to Make the Sticky Stuff on Rolling Papers

If you like to save money by making your own cigarettes, you might want to save even more money by making your own rolling papers. In addition to bulk rolling paper stock, you'll also want to include the thin adhesive strip that allows you to seal the cigarette after it's rolled. The traditional adhesive for rolling papers is gum arabic, also known as sugar gum. This is a natural gum from the Acacia tree; it is completely safe and nontoxic. In fact, it's the same gum used on stamps and envelopes. It's easy to mix and use.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring spoons
  • Acacia gum (gum arabic)
  • Glycerin
  • Water
  • Small mixing container
  • Plain, ungummed rolling papers
  • Artist's brush

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Mix 3 tbsp. gum arabic with 1 tbsp. glycerin and 1/2 tsp. water in a small mixing container.

Using an artist's brush, apply a 1/4-inch-thick line of the mixture along one of the long edges of each rolling paper. Apply just a thin coat of the adhesive.

Allow the papers to dry at least 1 hour, or until the edges are completely dry to the touch.


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