For My Humidor with Enrique Seijas
Enrique Seijas of Matilde Cigars
What’s it like to build a company with your father? It’s smokin’–if your dad’s a Cigar Aficionado Hall of Famer, José A. Seijas. In 2013, José launched Matilde Cigars with sons, Ricardo and Enrique. Come along with youngest son, Enrique on a plant-based stroll through the tobacco rows of the Dominican Republic. Hear about Matilde’s evolution (and Enrique’s, too). Turns out, there’s a lot you can learn from your dad, especially if he’s a cigar legend.
“We prepare what we love and share it with the world,” Enrique Seijas from an interview with Cigar Dojo’s Smoke Night Live. Enrique Seijas heads the marketing and product development for Matilde Cigars.
The maturing of a cigar family
Cigars are in Enrique’s blood. He was born in 1984 in La Romana, Dominican Republic. La Romana is home to three world-famous names in Dominican cigars, Montecristo, H. Upmann, and Romeo y Julieta. Enrique’s father José was the master blender of those biggies. As VP of operations, José also oversaw the manufacturing of up to 55 million cigars a year for Tabacalera de Garcia.
Not a bad guy to have by your side to develop a new brand of premium cigars.
In his younger days, Enrique spent many a vacation learning the ways of tobacco. He primed his knowledge working in the Tabacalera de Garcia factory. (Rolling cigars is better than flippin’ burgers, yes?)
But cigars weren’t just Enrique’s school-break gig. After earning a marketing degree from New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology, he apprenticed at Tabacalera de Garcia, including a stint in sales. He was also marketing director for Las Palmas Cigars Co & Cigar Country Stores.
As Enrique was revving up his career, José was downshifting. José retired in 2012 to trade one type of sticks for another on the golf course. But within a year, the cigar biz drew him back. Only this time, José wanted to do something small very, very well. Alas, the boutique brand, Matilde was born.
The resurrection of a legendary cigar brand
Why Matilde? José resurrected the name of a Santiago factory dating back to 1876. According to Enrique, this Dominican heritage brand ceased to exist by the early 1900s. So they revived Matilde to pay homage to the Dominican Republic AKA “Cigar Eden” with its ideal soil, idyllic weather and generations skilled in growing, curing and rolling tobacco.
Matilde debuted in 2014 with the aptly named, Matilde Renacer, which means to be reborn. That year, the Matilde Renacer, with its dark Ecuadorian wrapper, was recognized as one of Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25. A sophomore effort, the Matilde Oscura, a dark, Mexican-wrapped oscuro, made Cigar Dojo’s Top 10 list. It placed on that list again in 2016 with the company’s first, fully box-pressed offering, Matilde Quadrata. Next up? The Matilde Serena, a milder cigar with a Connecticut wrapper.
Not bad for the new girl in town.
Father and son deliberately keep Matilde’s production small. A total of 250,000 cigars are created each year. The Seijases plan to annually introduce a new core blend. This measured growth allows Matilde to maintain quality. José himself is the master blender. Enrique described his father as an open book of knowledge.
“I’m working beside him; I’m learning a lot with him.
And at some point I’ll hopefully be as good and as passionate as he is with cigars.”
Learning the biz also means knowing when to make adjustments. Initially Matildes were rolled in-house in La Romana. Now manufacturing is done by Jochy Blanco’s Tabacalera Palma in Santiago.
“We were looking for more flexibility in production and blending,” Enrique explained to the website halfwheel. “Working with a factory like Tabacalera Palma gives us access to a much larger inventory of varieties of aged tobaccos and a larger team of cigar makers.”
After those cigar makers handcraft Matildes, the cigars are off to the aging room for 90 more days. This final touch ensures a rich and luxurious flavor from start to finish.
The artful science of precisely controlling humidity with Boveda
Once in their Art Deco-esque boxes—a varied hue for each varied blend—those dear, aged Matildes are protected by Boveda. While inside, Boveda slowly and gently adds and absorbs moisture to precisely lock in a 69% RH. Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control works with natural salts and pure water vapor, so Boveda’s presence does not alter the flavor of the Matildes.
“We started working with Boveda since we started Matilde because we know it is very important to get that cigar to the right humidity to our retailers and to our consumers. Having a 69% humidity Boveda inside will assure that we get those cigars to the consumers ready to smoke at all times,” Enrique said.
It’s no surprise that a company with such calculated control over their fledgling brand counts on Boveda’s calculated control over humidity. So when a man with decades of experience and his innovative son trust their lady to Boveda, maybe you should trust your cigar collection to Boveda, too.
Can I really save $100 per pound with Boveda?
Boveda can save $100 per pound in cannabis moisture loss
For years, cannabis cultivators have counted on Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control, to preserve the quality of their harvest. The ideal humidity level keeps flowers fresh—the aroma, flavor, texture and color. Without Boveda you risk drying out the trichome resin and degrading cannabinoids and terpenes, too.
Decreased flower potency and medicinal qualities will cost you customers. Now Boveda is proving how a lack of moisture affects your cannabis profits even more.
The herbal experts at Boveda have been traveling the country with a water activity meter to do a little Boveda Cannabis Show & Tell. (WHAT A JOB!) During this show and tell, Boveda tests cannabis with companies to help them understand their weight loss. During storage or packaging, unprotected flower can loose 3+% of its weight due to moisture loss. This represents a $100–$150 per pound loss in revenue.
Don’t think your cannabis operation is losing you $100/lb?
Neither did the herbal growers who participated in the Boveda Cannabis Show & Tell! Most of the moisture loss was undetectable because of when and where the cannabis grower’s state requires weighing.
If you weigh your flower just after curing, your buds may still be plumped up and ready-to-be user happy, but stored without proper humidification en route to and at retail dries out your flower fast. At the point of sale, you’ll be supplying less product with fewer healing properties. A loss for both your customer AND you.
How much can Boveda save you?
It depends on how you break out your average pound of marijuana–into grams, eighths, quarters, halves or ounces. (Boveda comes in five sizes to protect small and large containers with many other sizes inbetween.)
Investing about $20 every few months will cover Boveda in all final packaging per average pound to completely avoid the ravages of dry air on your hard work. Tops, you’ll spend $20 to save $100 in lost product. That’s a net average of $80 per pound! What would that do to your cash flow? Your bottom line? Your employees and your future?
Contact Boveda to order and SAVE!
In today’s competitive cannabis environment, every gram and every customer counts. Boveda is a quality control program that makes you more money. Business-to-business quantities and pricing are available through our wholesale page, or contact Boveda directly.
Introducing the 1 Gram Boveda
Protect product after it leaves the dispensary with the NEW Boveda 1 Gram
Those of us in the cannabis industry often find ourselves playing the role of educator as well as cultivator and purveyor. Both medicinal patients and recreational users look to us for advice on strains, therapeutic benefits and quantities.
The latest buzz we should share is how to properly store flower after it leaves our loving care. Whether buying buds or pre-rolls, our customers must properly humidify their cannabis to retain its healing and strong effects.
Previously controlling humidity used to be difficult for smaller herbal quantities—until now. Boveda, the global leader in 2-way humidity control, has created small 1g sizes that still pack a big punch. They’re specially sized and designed to fit into smaller flip-top bottles, small plastic bags and the like.
Boveda queried the cannabis packaging community and found that although the Boveda 4g was perfect for up to ½ ounce of flower, the package was just too big to nest in single dose containers. (Too much Boveda wasn’t the issue—Boveda can’t over-humidify your buds. Using more Boveda than you need just means it will last longer because it doesn’t have to work so hard.) But if a Boveda can’t fit in a container, a customer is exposing his dosage to damaging humidity swings.
So Boveda scientists went back to the drawing board. After more than a year of engineering, not one but two new sizes for cannabis retailers and customers were designed. Each little Boveda does the same big job of adding or absorbing moisture to lock in a precise relative humidity (RH) that’s perfect for cannabis.
Cannabis brands like these are now pre-packaging product with Boveda’s new 1g to preserve the quality of their herbals while they are still on the shelves:
And dispensaries aren’t just using the Boveda 1g for display. Sellers are sending customers on their way with the 1 grams tucked into tins and tubes, too. It’s the smart way to protect product along with reputation. Check out Boveda’s wholesale site for pricing and quantities.
Awarded Best Cigar Accessory 2017
Boveda awarded by Cigar Journal as Best Cigar Accessory 2017
You voted, we thank you!
For the third time in our 20-year history, previously in 2012 and 2015, Boveda is awarded Cigar Journal’s Best Cigar Accessory. Boveda President & CEO, Sean Knutsen and Executive VP of Sales, Tim Swail accepted the award during the InterTabac trade show in Dortmund, Germany.
Boveda is a cigar necessity, more than an accessory
Cigar Journal’s are the only awards in the cigar industry that are decided by public vote. So it’s cigar aficionados like you who recognized Boveda’s knowledge and commitment to the cigar industry.
Sean Knutsen, Boveda CEO said “It’s an absolute honor to win this award for a third time—especially since cigar consumers select the winners. Cigar lovers tell us over and over again how they trust only Boveda to protect their cigar investment. It’s cigar retailers who educate those cigar smokers on why Boveda’s 2-way humidity control is important to maintain an ideal environment for their delicate cigars. More and more people are finding a Boveda packet boxed with their favorite cigars. That’s coming directly from the manufacturers who use Boveda technology to augment their own packaging. When leaders in the industry count on Boveda to protect products that bear their name, that’s the true honor.”
2017 Winners of Cigar Journal’s Cigar Trophy Awards
According to Cigar Journal, Cigar Trophy winners are chosen through a two-step process. Readers submit their top candidates for each category during a nomination round. During the second voting round, winners are chosen from these finalists.
Best Brand 2017
Best Brand Costa Rica 2017: Vegas de Santiago
Best Brand Cuba 2017: Partagás
Best Brand Dom. Rep. 2017: Davidoff Yamasá
Best Brand Honduras 2017: Oscar Valladares The Oscar
Best Brand Mexico 2017: Casa Turrent
Best Brand Nicaragua 2017: Drew Estate Liga Privada T52
Best Cigar 2017
Best Cigar Cuba 2017: Montecristo No. 2
Best Cigar Dom. Rep. 2017: Fuente Don Carlos No. 3
Best Cigar Honduras 2017: Alec Bradley Fine & Rare 2016
Best Cigar Nicaragua 2017: Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Hermoso Maduro
Best Value 2017
Best Value Dom. Rep. 2017: Aging Room Solera Dominican Sun Grown
Best Value Honduras 2017: Rocky Patel Sun Grown
Best Value Nicaragua 2017: Flor de las Antillas
Best Cigar Lounge 2017
Blend Bar with Davidoff Cigars, Indianapolis
Best Cigar Accessory 2017
Boveda 2-Way Humidity Control
Charity & Community 2017
General Cigar Company Inc.
Outstanding Art 2017
Cigar Rings, SRL
Cigar Sense Inc.
Lifetime Achievement 2017
Getting to know Operation: Cigars for Warriors
Sometimes a cigar is a lifesaver that only you can give
It’s been one of those “you just can’t make this **** up” days. But instead of fighting with your teen, battling a boss or weaving through construction, you’ve just survived a mortar blast.
Can you understand why settling back with a cigar takes on even more importance for the servicemen and women in combat? A long pull on a really good cigar provides a bit of calm amid a chaotic war zone. It’s bonding time. Stress relief. Throw back to home.
Premium cigars are the second most requested item by members of our armed forces, according to the nonprofit organization Operation: Cigars for Warriors or OP: CFW, for short. Coffee is number one. (Guess you need a good ol’ jolt of java before relaxing with a smoke.) But OP: CFW leaves caffeine to other charitable groups. Founded in 2012, OP: CFW is the only organization that specializes in sending premium cigars to all branches of the military in combat zones or long term deployments, such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We have sent cigars to warships as well. One shipment went to a Navy ship in North Korea,” Jamie Lemon, OP: CFW’s Public Relations/Marketing Director said. Because of the number of requests, OP: CFW’s prefers to ship one care package per troop.
Annually, OP: CFW serves about 25,000 service people. Since its inception, the cigar charity has shipped more than 750,000 cigars. Where do the donations come from? Cigar aficionados, cigar makers and cigar retailers. DONATE NOW
Boveda goes to combat to defend against the enemy of cigars
Boveda was OP: CFW’s first sponsor and is always there to protect OP: CFW shipments as they make their way all over the world. No matter how combative the environment, Boveda’s 2-way humidity control adds and absorbs moisture to lock in a precise 69% RH that’s perfect for cigars. (If Boveda can safeguard cigars in the arid desert or the humid high seas, your home humidor is safe and sound.)
“OP: CFW reached out to us about five years ago to see if they could buy Boveda at a discount. Boveda was critical to get their cigar shipments across the globe in perfect condition, but the cost was getting too high as OP: CFW’s cigar donations were increasing,” Charlie Rutherford, Boveda’s Business Development Director, said.
“Once we learned about OP: CFW’s mission, we GAVE them as much free Boveda as they needed instead of just giving them a discount. An organization that supports soldiers who go to work every day defending the freedom and liberty of the U.S. is not going to pay for Boveda when a cigar at the end of the day might be the closest connection they have to normalcy.”
Warriors wait for orders because of FDA ruling
Previously, more than 30 cigar makers have been on board to donate cigars, including Rocky Patel, Moscato and Oliva. Since August 2016, U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations now prohibit the cigar industry from the decades-long tradition of donating cigars to troops.
“The FDA ban on manufacturers cut our supply roughly 80%,” Robert Allan, OP: CFW Director of Operations said. But the ban hasn’t decreased the demand, according to Allan. “There are times our military has waited months for a shipment. Right now we are at an eight week shipping delay or longer.”
Some U.S. legislators are seeking an exemption for corporate military cigar donations. According to an October 24, 2016, article from the cigar website Halfwheel:
“U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, introduced a bill that would allow for donations to the troops. It currently has one co-sponsor and seems highly unlikely to pass in the current Congress.
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, has stated he will try to add an amendment to the defense authorization bill — the annual bill that sets the military’s budget — something that will have much better odds than Castor’s standalone bill.”
It’s your time to serve—give now
In the meantime, the FDA ruling does not prevent individuals from donating cigars to the troops. And that’s where Boveda customers like you come in. Boveda is reaching out to every cigar lover out there. Next time you add to your own cigar collection, share a cigar (or box) with a man or woman fighting for our freedom.
OP: CFW is a 501 (c) (3) charity, so your donation is tax deductible. There are three ways to give:
- Dip into your humidor for a few favorite sticks, like a Tatuaje or MoyaRuiz, and send cigars directly to OP: CFW.
- Drop off cigars at any of 200 OP: CFW’s donation sites. Many are in smoke shops, where you can also buy a box and leave it there.
- Or click here to donate immediately.
In upcoming months, Boveda will share stories from some of the troops you’ve helped. So you can hear how that cigar care package gave a moment of relaxation and spread camaraderie, which in turn protected us all back home. Thank you for your service.
“Thank you for the cigars, OP: Cigars for Warriors have provided! It has brought together our Airmen [and Airwomen] in a fun and joyful atmosphere. We, Aircraft Maintainers, thought it would be great to “light one up” in front of our AC-130U aircraft. …this awesome organization that enabled us to enjoy our cigars. Thank you, Boveda. Once again, thank you OP: Cigars for Warriors team.”
This is My Craft with Matt Berry
Leaving your guitar out of its case—even overnight—can sometimes do some serious damage. Depending on the humidity level of the air around your instrument, your guitar could be subjected to the lowest RH lows or the highest RH highs. (Talk about having the Blues!)
Humidity swings can rock the fine-tuned mechanics of your wooden guitar. Hear how the fear of totaling yet another guitar and the loathing of sponges and distilled water, led pro musician Matt Berry to Boveda. Now this lead music pastor at Eagle Brook Church will never trust his guitars to anything but Boveda’s 2-way humidity control.
“I have struggled my whole life keeping my instruments properly humidified…two years ago I was exposed to these Boveda humidifier packs and they were a game changer.”
Boveda will protect your guitar from common woes caused by seasonal dips in humidity, like:
- Sharp fret ends
- Excessive neck relief
- Fret buzz
Concentrate on cord changes, not humidity changes
Matt Berry puts his energy into prepping, practicing and performing for the many services at Eagle Brook Church, a 2,100-seat worship space at its Lino Lakes, Minnesota, locale. (It’s one of six campuses for Eagle Brook, currently the largest church in Minnesota.) Part of Eagle Brook’s draw is how it mashes up church, comfort and culture. The music has everything to do with that. Most of the singers and musicians, along with Matt, have professional cred. They share their talents through music about real life.
It’s not a bad gig for Matt who also owns Hewitt Studios, which he opened in 2005. At Hewitt, Matt has created a professional, but home-like, recording facility where serious artists can come to produce their music affordably.
As a professional musician and producer, Matt realizes the importance of taking care of his guitars and advises other musicians to do the same. “You invest in your instruments. They’re an investment of your profession—what you do,” Matt explained.
Singing the praises of Boveda’s easy humidity control for guitars
Matt likes that Boveda take the hassle out of protecting his investments. In specially designed guitar saddlebags, Boveda packets hang in the sound hole of the guitar and tuck around the neck. Boveda takes it from there—adding and absorbing moisture to lock in a precise 49% RH.
HOW BOVEDA’S 2-WAY HUMIDITY CONTROL TAKES CARE OF YOUR GUITAR
For Matt and many other musicians, gone are the days of letting sponges go dry or over humidifying their guitars with drippy hoses.
“We’re musicians, so we forget about that stuff,” Matt said. “We’re thinking about the song we’re working on.”
So whether your instrument is crafted from Indian rosewood, sitka spruce, Hawaiian Koa or any other type of wood, Boveda will keep your guitar at an ideal 49% RH. And thank heavens, Boveda is so easy to use. When the packets become hard and crunchy, that’s when you replace them.
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This Is Our Craft – MedMen
Does your cannabis pass the smell test?
It’s the aroma, as well as the look, that should hit you when you shop for cannabis. See why you should get a nose for good flower according to Josh Shlenker, MedMen Product Procurement Manager for Retail Locations. Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control is used throughout operations at MedMen, a leading national cannabis firm based in Los Angeles.
“Once you lose the smell, you can have the nicest bud in the world but if those terpenes have completely dissipated, and you weren’t able to retain any of them, you might as well have nothing.”
– Josh Shlenker
Better cannabis through science
Science is amazing! Medicinal growers and the legal recreational cannabis industry are using science to refine, standardize and replicate the therapeutic and psychoactive benefits of cannabis. That consistency is good for all of us.
“Quality matters a lot today,” MedMen’s Josh Shlenker said. “You can no longer offer marijuana to people not knowing what the strain is, not having it lab tested, not having it properly stored with some way of having it retain the humidity it should have.”
Boveda’s Relative Humidity (RH) precision ups those terpenes
Boveda’s 2-way humidity control allows MedMen to lock in a precise RH level, which prevents buds from breaking down, oxidizing and drying out.
Preserving buds preserves the terpene content of the flower. Nowadays, savvy consumers are tapping into the importance of terpenes, the organic compounds responsible for the plant’s unique medicinal properties a well as the distinct taste and aroma found in its essential oils. And rightly so.
A third-party study commissioned by Boveda found a causal relationship between terpene content and humidity. Boveda’s precise humidity control enables cannabis to maintain a 58% or 62% RH, which maximizes terpene retention by 15%.
Boveda cares for cannabis from curing to your home
To maintain a optimal RH for cannabis, MedMen even displays each strain with a Boveda as customers shop and sniff their way through the stores. After popping in for a product, a patient should also use Boveda at home to preserve the medicinal qualities of that herb.
A Boveda just tucks in with cannabis in its bag, CVault, plastic or glass container. While inside, it monitors the ambient humidity and locks in at that cannabis sweet spot. The 2-way humidity control technology allows Boveda to work slowly by adding or absorbing moisture.
How? With natural, food grade salts and purified water. This is good to know, since Boveda comes in contact with the product you’re putting in your body.
Read the ins and outs of Boveda’s terpene study.
Traveling with Boveda
Reviving Dried Cigars
There’s nothing to be embarrassed about having dried cigars. Sooner or later, it happens to everyone–really. Whether it was in a backseat, an overhead bin or a motorcycle saddlebag, many a cigar-loving traveler has dried out their smokes by treating them like common baggage.
Throwing humidity control to the wind even for a few hours can damage your cigars and diminish their flavor.
Think about it. Cigars are born, raised and rolled in humid countries. Take cigars on a plane ride and you’re exposing them to moisture-sucking conditions. Humidity in that airplane’s cabin is extremely low–usually less than 20%, according to the World Health Organization’s website. 20% RH? That’s Death Valley for cigars!
Humidity fluctuation is why many high-end brands, including Arturo Fuente, Matilde and Rocky Patel, nestle a Boveda 69% RH packet in each box to protect their cigars while they’re in transit. Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control keeps the cigars at an ideal moisture level until they reach your home humidor.
That’s great if you’re globetrotting to the Dominican Republic. But journey to Cuba or other locales that can’t or don’t yet carry Boveda, and you should bring along your own humidity protection.
Cigar aficionados don’t leave home without the travel insurance of a Boveda Humidor Bag, which:
- Zips to seal
- Takes up next to no space in a suitcase
- Provides the same protection as a plastic container
- Works better than store-bought sandwich bags because of its tough, high-barrier laminated construction
- Comes prepacked with a patented 69% RH Boveda packet, which adds or removes moisture to protect your cigars
But let’s say the damage is done and you think your cigars are toast
If the wrappers are intact, there is a good chance you can ‘repair’ them, according to Cigar Inspector. And Boveda is the safest and easiest way to revive dry, road-weary cigars. Just ask Matt from Michigan, who went searching for a way to revive some abused Cubans and happened upon Boveda.
“As far as cigars go, I am a newbie,” Matt explained. “On trips to Cuba, I smoked a lot of very good cigars—Cohiba Robustos, Cohiba Siglo Vis and H. Upmann Coronas Majors. I was spoiled right from the get go!”
Yep, Matt was hooked. So he brought some Cohiba Siglo VIs stateside. “I had my cigars for about a month with no humidor. I did not know that they needed to be taken care of in that way,” the humidity novice admitted.
While we appreciate Matt’s roll-up-his-sleeves, solve-it-himself approach, here’s Boveda’s official 1-step method for reviving dried cigars:
- For a month, store your dried cigars in a Boveda Humidor Bag that’s prepacked with a 69% RH packet. Done. (No bag? Pop a Boveda 69% inside a plastic container with your dry cigars for a month.)
Why a month? Cigars lose moisture 4x as fast as they can safely gain moisture. Exposing your cigars to a safe, stable level of perfect humidity with Boveda minimizes the chance of the wrapper cracking as the filler gains moisture and grows. Nothing good happens quickly with cigars, so be patient.
Sure, you can chance reviving dried cigars with wet sponges, crystals and beads. Those one-way methods humidify cigars too quickly and don’t know when to stop. This “flashing” of your cigars with humidity is dangerous any time, but especially when the wrappers are dry and hypersensitive to moisture. Could it work? Sure. But the odds are your wrappers will crack when you finally settle it to smoke those sought-after souvenirs.
Travel lesson? Take a Boveda Humidor Bag aboard with you to avoid those dead sticks in the first place.
Take a virtual trip with Boveda to these cigar-friendly destinations:
How to Make Marijuana Mainstream – MedMen
MedMen and Boveda Bring Cannabis Out of the Shadows
It’s becoming even more important to know where your marijuana comes from and how it’s grown. As a savvy cannabis consumer, you want flower you can trust. The cannabis industry is evolving to meet demand as legalization of adult and patient cannabis expands. Leading the charge is MedMen, which takes proven agriculture and cultivation techniques and adapts them for cannabis. Adam Bierman, MedMen CEO and Co-Founder, sheds light on how MedMen and Boveda are working together to shape today’s cannabis market.
1) Why is consistency important for cannabis?
Choosing the blend that produces your desired outcome is key for both a cannabis patient and the recreational consumer. Consistency gives you the freedom to pinpoint a strain that’s right for you and ensures you can experience its effects again and again. With Boveda, MedMen maintains and locks in a precise RH that’s perfect for cannabis—through drying, curing and storing. For you, Boveda preserves the healing (and heady) properties of your cannabis.
2) Why does replicability matter to cannabis?
There are so many variables that affect the production of your cannabis—light, temperature and moisture, just to name a few. As more and more states legalize marijuana for adults and patients, cannabis will need to be grown in a safe, systemized way to meet demand. MedMen’s controlled and professional cannabis production is designed for large scale. This rollout is dependent on Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control. For you, Boveda means more plentiful, trusted product.
3) What’s coming as marijuana becomes more mainstream?
Gone will be the days of scoring marijuana out of some guy’s basement or slinking into a cold clinical setting. MedMen wants you to buy flower, like, well, flowers. At MedMen’s sleek West Hollywood Dispensary, you can explore the product you’re buying in a space you’ll want to stay awhile. As you shop, you’ll notice a Boveda protecting each flower in specially designed marijuana containers. For you, Boveda let’s you experience the look and smell of the flower before you lay your money down.
Boveda takes cannabis from the grown, to on the go
Boveda is now available in 1 gram (1,500 count cases) to protect your take-along bud. Just slip in a 1 gram Boveda with up to 3.5 gram of flower. Mini Boveda works like a giant to add or absorbs moisture. Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control locks in a precise RH and keeps it there. Depending on your climate or your preference, choose either 58% RH and 62% RH.
For My Humidor with Manuel Quesada, Jr.
Why Humidity is Integral to Cigars
Peek into the world of Quesada Cigars. See where they’re made, how they’re made and who crafts them. Watch and learn how Manuel fled Cuba and turned $100 into an iconic cigar brand. Told by Manuel Quesada, Jr. himself, patriarch of Quesada Cigars and the 2016 recipient of Cigar Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Anytime we put a cigar on the table, it’s our name on the table.”
Throughout four generations, the Quesadas have been leaders in the cigar business with popular brands like Casa Magna, Quesada, Fonseca and Heisenberg. Quesada boxes its prized cigars with Boveda 69% RH packets. (BTW, did you catch the Boveda seal that blesses each box of Quesadas? Nice touch.)
From Quesada to Boveda to You-a
Señor Quesada said it best, “Moisture becomes an everlasting, ongoing part of making cigars and dealing with tobacco.” From the time tobacco is grown until the finished product reaches cigar sellers, someone is responsible for humidity control. Once cigars are in your hands, that someone is you. Luckily, Boveda is more than just a travel companion to the world’s best cigar brands, like Quesada. Boveda makes you an expert in cigar humidity regulation.
Next time you light up a buddy’s cigar from his humidor, bring out the science behind Boveda:
- Natural salt is the secret that signals the patented Boveda packet that it’s time to absorb or add moisture.
- That moisture is pure, hyperfiltered water that’s slowly released when your humidor drops below the RH value printed your Boveda packet.
- Different cigars thrive in different RHs—Boveda has four RHs to choose from (plus the 84% RH to season your humidor).
Then take a long draw on a something like a Quesada Reserva Privada. Exhale, pause and say something like, “Boveda are God’s creation to cigars.” (Although Cigar Aficionado Hall of Famer, Manuel Quesada said it first, we’re sure he won’t mind if you quote him—especially over one of his cigars.)
A Conversation with Daniel Marshall
From “just a cigar” to the sublime—
A conversation with Boveda and Daniel Marshall
When a cigar great like Daniel Marshall carves out some time with you, you savor the moment. The man’s fashioned elegant humidors for some big names, including Al Pacino, Steve Harvey, David Beckham and Jay-Z, just to name a few. For cigar connoisseurs and collectors, Marshall creates luxury blends, such as The Golden Cigar, which is wrapped in 24k gold leaf.
Over a smoke with Marshall, Boveda’s CEO, Sean Knutsen, and EVP, Tim Swail, talked cigar care, cigar collecting and the mystery of a missing humidor.
The video’s a little over 8 minutes, so go grab your favorite cigar. (We’ll wait.) Then relax and settle in with three guys who speak the language of fine cigars. Enjoy the flavor of your smoke and the richness of the conversation.
Daniel Marshall Tells Story About Missing Humidor
Filmed, left to right, Boveda EVP, Tim Swail; Boveda CEO, Sean Knutsen; and Daniel Marshall at the 2017 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Annual Convention and International Trade Show.
Throwback to one-way cigar humidification
It’s the early 1980s. Daniel Marshall was in his California sailboat workshop taking apart a humidor. Taking apart? He had to learn the inner workings of one before he could design them for his own namesake company and others, including Tiffany & Co., Harrods and Alfred Dunhill.
“It takes a lot to make a humidor, so it doesn’t warp and change over time,” Marshall said.
Marshall’s replica of the Alfred Dunhill humidor he disassembled went missing during a move more than two decades ago.
Recovered in storage, the 35-year-old humidor was displayed at the 2017 IPCPR Convention. Turned out a bottle of Dunhill whisky was just one of the shockers inside the old chap. The other?, how primitive cigar care was back then. “You couldn’t dial into a specific humidity,” Boveda EVP, Tim Swail pointed out.
The analog hygrometer only gauged if moisture was low, normal or wet. How low, normal or wet? Who knew?! The RH was next to impossible to control. Cigar smokers filled the humidor’s antiquated vials with tap water then adjusted their caps so that moisture could evaporate.
So 1982? Think again–some cigar consumers still haven’t evolved beyond outdated one-way cigar humidification. They still use distilled water and sponges, gels or beads to douse their cigars with moisture.
Elevating the experience for cigar lovers
In a recent conversation with David Savona, Executive Editor of Cigar Aficionado, Marshall said he discussed how far cigar humidification has come–from those fillable vials to Boveda’s two-way humidification system.
Boveda CEO, Sean Knutsen acknowledged Cigar Aficionado’s role in educating cigar smokers, “…they’ve become much more keen and demanding on quality. And they understand the difference that moisture plays in the flavor of a cigar and the aging of that cigar.”
“The key element is a humidification system,” Marshall said. The humidor paired with a humidification system “…replicates the environment that the cigars were born in and grown in and aged in.” Boveda is Marshall’s chosen cigar humidification system.
Why cigar leaders, like Daniel Marshall,
trust Boveda for their cigars and humidors
A cigar lover chooses what Boveda RH% is right for their cigars. Then just tosses a Boveda packet into a humidor and forgets about it for months. Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control works automatically to maintain a precise RH level. Natural, food-grade salts know when to absorb moisture and when to release purified water vapor. When the packet gets rigid, it’s time for a new Boveda.
“We use it [Boveda] on our cigars–on our gold cigars, with our red label cigars and in our humidors,” Marshall said.
With Boveda technology and quality humidors like Daniel Marshall’s, cigar lovers can now create and maintain an environment to store, as well as collect cigars, Swail said.
“It’s a tremendous investment,” Marshall said. “And why not protect it just like they do whisky collections or wine collections or guitar collections?”
Cigar lovers will want to grow their collection after eyeing the Daniel Marshall 35th Anniversary Whisky Cigar Humidor. The design, inspired by Marshalls’ long-lost Alfred Dunhill model, has evolved. Gone are those fillable vials. They’ve been replaced by 21st century technology–the precision of Boveda’s 2-way humidification control system.
To find which Boveda RH level is right for your cigars, check it out here.
Boveda is the #1 Guitar Humidifier!
Guys… we did it! Boveda has been named the #1 Guitar Humidifier by Test Facts!
Test Facts looked at the design, type, and efficacy of each guitar humidifier and rated each 1 – 5 with 5 being the best. We got a 4.8!
“The Boveda 2-Way Humidity Control system is our top choice for a multitude of reasons. While most of our picks remove moisture to ensure peak condition for your guitar, this one can actually add it in as well to keep you in the perfect 44 – 55% range.”
Check out the rest of the test here
Coming Together for Cannabis – The Aurora World Tour
When you picture a company conference what do you see–trust falls, get-to-know-you bingos and stilted chitchat? What if it were a gathering of cannabis professionals? Come along with Dianna Donnelly as she takes Boveda customers inside her company conference AKA the Aurora World Tour.
Coming Together for Cannabis
I work for a counseling service that was acquired by Aurora, a licensed producer of cannabis based out of Cremona, Alberta, Canada. Recently, my colleagues attended the Aurora World Tour in Calgary, Alberta. Twenty-four satellite offices that operate under the name Canvasrx joined together to do what many other companies do—learn more about their team, their place in the industry and their connection to each other.
We just happen to work in the medicinal cannabis field.
“We are the people who help patients find relief through medical cannabis.”
We talked shops and strains
Just like many medicinal cannabis patients, practitioners often feel stigmatized by other’s perceptions of this plant. It takes a strong individual to work in this industry—and I met a lot of them at the Aurora conference. Terpenes and trichomes are our company lingo. We were able to talk loudly and proudly about cannabis. What a freeing experience!
I’m used to grassroots, tree-hugging activists raving about that which we love. At the Aurora World Tour, however, I was among cannabis professionals. We are the people who help patients find relief through medical cannabis. Help them cope. Help them heal. It solidified the pride I feel to be part of this growing industry.
We envisioned the future of herbal medicine
Aurora CEO Terry Booth and the entire upper management team showed us where they came from, where they’re going and asked us to come along. They introduced us to the great minds at Pedanios, the German company and their founders. (Incidentally, my co-workers and I unknowingly shared a plane with them from Toronto!) Insurance in Germany covers the dispensing of medical cannabis in pharmacies. This gave us all hope that Canada too will soon get with the program. We heard about some groundwork being set in Australia by the team as well.
“…it’s all but impossible to visually profile a cannabis-user or supporter these days.”
We united, ready to power on
I’ve said it before–it’s all but impossible to visually profile a cannabis-user or supporter these days. We are everybody! Many of us were meeting in person for the first time at the conference. It was a chance to put faces to names. For those of us in the clinics, who work the faxes and process daily applications, we saw how we fit into the company as a whole.
This company grows my medicine and medicine for thousands of other patients. Aurora was the first to show me a certificate of testing to ensure the quality and efficacy of my product. While other producers offer only THC strains without a speck of CBD, Aurora has never wavered in its supply of strains containing both crucial cannabinoids.
I understand more fully why Aurora is the leader in producing superior medical cannabis. I saw firsthand that everyone at Aurora—from staff to the CEO—feels the heavy weight of responsibility for the patients who rely on our product and service.
CEO Terry Booth said, “It’s more important to serve an existing patient than it is to register a new one.”
That really spoke to me—as a patient and someone who counsels patients. In fact, the entire room lit up with applause. Every one of us recognizes the importance of steady accessible supply of medicine.
After seeing the significance of my role in the company and the industry, a new understanding arose in my core. I now feel a part of something bigger. Something that is literally saving lives. Soon Aurora will provide seeds and clones, which will allow patients to heal themselves and experience the wonder of horticultural therapy. Just the latest way Aurora will serve humanity and share the healing power of nature. I’m raring and ready to go.
Written by: Dianna Donnelly
Dianna Donnelly is a cannabis educator, blogger, and freelance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis and coconut oil, she can heal the world.
Find Your Perfect RH
At what humidity level should you store your cannabis?
I have a friend who always asks the server at a restaurant, “What’s your favorite thing on the menu?”
It’s not necessarily indecisiveness that’s driving her. She’s gathering insight from someone in-the-know to make a more educated decision. With more details, she can reason out if that pistachio crusted grouper is right for her.
So here are some tasty tidbits from Boveda, the experts on 2-Way Humidity Control for cannabis. The video will give you an overview of 58% and 62% RH. (You’re on your own about the grouper.)
Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH work the same way—they’re both humidity control packets that lock in a specific RH for storing cannabis.
Boveda’s patented 2-Way Humidity Control regulates moisture to protect the potency and flavor of your herbs. If your flower is dry, a Boveda packet releases purified water vapor. Too moist? Boveda’s natural, food-grade salts absorb ambient moisture into the pack. Your cannabis container will maintain the constant relative humidity level equal to the RH printed on the Boveda packet, whether it’s 58%RH or 62%RH.
But you might feel like we just left you hanging.
If Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH are both specifically designed for cannabis, how do you choose? To point you to the right humidity regulation for your cannabis, ask yourself two questions.
1) Where do you live?
Let Mother Nature be your guide. Most flower is grown and sold locally, so look to its growing climate to find the sweet spot for storage. People usually acclimate to the moisture level that their native environment bestows on their flower.
It should also depend on what you’re guarding against. Do you live in a climate with lots of ambient humidity? In that case you may prefer a 58% pack to protect against excessive moisture i.e. mold. If you live in a dryer climate, terpene retention is your biggest issue. When your flower goes dry, the trichromes that hold those precious terpenes are at risk. To guard against this, you may prefer a more humid 62% pack.
Use your surroundings to help you optimize your personal taste – which is what this is all about.
2) What do you smoke?
Indica versus Sativa. Blue Dream versus Sour Diesel. Your cannabis humidity preference might differ from strain to strain–some like it dry, some like it moist. While you can enjoy any strain at either, here’s how you can start honing in on your personal likes.
Create a Boveda test:
- Start with over-dry cannabis.
- Buy a 58% and 62% RH Boveda packet.
- Stash the same strain in two separate airtight containers (choose 2 of your favorite cannabis storage containers – CVault, Medtainer, or other airtight cannabis storage container) just make sure they’re the same.
- Place a Boveda into each container.
- Repeat the test with a new strain – see if your taste changes when your strain changes. (Chemistry class was never this fun!)
As you develop your palate, share your findings with other Boveda fans to help them choose between 58% RH and 62% RH.
Let’s make cannabis connoisseurs out of everyone!
JORD Protects their Wood Watches with Boveda
But why in the world would a watch need Boveda?
Let’s have JORD CEO, Salman Shah explain it to you:
“Several years ago after launching our luxury brand of timepieces made from 100% wood I knew immediately I was dealing with a material that does not react or adapt the same as metal, rubber, or other materials that dominate the watch market. Wood being a material that release or absorb moisture I wanted a way to keep our timepieces in a consistent and stable environment. This lead to our design of the JORD Cedar Valet. The box was designed around being a mini humidor for your JORD Watch. When doing this I was trying to figure out ther different ways for which individuals keep moisture consistent in their Cigar boxes.
Boveda came across my desk and the fit just felt right. Due to the nature of their product and being compact it really was a no brainer. Working directly with the Boveda team on design and ideation was a perfect fit and now we are able to offer one of the most luxurious watch boxes on the market with a function.”
“Due to the nature of their product and being compact it really was a no brainer. Working directly with the Boveda team on design and ideation was a perfect fit and now we are able to offer one of the most luxurious watch boxes on the market with a function.”
– Salman Shah, JORD CEO
What Makes Boveda the Only Precision Humidity Control?
Two-way Humidity Control means the same thing to us today as it did when we patented the packaged version 20 years ago: The ability to add and/or remove moisture and still maintain a specific Relative Humidity (RH). It means acting on the environment instead of being at the mercy of it. It means specificity, reliability and predictability.
But recently the term 2-way humidity “control” (or regulate) has been dumbed down to include the crude releasing or absorbing of moisture, whether the contents of your container needs it or not.
Think of your remote control. Would you be happy to punch in “62” and the TV goes to 80? No, you’d chuck the remote out a window with no concern whether it was open. If you set your thermostat to 68 in the summer but the furnace fires up, you’d make a thermostat-sized hole in your wall. Both those examples are analogs to what you get from non-Boveda 2-way humidity “control”. “Good enough” is satisfactory for some people. But not for us. And not for your valuable cigars, guitars or cannabis.
What’s the not-so-secret ingredient only Boveda has patented to provide precision humidity control?
Salt. Science has known for 100’s of years that a saturated salt solution is the only way to provide the capacity to add and/or remove moisture and still maintain the specific intended RH. Boveda patented the packaged version of that science. Without salt, any humidity “control” only has a starting RH that changes wildly as soon as it gives up or absorbs water. That’s not specific, reliable or predictable.
Boveda’s natural, food-grade salts are the brains that know when to absorb and when to release purified water vapor. It’s why you’ll only find Boveda in the cigar boxes of leading cigar makers and the packaging of the biggest cannabis brands. Boveda means precision.
No salt = no precision humidity control.
Redefining the Standard for Quality Cannabis
What does it mean to have a quality product?
Or does quality even matter anymore when there’s a $ store on every corner? I believe that like everything else in the world, the definition of quality is relative and subjective and thus can be mere personal preference.
Yet for those of us who strive to define or redefine quality, the game still rages on. A higher quality product draws a higher monetary value and there is almost always a bidder for every level of quality. So in the world of Cannabis, what makes a quality flower?
In my opinion the four main factors in the creation of Cannabis that directly affect its quality are genetics, growing, trimming/curing, and preservation.
Genetics encompasses so many things, more every day as technology sharpens. Heirloom or GMO? Do you use feminized seeds or do you prefer to play “where’s waldo?” The genetics of a Cannabis strain also identify the expected cannabinoid ratio of the plant as well as the terpene make up if grown to optimum health. A strain’s genetics decides its smell, taste, and potency as well as how it affects you and your biology. It could be argued that genetics are the #1 factor in deciding the quality of Cannabis.
A seed with superior genetics can still rot if left to sweat while germinating. Careful attention to detail is the gardener’s best tool and knowing what to look for takes time and practice. And a bit of failure too. Many a gardening genius has suffered the woes of lost ladies in the throes of flowering. Fertilizing, watering, light distribution, these are all things that must be managed daily or even several times a day. Fans, C02 machines, ladybugs for spider mites! The umbrella of products and techniques that growing Cannabis encompasses is vast to say the least. I believe it could also be argued that how Cannabis is grown has the most effect on its quality.
Trimming and Curing:
How much leaf is too much leaf to hug your glistening nug? For some, trimming means everything and the hours perfecting some trimmers’ techniques leave them with aching hands and sticky fingers. I’d trim all day long for free if I could take the latex gloves home with me! It seems like the trim is all about aesthetics. But it can also be about taste and experience since smoked or vaped flower definitely tastes different than leaf.
A well-cured nug of Cannabis can mean the difference between a head ache and pure herbal bliss. Proper curing is a time-consuming yet crucial oft-skipped step in the creation of quality Cannabis. After proper drying you store your dried and trimmed buds inside an airtight glass jar to allow the sugars and organic terpenes to ripen, ferment, and break down the chlorophyll. This makes for a smoother, sweeter smoking and vaping experience. Further conversion of cannabinoids occurs during this period as well so a good cure most definitely can affect more than just taste, but effect as well. Once again, one could argue that the curing and trimming of the nug is a big part of what makes quality. I’m here to say though, that I see a fourth aspect to add to your arsenal of tools for creating quality Cannabis.
Growers have been judging dryness with such vague measurements as “when the stem easily snaps” for too long. And many have suffered the loss of mold-covered medicine because they jarred it up while it still had too much moisture in it. Now there is a product called Boveda that can control the relative humidity of your medicine for months and months.
Boveda packs work using a reverse-osmosis membrane. Inside is a solution of natural salts and purified water vapor either exudes or absorbs moisture to keep your nugs fresh and free from mold or harmful micro-organisms. Studies have shown that Cannabis flowers can lose up to 15% of their terpene content when they are over-dried. Boveda is now now the trusted product in two-way humidity control used to preserve everything from Humidors to Cannabis to Guitars. They come in various sizes and RH levels which for Cannabis range between 58% and 62% relative humidity.
So since it’s all relative anyways, I’d love to know your opinion of what affects the quality of Cannabis. Either way, we can now agree that the final step is always proper preservation and storage of your nugs. And the best way to do that is with Boveda.
– Dianna Donnelly
Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and free-lance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.
Gateway to Health – From Pills to Plants
The idea that Cannabis is a gateway drug is still very much ingrained in some of our minds. I can’t help but agree. For me, this plant with my naturally occurring cannabinoid receptor system has been a gateway to many good things. For people like myself, Cannabis is a gateway to sleep, smiles, sex, and good health just to name a few.
In fact, the number of people switching from pills to plants is rising so quickly that heads are turning.
Gramma and Grampa are both on the herbal and the canes are flying out the window. Children and seniors alike are going to legalizing clinics in droves so they can finally live free.
For each, living free means something different.
For many, it means living pain-free and addiction-free for the first time in their lives. I’m speaking of those in the midst of the opioid epidemic or even those on the cusp. They are a faceless, yet growing statistic that we all read about daily. The thing is, there are faces to these statistics and they’re as common as your Gramma and Grampa. Doctors prescribe opioid pain medications to children and seniors every single day. Some are for simple procedures that used to require a popsicle and an aspirin when I was young!
With each dose of Cannabis oil, opioids get titrated down. Each puff of cannabis vapor quells aches, pains, tremors, and metal illnesses.
Is Cannabis a gateway drug even when it gets people off of hard drugs?
There’s a very good reason why Cannabinoids are replacing so many pharmaceuticals for so many conditions. Not only does our endo (naturally occurring) cannabinoid system contribute to our immune system, improving our health, but it also has a way of lessening the negative bias a depressed, sick, or stressed brain can have.
As you know, different regions of the brain are responsible for different things. The two Cannabinoid receptors called CB1 and CB2 are in the region of the brain that controls our emotions. Cannabis turns your frown upside down and makes you giddy for a reason. A veteran friend of mine who recently changed from pills to plants told me he couldn’t believe how many emotions he felt now, where before he was numb. Opioids, and recently Acetaminophen in studies confirm their ability to deaden emotions.
This can feel like a good thing and is often one of the reasons why people continue to take them. When the side effects are this bad, numb is good.
Everyday I read testimonials of healing from new patients using this plant in its many forms. Many enjoy the experimentation and subjective nature of it. You do have to start low and titrate slowly with whatever ingestion method you choose. Many also report other health changes they weren’t expecting but welcomed gladly. With receptors in almost every single part of the body, it’s no wonder why this plant just does a body good! So the next time you hear the rhetoric of Cannabis being a gateway drug, challenge them with your knowledge and remember to duck for flying canes!
– Dianna Donnelly
Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and free-lance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.
How to Season Your Humidor in One Step with Boveda
Shot glasses. Sponges. Distilled water. Bro, do you even season?
Are you prepping a new humidor or cleaning up after a party? Either one sounds like a chore. Seasoning your humidor does not have to be a part-time job—despite what you read on cigar forums. The science brains at Boveda have created an easy, one-step way to season a humi. Just toss a Boveda 84% RH Seasoning Humidor Packet into your new humidor. In two weeks, remove the packet. That’s it! Watch Boveda’s Rob Gagner show you how to season your humidor with Boveda. You can just sit back and use that shot glass for its intended purpose. Salud!
Remember, your cigars have to move out while you season your humidor!
Don’t mistreat your poor Olivas or Matildes. Prevent your precious cigars from drying out. Store them with a Boveda maintenance packet in a Boveda Humidor Bag or another sealed container for two weeks while the Boveda 84% RH seasons your humidor.
Why season your humidor with the Boveda 84 RH Seasoning Packet?
- Eliminates seasoning with messy sponges and distilled water.
- Works in 14 days in one step with nothing else to add.
- Delivers the only patented 2-way humidity control by automatically adding AND absorbing moisture.
- Releases pure hyperfiltered water vapor, which won’t contaminate your cigar storage.
Like a great cigar aficionado, prepare to lock in the right moisture level after seasoning your humidor, whether it’s airtight, leaky, thin walled or glass topped. Patented Boveda packets maintain a precise RH for your humidor’s conditions—even if it lives in a desert or rainforest. Arturo Fuente, here you come!
– Dianna Donnelly
Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and free-lance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.
Bourgeois Believes in Boveda
When is a name more than a name?
When your name is your brand. For world-class luthier Dana Bourgeois of Bourgeois Guitars, the care and precision that go into his work continues after you grace your collection with one of his guitars. Inside each Bourgeois sold in the US and Canada, you’ll find an offer for a free D’Addario Starter Kit (made by Boveda).
Here’s Dana himself to tell you why:
“We pride ourselves on using the finest materials, thoughtful design and advanced construction techniques. Without proper humidification, the integrity of even the finest guitar is continually at risk. We recommend Boveda to all of our customers because they are the simplest and most effective case humidification system on the market. The long-life and no-water-needed aspect of the Boveda system makes it easy for players to maintain proper case humidify with very little fuss. We love Boveda!”
Click here to experience the zero-maintenance storage perfection so you can jam more and fuss less.
Here’s our pal Evan Skopp (left) taking possession one of Dana Bourgeois’ (right) coveted creations.
Why is it Important to Season Your Humidor?
In the name of Rocky Patel,
please, please, please don’t store cigars in a new humidor without seasoning it first. Think it’s too complicated? Seasoning a humidor doesn’t have to be a CHEM 101 project. See how Boveda 84% RH Seasoning Packs will make your desktop humidor cigar-ready in just two weeks. (And all you have to do is toss it in.)
Can you skip humidor seasoning?
A new humidor is a like a vampire. Its dry wooden interior is thirsty. It will suck the moisture out of every unsuspecting Arturo Fuente it comes in contact with. Additionally, you’ll constantly battle low humidity levels that make for dry cigars and lousy smokes.
What if you season a humidor with distilled water?
For a cigar aficionado, a humidor is an investment. Your humidor and its seal may not recover from improper seasoning with distilled water. Introducing 100% humidity to your humidor can shock the wood and literally cause damage. Why risk cracking, molding or warping the wood?
Why season your humidor with the Boveda 84 RH Seasoning Packet?
• Works in 14 days in one step with nothing else to add.
• Delivers the only patented 2-way humidity control by automatically adding AND absorbing moisture.
• Releases pure hyperfiltered water vapor, which won’t contaminate your cigar storage.
Whether your preferred smoke is La Flor Dominicana, Tatuaje, Padrón or another prestige cigar brand, let’s start off with a proper humidor seasoning.
Video: Step by step instructions on HOW to Season your Humidor.
Website: Buy Boveda 84% RH Seasoning Packs right now!
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How I Stopped My Phantom Limb Pain with Medical Marijuana
Frustrated by doctors wanting to curb your chronic pain with added prescription opiates? There might be a better solution—medical marijuana. If you’re cautious about using cannabis for pain management, so was a marijuana industry insider—until he tried it. Charles Rutherford is the Business Development Director for Boveda, Inc. Boveda produces humidity control packets that preserve the quality of marijuana for both producers and patients. Rutherford shared his personal journey with HelloMD about how medical marijuana eased his own pain after a life-changing motorcycle accident.
“In 2013 I was hit by a careless driver on my motorcycle and while I still walk with the grace of a ballerina, it resulted in amputation of my left foot. The phantom limb pain has been a constant reminder of the complexities of the human brain because of the pain I feel in a limb that no longer exists. The doctors’ only solution to deal with this pain was to give me more and more opiates,” Rutherford said. “Opioid abuse is not a road I wanted to go down, so I reluctantly turned to cannabis.” Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“Opioid abuse is not a road I wanted to go down.”
“I live in Minnesota, which has a very strict medical marijuana program. Thankfully, I originally qualified under muscle spasms before chronic pain was added to the list of qualifying conditions. The funny thing is, even though I work with the marijuana industry at Boveda, I was very skeptical about using it as medicine. It was only when I was desperate to stop my own pain that I tried medical marijuana. It has been amazing seeing what it has done for my quality of life. I went from being a skeptic to a believer overnight.”
Ending the Stigma of Medical Marijuana
In states where medical marijuana is legal, hospitalizations related to opioid dependence or abuse dropped by 23%, according to a Drug and Alcohol Dependence study. Although Minnesota adopted a medical marijuana program in 2015, in two years over 5,700 patients are currently active in the registry, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC).
“Restrictions on qualifying conditions, participating doctors and comparatively expensive ingestion methods have kept medical marijuana out of reach for many people,” Rutherford said. “And there’s stigma that a cannabis patient looks, acts and votes a certain way.”
Rutherford is probably not what most people think of when they picture a marijuana user. He’s a business professional, NRA member, carry permit holder and competitive athlete who volunteers weekly at his church. When it comes to de-stigmatizing medical marijuana, finding the right messenger to share the right message is crucial.
“I encourage friends who have family members opposed to medical or recreational marijuana to tell my story. The efficacy of cannabis as a medicine transcends every single demographic. On paper, I should be opposed to cannabis. In reality, I’m a huge advocate.”
Replacing Highly Addictive Opiates with Medical Marijuana
Rutherford believes that marijuana legalization does not need to be a political issue.
“I believe in personal responsibility and that doesn’t stop with cannabis,” he said. “Sometimes the safest medical option for people is something that isn’t prescribed to them by a doctor, meaning cannabis. Yet the thing that can kill them, opioids, is what their doctor is handing out to them. Pain relief from marijuana has the very real ability to curb the huge epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose.”
“Showing how medicinal marijuana can help others is my personal passion. I’m on a crusade to learn how to care for marijuana and maintain its best health benefits.”
Keeping Medical Marijuana Safe for Patients
“My personal story and experience influences everything we do at Boveda in the marijuana category,” Rutherford said.
Also, Boveda works with individual patients and industrial clients. Leading brands use Boveda’s packets to maintain its safety and quality. Additionally, patients store their medical marijuana with Boveda packets, which add and absorb moisture and lock in an ideal humidity. For home use, Boveda also recently released a 58% humidity formula for people who want a lower RH for their marijuana.
Also, Boveda commissions testing to find how time and storage methods affect marijuana’s effectiveness. Rutherford said Boveda is hoping to learn:
- What’s the best storage container for medicinal marijuana?
- How long a patient can store marijuana and still maintain its healing benefits?
- What’s the greatest amount of storage time for medical marijuana?
- What’s the best curing method for marijuana?
Learn more about caring for medical marijuana with Boveda.
How Strong Are Boveda Packs?
So you may have asked yourself…just how strong are those Boveda packs? After all, you’re putting them close to your beloved cigars, wooden instruments, or herbal medicine.
The answer to this question is: VERY STRONG.
Our own Charlie Rutherford attempts stepping his own boots on a Boveda pack to see how strong they are. “The 180 lb guy that I am, can stand here and put all my weight on it to the point where you can see my boot prints in it.”
Watch below as Charlie demonstrates the strength of a Boveda pack. Charlie explains the quality control efforts that are in place to ensure every Boveda coming in contact with your belongings lives up to our motto. No Mess, No Worries, Enjoy.
Native Roots Packaging Cannabis with Boveda
Starting September 29th, flower sold at Native Roots includes a Boveda pack in every container. A new movement in cannabis storage has begun.
Boveda’s patented 2-way precision humidity control adds or removes 100% pure water vapor to maintain the ideal moisture content in cannabis. The result? 15% higher terpene retention, safer, more effective flower and rejection of money lost to evaporation.
Why would a recognized leader do this? Leaders lead. Native Roots felt a duty to provide safer flower at a higher quality by packaging with Boveda. This trusted organization was not satisfied letting their exceptional flower decay on the shelf as it slowly dried out. Boveda in every container means your flower is still curing on the shelf as it patiently waits for you to come grab it.
3 Things We Wish People Understood About Cigars and Flavor
1. Fluctuations in humidity will cause cigars to lose essential oils and flavors.
Like fine wine, cigars are natural products that live, breathe and age. They’re loaded with natural oils and sugars that provide all the character, flavor and foundation for improving with age. In fact, we even speak of the marriage between wrapper, binder and filler, where the oils and sugars contribute to a harmonious whole. Aging and allowing cigars to develop the “bloom” as the oils and sugars mature makes us really appreciate the harmony of flavors in fine cigars. (This is the reason you bought the cigars in the first place.)
Caring for cigars properly, like all natural products, is essential for enjoying them as the cigar master intended. To do that, you need to know some of the basics about cigar care, and indeed, about cigar tobacco.
Tobacco is “hygroscopic,” meaning it has the ability to draw moisture from surrounding environments as well as give up moisture. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to maintain the natural oils and sugars contained within the blend.
2. Neglecting to store cigars in a proper environment is a mistake. Don’t compound a mistake with another mistake.
The biggest doom to fine cigars are fluctuations and/or cycles in humidity. There are 2 major enemies that are trying to impend this doom upon your cigars at all times. The first enemy is the storing environment. The second enemy is any inferior product that attempts to control this environment.
In other words, humidity fluctuations arise with normal changes in ambient temperature and humidity. Whereas cycles in humidity occur when using any refillable humidification device. Both are bad for your cigars.
The humidity inside your humidor spikes when filling any refillable device with water. This is then followed by a steady drop in humidity as the water evaporates. During each of these cycles, some of the natural oils and sugars contained within the cigar’s blend dissipate along with the moisture. This robs the cigar of its character, flavor and its foundation for improving with age.
Additionally, the jolt in humidity that happens when filling a refillable device with water creates an environment for your humidor to collect mold, mildew and bacteria. This not only can cause off-flavors in your cigars but can also cause degradation during the aging process.
3. How to wipe out fluctuations in humidity and age your cigars properly:
The answer is simple, Boveda. Before Boveda, all that cigar aficionados had to care for their precious cargo were one-way humidifiers like orange peels, lettuce heads, etc. (this all seems very old-fashioned to us). Two-way humidity control continually responds to the environment and maintains a very stable and precise RH (Relative Humidity). This stops fluctuations and extreme cycles these fluctuations put your cigars though. It is this balance that prevents loss of the natural oils, sugars and flavor as your cigars age.
Is your dispensary curing on the shelf?
Or is their cannabis decaying on the shelf?
Did you know curing is the most critical part of cannabis cultivation? Curing is another term for aging. After hang-drying, a cultivator introduces cannabis to a container, ideally at a stable humidity level, for a time between a couple weeks to a few months.
A proper cure is essential for maximum patient safety, maximum quality (color, aroma, flavor) and maximum therapeutic benefits.
The thing is, few cultivators/dispensaries cure properly because demand is so high. They can easily provide pretty darn good cannabis now at the expense of providing really outstanding cannabis later. There’s a growing number of them now curing on the shelf by packaging cannabis with the world’s only precision 2-way humidity control – Boveda. Is your favorite dispensary doing it?
With Boveda everywhere flower is present, we’re adding and removing moisture to maintain a stable humidity level at the perfect curing humidity. That means your cannabis retains 15% more terpenes – the beneficial compounds you’re buying it for. So instead of cannabis losing quality on the shelf, Boveda in the containers is curing it – making it better.
Cultivators/Packagers/Processors across the country are starting to cure on the shelf with Boveda. If they’re not already, ask your favorite dispensary when they’re gonna start!
Business Development Director
Boveda in USA Today
The cannabis industry didn’t become one of the brightest spots in the economy by accident. A lot of enthusiastic people over decades have pushed and pulled cannabis to where it is today – on the verge of successfully implementing MMJ or adult use laws in more than half the states. Boveda feels a responsibility to do what we can to continue this momentum , so we’ve gotten more intentional than ever on spending time and money with organizations advancing the cannabis cause with various organizations.
One of those organizations is ATACH – American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp. We’re on the board with a fantastic group of other industry leaders to promote the expansion, protection and preservation of businesses in the legal cannabis and hemp markets.
In the most recent example, Boveda sponsored a very well-attended ATACH/DPA reception at the Democratic National Convention.
And USA Today was there to cover it. Check it out!
You asked for it. And now it’s here.
Cigar fans have been asking for something bigger than our 60-gram Boveda. Some fans wanted to further reduce the 57 seconds it takes every few months to change their humidor’s Boveda and some needed a more practical way to Boveda-fy large coolers, humidors and cabinets. We listened.
One 320g is the equivalent of five 60-gram Boveda (because the 60-gram are officially 67 grams). But the 320g isn’t just for large containers or humidors! Boveda can absolutely be used in small humidors for ultra-simple aging perfection because it will never humidify beyond the RH on the pack. As always, using more than the minimum Boveda amount will just last longer and work more efficiently.
Here’s the math:
- *25 count humidor – One 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will last about a year.
- *50 count – Two 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will now last about 6 months.
- *100 count – Four 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will last about 5 months. Heck, toss another 320g in there for about a year of aging perfection!
Think of it like this: one 320g is good for up to 125 cigars in a wood humidor. Up to 250 in something more efficient, like a cooler or well-sealed wineador.
We’ll first release cigar-related RH levels before also releasing Herbal-friendly levels to make mass curing incredibly simple.
Stand by for even more new product announcements!
The Boveda Team
XIKAR adds private-labeled Boveda product to their portfolio.
There’s a second way to get your 2-way humidity control fix!
XIKAR manufactures award-winning cigar cutters and lighters, along with a line of 1-way humidification products. In the next couple months, XIKAR’s fantastic team of sales professionals will offer the complete range of Boveda’s award winning 2-way humidity control in levels from 62 to 84% in order to serve the widest possible variety of retail businesses across the country.
Here’s XIKAR’s version of Boveda!
Our current model of selling to retailers won’t change, you’ll just have another option to get Boveda.
As the inventors and patent holders of 2-way humidity control, we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with an outstanding organization like XIKAR and continue making Boveda the Global Leader in 2-way Humidity Control!
The Boveda Team
15% more terpene retention with Boveda.
After 8 years applying our patented 2-way humidity control ability to cannabis, we’re thankful for the countless global fans who trust Boveda for cannabis curing, storage and merchandising.
The world has known that Boveda is fantastic for cannabis, but now we have the first research on why. And it’s exciting.
As the only product that can control a specific humidity level in packaging, it’s Boveda’s duty to initiate research on the effects of different moisture levels for a number of things we protect. We pioneered research in tobacco, wooden instruments, food and now cannabis. We want to help the world determine what chemical changes happen when different humidity levels are applied to various organic materials, especially one as sensitive as cannabis.
The full text of the cannabis study can be found here, but here’s a summary:
Two identical jars of cannabis, one with Boveda, one without. After 6 weeks they tested the terpenes. The cannabis with Boveda had 15% more terpene retention than the jar without Boveda. That’s a very big deal. That means that even in great packaging/containers which hold in moisture, the indispensable therapeutic terpenes are micro-evaporating into the container’s head space (the air inside) faster if Boveda isn’t in there providing precision, active humidity control and slowing their loss.
This is just the first of more world’s-first testing. Evaluations are under way to discover so much more about how Boveda improves the safety, quality, smell and flavor of cannabis.
Thank you for making us the Global Leader in 2-way Humidity Control!
Charlie Rutherford, Business Development Director
Boveda to donate 50% of sales to CRA June 10-11th!
Every day, Cigar Rights of America is actively defending the rights of growers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers of premium cigars. With the FDA’s intention of regulating cigars, their work has never been more important.
Because we’re committed to the health of the cigar industry, we’ve decided to donate 50% of retail sales on June 10-11th to CRA. You heard that right, half of every dollar you spend at BovedaStore.com is going to CRA to help keep the FDA out of your humidor and your decisions.
There’s never been a better time to stock up on Boveda. Forward this to your family with your Father’s Day requests, forward it to your cigar pals and let them know.
And by all means, show your commitment to the rights of cigar fans and become a member of CRA.
Charlie Rutherford, Business Development Director
Boveda will self-distribute in US tobacco market Jan 1, 2015
Beginning Jan 1, 2015, Boveda will be returning to their roots of working directly with US retailers by resuming their own distribution.
To continue as an authorized Boveda reseller, please visit BovedaWholesale.com and complete the short application. Accounts will be approved on Dec 31st for you to begin ordering Jan 1st. Due to the New Year’s holiday, orders will ship by January 5th.
Our short application process will ensure we have the correct address and contact information for your store(s) in order to inform our store locator and make it easy Boveda customers to find you.
Orders ship M-F, usually within 24 hours of order placement. You’ll receive a confirmation email once the order is placed and another when the order ships, including a tracking number for the shipment. Orders can be paid via credit/debit card or PayPal.
Your order history and shipment tracking is always available in your online account area. If you have any problems signing up for an account or ordering, you can always reach us at email@example.com
We’re looking forward to serving you directly again!
Charlie Rutherford, Business Development Director
Boveda Pro Tip of the Day
How do you simplify the simple? We write the date on the Boveda seal the first time we put them in our humidors/containers. Write on the seal gentling so you avoid any chance of puncturing the Boveda by pressing the pen too hard.
Writing the date on the Boveda makes it easy to know whether it’s time for replacements. Also, it reminds you how long they lasted. That way, you don’t have to take the time to physically handle all the Boveda and you don’t have to rely on memory to know the last time you replaced them. Enjoy!
Keep the cello or remove the cello?
One of the questions we’re most commonly asked on proper cigar storage is, “Leave the cello on or take it off?” Let’s cover what cello is and what purposes it serves.
Cellophane (cello) is an organic material commonly made from trees. It’s not always a clear film, but it almost always is when it relates to cigars. Cello transmits water vapor about 7 times slower than a naked cigar. This means a cello-wrapped cigar is less sensitive to shifting humidity levels than a naked cigar. For example, if you had two identical cigars stored in the same 70% humidor and put them on your desk in a dry environment, it would take 7 times longer for the naked cigar to turn into kindling.
For this reason alone, cello is a short insurance policy against humidity/temperature fluctuations. And with a Boveda in the box, these fluctuations are completely irrelevant for a much longer period. This is because Boveda is adding or removing moisture to maintain 69% in the box.
Cello also gives the delicate wrapper a small layer of physical protection. It shields the cigar wrapper from damage when you’re stocking your humidor or tossing one in your pocket. If you’re using gel/crystal/beads in your humidor, cello will reduce the chance of ruining your cigars. They are at risk from the 100% humidity they emit – because they can’t remove moisture.
Now the big question – does cello influence the flavor of a cigar? Scientifically, no. Given enough time, everything that happens to an unwrapped cigar happens to one with a cello sheath. But what about the smokers that swear cello does make a difference? Do you know why they do scientific studies with a placebo group? Because if you’re told you’re taking a medicine, you’re inclined to think it works, even if you’re taking the placebo. The really crazy thing is that if even when telling subjects they’re in the placebo group, they’re still inclined to perceive the intended effects!
So if you believe cigars are better without cello, then remove the cello. Cigars are a matter of mood, experience and going to a place in your mind, so we encourage you to go there – cello or not. It’s the same reason that smoking an Opus the day your dog dies won’t be as good a cigar as a dime store cigar on the day you win the lottery. Gray matter between your ears has a lot to do with cigars.
Why do some manufacturers use cello and others don’t? Part of it’s tradition. Cubans aren’t cello-ed. Since Cuba is still regarded the cigar mecca, if just for the traditions, there’s a certain feel to a box of cigars that aren’t in cello. It hearkens back the “old days” and the romance of cigars. It’s aspirational. It’s elegant. Padron and Tatuaje are just a couple that do this very well. At the same time, few brands have as rich a history as Fuente, yet wrapping and cello are together in many of their cigars.
Thankfully, personal preference will still persist. There’s no doubt cello serves an effective purpose, without a downside. But if you’re careful with your cigars and you’re storing them with the global leader in 2-way humidity control, the only thing you need to wonder about is when you’ll smoke the next one.