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How To Roll a Backwoods Blunt

You’re here because you love blunts. who doesn’t?! The pairing of ganja and tobacco goes back centuries — the two complement each other so well with an intense but euphoric buzz. Blunts are one of my favorite ways to medicate and there’s nothing quite like a perfectly rolled backwood.

Backwoods can be intimidating because they are the ‘rawest’ blunt wrap on the market — the wrap is straight dried tobacco leaf rather than processed tobacco pulp. This makes them exponentially more fragile than other blunt wraps like Swishers or Zig Zag wraps. One wrong move and you could be left in a crumbly mess of tobacco leaf. But fear not! Rolling a backwood can be just as simple as any other blunt or joint, it just takes a little finesse.

Backwoods come in a variety of flavors — honey, honey-berry, wild rum, black n’ sweet, grape, just to name a few. For this tutorial, we decided to roll up some Mochi from TKO Reserve in a delectable honey-berry backwood — a perfect combination to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Step 1 — Break weed up by hand

Time to grab your jar and pick out some choice buds! Break down those sweet, sticky nugs by hand (as opposed to a grinder) for a smoother smoke. On average, about 1.5-2 grams will fit in a backwood blunt, but since they are just raw tobacco leaves, the size of the leaf varies per package.

Step 2 — Find the edge of the wrap

Find the edge of the leaf (left image) and track it down to the tip of the cigar (right image). This will ensure a clean unravel.

Step 3 — Gently peel until loose then carefully unravel and remove tobacco innards

Once you’ve followed the edge of the leaf to the end of the cigar, gently begin to peel the leaf away from the cigar. We’re trying to fill this backwood with something much more delicious, so once you’ve unraveled the tobacco leaf, gut the insides into an ashtray.

Step 4 — Place broken buds in wrap to the desired fill

Unlike other blunt wraps, every backwood leaf is unique in shape. This can make it a little more difficult to fill because it doesn’t have a natural pocket for your ganja. Now that your weed is all broken down, find the center point down the leaf and lay out your herb in a line down the wrap.

Step 5 — Tuck one side of the edge around weed until secure

Get ready to tuck. Hold the blunt between your index/middle fingers and your thumb.

Step 6 — Roll leaf up entirely over the weed, tucking it in along the way

Gently roll the leaf edge closest to you up and over the weed, tucking it into the other side while gently applying pressure with your thumb to make the blunt tighter.

Step 7 — Gently apply pressure and complete the roll

This is the trickiest part, but it’s just like rolling a joint; once you have it down it becomes muscle memory. Don’t worry if some weed falls out, you can always use it to top off the blunt once it’s rolled.

Step 8 — Generously lick edge then press down tightly to seal

Once the blunt is tightly tucked and rolled, it’s time to seal that ish. Since the tobacco leaf is uneven, there will be a leftover tail that will help seal the blunt wrap. Generously lick that extra bit of leaf and wrap it around the blunt, using your lips to push down and seal the leaf tightly.

And just like that. you have a beautiful backwood blunt!

How To Roll a Backwoods Blunt You’re here because you love blunts. who doesn’t?! The pairing of ganja and tobacco goes back centuries — the two complement each other so well with an intense but

Backwoods weed

Backwoods Smokes made its debut in the late ‘70s, shortly after federal law banned cigarette ads on TV. Since TV was the dominant medium back then, tobacco farms feared they’d go bankrupt without some legal avenue into television advertising.

To get around the new law, Backwoods Smokes hit the shelves as the “tiny-cigar,” or cigarillo — an alternative to cigarettes. And they were heavily marketed as a tobacco product for a man’s man: Where Marlboro cigarettes appealed to Americans’ cowboy sensibilities, the Backwoods cigar appealed to the nation’s outdoorsman, the kind of macho bro who chops down trees with a three-foot axe and cooks catfish on hot coals. (Remember, it was the ‘70s…)

Unlike most mass-produced cigars, Backwoods aren’t wrapped in flat sheets of paper made from tobacco pulp. Rather, they’re made with raw tobacco leaves free of additives.

Besides all that rugged machismo, being talented enough to roll a tight, perfect Backwoods blunt is a badge of heady honor in the weed community. (Backwoods are so legendary, there’s even a secondary market for discontinued or “rare” flavors.) That’s because alongside twisting a blunt in its most au naturale form, Backwoods wraps require a ton more skill and attention than the typical convenience store blunt wrap. So, if you want to flex your OG stoner chops, crafting a Backwoods blunt is the way to go.

How to Roll a Backwoods Blunt

This guide assumes you’ve rolled a blunt before using either a prepackaged blunt wrap or a typical paper-y wrap cut from a conventional cigar. If so, keep in mind that you won’t be working with cigar paper here; you’ll be working with raw tobacco leaves, which are much more fragile than tobacco paper.

  1. Break up your weed by hand (for a smoother smoke) or use a grinder (for ease of rolling). Set the weed aside.
  2. Remove the wrap from the tobacco. To do this, locate the natural split that divides the blunt along its length. Starting from one end of the cigar, carefully unravel the split all the way to the other end.
  3. Now, carefully unroll the cigar to remove the wrap from the tobacco. This is the first step that most folks fuck up. Depending on your confidence, skill level, and climate, you may want to start licking the outside of the wrap during this step, to keep it moist.
  4. Once the tobacco is removed, carefully place the wrap on a flat surface.
  5. Lick or moisten the inside of the wrap. If the outside is still dry, consider moistening the outer side, too. (Note: Some people can pull off the roll without ever moistening the wrap. If you’ve got those surgeon-steady hands, by all means, save your tongue for the very end.)
  6. Fill the center of the wrap with weed. Small, hand-picked buds will provide a smoother smoke than using a grinder, even though that sounds counterintuitive. We’re not talking about joints here, after all.
  7. Begin rolling the wrap over the weed, pressing the plant material into a tight cylinder. This is the second step that most folks fuck up. Feel free to use your flat surface (tray, table, etc.) to introduce additional pressure when rolling the blunt.
  8. As you get to the end of the roll, you’ll notice there’s a piece of wrap dangling off at an angle. Lick or moisten this piece, then use it to seal the blunt closed.
  9. Wait for the blunt to dry, or use a heat source (tip of a lighter flame, a lamp bulb, etc.) to speed up the drying process.
  10. Smoke that shit.

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Some Alternatives to Licking the Paper

A few of the above steps mention licking or moistening the Backwoods wrap. Since some folks find human spit to be unsanitary, there are other options to moisten the wrap without using your gross slobber.

You can replace your tongue with an envelope or stamp moistener. These are usually tiny plastic bottles with a small sponge affixed to one end. After filling the bottle with some water, just press the sponge down on the wrap to get it moist. Don’t overdo it, though, or you’ll end up with a soggy mess and waste perfectly good tobacco.

Alternatively, if you live in a naturally humid climate (think: tropical), you may not need to do any licking or moistening at all. The Backwoods wrap will soak up the ambient moisture from the air, and so it should remain flexible and pliable without any licking required.

If an envelope moistener or tongue isn’t available, you can always create an extra-humid environment by twisting the Backwoods blunt in a steamy room, such as a bathroom with a hot shower running.

Regardless of how you go about keeping the Backwoods wrap together so you don’t end up with a crumbly blunt, remember to baby the Backwoods leaf from start to finish, and respect the process by only filling that blunt with the highest quality weed. And always feel free to add some shatter or hashish for a truly knock-out sesh.

Rolling a perfect Backwoods blunt may be the best way to flex your OG toker chops. How do you twist one up right, and what makes them different from regular ol’ blunts? ]]>