Frequently Asked Questions about Rolling Tobacco

Where is rolling tobacco grown?

The tobacco that is used for hand-rolled tobacco is grown all around the world. American, Brazilian, Syrian and other types of tobaccos are often blended together to form more nuanced and interesting flavors. The rolling tobacco in Vancouver, available online and at our stores, comes in both traditional flavors and artisan-mixed blends.

Can pipe tobacco be used for hand-rolled cigarettes?

Yes, but it’s not necessarily ideal The most significant difference between tobacco designed for rolling and tobacco designed for pipes is the way that it’s cut, and the temperature it’s designed to burn at. Rolling tobaccos are typically cut into some of the smallest sizes possible, where pipe tobaccos are typically longer and more stringy. Pipe tobacco may burn too slowly to be comfortable when bound into rolling papers.

Can hand-rolled cigarettes be filtered?

Yes. Hand-rolled cigarettes can be filtered if you choose to buy the filters ahead of time and roll them into the cigar. They can be found at nearly all smoking supply stores. Sets of disposable filters may come packaged with certain blends of tobacco.

Hand Rolling Accessories

Rolling Papers Filters Tobacco Case
Quality rolling papers will burn at the right temperature and hold tobacco in place well. A hard surface that won’t slip easily is as important as the rolling papers so invest in a rolling tray. They are made from woods such as bamboo and oak, or with a hard, heavy plastic. Use a rolling tray to achieve a cleaner look for your hand-rolled cigarettes. Filters are available for hand-rolled tobacco, just as they are available with typical cigarettes. Filters are attached to the end of the cigarette before the rolling begins, meaning they are wrapped up just like the tobacco is. They come in a variety of different styles, including disposable versions, and permanent filter tips. A tobacco case will help you keep your favorite flavors all in one place. Cases are typically more effective at storing tobacco over the long term than the packages that the tobacco comes in. Use cases to organize your collection of tobaccos at home, and to carry them around when you want to share your hobby with friends.
Tobaccos typically come in a variety of cuts that will make them more or less fit to certain uses. Here are some of the common cuts that you may find, and how applicable they are to rolling by hand.

Rolling Cuts Guide

Flake Cuts Ribbon Cuts Shag Cuts
Flake-cut tobacco is from tobacco that has been pressed flat and then cut into flakes. Tobacco cut this way is frequently packed so tightly that it needs to be rubbed in order to separate the different flakes. Ribbon-cut tobacco is tobacco that has been pressed and then cut into long thin strips. While ribbon cut flavors may be perfect forrolling tobacco , they are designed for pipes and may have trouble burning properly when packaged into a hand-rolled cigarette. Shag-cut tobacco is one of the most commonly preferred cuts for hand-rolled cigarettes. Shag tobacco has been shredded very finely so that the tobacco can easily be gathered together and clumped into predictable shape.
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