At Grab a Leaf Smoke Shop, we love introducing our customers to new and exciting products that are hard to find in Canada. Dokha is one of these. Dokha is a tobacco product in its most natural form. Vastly different from the tobacco found in cigarettes, cigars, and roll-your-own pouches, Dokha is 100% natural with minimal processing. It makes for a unique experience, and it’s one that more and more people are starting to enjoy.
Here’s everything you need to know about Dokha before you order online from Grab a Leaf Smoke Shop.
Dokha Has Been Enjoyed for Centuries
Although the exact origins are difficult to prove, Dokha likely originated from Iran in the 15th century. Tobacco was first introduced to the Middle East around the 14th century. Before this time, the people in the region enjoyed smoking a mixture of herbs and oils in bone or wooden pipes.
The introduction of tobacco led to local cultivation and Dokha eventually found its way into the pipes of locals.
Is Dokha Similar to Other Middle Eastern or Western Tobacco Products?
Cigarettes and Cigars use processed tobacco that has been fermented to give it the familiar gold and brown hues. Dokha isn’t fermented. In fact, it can rightfully be called the purest form of tobacco consumed by people today.
Dokha is dried in the sun for varying periods, sometimes as little as a week, sometimes much longer. The aging process removes moisture in the tobacco leaves, concentrating the flavors and the nicotine content. Dokha is crushed into fine particles and smoked. Unlike other tobacco products, Dokha is a rich green colour, making it unique and something of a curiosity when it is introduced to people for the first time.
When compared to other Middle Eastern forms of tobacco, especially shisha, Dokha is unique. Shisha smoked through a hookah pipe is cured with molasses and sometimes honey. Other flavors are added into the process, ranging from peach and apple to mint and licorice. Dokha is sometimes flavored with local herbs and spices, but it can also be consumed as a 100% dried tobacco leaf product. It doesn’t have any of the same strongly sweet flavors of shisha.
How is Dokha Smoked?
Dokha is not only one of the most natural ways to enjoy tobacco. It’s also one of the simplest. Dokha is smoked in a thin and long pipe known as a Midwakh or Medwakh. Traditionally these pipes have been made from bone and wood, although modern versions can be made from resin.
The thin pipe allows for the efficient delivery of smoke. The bowl of a Medwakh is small and Dokha is consumed in low quantities, due to its high nicotine content. Unlike fermented tobacco, Medwakh pipes used to smoke Dokha don’t leave any lingering odors from combustion.
What’s the Flavor Like?
Dokha can be compared to other smoking products, with less chemical taste than commercial cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco. The flavor isn’t as strong as cigars, as the preparation method is completely different. Dokha can range from cool to hot smoke depending on the intensity of the blend.
Dokha is usually enjoyed in single bowls. Traditionally, it is smoked first thing in the morning. The nicotine hit is almost immediate and can last anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. The word “Dokha” in Arabic has a meaning similar to dizziness or vertigo. It likely originated from the effects of nicotine.
Dokha is something that you can enjoy as an alternative to cigarettes or as something that can help you to relax in your downtime. It’s important to regulate your intake as Dokha is much stronger than cigarettes, with a single bowl having more than two times the nicotine of a single cigarette, which is all inhaled in one or two puffs.
Get the Highest Quality Dokha Products from Grab a Leaf Smoke Shop
Grab a Leaf Smoke Shop is one of the few tobacco suppliers to stock Dokha in Ontario. We offer delivery throughout the GTA, Ontario, and Canada.
Buy packaged Dokha and traditional Medwakh pipes online to enjoy this natural tobacco. Our pipes come with disposable filter tips, creating a smoother smoking experience than traditional pipes. If you think you’ve tried all of the tobacco products there are to try, it’s time to explore the new and exciting world of Dokha.