The Rundown On Roll-Your-Own Cigarettes; Or, Why Smokers Should Know How To RYO

A hand-rolled smoke is unlike any other.

You might be intrigued by the unmistakable element of coolness to rolling your own cigarettes.

Or you might be wondering if the effort is worth it, and whether roll-your-own is worth the time it takes to select your own materials, versus the convenience of sticking to the conventional pre-rolled packs.

All pretences aside, let us educate you on the finer points of the RYO lifestyle, and dive straight into the “why” before explaining the “how”...

Your smoke, your way

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but you're an individual. Your needs are different than the people next to you; every single person you will ever meet in your life will smoke differently.

For do-it-yourself-rollers, the way that each one of us roll and smoke is entirely different and unique. I could smoke with a hundred people and each one of those hundred smokes would be slightly different than the other.

You don’t drink quality scotch out of a red plastic solo cup. Are you smoking factory-made crap made with awful fillers that dampen your experience? Crafting your own perfect smoke is like having your ideal beverage in hand, in the right glass, at the right temperature. It's a practice in authenticity.

The combinations and possibilities are endless. It's about making the best smoke you've ever had in your life. When you find it, it will be hard to go back to the conventional way. You’ll enjoy your smoke more than you did before. You can take pride in what you make and offer it to others.

You know what's in them

Roll-your-own smokes give you more control over the paper, the material type and texture, the size of the cigarette, and how it burns. You can roll smokes by hand, or you can use a rolling machine. All you need are rolling papers, lightly ground or shredded materials, a bit of dexterity, and time to practice.

Since you roll them yourself, there’s no mystery as to what’s inside. You can choose a natural product that provides a more robust and genuine flavour profile, and don't provide the additives and reconstituted material found in factory-made products.

You can even buy pre-rolled papers with filters if you want the same benefits without taking the time to perform the actual rolling. This is the process of stuffing or injecting the product into filtered tubes or cones in order to make your own smoke.

How to get started with roll-your-own

Inspired yet? If you're looking for more reasons to pursue this craft, you've come to the right place. We’ll delve deeper into the topic to cover:

  • The language of rolling-your-own.
  • What you need to roll your own smokes, and how to decide which materials will work best for you.
  • Using these materials to start rolling your own smokes, crafted to your taste, with minimal time and effort.

We hope you’ll join us on this journey of self-discovery, enlighten your senses, and experience smoking like you never had before. You’re in for a wild ride.