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What is the Best Way to Roll A Backwoods Blunt?

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Published on Jan 20, 2022

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You don't need to be many miles away from civilization to enjoy a good Backwoods blunt. So named for the Backwoods Smokes, developed in the 1970s and heavily marketed towards outdoorsy type smokers, a Backwoods product was one of the first cigarillos, small cigars, to hit the market. Unlike other tobacco products at the time, Backwoods weren't wrapped in cheap paper. Instead, they were decked out in a tobacco leaf itself, without any additives. Unlike other blunt wraps, they also had more complex flavors; some vintage flavors are collectors' items today since they are no longer in circulation.

At the time, many predicted that Backwoods wouldn't make it, mainly because the tobacco leaves were much more delicate than paper and had a tendency to fall apart. However, the brand was eagerly adopted not only by regular tobacco smokers but also by the cannabis culture itself because there's a first time for everything. This Backwoods blunt rolling tutorial can help you master the problematic aspects of rolling up a perfect blunt from one of their sets of wrapping papers, and if you haven't yet mastered the basics of rolling blunts, don't worry - the Backwoods requires a whole new set of skills. For those who master how to tell a good rolled Backwoods from a simple joint, you may find your prestige in the pot community go up a few notches.

Good Strains

What is the best strain to go along with a Backwoods blunt? As with so many other aspects of cannabis, it primarily comes down to personal preference. What works for one person may not work for the next, which is why you should always mix and match to see what comes up.

A popular strain like Sour Diesel is a good choice for several reasons. It already has a strong taste to it, meaning that the flavor of the tobacco leaf doesn't overpower the taste of the cannabis. Furthermore, with a high THC ratio, you can be sure you'll enjoy the experience.

Kush strains, such as OG Kush, are so popular that they may as well be included in a pack of Backwoods rolling papers. Kush, in particular, pairs well with a Backwoods blunt because it has some of the biggest THC crystals of any strain: since rolling a blunt means shaking out the crystals, they are less likely to fall out due to their size and more likely to remain lodged where you want to smoke them.

For a good time, you can pair a Cookie Monster with one of the sweeter Backwoods flavors since Cookie Monster itself is a dessert just as much as it is a cannabis strain. Furthermore, Cookie Monster is great for passing around a blunt in a group setting. It contains high quantities of CBD, perfect for relaxation and storytelling while everyone waits their turn.

Finally, consider a powerful strain like a Starburst, perfect for when you want to impress someone with your blunt rolling skills as well as your tolerance for the good stuff. At nearly 30% CBD, Starburst is some of the heaviest stuff you'll find in a dispensary, and sure to impress everyone who knows something about the weed game, and in a blunt, you'll find it helps Backwoods hit back.

Rolling A Blunt

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The first step in how to roll backwoods blunts is to get the right materials. While you don't specifically have to buy the Backwoods rolling paper to make sure your blunt is Backwoods rolled up, you do want to consider it for several reasons. First and foremost, Backwoods tobacco leaves have no additives, unlike some cigarillo rolls. Additionally, they offer a variety of tastes meant to enhance your weed's flavor profile. You will more often see debates on Backwoods blunt vs. Swisher sweets, with everyone entitled to their own opinion, but one of the pitfalls of Swishers is that their taste is less than great.

Once you've ground up your weed, you need to remove the existing tobacco from the interior of the Backwoods wrapping leaf. This is harder than it looks because the leaf is fragile, and the tobacco is usually pretty sticky; find the natural split in the leaf and pull gently outwards. If necessary, lick the exterior of the tobacco to soften it up since this is the part where most people find that it tears. The best way to tell a good rolled Backwoods is that the leaf hasn't torn and there isn't any tobacco left in the interior, both of which are easier said than done.

Once you've hollowed out the leaf, you're almost done with the process of how to roll Backwoods. Moisten the leaf's interior by licking or dribbling a small amount of water inside. Fill the joint up with weed from the center outwards. Finally, start rolling: apply uniform pressure to keep the pot safely inside, and roll against a hard surface (like a tabletop) if necessary. When it is firmly rolled and can stick together, consider moistening the exterior. There may be a flap at the end, which you should use to cover the exposed weed. Wait for it to dry out, or dry it out with your lighter before you spark it up and enjoy the treat.

Do you enjoy rolling and smoking Backwoods blunts? Do you have any particular techniques or tricks for rolling the perfect joint? Let us know in the comments below!


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