So you’re automatically rolling fat joints. But when you’re smoking a gold-flecked joint, should you really skimp on the contents, anyway?
The Shine brand is practically synonymous with luxury gold rolling papers. They are definitely the best-known name in the market.
When you purchase a pack of Shine papers, you’ll receive two sheets. Just two. (So maybe don’t entrust this rolling task friend who’s never rolled a joint before.)
Now, even newbie joint rollers can bask in the luxury of a gold-flecked joint — or pose for that perfect Instagram post.
Can’t roll a joint to save your life? No problem. This is basically error-proof. Just grind up your cannabis (with an amazing grinder, for best results), and stuff it into this paper cone.
This even comes with a handy travel “doob tube.” So roll this up, put it in the tube to keep it safe, and then bust our a massive gold-flecked joint at your next party. You’ll be the classiest stoner party guest ever.
These Shine King-Sized 24K Gold Pre-Roll Cones stand out because they’re just like the 24K gold rolling papers listed above — except you don’t have to know how to roll a joint.
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They measure 1.25 inches, and include a hemp base. This means they burn slowly, allowing you to fully enjoy how outrageously bougie you’re being.
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I thought deeply about Kelman’s anti-smoking message while I smoked my way through a joint wrapped in gold that night. Two-thirds of the way through, I decided that smoking gold-wrapped joints was some dumb bullshit. If nothing else, wrapping pot in gold makes great weed taste terrible.
“The bottom line here is that compared to the THC and inhaling the combustion products, I don’t think the gold really adds any additional significant risk,” Kelman said. “But to claim that something is safe because of this one animal study just really misrepresents this science.”
To be fair, Shine didn’t claim their product was safe, just that it probably wasn’t that harmful. If gold doesn’t add any additional significant risk, does that mean Kelman himself would smoke it? No. “Frankly, knowing what I know as a toxicologist, I wouldn’t inhale a combustion product regardless of whether there is gold in it or not,” he said.
These gold joints turned the flavor of Platinum Alien OG (a strain that usually tastes like pine and lemon) into a chemical off-flavor. They turned Acapulco Gold (a strain internationally famous for its exquisite earthy and fruity flavor) into the forgettable taste of cardboard. As for that gold joint full of Puffin’s Hindu Kush, I haven’t even smoked it yet. I am considering unrolling it and putting the flower into a product that won’t taste terrible.
After a publicist sent The Stranger a box of free Shine papers, I rolled a joint full of top-shelf Hindu Kush. “Is that real gold?” people would ask. When I explained that it was in fact a joint encased in a metallic sheath of 24-karat gold, they inevitably asked: “Is that safe to smoke?”
Shine’s website doesn’t offer much in the way of reassurance. They defend their product by saying, “There is no such thing as healthy smoking.” Yikes.
Bruce Kelman, a toxicologist based in Redmond who was an author on that rat study, told me that gold probably doesn’t make smoking joints more dangerous, but he still feels it was a “misuse of the study” to say that it demonstrates gold-wrapped joints are innocuous.
Shine is essentially the Fyre Festival of joints: flashy and alluring from afar, but the more you learn, the less appealing it becomes.
Shine goes on to say that most of the joint’s gold goes into your ashtray instead of your lungs. They also cite a 2011 study that forced rats to inhale tiny particles of gold six hours a day, five days a week, for 90 days. The rats in this study didn’t get sick. The creators of Shine point to this as evidence of their product’s safety.
Are gold-wrapped joints safe for smoking? Why do they taste like that?