King palm leaf cones vs backwoods—which is better?

King palm leaf cones vs backwoods—which is better?
Max Sargent

Cannabis smokers often have unique preferences when it comes to selecting rolling papers. But is one brand truly better than the other? Let's take a look at the differences between two major contenders: Backwoods and King Palm. When it comes to flavour, design, and burn, who comes out on top? Find out all this and more inside.

Nowadays, you can find practically any blunt wrap, pre-rolled cone, or flavoured rolling paper you can think of at your local smoke shop. No matter how many brands they might carry, we can bet money that they have these two powerhouse smoke brands on hand: King Palm and Backwoods.

Both King Palm and Backwoods have crafted quite a reputation for themselves within the roll-your-own industry, but in two totally different spheres. Today, we’re comparing these brands head-to-head, showing the unique juxtaposition between the two. By the time we’re done, you’ll be able to determine which brand has the best options for you.

King Palm vs Backwoods: Comparing Design and Materials

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In general, comparing Backwoods’ design and materials to King Palm is like night and day. The two companies utilise completely different materials to craft their products, making for quite a different smoking experience. First, let’s start with Backwoods.

Backwoods are traditional cigars in the sense that they’re made purely out of aged tobacco leaves. To use them as a blunt wrap, you have to carefully unwrap the tobacco leaf and clear out the inside contents of the roll. When unwrapping, you’ll notice that the leaf itself is uneven and often too long for a typical blunt. After rolling and packing, feel free to cut off the excess tobacco leaf to make your Backwoods look cleaner.

King Palm cones, on the other hand, are made out of natural Cordia palm leaves and are completely tobacco-free. Plus, they come pre-rolled and ready to be packed with the included bamboo packing stick. To even further enhance the smoking experience, King Palm uses organic corn husk filters to help ensure that no flower reaches your lips. Not to mention, it cools and smooths out your hits significantly for a more enjoyable experience.

When it comes to the design and materials of these brands, you have to consider: do you want to spend time rolling the blunt yourself? Or, would you rather have something pre-rolled and ready to go? Also, tobacco or no tobacco?

King Palm Flavours vs Backwoods Flavours

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Like their designs and materials, the flavours of King Palms and Backwoods highlight some major juxtapositions.

Backwoods are widely known for their unique flavours. By spraying tobacco leaves with certain flavourings, Backwoods produces a myriad of options, from Russian Cream to Honey Berry and Honey Bourbon. Unfortunately, with their specific flavouring techniques, flavours can often be quite overpowering, especially for your flower.

For experienced smokers, sometimes you just want to embrace the natural profiles of your cannabis; Backwoods don’t allow for this whatsoever. Instead, they’re good for those who want an extra serving of flavour.

On the flip side, King Palm flavoured leaf cones help you embrace the taste of your bud with all-natural flavourings. Instead of spraying the palm leaves with flavouring agents, King Palm does things differently: they place terpene-infused flavour capsules right into the corn husk filter of the cone’s tip. This way, you get the flavours within the puffs themselves, and not just from the leaf.

King Palm also allows you to activate these flavours whenever you please! Just squeeze the filter to pop the capsule and release the various fruity, sweet options.

Smoking a Backwood, or Puffing on a King Palm?

When it comes to the overall experience of smoking Backwoods versus a King Palm, we have to be honest: the former hardly compares to the latter.

Many complain that Backwoods burn harshly, especially the closer they get to the tip. Without a filter, your hits will feel harsher and harder on your lungs with every puff you take. Even if you roll your Backwoods perfectly, there’s still a high chance of it burning unevenly due to the design of the tobacco leaf itself.

Not to mention, tobacco leaves, while thicker than rolling papers, are still not as durable as King Palms. This means that with any change in weather when smoking outside, the burn of your Backwood might be affected. Say hello to canoeing and an uneven blunt wrap.

Puffing on a King Palm is a far different experience, to say the least. Their thick palm leaf design, in conjunction with a tight pack, makes King Palm rolls burn slowly and evenly for a smoother, more pleasant experience. Canoeing can typically be prevented with proper packing, but, in general, it’s less likely to happen with King Palm’s thicker, more durable wraps than with Backwoods’ flimsier design.

Since King Palm uses organic Cordia leaves as a wrap, versus a tobacco leaf, your cannabis’ flavours aren’t going to be interrupted whatsoever. You’ll be able to fully take in the unique tastes and aromas of your flower, without any tobacco flavouring seeping in. It’s truly the best way to celebrate the beauty of your bud.

So… Which Is the Better Smoke?

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At the end of the day, we can’t tell you which company is better, as it’s all a bit subjective. That being said, when it comes to flavour profile, burn, and design, King Palms appear to be miles above Backwoods all across the board. Again, this totally depends on you, the smoker!

If you’re someone who enjoys tobacco blunt wraps and the experience they bring, Backwoods may be your perfect option. But, if you’re looking for a more customised smoke, King Palms are your answer. Regardless of whether you choose to roll up a Backwoods or pack a pre-rolled King Palm, at least you’re enjoying the wonders of the cannabis plant.

Max Sargent
Max Sargent

Max has been writing about cannabis and psychedelics for several years now. With a strong belief that an open, honest attitude toward drugs and drug policy can improve the lives of many, he seeks to offer insightful and developed opinions on the subject.