Non-medical cannabis can be consumed in several different ways. A common way to consume is by smoking a pre-roll, more commonly referred to as a joint.
Pre-rolls, as the name suggests, are previously rolled or assembled by the licensed producer. You can buy pre-rolls in our store either hand-rolled or machine-rolled by licensed producers into a ready-to-use format, eliminating the need to buy dried flower, papers, and filters separately. These pre-rolled joints are then packaged in a small plastic tube or cardboard box to prevent them from being bent or broken.
Pre-rolls sold at our store are available in indica-dominant, sativa-dominant, hybrid, and high-CBD varieties, and contain the same grade of cannabis as dried flower.
Pre-rolls are available in a wide variety of strains. Consumers can purchase individual pre-rolls in one gram and half-gram sizes, or multi-packs of pre-rolls containing up to five pre-rolls of the same strain. Under the Cannabis Act, pre-rolls cannot exceed one gram in size. When picking a pre-rolled product, refer to the label to find out how many milligrams of THC and/or CBD are present.
A joint is cheap, discreet, disposable, and easily shared among friends. It requires neither the financial investment of a bong nor the time commitment of an edible. But unless you’ve got nimble fingers or hours to spend practicing, it can be tough to learn how to twist one up.
Before legal, regulated markets, consumers themselves were the ones rolling joints. But as medical dispensaries and recreational shops emerged, demand grew for ready-made smokeables. By now, pre-rolls are almost everywhere, serving as go-to gifts and common suggestions to cannabis newcomers.
There’s just one thing: A lot of people think they’re junk.
“Out of maybe the 50 pre-rolls that I’ve got from dispensaries, two of them have been smokeable,” laments one cannabis-focused YouTuber.“The rest have just been disgusting. They’ve gone in the trash, they’ve gotten broken up, they’ve just not been smoked. It’s pretty gross.”
He’s not alone. Many in the cannabis community steer clear of pre-rolled joints because of the perception that they contain low-quality cannabis. But where did that reputation come from? Is it deserved? And does it really mean pre-rolls aren’t worth it? We spoke to budtenders, producers, dispensary owners, and cannabis enthusiasts to find out.
The biggest takeaway? When it comes to pre-rolls, it’s hard to generalize. But at least in some markets, they don’t always deserve the bad rap.
“The quality really varies a lot,” said Lauren, who spent three years working in a Seattle medical dispensary and who requested anonymity in order to preserve her industry ties. While some producers use higher-quality flower, she said, others add what’s called trim — the leaves and stems that are cut away from the bud before curing.
“A lot of the pre-rolls that are out there are made with a combination of plant material, and sometimes that includes smaller stems,”
The biggest problem with a pre-roll is the paper, because it hides what’s inside. That makes it easier for producers to get away with using sub-par cannabis or trim. Even when a store includes high-quality cannabis, consumers still can’t judge what’s inside — so the store may see little advantage in stocking high-quality pre-rolls.
Pros of Pre-rolls
- Pre-rolled joints are good for bargain shoppers
- Pre-rolled joints are quick and easy
- There are fun upgraded pre-rolled joints to choose from
For the beginners, pre rolled joints are the best option as it becomes difficult and time consuming to roll paper for the beginners. Not only for the beginners but on a whole, already rolled, readymade joints are easy to use and can be quickly made. The rolled joints come with the best advantage of saving time. One can make and use multiple joints s compared to rolling the hashish in a rolling paper. Pre rolled joints are affordable as compared to the rolling papers. Even if they are not cheaper than the rolling papers in some places, they are a complete value for the money.
The old times have gone when the ready to use joints were filled with dry and fast burning stuff but, these days one gets supreme quality cannabis in the readymade joints. One can get the ready to use joints in various outlets like coffeeshops, dispensaries, recreational shops etc. It has a wide availability range.
Cons of Pre-rolls
These readymade joints are expensive as compared to the normal rolling papers. But, they are majorly preferred by the beginners as rolling paper is a tough task for them. It happens at times, that even if the beginners do not know how to roll a paper properly, they purchase papers because they are cheaper as compared to the pre rolls.
- Trust on the quality
Regular smokers of cannabis do not prefer pre rolled joints because they do not trust the quality of cannabis rolled into it. Plus, the process of rolling a paper is much likeable to the regular smokers as compared to consuming rolled joints
- Not properly rolled
Maximum rolled joints are not properly rolled and are uneven which makes them difficult to smoke plus the smokers do not feel good after smoking one. Either they are too loose or too tight or uneven which makes it an unpleasant experience for the smokers.
It is completely a personal choice to smoke cannabis through ready to use rolled joints or by rolling papers.
Why use prerolls?
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 efficient is smoking a joint?
Preroll potency ranges from standalone flower to twaxed cones lacquered in kief; and just as potency varies, so too does flavor. The usage of prerolls allows consumers to experience the power of concentrates without having to vaporize or dab — but how efficient is smoking a joint? How much of the active cannabinoids are actually ingested by your body?
Bluntly put, less than halfway efficient. But that shouldn’t strike them from consideration. Bongs, pipes, and other methods of combustion suffer from similar inefficiencies. A Natural Products Chemistry & Research study published in 2015 found that users typically consume less than half of the available cannabinoids in a joint or preroll. In fact, joint and preroll users only ingest 28% to 46% of the available cannabinoids, with an average 37% across all experiments. The scientists behind the study concluded that the missing mass of cannabinoids end up as ash or uninhaled smoke. Though users, on average, may enjoy but a third of the available cannabinoids in prerolls, their convenience, inherent discretion, and potency variance make prerolls a no-brainer for consumers. Despite their inefficiency, prerolls and joints stand together as internationally recognized and celebrated symbols of inclusion. They’re here to stay.
What are prerolls made of?
Preroll contents run the gamut from basic, flower-only joints to king-size cones decked to the nines in kief, wax, and top-shelf bud. Depending upon where the preroll is purchased, such as from a prerolled joint dispensary, users’ mileage may vary.
For years, most prerolls contained varied combinations of shake and dry plant parts, including stems and excess leaves, because producers found that they could drastically save on costs by stuffing their prerolls with product that would otherwise go to waste. As medical cannabis legislation bloomed across the country, more competition entered the scene, which drove quality up and prices down.
Increased competition across marijuana markets has also driven producers to branch out into offering blunts, which are hollowed-out cigars filled with marijuana, and spliffs, which are joints rolled with cannabis and tobacco. Further, the communal preference for joints, blunts, and spliffs varies geographically. Europeans prefer spliffs, while Americans prefer consuming joints and blunts, and so on. It is worth noting, however, that the European cannabis lexicon flips “spliff” and “joint.” On the continent, spliffs are marijuana-only cigarettes while joints contain both marijuana and tobacco, like a “joint” operation.