Smoking blunts is arguably the most common method stoners will use to consume cannabis. Stoners love the taste, slow burning, and tobacco when smoking traditional wraps and blunts. While smokers understand the health risks of smoking tobacco, many are hesitant to make the switch to an alternative that doesn’t provide the same experience. New alternatives are starting to show up in smoke shops worldwide ranging from CBD wraps to vegetable and banana rolling leaf. All hope to offer a safer alternative while replicating the blunt smoking experience. One company is taking it a few levels beyond tobacco-free and have created a rolling leaf that is one of the safest and healthiest alternatives on the market.
Natives Original Banana Rolling Leaf
Los Angeles-based Natives is on the forefront of healthy blunt alternatives. While watching a documentary about indigenous natives on the Islands of the Bahamas, the founders noticed that the natives of these islands were smoking herb using banana leafs straight off the tree. This sparked an interest and got them researching to find banana leaf-based wraps to try for themselves. Like any great entrepreneurs, when Natives Founders noticed this product did not yet exist, they immediately jumped into R&D mode to create it themselves. Being vegans and former athletes themselves, the founders sought to create the first banana rolling leaf while also encouraging a healthier lifestyle for fellow smokers.
Everything from the leaf itself to the glue used for sticking the leaf when rolling is 100% organic, vegan, non-GMO and all natural with no chemicals or tobacco. All banana leaves are hand-picked, sun-dried and inspected through a proprietary process. This helps bring you the cleanest smoke possible without sacrificing the things you love about smoking blunts or wraps.
Indigenous Natives around the world continue to live off the land and in harmony with nature. Our passion lies in reconnecting smokers with these customs through spreading good vibes and good ingredients in today’s modern world. – Natives
Rolling With Natives Banana Leaf
Clearly marked on Natives Banana Rolling Leaf packaging is instructions on how to best roll these leafs. You should take these instructions literally in order to successfully roll them. Being conservative with your saliva when licking the glue is a must. You should treat these leafs as you would a joint, where you barely have to get it wet for it to stick. While rolling up with Natives I definitely saw exactly what they meant since I did indeed lick the leaf a little too much. I was still able to salvage the blunt and manage a great roll none the less.
When opening the packaging, you notice each leaf is neatly wrapped with a parchment paper-like sheet while also having a straw in the middle to hold its shape. One thing I noticed about the leaf I rolled was it seemed dry, though even with rough handling it did not break. My first instinct was to lick the leaf a bit to moisten it but was trying to keep from getting the leaf too wet, as instructed. It could just be the texture of the banana leaf as in the end it did not tear or break. I also felt the wrap was pretty large and required a good amount of bud to fill it out. We rolled up 2.5 grams which for an average smoke session might be a lot. You could cut it a little to fit your needs but I was not thinking about it at the time. If you prefer large blunts, I think you would love these banana rolling leafs.
Banana Rolling Leaf Taste & Burn Rate
One of the big marketing statements from Natives is the clean taste, slow burn and smooth pull. While the health facts are undeniable, the smoking experience might be the one area that long time blunt smokers will be skeptical. The typical arguments for smoking a blunt is the taste, the fact a blunt seems to burn longer and the social aspect as well. Passing the blunt around amongst friends is a favorite pastime of many stoners.
By far, the one thing that surprised us was the taste. The banana rolling leaf gave that thick, smooth pull that you expect from a blunt but without much taste beyond the bud itself. For me, this was a welcoming surprise. A major reason why I mostly smoke joints was the fact I could taste more of my bud and not the paper. The Natives Banana Rolling Leaf gave this same type of effect. Others in the session who don’t typically like blunts enjoyed these as well. It seemed from a taste standpoint, Natives Banana Rolling Leaf was getting everyone’s approval. Though the leaf felt thick when rolling, you didn’t get the sense when smoking that you were burning thick paper or leaf. The taste and smell were more of a compliment to the aroma of the bud rather than taking over the room like tobacco-based leafs.
The burn rate for our Natives Banana Rolling Leaf was pretty much on par with what we expect from a blunt or cigar wrap. Anyone who understands how blunts or joints burn will know that many times it isn’t all about the paper itself. The way you break up your bud and amount of bud you roll up can have an effect on actual burn rate. For this review, we used a grinder on our bud and rolled about 2.5 grams up in the leaf. We also included a glass tip on the end to maximize the flavor.
If you want to give Natives Banana Rolling Leaf a try, shoot over to their website and grab a pack. Don’t forget to use our coupon code below for 10% off your purchase!
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