If you’ve ever wanted to try Jas Sum Kral’s Nuggs line without the CBD oil infusion, you will soon have the opportunity to do so as the company has announced the upcoming release of Nuggless.

“I receive messages constantly and talk to people regularly that say they can’t smoke the Nuggs,” said Riste Ristevski, founder of Jas Sum Kral, via a press release. “It’s because of the possible drug test to create a false positive. Even though that’s impossible and I explain to them the process, they still worry. I understand it is not worth the risk for them. I decided to release the non-CBD version, same blend and all but no CBD.“

Nuggless will be available in both a Habano and Maduro blend, keeping the same blends as the CBD-infused versions. The Maduro version uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper, Indonesian binder and fillers from the Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua, while the Habano version uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over an undisclosed  binder and filler. They are made at Tabacalera de Aragon S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Both versions are being offered in a 4 1/2 x 48 petit robusto vitola and packaged in 10-count bundles. The Habano version has an MSRP of $79.99 per bundle while the Maduro version has an MSRP of $89.99 per bundle. For every bundle sold in 2021, Jas Sum Kral will donate $1 to breast cancer research.

The bundles will also feature fairly distinct packaging, with an ongoing rotation of images similar to the ones pictured above. Ristevski said the packaging idea came from a social media campaign he has been running recently. He said the original idea was to have a Nuggs calendar for cigar shops to have that featured ladies from around the world, “but I changed it to have the ladies in a rotation packaging cover for the cigars, like a collector’s item.”

The cigars will debut at The Golden Leaf in Hobart, Ind. in March and then get a worldwide release in April.

Jas Sum Kral released the Nuggs line in 2019 and is believed to be the first and only premium handmade cigar to be made with CBD oil. The cigars are offered with different amounts of cannabidiol, or CBD, a cannabinoid found in both marijuana and hemp. In 2018, Congress passed a bill that legalized the sale of hemp-derived CBD so long as the plant contains less than 3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what is known to give marijuana its psychoactive effects.

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