Wash Your Backwoods

So I don’t know what it is, but the past few years Backwoods cigars seem to have grown in popularity amongst the cannabis consumer. I remember being younger in Chicago and only a select few of my friends smoked backwoods, mainly because of their difficulty to roll. If you are a regular consumer of Backwoods, or any type of tobacco leaf wrapped cigar, you know that these do not get split down the middle and emptied of the tobacco inside. Instead they get unraveled almost in the same manner they were rolled just in reverse. You need to find the seam towards the mouthpiece of the cigar, peel it and unravel it very carefully so as to not make any tears or holes. Once unraveled, it’s filled with flower, then rolled back up again. I have met a lot of people who enjoy these types of wraps and when I ask them if they “washed” it, I usually get the normal response of yes or no but then there’s also this look of complete confusion from some people who have no idea what I mean.

Well, what I mean when I ask someone if they washed their Backwood, I do not mean to literally wash with soap and water. What washing means is to basically rinse all the excess chemicals and glues that they use when producing these cigars. These cigars are not very well taken care of or hand rolled by professional cigar rollers. They are produced in a large factory setting with processed tobacco materials and in order to get the leaves to stick and prevent unraveling, different types of cigar glues are used. I’m not sure exactly what these glues contain, but when consuming any flower, minimizing what goes into the roll will only make for a more natural, pleasant flavor and a less harsh smoke. So, once all the steps of finding the seam, unraveling the cigar and emptying the interior tobacco from the exterior leaf, it’s time to “wash” the wrap.


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