Paraphernalia

"The idea behind ihe 'party roll' is something of a practical joke: you hand a friend a paper and, half an hour later, too stoned to figure out what's going on, lie's still, rolling! Ought Co become very popular when the Elks start getting into dope."

-Eric Kibble

Language changes. "Paraphernalia,." adopted directly from the ancien! Greek word for dowry (paraphernos, [thing] carried beside) and used for three centuries to refer in general to optional accoutre me i its of wardrobe or military gear, today means primarily the vessels and tools of recreational drug use. These include a bewildering variety of pipes, hookahs, chjjlums, bongs, carburetors, rolling papei-s, roach clips, herb cleaners, screens, razors, mirrors, syringes, paper and cellophane bags, and increasingly bizarre constructions of sheet metal, plumbing fixtures, rare Oriental woods and laboratory lubes and fillers that look like discarded moonshine stills or alchemical astrolabes. As we shalj see, paraphernalia, has become technological subculture, rooted in the old American tradition of the basement tinkerer and the backyard adventurer, watered by the capital of a rapidly growing dope-paraphernalia . industry, and harvested by a generation of bionic dopers who demand both scientifically, sophisticated -and environ menial ly_ balanced accessories to get high with.

The first historical traces of Homo parapiicrnalius (dope-smoking man) have been discovered in Cyprus, dating back to the Bronze Age and placing the origin of the opium trade between 1220 and 1190 b.c. Excavations at the site of a prehistoric temple on Cyprus, or Kition as il was known to the ancient Aegeans, turned up an ivory opium pipe that, according to its discoverers, is ''for the first time evidence that smoking was an ancient habit."! Until, this artifact was dusted off in a.d. 1975, the habit was generalLy believed to have originated in the Roman period.

A paraphernalia, mystery is posed by the antique 'TaLry pipes'1 of ancient Ireland. These very small wooden pipes come in a wide variety of designs, and they predate the introduction of tobacco to the Old Would. We can imagine that the Celts smoked hemp in these pipes, but the subject has been avoided by all pipe historians.

If the dope pipe can trace its lineage to pre-Homeric times, rolling papers seem to be of more recent vintage. The ancient Mayas and Pueblo Indians, whose cultural artifacts can be reliably dated from about the eleventh century a.d.ยป smoked tobacco, often in hollow reeds that were really self-burning pipes. But they also made crude cigarettes with natural maize wrappers, so il can be said that the rolling-paper industry started in the New Would. Il was the Mayas, too, who first chewed the coca leaf, from which cocaine is extracted and which made them feel as big as

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