I happen to love one particular plant-based smoking method: blunts. They’re not a regular part of my regimen but they’re in the repertoire. But every wrap you can find is part cigar, meaning that you’re essentially always smoking a spliff when you roll up a blunt—something that I, as an ex-cigarette smoker, don’t necessarily want to do.
Luckily one new type of blunt has been popping up on the internet. People have been using rose petals instead of tobacco leaves to roll their blunts. There are some excellent examples of impressively rolled rose blunts all over Twitter and Instagram, and it had been so long since I’d smoked a blunt that I just had to try it. Anyone who wants to try this should note, that you should be careful to buy organic roses that are grown without pesticides.
Dallas-based twitter personality @simple_sasha has made a video tutorial for people looking to make one of these floral fatties using three rose petals and a broiler-based drying system.
How To Roll A Rose Blunt
I walked over to the local flower stand and grabbed the prettiest cheap bouquet that I could find, a mix of red roses and carnations.
“What’s the occasion?” asked the woman running the shop.
“There isn’t one,” I said, deciding it would be better not to tell her that my ultimate plan was to pull apart her hard work, “I just want to brighten up my apartment.”As I walked down the street I tried not to look like that person with red roses. When I got home, I slipped the bouquet into just enough water to let me watch my money die. I picked off three petals, feeling sort of bad, and put them onto a baking sheet. Like Sasha instructs, they went in the broiler for 10 seconds but when they came out they hadn’t changed color like they were supposed to. After going back for another seven seconds, though, they were a deep purple.
I licked the underside and top of the petals and slid them on top of one another. They fell apart. I did it again, meticulously. They fell apart again. I realized that the petals weren’t laying flat and ripped off the stiff curled edges of each one and made a slit, in the end, to flatten the thing out. (I realize now that I should’ve just cut the petal into more of a rhombus-like shape.)
The flatness seemed worked better, with the petals sticking to one another like wet tissue paper. I dropped in a bunch of Blue Dream and rolled the edges against one another to make everything settle into shape. It was hard to roll the blunt tight enough because the petals really only seemed to just be precariously sticking together in an uncertain, floppy manner. It was softer, of course than the typical blunt wrap and sort of hard to control because of that. The fire alarm went off mid-roll so I had to hold a floppy open blunt in my hand while standing on a chair and maneuvering my short arm to press the silence button. That definitely didn’t help.
I popped the wrapped blunt into the oven for about 20 seconds, gave it two minutes to rest and was relieved to find that it was, for all intents and purposes, a blunt. A little crispy, still a little rosy, but overall a blunt.
I lit it up and the first hit worked great—a smooth pull without the acrid taste of tobacco clouding it. The whole process seemed to take a bit more rose petal finesse and confidence than I was bringing to the table, but it’s worth to get the hang of this process.