Whole leaf tobacco
Not the evil weed you’ve been led to believe
High Desert Tobacco sells only natural whole leaf tobacco. We decided on this product, instead of selling commercially prepared tobacco products, for many reasons. Some of those reasons are:
- It is a simple agricultural product, not taxed.
Whole leaf tobacco does not have 599+ chemicals introduced into commercial cigarettes.
Natural tobacco in the whole leaf form has many uses beside that of smoking or chewing.
The end user has total control over how he/she uses the tobacco leaf.
Tobacco, in general, has come under attack mostly due to the devastating health effects seen in people who have been smoking commercially produced cigarettes and chewing tobacco. What most people do not know, because they have never been told, is that natural tobacco is not nearly as harmful as the anti-tobacco lobby would have you believe.
“Being one of two main categories exempt from being required to label the ingredients (the other one being alcoholic beverages), tobacco products are usually laden with additives. Any attempt to make labeling the ingredients obligatory has been smothered by the tobacco industry. Now, I have heard many times that cigarettes have additives, but once I looked deeper into the subject, I realized this was not only true, but true to a perverted extent.
In the US, the industry uses over 600 intentional chemical additives to blended cigarettes. Furthermore, there is a myriad of additives present in tobacco final products which are not intentionally added, but are simply a by-product of growing and production process.
These include: various microorganisms, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, heavy metals, foreign materials such as metal, cardboard, styrofoam, wood fragments, small animals and insects, and other elements such as organic solvents and dioxins.
The tobacco industry claims that all of the additives used in the manufacture of cigarettes and other tobacco products are approved for use by the FDA GRAS (generally regarded as safe) list. However, problem is the ingredients on these lists have never been approved in products that are intended to be burned or inhaled. ” Citation – http://www.sott.net/article/280406-The-long- forgotten-healing-properties-of-tobacco
We, at High Desert Tobacco, are working to bring the tobacco user back to the natural form of tobacco as it comes from the tobacco farm. Simply cured, by air, heat, or fire, and baled up.
Now that we’ve done a short introduction, let’s get into some of the things that whole leaf tobacco can be used for. We’ll start off with uses that do not involve the smoking, chewing, or other ingestion of tobacco.
Tobacco can make an effective pesticide and pest repellant! Tobacco dust and a tea made from tobacco dust makes a very effective pesticide and pest repellant! A very little of this goes a long way too. Tobacco leaves should be dried until they are brittle then ground into a very fine powder. A hand cranked coffee grinder that can grind “espresso” will do fine for this.
Your tobacco dust can be sprinkled around the base of your plants to discourage insects and rodents. Dust poured into gopher holes will make them vacate that hole. You can also make a tea from the dust to make a nicotine spray for your plants. Here’s the mix!
Mix the amount of liquid soap into your water. Then, mix in the tobacco dust, and after the entirety of your tobacco dust has been added, slowly mix in the black pepper while stirring the whole mix. Stir for 5-10 minutes then let steep for 1 hour. After than, it’s ready to be sprayed onto your plants. remember that nicotine can be absorbed through the skin so, wear appropriate protection.
“Indians used tobacco as a pain reliever for ear aches, toothaches and as a poultice. The leaves of N. attenuata variety were mainly used for the medical purposes. In fact, currently there are test studies being performed to find a way to extract the pain relieving components of tobacco and remove the addictive ones to use for medical purposes. Note that the medical profession will not allow nicotine to be a treatment for medical issues or mental illnesses due to to the health risks; but they are studying the benefits of tobacco nonetheless.
To make a poultice, crush the leaves to place on the affected area to relieve medical issues.
Skin Rashes, Eczema and rheumatism – Indians used a poultice of tobacco leaves to put on skin inflammations to help soothe and relieve pain. Although there is documented accounts that tobacco has pain relieving qualities, this author could not find any information on how tobacco soothed skin inflammation.
Toothaches – This poultice could also be placed in the mouth to alleviate pain from toothaches.
Rattlesnake and Insect Bites – Indians believed that the nicotine in the tobacco would help relieve pain as well as help draw out the poison and heal the snake wound. After the poison had been sucked out, chewed leaves could be applied to cuts or bound on the bite with a bandage. This method can also be used when stung by an insect.
Colds – Indians would mix tobacco and leaves from the Desert Sage plant, or the root of Indian Balsam (or cough root), Leptotaenia Multifida. They believed this would also help with asthma and tuberculosis. They typically smoked the leaves to clear out nasal passages.
Toothpaste – In India, powdered tobacco is rubbed on the teeth for cleaning. This method is still used in India and marketed in stores around the country.
Tobacco can be, and has been, used in artwork. Naturally cured tobacco leaves, when most, are very flexible and can be manipulated easily. The center ribs of large leaves are tough and fibrous, when moist, they are easily bent to just about any form. Colors range from a bright yellow to a deep, dark, mahogany.
However, the most common use for tobacco today is smoking or chewing. By using whole leaf tobacco, you can turn it into whatever form you desire and, by blending various types, come up with a product you like better than anything on the commercial tobacco market.
Those who like chewing tobacco can experiment with various types and use various flavorings, such as molasses, fruit, salt, and liquors.
Using only a couple of types of tobacco, people can easily make nice little cigarillos rolled using regular hand rollers.
Pipe smokers will find that they can have an almost endless variety of flavor using only three or four types of tobacco. They can even try flavoring by using many of the same things the chewing tobacco maker might use.
Cigarette smokers will find that they can blend tobacco in such a manner as to have the lightest of ultra light cigarettes all the way to blending to have a high nicotine heavy flavored cigarette. These can be accomplished using one, two, or many, tobacco leaf types.
Whole leaf tobacco is, of course, the tobacco used to make any good cigar!
All of the above is easily accomplished using whole leaf tobacco that does not have the almost 600 chemicals found in commercial tobacco products.
High Desert Tobacco currently sells the four most common varieties of tobacco for cigarettes, pipe, and chewing tobacco. We also sell everything you need to turn the whole leaves into a great cigarette or pipe tobacco.
One of the great motivators for using whole leaf tobacco is to reduce the cost of smoking. For cigarette smokers, that cost can be around $1 per pack. It only takes 8 ounces of tobacco to make a full carton of cigarettes. A full pound of whole tobacco leaves (costing about $16) will yield around 12 ounces of shredded tobacco. That’s enough for 1 1/2 cartons of cigarettes.
What we feel is an even greater advantage though is quality. With whole leaf tobacco, a person who smokes can blend their tobacco to develop a cigarette or pipe tobacco that is the absolute best they have ever had. I like a very light cigarette but I want some flavor too. I’ve easily managed to do that by blending four types of tobacco:
In real world amounts of tobacco for a full carton of cigarettes, that would be:
- 4 oz Virginia Brightleaf Flue Cured (very light and lower in nicotine)
- 1.6 oz Virginia Flue Cured ( average nicotine and a bit more flavor)
- 0.8 oz Tennessee Burley (high nicotine and can be harsh if too much used)
- 1.6 oz Turkish (Oriental) Izmir (Very low nicotine but has a nice spicy flavor)
That’s my “current” favorite blend. It’s quite light from my perspective but certainly has good flavor. I have given some cigarettes made of that blend to friends who have described it as smoking nicely flavored air. I’m still experimenting! Who knows, next week, I may have another favorite formula!
Our Youtube channel has good videos that can help the beginner with preparing whole leaf tobacco for use. We even have a “how to roll your own cigarettes” video.