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The pairing of cannabis and tobacco goes back centuries. The two complement each other so well with an intense but euphoric buzz, and blunts are one of my favorite ways to medicate. And there's nothing quite like a perfectly rolled Backwoods blunt.

Backwoods can be intimidating because they are one of the 'rawest' blunt wraps 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 with Backwoods wraps 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, honeyberry, Russian cream, dark stout, grape … just to name a few. For this tutorial, we decided to roll up some Mochi from TKO Reserve in a delectable honeyberry backwood — a perfect combination to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Step one: Break weed up by hand

breaking up weed for backwoods bluntGina Coleman/Weedmaps

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 of cannabis will fit in a Backwoods blunt, but since it's just raw tobacco leaves, the size of the leaf varies per package.

Step two: 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 three: Gently peel wrap until loose, then carefully unravel and remove tobacco innards

separating backwoods blunt cigar leafGina Coleman/Weedmaps

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 the Backwoods with something much more delicious, so once you've unraveled the tobacco leaf, gut the insides into an ashtray or small dish.

Step four: Place broken buds in the wrap to the desired fill

filling blunt wrap with weedGina Coleman/Weedmaps

Unlike other blunt wraps, every Backwoods 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 cannabis. Now that your weed is all broken down, find the center point on the leaf and lay out your herb in a line down the wrap.

Step five: Tuck one side of the edge around the weed until secure

tucking leaf for backwoods bluntGina Coleman/Weedmaps

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

Step six: Roll the leaf up entirely over the weed, tucking it in along the way

rolling a backwoods bluntGina Coleman/Weedmaps

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 seven: Gently apply pressure and complete the roll

completing wrap of bluntGina Coleman/Weedmaps

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 eight: Generously lick edge then press down tightly to seal

licking to seal a bluntGina Coleman/Weedmaps

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 beautifully crafted Backwoods blunt.