What Are Rose Blunts and How Do You Roll Them?

Sniffing the aromatic scent of ganja may be one of life’s best little pleasures. If you add the light floral scent of a rose? Cannabis flowers have never smelled sweeter, since @simple_sasha tweeted a quick video tutorial demonstrating how to roll a rose blunt. Similar to flavored tobacco, a rose petal blunt amplifies the herbaceous taste of the product. It’s a deep red or purple, depending on which color flower you pick petals from, classing up your smoking act quite a few levels. But what’s the step-by-step process for rolling a rose blunt? And are there any cons to smoking rose petals?

How to Roll a Rose Blunt

  1. Grab some rose petals and an oven-safe pan.
  2. Line three petals on the pan, overlapping them.
  3. Set oven to broil, and put the pan in for ten seconds. The flower petals should appear a darker color after they are removed.
  4. Lick the bottom of the flower petal to make it sticky, and then arrange them into an overlapping row.
  5. Put it back on that same pan. Set your oven to broil once again, heating the petals once more for ten seconds.
  6. After taking it out of the oven, let the petal papers rest for about two minutes. This resting period will help them to firm up, while still allowing them to be malleable for rolling purposes.
  7. Grind up your bud super fine, and place it into the middle of your homemade rose petal papers.
  8. Begin rolling it very tight, starting at the spot on the papers where the bottom of the petals are. It should roll exactly like a blunt and be thin, looking somewhat like a Backwoods. Keep in mind that tucking may serve as the best technique to keep the roll tight and the weed safely inside.
  9. Though the petals should already stick together to seal up the rose petal blunt, place it once again on the pan. Put that oven back on broil, and place the pan on the bottom shelf for ten more seconds.
  10. Let your rose blunt masterpiece set for about two minutes. Though the smell and look of the finished product may be tantalizing, be patient. It’s worth the wait, and skipping this step may make the rose petal blunt not smoke as well as you’d like.
  11. Light ‘er up. Enjoy some needed aromatherapy.

The Pros of Rose Petal Blunts

With elegance, the rose petal blunt offers a swankier, more feminine take on the blunt. The petals offer a softer taste than a regular blunt, giving off the same aromatics as an herbal potpourri. Like other smokable herb blends that combine flower petals like rose and sage smoked by those who want to smoke in social settings but not consume tobacco, a rose blunt offers the safety of smoking something natural. Cutting out the companies that make rolling papers coated with harmful chemicals, rolling your own rose blunt gives you the security of knowing where all the ingredients have come from. After all, blunts are arguably one of the least safe ways to get high because of their tobacco content and because of how blunt wrappers are chemically treated.

Instead, try substituting a rose blunt for a regular blunt. Not only is the rose a known mood enhancer, but it also may serve to help insomnia or fatigue, especially if added to some powerful indica. Try different colors for a rainbow of rose petal blunt options. Perhaps a friend has an upcoming birthday? Forget that bouquet of regular roses—a rose blunt bouquet gives your pal everything they need and more. And bonus! You get to keep the extra petals from the flowers you buy for yourself now that you know how to roll a rose blunt.

The Cons of Rose Petal Blunts

Unfortunately, not everything can be 100% safe. Smoking anything can be harmful to the lungs.  Not to mention, plants are often grown with toxic chemicals that only serve to cause other complications if ingested or inhaled into the human body. For this reason, when rolling up a rose petal blunt, try to use organic flowers or ones that have not been treated with pesticides or chemicals.

That way, when lighting up you’re taking in only natural substances– all flowers, after all!

Is the Rose Blunt the Best New Way to Smoke?

Reasonably, the internet went abuzz after @simple_sasha tweeted her video on how to roll a rose blunt. Everyone kicked themselves, wondering why something so brilliant and easy had not been documented before. But now that the secret’s out, the benefits of the rose blunt seem more and more promising. The health-conscious pothead can now rejoice, rolling up her green with the confidence that she’s only putting flowers into her well-maintained body.

So pinkies up, swank smoker. Enjoy those rose petal blunts.

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Grenade-Shaped Grinder Causes Airport Evacuation in Argentina

An Argentine airport was evacuated Tuesday after a suspected explosive device was discovered at the facility. But when the bomb squad arrived to investigate the object, they determined that it was actually a cannabis grinder designed to resemble a hand grenade. The incident occurred at the Astor Piazzolla airport in Mar del Plata, a seaside city about 250 miles southeast of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.

Alehandro Itzcovich, the chief of national airport security in Argentina, told local media that he believed that the pot grinder had been left at the airport by a departing passenger.

“Someone must have discarded the artifact before boarding on a plane,” Itzcovich said.

He added that airport security officials had “confirmed that it was not an explosive and we’re now trying to determine who the owner of this object is.”

Photographs of the event show a security officer in a bomb protection suit holding the hand grenade-shaped weed grinder. Nearby, additional security officers can be seen watching the bomb squad officer and smiling.

Officials said several flights in and out of Mar del Plata were delayed by the airport evacuation.

It’s Not the First Time

The incident in Argentina is not the first time a marijuana grinder shaped like a hand grenade has caused trouble at an airport. In March 2016, security officers found a similar grinder in a passenger’s bag at the airport in Sacramento, California. After that incident, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) posted a photograph of the grinder to its Instagram feed, along with a warning to flyers.

“Anything resembling a grenade is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. Especially if it’s a grenade shaped grinder with marijuana inside. This grenade-shaped grinder was discovered in a carry-on bag at Sacramento International Airport (SMF),” the post reads.

And in April 2016, flights were delayed at Bellingham International Airport in the state of Washington when what appeared to be a camouflage hand grenade was found in a passenger’s carry-on luggage by TSA officers. After seeing the device in a bag going through screening equipment, TSA personnel evacuated the security screening and boarding areas of the airport as a precaution.

The bomb squad was called to investigate that incident, as well. The passenger was questioned by security personnel and they determined the object was a cannabis grinder. The traveler was released and allowed to board his flight.

After the incident, TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers told local media that airport security officials are looking for objects that might pose a danger to flights during screening procedures, not drugs or similar contraband.

“They’re not looking for that sort of thing,” Dankers said. “They saw an image of a grenade, and it led them to this.”

Has Las Vegas Airport Found a Solution?

With the rash of pot grinders resembling hand grenades causing security alerts, airports might consider following the lead of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. In response to the legalization of cannabis in Nevada, officials at McCarran installed so-called amnesty boxes at airport entrances. The secure drop sites, which resemble street corner mailboxes painted green, allow passengers to safely dispose of any contraband they may have before they enter the facility.

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Arizona Court Rules Cannabis Extracts Not Protected Under Medical Marijuana Act

An Arizona appeals court has ruled that cannabis extracts are not protected under the state’s medical marijuana act. The ruling stems from the case of Rodney Jones, a registered medical marijuana patient who was arrested in 2013 for possessing hashish.

The court in Jones’ original trial found that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), passed by voters in 2010 does not protect cannabis extracts including hash or hash oil. Jones was convicted and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. The Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction in a 2-1 decision late last month.

In the majority opinion, Judge Jon W. Thompson ruled that because hashish is illegal under criminal law and the AMMA does not specifically legalize the extract, Jones’ conviction should stand.

“AMMA is silent as to hashish,” Thompson wrote. “Prior understanding of the pertinent words strongly indicates that AMMA in no way immunizes the possession or use of hashish. That AMMA immunizes medical use of a mixture or preparation of the marijuana plant does not immunize hashish.”

Cannabis Industry Concerned

The appeals court ruling has left many in the Arizona cannabis industry concerned. Medical marijuana dispensaries in the state sell numerous products, including vape cartridges and edibles, that are made from hash oil or other cannabis extracts.

Kevin DeMenna, a dispensary industry lobbyist, said the ruling was “alarming but not conclusive.”

“It is our understanding that nothing dramatic or draconian will occur,” he said. “It’s a bad development in an otherwise positive environment. This seems a little bit out of step.”

But some dispensary owners are still worried that they might not be able to continue providing some of their patients with the medicine they need. Dr. Heather Moroso, owner of the naturopathic Moroso Medical Center in Tucson, said that without extracts, many patients would be forced to smoke their medicinal cannabis.

Extracts Better for Many Patients

“Our youngest patient was 8 months old,” said Moroso. “He was having about 40 seizures a day. Our oldest patient is 97. She came in just a couple months ago and said ‘Well, I quit all my narcotics,’ and she’s down to two pieces of chocolate a day. She titrated off her morphine at 96 years old and switched down to two little pieces of chocolate a day. What’s she supposed to do now? Take that away from her and have her titrate back on her morphine?”

Moroso added that extracts make it possible for patients to receive the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the harmful effects of smoking.

“It’s really truly the medical side of the plant,” said Moroso. “To be able to extract it allows for different methods of delivery that are healthier. It allows for edibles, it allows for oils for kids. You’re not going to have a child who’s having seizures smoking a joint. I mean it’s ridiculous.”

So far, the Arizona Department of Health Services hasn’t instructed dispensaries to remove products made with cannabis extracts from store shelves. But that could change as officials determine how to react to the court ruling, according to a statement from the department.

“However, criminal law does take precedence over department rules,” the statement reads. “The department is reviewing this case with its legal counsel to determine whether any rule changes are necessary.”

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Colorado Woman Denied Late Husband’s Benefits Because He Had Weed in His System

In weed-legal Colorado, the family of a worker who died on the job will get just half of his workers’ compensation benefits because a postmortem toxicology report found THC in the man’s blood.

Workers Who Smoke Weed Legally Can Still Have Benefits Denied

In December 2017, Adam Lee died after being crushed by a ski escalator while working at the Loveland Ski Area.

Lee worked as an electrician at the ski park, and he was trying to fix a malfunctioning ski escalator called the “Magic Carpet” when he died.

In an exclusive interview with Contact7, Lee’s wife Erika described how Adam got caught in the belt of the escalator. Unaware of what was happening when the escalator stalled, other workers kept starting it again, crushing Adam seven more times.

After his death, a toxicology report turned up what reports call a “high level” of marijuana. Lee had been a cannabis consumer; something that’s totally legal in Colorado.

Crucially, however, the toxicology report is unable to determine whether Lee was under the influence of cannabis when he died.

Still, using a state law, Lee’s employer cut his worker’s comp benefits by 50 percent. Now Erika and her family will have to make due with $800 less each month.

Lawyers who helped campaign to legalize adult-use cannabis in 2012 quickly spoke out against the situation. “This is heartbreaking, and I think this should be a message to marijuana consumers in Colorado,” said attorney Brian Vicente.

And it is a powerful message for the thousands of lawful cannabis users in the state of Colorado. Many probably have no idea about the risk they are taking.

Colorado Cannabis Laws Contradict Other State Laws

In the legal realm of state cannabis programs, usually states face problems due to conflicts with federal laws.

The ongoing federal prohibition on marijuana, for example, has direct consequences on the legal, regulated cannabis industry. The ever-potential threat of a federal crackdown hinders businesses’ ability to use banks, take out insurance and attract investors.

But in this story, the conflict isn’t between federal and state law. It’s between two laws in the same state.

It’s entirely legal for adults 21 and over to use and possess (and grow and sell) cannabis in Colorado.

But another state law gives state workers’ comp companies the right to cut benefits in half if toxicology tests come back positive for marijuana or any other illegal drug.

In short, it’s legal for employers to reduce benefits for weed users, while it’s also legal to consume weed.

And it doesn’t matter whether or not a person was under the influence of cannabis at the time of an incident. Indeed, it’s still very hard to determine with blood and urine tests alone whether someone is high on the job or not.

In this case, that’s not what counts. All that matters is that THC was present in Adam Lee’s system at the time of his death.

Erika Lee is appealing the workers’ comp decision, and a preliminary hearing will take place next month.

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You Could Decide the Fate of Kevin Smith’s New Show “Hollyweed”

Kevin Smith’s new cannabis-centric comedy series Hollyweed could see an early demise if viewers aren’t happy with the show. The actor and director has partnered with the new streaming platform Rivit TV to host the pilot of the program. Now that it has been released, fans will determine if the series continues, according to Rolling Stone.

Smith, who credits his appreciation of cannabis to actor Seth Rogen, recently suffered a massive heart attack. Once he was on the road to recovery, he told Stephen Colbert that he originally thought his heart attack after taping a standup special was actually a reaction from smoking too much pot.

“I honestly thought I was too high. I’d smoked a bunch of weed that day because I was doing the show and then I smoked a joint right before the show and then I got off stage and all of the sudden I had a heart attack,” Smith explained.

But, he said, his doctor told him that the marijuana he smoked may have helped him survive.

“That weed saved your life,” Smith said the doctor told him. “He said, you kept calm…they told you [you] were going through stuff and you kept calm the whole time, so that joint saved your life.”

New Streaming Platform

Rivit TV will stream the pilots of new programs from established artists such as Smith for no charge. After a pilot premieres, viewers must decide within about six weeks if a series is worth paying $1.99 to $5.99 per episode to continue watching. Hollyweed is the first series on Rivit TV.

“The higher the price point chosen, the fewer the amount of people who are needed to greenlight the season. More people participating lowers the price and everyone is charged the same lowest price,” a statement from Rivit TV explained. “The season is greenlit at the end of the 45-day timeframe, or when the price-per-episode reaches $1.99. Only then are credit cards charged. There is no charge if the season is not greenlit.”

New Pot Shop Sitcom

Smith said that the Rivit TV model allows filmmakers an opportunity to produce series that might not be funded by television networks or other streaming platforms.

“Two years ago we shot a pilot for a show called ‘Hollyweed’ and tried to take it out the traditional way but had no luck,” Smith said. “Cut to now, and we get to bring it back to life. Thanks to the good folks at Rivit TV, we raised it from the dead, it’s crazy. Rivit TV was smart enough to take this show and leave it up to my fans.”

Hollyweed focuses on two stoners, played by Smith and Donnell Rawlings, “in their quest for profits and the perfect bud” as they manage a cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles.

“It wasn’t at all groundbreaking, but it was fun to make: essentially, it was CLERKS in a weed store, with Donnell Rawlings and me as the middle-aged knuckleheads behind the counter,” said Smith in Rivit TV’s description of the program.

Watch and Decide Now

Hollyweed is written and directed by Smith and also features Adam Brody, Jason Mewes, and Ralph Garman. The pilot premiered on Rivit TV and began its 45-day approval period on July 11. If enough people like the pilot and agree to pay for the show, it will continue to be produced. New episodes will also air on Rivit TV if the series continues.

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