How to roll a backwood

Originally Published June 2, 2016.

How to Roll a Backwoods Blunt: Backwoods are an all natural tobacco leaf. Natural tobacco leaves contain veins, which can make them slightly more fragile and more difficult to roll. Although more popular on the east coast, backwoods can be found all over the country. Though, you may have to seek them out in some areas of the west coast.

Step 1: Preparation

How to Roll a Backwoods Blunt - Step 1

Backwoods don’t require many tools, other than your hands. I prefer to use a grinder, for the more even the grind the more even the blunt will burn.

You will need weed, a way to break down your weed and a backwood,

Step 3: Gently! Unroll

How to Roll a Backwoods Blunt - Step 3

Once you feel the tobacco leaf begin to unseal from itself, you can start to very, VERY gently unroll the leaf from the tobacco inside. If you rip the backwood while unraveling it, it could rip later on you while rolling.

Empty out the shredded tobacco from the inside.

Step 4: Lick the inside

How to Roll a Backwoods Blunt - Step 4

Now that the backwood has been opened up, we need to moisten the inside as well. Lick the inside of the wrap, and if you’d like, you can lick the outside as well, to ensure the backwood is an even moisture level throughout.

Step 5: Roll it

How to Roll a Backwoods Blunt - Step 5

With your fingers, guide the weed into the shape you wish your blunt to be, carefully pressing them down, making sure to not rip the backwood. Gently work your thumbs and forefingers up and down to pack the weed inside into the shape you want.

Step 6: Lick it again!

How to Roll a Backwoods Blunt - Step 6

Last time! Gently lick and seal the backwoods onto itself. You can lick your fingers and rub them on your blunt to help ensure your blunt is completely sealed. Let it dry a moment and you’re good to go!

Step 7: Smoke it!

How to Roll a Backwoods Blunt - Step 7

Once dried, your backwoods is ready to burn! Simply spark it up and enjoy!

The natural leaf has its own unique look that definitely sets it apart from other blunts. Although, backwoods can be a little more difficult to roll than some blunt wraps or even Swishers, due to their veins and fragility, they make up for it with robust flavor and a truly enjoyable smoke.

Happy rolling!

Step One

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. 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.

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Step Two


Once you’ve peeled back the very tip of the wrap, carefully begin to unravel the entire leaf. If the backwood feels dry or crispy, you can place the cigar in your mouth (like you’re about to smoke it) and breath hot air into it to bring some moisture back to the dried tobacco leaf. This step is where the fatal errors can happen, so be very fragile as you unwind the backwood.

Step Four

backwoods-howto-45 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 Five


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 Seven


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! 

Now it’s your turn…


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Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Grind some up! Take the flower you prefer, break it up into smaller pieces, and grind it all the way up in your big grinder.
  2. Gently open up the wrap. It’s easiest to do this by using the Nuggy. Using the knife attachment, or any other sharp tool that you can cut with, make a small incision about an inch long down one end of the wrap.
  3. Peel the leaf off- Your goal during this step is to fully peel the wrap apart so that you can remove its insides. Starting by gently lifting up one of the edges you created by cutting the wrap at one end. Hold tight as you slowly spin and rotate the wrap to cause it to come unstuck and unfold.
  4. After the leaf part of the wrap is fully peeled off, discard the innards or the tobacco guts that you don’t want to smoke.
  5. Next, fill the leaf up with your favorite herb. Spread it out lengthwise and pack it in so that it’s already sitting in the right shape when you go to roll it. This ensures even burning of your Backwoods Blunt.
  6. Roll it up. Fold one side under the other and begin spinning to roll it all the way up. Make sure it’s not too tight, or too loose- it has to be just right. You don’t want to get no smoke at all, or keep having your Backwoods Blunt go out on you.
  7. Lick underneath the still-exposed edge and press down to seal the blunt.
  8. Trim it up. Using your Nuggy’s scissor attachment, cut off any excess leaf so that your wrap has an even edge at the end of the blunt, and at the mouthpiece.
  9. Admire your fat Backwoods Blunt and all your hard work that went into rolling it, then light it up & smoke it down!
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Smoking Hot Toking Tips

  • A few hits in to a Backwoods Blunt and you’ll already notice it’s harsher than a traditionally rolled blunt. Non-tobacco smokers may cough more than usual and/or begin to feel lightheaded from the effects of the tobacco in the leaf.
  • Be super careful during the peeling step to not rip your wrap up while trying to unroll it! Backwoods Blunts can be harder to roll also- be sure to prevent any unwanted rips or tearing by taking your time and being patient.
  • For a visual guide, watch our tutorial video below!

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Supplies You’ll Need To Roll A Cross Joint

The supplies you’ll need for a cross joint are pretty much the same as the supplies you’ll need for a regular joint. You’ll need more of them, obviously, plus a couple of items that aren’t in your normal kit.

  • Your favorite strain of weed
  • Grinder
  • Large rolling papers
  • Small rolling papers
  • Needle, pin, or wire
  • Scissors
  • Small piece of cardboard or cardstock (optional)

3. Roll A Thin Joint

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Next, using the small rolling paper, roll a thin joint to use as the cross portion of your cross joint. The thinner you can make the thin joint, the easier the cross joint will be to put together. Once you get the hang of it, you can start to make the thin joint whatever size you like. But, again, if this is your first time, we suggest that you make the thin joint as thin as possible to make it easier on yourself in the next steps. As you did with the fat joint, leave an empty twist at both ends of your thin joint to make smoking easier later on.

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4. Poke A Hole In The Fat Joint

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Once you’ve finished construction of both your fat joint and your thin joint, take a needle and poke a hole three-quarters of the way from the bottom of your fat doobie. Be gentle and don’t try to rush it. If you don’t have a needle, you can use a pin, a sharpened pencil, a piece of wire, or anything that is relatively sharp.

Once the needle is all the way through the fat joint, start to, as Mr. Rogan says, “work the hole” wider. Again, be gentle and don’t go too fast. The hole in your fat joint doesn’t have to be huge. In fact, the smaller the better so that it forms a better seal when you insert the thin joint. Eyeball the size of your thin joint and make the hole in your fat joint just a little bit smaller.

7. Reinforce And Seal Up Your Cross Joint

You’re almost finished and ready to light up, but there’s one more important step to ensure that your cross joint is smokable. Set the cross joint aside, and retrieve your scissors and two more rolling papers. It doesn’t matter if they’re small or large at this point.

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Cut just the glues off the rolling papers. Once that’s done, wrap the glues around the area where your thin joint passes through your fat joint. This give your cross joint a bit more structure but is primarily used to make your joint airtight. If you don’t seal this area, when you go to puff on your piece, the air and smoke will leak out the sides rather than traveling from the burning ends to your mouth. Obviously, this make it extremely difficult to get a good toke. Be sure not to skip this step.

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