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What is a Pre-Roll?

What is a Pre-Roll?

Posted by DaySavers Team on Feb 1st 2024

With the consistent growth of the recreational market within the United States, there are more and more options for consuming cannabis. The choices seem endless, from traditional flower options to the convenience of ready-made pre-rolled joints and even the more modern choices of vapes and concentrates.

And while rolling your own joint can be a therapeutic experience, not everyone has the luxury of time on their hands or the skill to hand-roll a joint. The hustle and bustle of life often call for quicker solutions, which is why the pre-roll continues to be the fastest-growing segment of the industry.

What's the allure? It’s easy: Pre-rolls offer a shortcut to the blissful experience without the fuss of grinding, rolling and sealing. They are accesible, easy to use and save precious time. Pre-rolls represent the evolving landscape of cannabis consumption, providing a convenient option for both the seasoned aficionado and the curious newcomer.

Let’s unravel the layers of this intriguing product, what goes in it and what makes it a go-to choice for many cannabis enthusiasts. So sit down, spark up and let's get to it!

So, What Exactly is a Pre-Roll?

Put simply, a pre-roll is a joint prepared ahead of time and ready to smoke, whether purchased at a dispensary or packed at home in preparation for a future session.

These pre-rolled delights are typically crafted with care, complete with a filter, someitmes called a crutch, for an optimal smoking experience. The only difference from traditional joints and blunts is you don't have to roll them to enjoy.

These ready-to-go joints don different monikers based on various factors like texture, filling, width and size. You might encounter them as cannabis cigarettes, caviar cones or even “dogwalkers,” with each label hinting at a unique journey.

But the diversity continues beyond there. There are infused pre-rolls, with a cannabis concentrate added for smokers seeking additional flavor and potency. There are pre-roll blunts for those who appreciate a bolder smoke, featuring various types of wraps and flavors to choose from. The world of pre-rolls is expansive, catering to the diverse preferences of cannabis enthusiasts.

Tailoring Your Pre-Roll Experience

Whether you prefer the classic pre-roll joint, the robust flavor of a pre-rolled blunt, or the increased potency of an infused preroll made with flower and concentrate, pre-rolls offer a customizable canvas for every cannabis connoisseur. No matter your strain or preferred method, there's a pre-roll waiting to complement and elevate your cannabis experience. So, let's dive deeper into the intricacies of these pre-rolled wonders and discover the endless possibilities they bring to the table.

The Different Kinds of Pre-Rolls

Individually Wrapped Pre-Rolls

For those prioritizing convenience, individually wrapped pre-rolls offer a straightforward solution. These pre-rolled joints, encased in modular packaging, eliminate the need for rolling. It is ideal for individuals with time constraints or those desiring a quick and straightforward cannabis experience without complications. The discreet packaging enhances versatility, making individually wrapped pre-rolls suitable for both on-the-go and at-home consumption, providing an accessible way to indulge in high-quality buds.

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The rise of multi-packs also offers customers an opportunity to pick up several pre-rolls at once, sometimes with different strains and potencies, giving customers even more options and ways to enjoy cannabis on the go.

Homemade with Pre-Rolled Cones

Tube Filling Machine

Prerolled cones are the ideal choice for those seeking self-reliant convenience. These pre-rolled wonders allow you to swiftly fill your own cone, enabling you to transition from preparation to consumption in record time. The efficiency and control over the packing of the prerolled cones make them a popular option for those who value a streamlined cannabis experience.

Pre-Rolled Blunts:

Pre-Roll Blunts

Prerolled blunts are the answer for the enthusiast who appreciates the classic charm of a blunt without the associated labor. Usually made with hemp wraps or other non-tobacco-based papers, these pre-rolled delights offer the signature taste and slower-smoking experience of a blunt without the need for intricate rolling. Ideal for those moments when you crave the timeless pleasure of a blunt without the additional effort, prerolled blunts seamlessly bridge the gap between convenience and tradition.

What Flower is Used in Pre-Rolls?

Pre-rolls are often subject to skepticism among avid smokers, as the product can vary in quality based on its composition.

Poor-quality pre-rolls, typically called "mid" pre-rolls, are often avoided due to harsh burning, unevenness, and undesirable taste. Often found in "budget" racks, these mids are commonly recognized via the product's price, which sometimes can warrant some extra research to find a quality smoke.

Two primary sources contribute to the composition of these "mids."

1. Trim:

Many pre-rolls are crafted using trim, the leaves removed from buds post-harvest. While trim contains some trichomes and terpenes, it pales compared to full buds. When smoked, the higher ratio of plant matter to trichomes in trim produces a harsh and grassy taste. Budget Pre-roll producers may opt for trim to help cut costs or sell it for concentrate extraction, maximizing returns on their product.

2. Shake:

Shake, composed of small bits of flower that break off during handling or packaging, is another pre-roll source. However, pre-rolls made from shake often have a less appealing taste and provide a milder experience than those made from full flower buds.

Premium Pre-Rolls:

The finest pre-rolls are crafted from full flower nugs, preserving the highest concentration of terpenes and trichomes. These compounds carry the cannabinoids responsible for delivering the classic, desired high and taste. Choosing pre-rolls made from quality flower ensures a smoother, more flavorful, and potent cannabis experience.

How to Choose the Right Pre-Roll for You

As cannabis use for recreation rises, pre-rolls continue to gain popularity due to their accessibility and low threshold for consumption. Because of this, there is an abundance of options for what pre-roll brand you should try.

With all of these options, how can you pick what is best for you? There are some simple steps you can consider the next time you visit the dispensary:

1. Prioritize Quality:

Opt for high-quality cannabis with an even burn pattern for an optimal smoking experience.

2. Explore Variety:

Consider strain type and flavor profile based on your preferences and desired effect, whether it's indica, sativa, or hybrid.

3. Budget Wisely:

Find pre-rolls that fit your budget without compromising quality; options are available for every price range.

4. Research Strains:

Use online resources to research specific strains and their effects and seek suggestions from budtenders, who are a great resource into which pre-rolls will deliver the experience you’re looking for.

5. Embrace Adventure:

Cannabis is a dynamic space; be open to trying new strains, sizes, paper types and flavors to discover hidden favorites.

No matter what strain or brand you land on, storing your weed correctly is imperative to ensure each pre-roll remains in top-notch condition. Always keep your pre-rolls in a cool place, such as an air-tight jar in the closet, and consider adding a humidity pack to prevent further drying.

Mastering Smoking Techniques for Pre-Rolls

Achieving an optimal pre-roll experience involves a finesse of smoking techniques. Begin by gently massaging your pre-roll to ensure ample space for proper airflow, enhancing the draw and overall satisfaction.

If you encounter the challenge of uneven burning or "canoeing," a practical remedy is to wave your pre-roll in a circular motion at a consistent speed. This technique helps even out the burn, fostering a more balanced and enjoyable smoking experience.

By incorporating these simple yet effective techniques, you can elevate the enjoyment of your pre-roll, ensuring a smoother burn and a heightened appreciation for the nuanced flavors of your chosen strain.

The Benefits of Pre-Rolls

Pre-rolls provide a myriad of perks that cater to various preferences:


Rolling a joint can be difficult, especially on the go. A pre-roll, on the other hand, is simple: just open the package and light.

Minimal Materials, Maximum Enjoyment:

Pre-rolls' simplicity requires minimal materials, making them an accessible option for beginners and seasoned enthusiasts; all you need is a lighter and you’re ready to go.

Portability Perfected:

With a compact design and protective packaging, pre-rolls are effortlessly portable, fitting snugly into pockets or discrete containers for on-the-go enjoyment.

Customizable Choices:

Beyond the conventional benefits, the world of pre-rolls continues to evolve, offering a spectrum of choices. From strain options to specialized blends to prerolls infused with concentrates, pre-rolls provide a customizable cannabis experience.

As the list of advantages grows, pre-rolls stand as a versatile and user-friendly option in the ever-expanding landscape of cannabis consumption.

Navigating the Drawbacks of Pre-Rolls

While pre-rolls offer convenience and ease of use, several considerations should be taken into account:

1. Cost Considerations:

The convenience of pre-rolls comes at a price. The cost of labor and materials often makes them more expensive than purchasing flower in equivalent weights. Additionally, some pre-rolls are sold in packs, which while convenient can limit the buying options for those seeking individual units or a variety of pre-roll options.

2. Quality Control Challenges:

Despite improvements, the stigma of pre-rolls being made from lesser quality cannabis, often termed as 'trim' or 'shake,' persists. While high-quality pre-rolls are now prevalent, consumers should exercise caution and not assume every pre-roll on dispensary shelves meets these standards.

3. Limited Strain Variety:

Pre-rolls may offer a more limited selection of strains then flower options, restricting the choices available to consumers. This limitation can impact the overall experience for those who value specific strains or desire a broader spectrum of options.

Navigating these considerations allows consumers to make informed decisions, balancing the convenience of pre-rolls with potential drawbacks to find the best fit for their cannabis preferences.

Luckily, packing your own pre-rolls is an easy solution to these problems. Simply select a pre-rolled cone, tube or blunt wrap in a size that meets your needs and simply pack it up yourself with your favotie flower, no rolling required. For an even easier option, pick up a Perfect Pack Machines and let it fill your cones or tubes in seconds.

Pre-Roll FAQ

+ What is a pre-roll?

A pre-roll, short for pre-rolled joint, is a ready-made cannabis cigarette that eliminates the need for users to roll their own on the spot. It typically consists of ground cannabis wrapped in a rolling paper, often cone-shaped, with a filter for easy and convenient consumption.

+ How much do pre-rolls cost?

The cost of pre-rolls varies based on factors like the quality of cannabis, brand, and packaging. Standard low-quality options range from $5 to $10 apiece. Prices range from affordable options to premium selections, accommodating different budgets, with premium options like infused pre-rolls often coming at a premium price.

+ Are pre-rolls more expensive than loose buds?

Sometimes. The cost of pre-rolls can be higher due to the labor and materials involved in their production. However, this is primarily affected by brand. Additionally, some pre-rolls are sold in packs, which, like any consumer packaged good, often provide a price break per pre-roll compared to individual purchases.

+ Do all pre-rolls contain lower-quality cannabis (trim or shake)?

No. While pre-rolls may have earned a reputation for using lower-quality cannabis, advancements in the industry and a drop in flower prices in older markets have led to the availability of high-quality pre-rolls. However, consumers need to verify the quality of the cannabis used in each pre-roll, as not all products are made with top-tier flower. Or pack their own, of course.

+ How should I store pre-rolls?

To maintain freshness, store pre-rolls in a cool, dry place. Airtight containers or storage tubes are recommended to preserve their quality, as are humidity packs.

+ Can I make my own pre-rolls?

Yes! There are plenty of pre-rolled cones, pre-rolled tubes and pre-rolled blunt cones available for purchase, providing an easy way for non-rollers to maintain control over their pre-roll supply. In fact, modern technology, like the Perfect Pack Machine, makes the process quick and easy, filling pre-roll cones with your choice of flower in just seconds!

With the consistent growth of the recreational market within the United States, there are more and more options for consuming cannabis. The choices seem endless, from traditional flower options to the convenience of ready-made pre-rolled joints and even the more modern choices of vapes and concentrates.