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How to Infuse Your Own Pre-Rolls

How to Infuse Your Own Pre-Rolls

Posted by DaySavers Team on Mar 22nd 2024

Pre-rolls are a staple in the cannabis community, coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, paper types, and strains. But what if you could elevate your smoking experience even further?

Picture this: a joint infused with potent concentrates, boasting enhanced flavor and unrivaled strength. It's the ultimate fusion of tradition and innovation, taking the cannabis community by storm. As the demand for infused pre-rolls skyrockets, so does the desire to craft these masterpieces at home.

This blog will explore infused pre-rolls and how to make your own at home. From selecting the perfect flower to mastering the infusion process, we'll guide you every step of the way. So, grab your favorite strain, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to elevate your smoking experience to new heights.

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What are Concentrates?

When it comes to infusing your own pre-rolls, choosing the right concentrate makes all the difference. Concentrates, also known as extracts (although they technically differ), are potent products created by concentrating all the best parts of the cannabis plant into a concentrated form, often through solvents or pressure methods, to extract trichomes and cannabinoids from cannabis plants.

Like reducing a sauce on the stove to enhance its flavor and thickness, concentrates boast significantly higher THC percentages compared to typical cannabis, which usually ranges from 15% to 30%. Concentrates typically range from 60% up to 99%, delivering a powerful punch, even for the most seasoned cannabis enthusiasts.

One of the simplest forms of cannabis concentrate is kief, which isn't technically a concentrate but instead consists of loose cannabis trichomes sifted from buds using a mesh screen or sieve. Rich in cannabinoids and devoid of solvents or pressing, kief boasts high THC levels. Many individuals inadvertently collect kief in the bottom compartment of their grinders.

Hashish (also known as hash) is one of the oldest and most popular THC concentrates. It’s made by pressing kief and other trichomes into cakes that can be crumbled or rolled into joints or used in smoking devices like bowls and bongs. While more popular in Europe, hash has gained traction in the United States as more states legalize cannabis. Modern versions like bubble hash use ice water to separate trichomes from cannabis flowers instead of traditional sifting and pressing methods.

Rosin is a concentrate produced without extraction methods; heat and pressure are applied to squeeze trichomes from the plant into a gooey, golden sap-like substance. On the other hand, live resin is made from fresh-frozen flower after harvest, preserving terpenes and cannabinoids before concentration, resulting in a more flavorful product.

Moving on to extracts, these cannabis products are created using solvents and mechanical equipment to separate cannabinoids and trichomes from the flower into an oil. Varieties like badder, budder, wax, sauce, and resin offer different textures, from sticky putty-like substances to glass-like shatter and crumbly forms. Despite differences in texture, they all boast elevated potencies and are consumed similarly, often chosen based on personal preference.

How Joints Are Infused

Infusing pre-rolls with concentrate offers many possibilities, each method contributing its unique potency and flavor profile to the final product. Several types of concentrates can be used for infusion, including external application with kief or distillate and internal methods.

External application involves applying concentrates like kief, distillate - or both - to the pre-roll's exterior. Kief, consisting of finely ground cannabis trichomes, can be sprinkled onto the pre-roll for increased potency and flavor. Distillate, a highly potent cannabis oil, can also be applied externally, enhancing the pre-roll potency without altering its flavor profile.

Internal infusion methods entail incorporating concentrate directly into the pre-roll. This can be achieved through several methods. Mixing involves blending the concentrate is blended with ground flower before rolling, ensuring even distribution throughout. Lining involves applying a line or stripe of focus along the center of the rolling paper before adding the ground flower and rolling. Alternatively, injecting utilizes a syringe or similar tool to insert concentrate directly into the center of the pre-roll after rolling, ensuring precise dosage and distribution.

In the following sections, we will explore each method in detail, providing step-by-step instructions for infusing pre-rolls with various types of concentrate.

Why Infuse Your Own Pre-Rolls?

Why would someone want to take the time to incorporate their own concentrate and pack their pre-roll when they could go to the dispensary and buy a pre-packaged pre-roll instead? Well, there are four excellent reasons why.

  • Cost Efficient: Making your own infused pre-rolls can save you money when you consider the minor cost of added concentrate compared to the cost of an infused pre-roll at a dispensary, where you face an added upcharge for the finished product.
  • Customization: Take control of your smoking experience by selecting your preferred flower and concentrate, ensuring each pre-roll is tailored to your taste and potency preferences.
  • Extra Potency: Infused pre-rolls pack an extra punch, thanks to the added concentrate, providing a more robust and potent smoking experience.
  • Quality of Craft: Some pre-roll brands are criticized for poor quality, whether bottom shelf flower or over/underpacking their pre-rolls. When packing yourself you can guarantee quality infused pre-rolls.

By making your own infused pre-rolls, you save money, personalize your smoking sessions, and enjoy a heightened potency that enhances the overall experience.

Next, let's look at the tools we'll need for this pre-roll infusion journey.

Pre-Rolls Infusion Checklist

Before embarking on your journey to infuse your own pre-rolls, it's essential to have the right tools. Here is a comprehensive list of everything you'll need to grind, infuse, and pack your pre-rolls effectively:

  • Flower: Your choice of cannabis flower forms the base of your infused pre-rolls. Choose fresh, potent flower with the desired aroma, flavor, and potency to complement your chosen concentrate.
  • Dab Mat: Because infused pre-rolls can get sticky and messy, you’ll want to use a silicon mat, also known as a dab mat, to assemble your pre-rolls. A dab mat or parchment paper will provide a clean, organized rolling surface that is also easy to clean. Grinder: A high-quality grinder is essential for breaking down your cannabis flower into a fine, consistent grind. Look for a durable grinder with sharp teeth to ensure optimal results.
  • Concentrate: Choose your preferred concentrate for infusion, whether it's distillate, rosin, hash, or another form of cannabis extract. Ensure it's of high quality and suitable for your desired flavor and potency.
  • Pre-Roll Papers: Select pre-roll cones or blunts of your preferred size and material. When choosing the proper pre-roll papers, consider paper thickness, burn rate, and flavor neutrality.
  • Packing Tool: A packing tool like a wooden packing stick helps ensure an even distribution of ground flower and concentrate within the pre-roll. Look for a tool with a flat or rounded end to compact the contents without damaging the paper.
  • Infusion Device: Depending on your chosen infusion method, you may need specific tools such as a syringe for injecting concentrate into pre-rolls or a brush for applying focus externally. You can also use a stainless-steel dab tool to spread oil onto the rolling paper.
  • Cleaning Supplies: Keep your equipment well-maintained with cleaning brushes, alcohol wipes, and other suitable cleaning supplies. Regular maintenance ensures consistent results and prolongs the lifespan of your tools.

With these essential tools, you'll be well-equipped to create infused pre-rolls with precision and ease.

How to Infuse the Outside of Your Pre-Roll

One of the most common methods of infusing concentrates into pre-rolls is applying the concentrate to the outside joint. You can create many combinations, but distillate mixed with kief is the most popular. This is when a layer of distillate is added to the outside of the joint and then sprinkled with kief.

Infusing your pre-rolls with live resin or distillate can also add an extra layer of potency and flavor to your smoking experience. While some professional pre-roll brands wrap the extract around the outside of the joint for a stylish presentation, this method may result in a less even burn and excessive side smoke.

To infuse your pre-rolls with kief, resin or distillate, follow a DIY approach like popular infused joint brands. Start by gently heating your extract using a candle warmer or lighter until it becomes a liquid oil. This helps remix the oil, which can separate during storage, and reduces its viscosity, making it easier to apply to your joint. Care must be taken to avoid overheating the oil during this process, as excessive heat can degrade cannabinoids and terpenes, ultimately impacting the potency and flavor of the final product.

Once the oil reaches a smooth consistency, use a paintbrush or food brush to evenly coat the outside of your joint. Apply the oil as evenly as possible to ensure consistent potency.

Adjusting the concentrate's viscosity or thickness is essential before adding it to the outside of your pre-roll. One of the ways this can be achieved is by incorporating botanical or artificially derived terpenes, diluting the oil, and contributing to its flavor, which is particularly useful if you are using distillate. These terpenes can be found online or at local smoke shops.

A word of caution: terpenes are dangerous in their pure form. We advise that you should take proper safety precautions when dealing with terpenes: wear personal protective equipment such as masks, safety glasses, and skin coverings. Because terpenes are flammable, make sure that only experienced employees apply it in areas that are well ventilated.

Internal Pre-Roll Infusion

Pre-rolls that are infused internally are also popular and have the benefit of not directly combusting the oil as much as pre-rolls that are painted on the outside. There are several effective methods for infusing pre-rolls internally.

One common approach is to infuse pre-rolls internally by mixing the ground flower with concentrate after grinding. You can also line the center of the flower with concentrate before packing or rolling or inject it down the middle of the joint for a concentrated core.

Another approach is to smear the oil onto a rolling paper with a dab tool. You can also roll the oil into a rod or snake and roll the joint. Alternatively, you can use the dab tool to take a small piece of oil and mix it into ground flower, which gives you small chunks of infused flower to mix into the joint. You can also break up or mix in “dry” concentrates (like THC isolate, kief, and hash) more easily.

Regardless of your chosen method, paying attention to the viscosity and consistency of your concentrate is essential. Ensure it has been crumbled to the desired texture and adjusted to the appropriate temperature for optimal rolling results. By considering these factors, you can quickly achieve perfectly infused pre-rolls.

How to Infuse Your Pre-Roll with Kief

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Infusing pre-rolls with kief is a straightforward process that adds potency and flavor to your joints. To begin, grind your cannabis finely and place it on your rolling tray. Then, take your kief (typically found on the bottom section of your 3-layer grinder) and sprinkle it in with the ground kief. Use your fingers to mix the kief concoction evenly. This kief acts as a concentrated layer of trichomes, enhancing the overall potency of the joint.

Once the kief is added, pack your pre-roll as usual, ensuring that the kief is evenly distributed throughout the flower. This method not only boosts the potency of your pre-roll but also introduces unique flavors and aromas, enhancing the overall smoking experience.

How to Infuse Your Pre-Roll with Hash Rosin

Infusing pre-rolls with hash rosin, resins, or other dense concentrates is a popular method that enhances potency and creates an eye-catching visual effect known as the "hash hole" on social media. The process is similar regardless of the type of extract used. Simply roll your concentrate into a thin snake and place it in the middle of your flower. As the flower burns around the rosin, it vaporizes, leaving a distinctive void in the middle of the ash.

For many concentrates, particularly resins and rosins, a simple method involves smearing the extract inside a rolling paper, akin to spreading peanut butter. While this technique may make rolling slightly more challenging and lacks the dramatic flair of the hash hole, it offers a more accessible alternative while still providing the desired potency. However, be warned, this method may affect how your papers burn, with the concentrate potentially causing different burn rates down the sides of your pre-roll as you smoke it.

How to Infuse a Pre-Roll with Bubble Hash

Infusing your pre-rolls with bubble hash is a classic method that adds potency and depth of flavor to your joints. Bubble hash, created by freezing and removing trichomes before pressing, is an easily manipulated cannabis concentrate that you can mold to your needs.

To incorporate bubble hash into your pre-roll, smash, crumble, or roll the hash into a snake-like rod and add it to your ground cannabis before packing your choice of pre-roll cone or blunt wrap. This ensures an even distribution of the concentrate throughout the joint, enhancing its potency and providing a rich smoking experience.

How to Make the Classic Jeeter Infused Pre-Rolls

Ever wonder how Jeeter, the renowned California-based brand, crafts its signature-infused pre-rolls that stand out for their potency and distinctive appearance? The secret lies in a combination of internal and external infusion techniques, along with a meticulous hand-rolling process. But fear not—you can replicate this process at home to create your own Jeeter-style infused pre-rolls.

Jeeter's recipe for success involves using liquid diamonds in their pre-rolls. These diamonds are a highly potent concentrate made from concentrated THCA crystallized into semi-transparent structures. These diamonds are then melted into pure oil, often flavored with terpenes to enhance the taste. In Michigan, Jeeter opts for distillate oil instead, further enriching their pre-rolls with flavor and potency.

To recreate the Jeeter magic in your kitchen, start by heating your high-potency concentrate, such as diamonds, before mixing it with your favorite flower. This internal infusion method ensures that every puff delivers a powerful punch of flavor and potency. But Jeeter doesn't stop there – they take it up a notch by dusting the exterior of their pre-rolls with kief, adding an extra layer of intensity.

To mimic this process at home, coat your diamond-infused pre-roll with a layer of distillate, as described above, and then roll it in kief. While it may be messy, the result is well worth the effort. This perfectly balanced and intensely flavorful pre-roll will impress even the most discerning cannabis connoisseurs.

So why not channel your inner Jeeter and whip up a batch of infused pre-rolls? With some patience and creativity, you'll soon be enjoying a smoke experience in a league of your own.

Let’s Get Infusing!

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Infusing your own pre-rolls opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to tailor your smoking experience to your preferences and elevate your sessions to new heights. Whether you're looking to boost potency, enhance flavor, or get creative with your cannabis consumption, the techniques and methods discussed in this guide provide the perfect starting point.

There are countless ways to infuse your pre-rolls and unlock a new level of enjoyment, from using concentrates like distillate and live resin to incorporating kief and hash. Plus, with the right tools and experimentation, you can easily create professional-quality infused pre-rolls right in the comfort of your home.

So why settle for store-bought pre-rolls when you can craft your own customized creations? With a bit of know-how and a touch of creativity, you'll be well on your way to enjoying the ultimate smoking experience with infused pre-rolls that are as unique as you are. So go ahead, grab your favorite flower concentrate and pre-roll infusion tools, and start rolling or packing your way to cannabis perfection!

How to Infuse Your Own Pre-Rolls Q&A

+ Why Infuse Your Own Pre-Rolls?

Infusing your own pre-rolls allows for personalized potency and flavor, elevating your smoking experience beyond traditional joints.

+ What Tools Do You Need to Infuse Pre-Rolls?

Essential tools include flower, concentrates, a grinder, rolling papers, a rolling tray, non-stick dab mat, stainless steel dab tool, and optional items like a candle warmer.

+ What Are the Benefits of Infused Pre-Rolls?

Infused pre-rolls offer a convenient and potent alternative to traditional joints, allowing users to customize their experience with a variety of concentrates.

+ What Are Some Popular Methods for Infusing Pre-Rolls?

Popular methods include external application of concentrates like kief or distillate, internal infusion, and utilizing pre-roll packing machines for efficient production.

+ How Can Infusing Pre-Rolls Enhance Your Smoking Session?

Infused pre-rolls provide an extra kick of potency and flavor, offering a unique and enjoyable smoking experience for enthusiasts seeking something beyond the ordinary joint.

Pre-rolls are a staple in the cannabis community, coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, paper types, and strains. But what if you could elevate your smoking experience even further?