Hand-rolling a cigarette is the best way to roll, since all kinds of home machines make too tight cigarettes. If you hand-roll and try to make as tight cigarette as you can, you end up with an optimally tight cigarette. Hence, every smoker should learn how to roll a cigarette by hand. In this post I’ll show how to roll a 50-50 pipe tobacco-rolling tobacco cigarette. The same technique can be used with a rolling tobacco only-cigarette, just put more rolling tobacco to the cigarette. Trying first with rolling tobacco only may be advisable, since the rolling tobacco is a bit easier to manipulate than pipe tobacco. It’s best to learn first how to roll a cigarette without a filter, since it is considerably easier. If you want to add a filter (I don’t), you can learn that later.
First, take the paper so that the glue side is up and away from yourself. Put some rolling tobacco onto the paper.
Then some pipe tobacco on the top of the rolling tobacco.
Bend the sides of the paper up and press the tobacco down with your finger. You should end up with something like in the picture below.
Press the sides of the paper together, and roll by moving the sides of the paper up and down. Use both hands. While rolling, add pressure to the tobacco by forming a tight pouch out of the paper. You can also press the tobacco through the paper with your fingers, but don’t do this too hard. You should end up with a nice roll of tobacco that looks like in the picture below.
Press the non-glue side of the paper against the glue side, so that the glue is above the other side. Use both hands. See the picture below.
Lick the glue wet and glue the glue side onto the other side. This gluing is the most difficult part of rolling a cigarette, and it may take several tens of tries. It just takes practice, and I cannot give any verbal advice. The rolled cigarette is in the picture below.
You must pracice this with time. You can reuse the tobacco from failed attempts, but you must use a new paper each time. With a pack of 50 papers, you should be eventually able to make a smokeable cigarette.
Here’s what it looks like in a holder.