Hand-rolling cigarettes and other “smokeable” products has been taken to a new level with the advent of Shine 24K Gold Rolling Papers combining edible gold leaf with interior paper, now being sold on Amazon.com and by smoke shops.
On its Amazon.com page, Shine Papers advertises the papers “smoke perfectly.” A pack of 12 gold rolling papers costs $60. “They cost more because we can only use 24K Gold in order to be edible with no other purities and after all it’s going in your mouth.”
“The papers are easy to roll and not likely to tear,” said the Shine Papers website. “Those of us that have had the pleasure, truly believe the gold helps control the burn. It doesn’t run or canoe, and burns way slower than you would expect.”
The website also observes that the papers are intended for use with cigar or legal smoking herbs. However, on its Twitter account, Shine urges would-be customers to “Roll up on a party with 24K gold joints!”
One review on Shine’s Amazon.com site observed, “They are not a bad smoke and the ashes look beautiful.”
Addressing fears that smoking gold could damage one’s health, the Shine Papers website said, “Our experience has been that the majority of the gold stays in the ashtray. …There is very little research regarding inhaling gold particles, but in May 2011 some [Korean] researchers worked with rate on gold inhalation and here are the results:
“Rats were subjected to inhaling gold nanoparticles (2.36 x 105 particle/0.38 μg/m3) for 6 hours/day, 5 days/week for 90-days in a whole body inhalation chamber and the levels of gold were not statistically significant in the severity of any adverse effects”
“…So that study found no adverse side effects after 6 hours/day, 5/days week for 90 days of gold inhalation of a gold body chamber…if you’re smoking that much Shine contact us about buying the company.”
The American Lung Association told ABC News that it had no data on such a product and could not comment.
Shine Papers owner David D. told ABC News that he conceived of the idea at the end of March with a friend a tLondon Cut Cigars, which sells a $200 Dominican cigar wrapped in Connecticut Shade paper and 24K edible gold leaf.
London Cut Cigars offers the Black Tie cigars made with bourbon and gold. A box of 20 sells for $4,000, while a single Black Tie cigar goes for $240.
The web magazine Urban Daddy observed “yes, the gold ones taste like gold. Which tastes like nothing, but still?”