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Gold Rolling papers: are they truly toxic or just controversial?

When we first saw Gold Papers in the marketplace we were surprised. Everyone knows that getting metals into your lungs is a very bad thing (think of miner’s lungs and why they all wear respirators). However we thought we’d give them the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately it looks like they’re not so different than huffing on gold flaked paint.
In short what the research leads me to believe is:

  • When you smoke gold papers you do get gold metal flakes into your lungs
  • Gold metal flakes in your lungs is definitely not good
  • When you light them there’s a chance you’re gassing yourself with metal fumes
  • The sellers and makers are not being as up front as we’d like about the product
  • Gold papers are made by essentially using a paint-process on regular papers with gold (you can buy the stuff on Amazon to paint them with yourself and save a fortune).
  • Edible gold IS SAFE TO EAT BUT NOT SAFE TO INHALE (says do not inhale on the can)

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The makers of Shine and other Gold rolling papers claim that the gold doesn’t really go into your lungs but instead stays in the ash. We tested this claim and found that the gold does indeed go into your lungs. We rolled a shine rolling paper with an acetate filter. None of us were willing to smoke it so we hooked it up to a vacuum line as a smoke machine. Then we examined the acetate filter under a microscope and found that yes, there was gold in the filter. In real life, that filter is your lungs.
One person claimed that the gold rollingpapers burn at a lower temperature than fuming so they don’t become gaseous and are less toxic (not that they aren’t toxic but that they’re less toxic than gold fumes).
In practice though, many people light their cigarettes with a torch lighter. According to Wikipedia, Consumer air butane torches are often claimed to develop flame temperatures up to approximately 1,700 K (1,430 °C; 2,600 °F). This temperature is high enough to melt many common metals, such as aluminum and copper, and hot enough to vaporize many organic compounds as well.
In addition, even if you used a low temperature lighter you are still inhaling heated gold particles into your lungs combined with other organic compounds. The gold particles will remain in your lungs until a lung transplant or death. Even tar from tobacco will break down in the lungs, but gold will not. So, it may be safe or it may be toxic however we recommend strongly against smoking gold rolling papers. You’re probably better off smoking cigars.

Funny side note; One of the producers of gold rollingpapers has this on his website (at least they’re being honest – sort of…)

Ask any glassblower and they will tell you the dangers of gold fuming while they work their craft. If someone trying to sell you gold papers tells you “it’s different these don’t burn as hot” please ignore them – their heartless goal is to make money from you regardless of the lung damage they cause. Using a torch lighter is exactly the same as using a torch on gold, it causes toxic fumes.
So, in our opinion this is a product to be avoided. If you must smoke one go with the Shine papers, they’ve been around longer and are more honest in their approach “we don’t know if it’s toxic, we haven’t done any studies” as opposed to the others who will say anything to separate you from your money.

Shine Rolling Papers Gold Rolling papers: are they truly toxic or just controversial? When we first saw Gold Papers in the marketplace we were surprised. Everyone knows that getting metals

Gold Rolling Papers Attract Smokers With Money to Burn

The 24K product is intended for legal smoking herbs, says manufacturer.

Sept. 29, 2013— — Historically, hand-rolling cigarettes was an economical alternative to purchasing commercial packs. But a new product has taken the ritual to a luxurious counterpoint and is attracting self-described ballers within the hip-hop community as well as other, ahem, high rollers.

Shine Papers are 24K rolling papers combining edible gold leaf with a slow-burning interior paper. Prices range from $55 to $60 for a pack of 12, depending upon whether they are purchased directly from the company or on

“It’s definitely not an everyday product because of the price point,” said Shine Papers owner Dave D., who declined to provide a last name. “But the people who feel like they are that person are showing a lot of support for it and returning to reorder.”

The papers are intended for use with cigars or legal smoking herbs, according to the company’s website. But the Shine Papers Twitter profile strikes a different tone.

“Roll up on a party with 24K gold joints!” it reads.

Likewise, tweets and Instagram photos tagging Shine Papers indicate that not many customers are using the product to smoke St. John’s wort or yerba.

Dave D., who operates his business out of offices in Charleston, S.C., and Las Vegas, told ABC News that he conceived of the idea for Shine Papers at the end of March 2013 with a friend at London Cut Cigars, which sells a $200 Dominican cigar wrapped in Connecticut Shade paper and 24K edible gold leaf.

“We moved quickly to figure out the process, prototyping it and preselling,” he said, adding that production takes place overseas.

He estimated that he has sold to 20 different countries, with the majority of sales being conducted directly through the site.

But is smoking 24K gold rolling papers safe?

The American Lung Association told ABC News that it had no data on such a product and was unable to provide comment.

ABC News requests for comment from the Food and Drug Administration, which has yet to review the papers, did not receive an immediate response.

“There is very little research regarding inhaling gold particles,” the Shine Papers site acknowledged, citing a Korean study from May 2011 in which rats were subjected to inhaling gold nanoparticles for six hours a day, five days a week, for 90 days in “a whole-body inhalation chamber.”

That study concluded that “the levels of gold were not statistically significant in the severity of any adverse effects” on rats.

How long-term inhalation of gold particles may impact humans is not known.

The 24K product is intended to be used with legal smoking herbs, says manufacturer.