This is why Backwoods blunts never go out of style.
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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. 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.