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This one is for all the dedicated blunt smokers out there. If you are a consistent blunt consumer, then you are probably familiar with brands like Swisher Sweets and Optimo. Yet, these long-time favorites now have a little competition. All-natural, Backwoods tobacco is earning a stellar reputation for inspiring some ultra tasty and relaxing blunts. For those seeking a high-quality smoking experience, here’s the scoop on how to roll a Backwoods blunt in five easy steps.
When it comes to blunts, everyone has their preference. Yet, as many connoisseurs can attest, few blunts taste quite as good as Backwoods. Unlike other brands, Backwoods cigars contain 100% all natural tobacco leaf. Made in the USA, Backwoods tobacco is aged at least one full year before making its way into your cigar. This aging process amplifies the plant’s flavor, showcasing its natural sweetness and caramel undertones.
While Backwoods cigars are delicious on their own, there is no greater simple pleasure than pairing this perfectly cured tobacco with some of your favorite herb. Grape Ape, Fruity Pebbles Weed or Cotton Candy Kush, anyone? Rolling the perfect Backwoods blunt can be tricky. However, you’re sure to get it down in a jiffy if you follow these simple steps:
The first thing you will notice about your Backwoods is that one end is more tightly wrapped than the other. Start to unroll the cigar from the tightly wrapped end and slowly unravel the leaf. A slow and steady hand is key to unrolling since it’s easy to tear the leaf and ruin a perfectly good cigar.
Once you unroll the leaf, scrape out and discard any excess tobacco you find in the cigar. If you decide to keep it, you’ve transformed your blunt into a Backwoods spliff. After you get rid of all of the tobacco, flatten out the wrapper leaf and get ready to fill.
You may notice that your tobacco leaf features an irregular shape, with one rounded edge and one sharp edge. For ease of rolling, keep the sharp edge away from your dominant hand. For example, if you are right-handed, keep the sharp edge toward the left. Once your leaf is in the correct position, add your ground flower. It works best to use one hand to gently curve the tobacco leaf, evenly concentrating your ground bud along the center line.
Once you have all your weed evenly spread along the leaf, slowly tuck and roll. Rolling is the trickiest part and it may take some patience and practice to create the perfect blunt. Begin rolling by tucking the rounded end of the backwoods blunt securely around the flower. Continue to make sure that this round end stays tight as you roll.
Get ready to give this blunt some spit. Backwoods leaves require a bit more saliva than other blunts in order to keep it tightly rolled. Seal one end of your Backwoods by twisting excess tobacco leaf at the tip. If you are particular, then you can smooth out the other end with some scissors if you like a clean edge look to your blunt.
It’s no secret that blunts offer a unique smoking experience. By combining your favorite herb with tobacco, you get double the effects and flavors than you would from a joint. Although blunts don’t necessarily get you higher, users swear they feel extra buzzy while smoking them.
Despite there being a vast number of brands, from Game to Swisher Sweets, Backwoods remains to be one of the most popular cigars on the market. Your favorite rappers smoke them, including the Game and Fetty Wap, and plenty of everyday weed enthusiasts burn them too, which might have someone who’s never tried them wondering: why do so many people use Backwoods for blunts?
What is a Backwoods blunt you ask? In short, a Backwoods blunt is weed rolled in 100% natural tobacco leaf. Like other cigars, Backwoods come in a variety of flavors, from Honey Bourbon to Sweet Aromatic. Produced in 1973, these cigars have been around for decades but continue to maintain popularity in the smoking community.
So why do so many people use Backwoods for blunts as opposed to other brands? Aside from the fact that they are a go-to brand for rap legends like Mac Dre, who swears that when it comes to smoking weed, “without a Backwood, it ain’t all that good,” splitting open a Backwoods is not necessary. Unlike other cigars, Backwoods are designed to unroll by hand, which allows the guts to fall out naturally all at once.
While the leaf is more prone to breakage and harder to get to stick than say a Swisher Sweet, Backwoods are still surprisingly easy to roll (you can learn how to roll a blunt on the link). With little to no effort, you’ll have yourself a blunt that’s nice and tight. And fat at that. These cigars can hold more a lot more weed than the average blunt wrap. In fact, some smokers have successfully rolled as much as an eighth of herb using a single cigar wrap.
Although these cigars have a higher nicotine content than a lot of other brands, blunt aficionados see this as a perk. The combination of herb and nicotine delivers a different type of buzz. Experienced smokers that have a tolerance to nicotine may find that they get a burst of energy and a slightly more elevated high after smoking on a Backwoods. Rookies with virgin lungs, however, could wind up with a serious case of the dizzies.
Another reason so many people use Backwoods for blunts is that they burn forever. Whether you’re smoking alone after a long day or burning one with friends, there is no wrong occasion for a Backwoods blunt. They are pricier than other brands, about the same as a pack of cigs, but if you’re looking for quality and better taste, these cigars are worth dropping the extra cash.
New varieties of blunt wraps may be continuing to roll out, but it’s safe to say that it is Backwoods that has stood the test of time.
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