Tobacco alternatives come in two forms; smokeless products capable of providing a fake chewing tobacco experience and smoke-producing products. Cigars and herbal cigarettes come under the second category. This article today will discuss cigars and herbal cigarettes.
Herbal cigarettes are mostly composed of natural products and little to no tobacco, similar to the effective alternative, CBD gummies. They come in two categories; entirely herbal cigarettes and non-herbal natural cigarettes.
Although they usually do not have tobacco in them, it can vary since it is sold with a varying amount of tobacco in some world regions. Herbal cigarettes consist of a herbal blend wrapped in a paper and comprise a filter at one end. The manufacturing process of herbal cigarettes is discussed below.
- Filter and Paper
These cigarettes often use the standard rolling paper for cigarettes and a similar filter. Hence they resemble the general appearance of a traditional cigarette.
- The herbal Blend
The herbal Blend is the part that determines the category of the herbal cigarette. Entirely herbal cigarettes use constituents like corn silk, and other flavorful herbs like cinnamon, mint and, lemongrass, in place of tobacco.
The non-herbal natural cigarettes use products like rose petals and clover leaves instead of tobacco. Other types of herbs and non-herbs used in these cigarettes include flavorless bagasse, dried lettuce leaves and, shredded cabbage leaves.
Rolled up, dried and, fermented tobacco leaves form a cigar. It has three essential components; a filter, a binder leaf, and a wrapper leaf. The binder holds the filler of the cigar, whereas the wrapper is usually the best plate used.
The manufacturing of cigars includes different steps. Each step has been explained below.
The harvested tobacco leaves undergo the process of aging. Aging is a process that uses a combination of heat and shade to reduce the sugar and water content of the leaves without letting them rot.
The leaves larger in size are exceptionally cared for since they are to be used as wrappers. The process takes around twenty-five to forty-five days to complete and depends on the region’s climatic conditions and the sheds used.
Curing involves a slow fermentation process that allows the leaves to build flavor, aroma, and burning characteristics under controlled temperature and humidity. This step is also performed by avoiding the leaf rotting.
The process is repeated, and the leaves are baled and un-baled numerous times until it reaches the desired manufacturing specifications. During the complete procedure, the leaves are kept moistened to avoid any damage.
- Cigar Making
Afterward, the leaves are separated into two categories; fillers and wrappers, accordingly. A professional cigar roller uses a uniquely designed chavete, a crescent-shaped knife, to make the filler and the wrapper leaves.
The cigars are then stored in a wooden container and are left to dry completely. The uncapped ends of the cigar are then shaped to equal and uniform sizes.
These cigars can be stored in specialized wooden containers called humidors. If stored with relative humidity and temperature, the cigars can last for very long periods.