How to Smoke Cornsilk. It may be hard to imagine, but there once was a time before television. You can recapture a little of that old time feeling with a trip to the woods and a corn silk smoke. Corn silk used to be a tobacco substitute for kids and even adults too poor to buy the real thing.
Things You'll Need
Corn cob in husk.
Gummed rolling paper
Prepare the silk. Remove the husks and strip the corn silk from the cob. If you're grilling corn for a bar-b-cue you should have plenty. Wrap it in foil and dry it on the grill or in the oven.
Place a thick wad of corn silk on rolling paper. Pack or roll the silk tightly to control the burn (it's stringy, not cut into bits like tobacco.) This usually takes a little practice to get the right amount. Leave enough space at the edge of the paper to roll, and make sure the silk is spread evenly and consistently.
Fold the paper at the middle and roll the cigarette outwards with your thumb. You want to wrap a tight cigarette so it doesn't burn to fast. Tuck the edge facing your thumbs and lick the gum to seal.
Fire up and enjoy. Pass it to a friend. This is probably an experience you won't be trying again for a while.
You can also smoke corn silk in a cheap corncob pipe. Remember, the more tightly you pack it, the more even the burn. Use the base of a ballpoint pen as your tamper.
Corn silk smoke can burn your mouth and make you cough.