So you’re starting to dip your toes into the world of cannabis, but you don’t know quite where to start. You want something simple you can enjoy while going about your day, or, perhaps to pair with your afternoon walk. Naturally, buying pre roll joints make perfect sense for your go-to cannabis product.
There’s just one catch, hand-rolling a joint can be a tedious and time-consuming process that takes years to perfect. Thankfully, you no longer have to train to become a rolling master in order to reap the benefits of a perfectly packed joint.
Pre-rolled joints commonly referred to as pre-rolls, provide an easy solution to the frustration caused by multiple failed attempts to self roll. Just like any purchase, you’ll want to brush up on your cannabis knowledge to make sure you’re getting the right pre-roll for you.
What are pre-rolls?
Never heard of a pre-roll? Well, you’ve been missing out! A pre-roll is a perfectly prepared and pre-packaged, ready-to-smoke product that helps you get on with your plans for the day without having to spend hours fumbling around with rolling papers, grinders, and homemade filters.
Prerolls are essentially premade joints. Cannabis producers, cultivators, and retailers now offer branded prerolls, much to users’ delight. They generally consist of a wrap or paper, ground cannabis, and a filter or crutch lodged firmly at the preroll’s base. Some are sold in individual tubes, while others are packaged together as multi-packs. As varied as the packaging may be, preroll sizing can run from the length of a pinky finger to the length of a smartphone. Prerolls offer consumers a relatively inexpensive, disposable, all-in-one experience that caters to individuals and groups alike.
Why use pre-rolls?
Prerolls provide consumers with many advantages, from convenience to storability and everything in between. Consider a group of friends looking to hang out together on a Friday night. To enjoy cannabis together, they would need to grind their nugs before loading up a bong or carefully rolling the herb into joints, whatever their delivery method of choice may be. If they were to plan on twaxing their weed (rolling their joint in a ribbon of shatter), they would need to set up a small station with the necessary supplies to prep their bud. This ceremonious ritual is loved by some, but many appreciate the convenience of a preroll.
Prerolls are convenient, come packaged in reusable containers, and range in potency to satisfy even the most discerning of cannabis connoisseurs. They’re surefire heralds of smiles, laughter, and great vibes.
How to determine the quality of a pre-roll?
There are two crucial questions you should ask your pre-roll supplier:
- What is the quality of the flower being used?
- What’s the profile of cannabinoids and terpenes in this product?
Pros & Cons of Buying a Pre-Roll Machine
Pre-roll machines are a powerful way to pump out tons of joints in very little time. Whether you own a dispensary or a cannabis brand, finding a fast, efficient way to fill cones could be the difference between profit or loss.
An automated pre-roll machine decreases labor costs. How long would it take one member of staff to fill 143 cones? Is it more than one minute? If so, you’re losing money. Some pre-roll machines can fill that many cones in 60 seconds flat. Not only does this efficiency create more shelf-ready cones in less time, it provides staff with more time to focus on higher-level tasks.
Vibrating cone-filling machines are designed to create consistent pre-rolls. Some models, like the STM Mini RocketBox, guarantee no more than ten percent difference in weight from pre-roll to pre-roll. This is where it’s important to consider the quality of the machine one is purchasing.
Some commercial pre-roll machines have a high variance in the weight of each cone, as well as a fluctuating fill rate. Some may only fill cones to 70 percent capacity, whereas others offer a consistent 90 percent fill rate. Consistent, quality pre-rolls will protect your brand and create lasting bonds with customers.
How Much Does a Pre-Roll Machine Cost and Is it Worth It?
There are many options available, ranging from relatively inexpensive to large investments. Consider the size of one’s business and the output desired.
If you’re operating a small-to-medium sized business, there are some $5-6000 options capable of filling 100-300 joints in just two minutes.
For larger operations, top-of-the-line models like the RocketBox are capable of filling up to 25,000 pre-rolls a day (that’s nearly 500 in three minutes). These machines can cost up to $16,000 but often come with substantial warranties.
When deciding if this is a worthwhile investment for one’s business, consider the following: what are your current pre-roll production capabilities; how much would you like to produce in the future (think scalability); how are you encouraging customer loyalty; and what are you spending on labor costs? It’s worth noting that even the least expensive pre-roll machines can fill cones 3-4x faster than a staff member.
Some machines, such as those offered by STM, even offer online support and virtual training. Such programs ensure you and your staff can quickly, easily use the machine and solve any technical issues that might arise.
Is shake always low quality?
Pre-rolls are going to be filled with shake or the small bits of cannabis left at the bottom of a jar once all the rest is used. A lot of people assume that this remnant is the low quality portion that got left behind. Despite popular opinion, that’s not the case. Shake isn’t necessarily any better or worse than the cannabis it came from. It just depends on whether or not the shake includes the pesky stems and leaves.
At its core, shake is simply marijuana in smaller pieces, which is perfect for a joint. In fact, the primary problem with shake is that the manufacturing process sometimes allows different strains to become mixed together. This can give you an experience that you weren’t quite expecting in some cases, but it’s virtually unnoticeable for the most part.
So, how to smoke cannabis pre-polls?
Smoking cannabis pre-rolls is basically the same as smoking a joint you rolled yourself. The only difference is that all cannabis pre-rolls are your standard rolls, so you don’t have to deal with any creative or over-the-top designs. Those designs tend to be more annoying than functional anyway, so it’s best not to bother with them.
To light up, you need to make sure the tip of your joint is ignited evenly. The best way to do this is to apply the flame of your lighter to the tip while rotating the joint between your fingers slowly and steadily. This way, the joint will burn evenly as you smoke the entire thing.
You may be tempted to inhale while you’re lighting it, as it’s common practice when it comes to cigarettes and cigars, but it doesn’t work quite as well with cannabis. You may not see much difference, as they both involve smoking, but cannabis is drastically different from tobacco. You will have to apply the flame to the tip a bit longer when you’re not inhaling it at the same time, but the difference is worth the extra effort.
When it finally comes time to start smoking, you want to be gentle with it. Aggressive inhalation not only makes it harder for you to breathe, but it can mess up the even burning of the joint. With gentle inhalation, you’ll have enough pressure to pull the smoke you need without messing up your experience.