In the early days of cannabis, before widespread legalization, the only real way to enjoy a joint was to roll one yourself. Cannabis enthusiasts became experts at the craft of joint rolling, creating their perfect smoke using their favorite flowers— and sharing them with friends.
Now, cannabis customers have more options than ever when buying cannabis— including pre-rolls, or joints that are bought ready-made that you can simply light up and smoke. Not to say this has stopped customers from experimenting— some are adding tinctures to pre-rolls for an even more powerful experience.
With the potential and popularity of pre-rolls only growing, here’s a rundown on everything you need to know about pre-rolls— including why you might want to give them a second look.
What Are Pre-Rolls?
In the simplest terms, a pre-roll is a joint that’s been made ahead of time by a cannabis brand and is then sold in its ready-to-smoke form to consumers. While in some cases they’re made using leftover ingredients that have been left behind during the process of packaging and selling cannabis, in other cases they’re made using high-quality ingredients packed specifically for a great experience and end product.
As customers are experimenting with pre-rolls, so are brands. They’re adding enhancements like glass tips, live resin, and crumble to make their pre-rolls stand out and enhance their overall quality from the way they feel in your hands to the way they feel in your head.
So, are pre-rolls today worth the hype?
Benefits of Pre-Rolls
Pre-rolls sometimes get a bad rap, probably because many dispensaries in the past have stocked pre-rolls that were low quality and poorly made— usually stuffed with the dried out, leftover shake that’s left behind in jars of cannabis flower.
Fortunately, more and more cannabis brands are focusing on pre-rolls not as an afterthought, but as a central product. They’re putting in the time, effort, and quality ingredients to make their pre-rolls great— and customers are taking notice.
You’ve surely heard horror stories about low-quality pre-rolls, and you probably have experienced them yourself. So here’s how to shop for the right pre-rolls that won’t leave you disappointed.
How to Shop for Pre-Rolls (the Right Way)
First and foremost, you should be able to ask your dispensary or cannabis shop directly about the pre-roll products on their shelves. It’s your right to know about what’s inside before you buy. Feel free to ask whether a pre-roll is made from actual nugs broken down from the full cannabis, or whether it’s just leftover trim and other undesirable parts of the cannabis flower.
Low-quality pre-rolls are obvious from the first pull. They can be dry and flaky, and feature unwanted elements like stems or even twigs. Fortunately, our Farmacy Berkeley team only stocks pre-rolls from brands that insist on the highest level of quality, so you don’t have to worry about low-grade pre-rolls when shopping at our store or online.
If you want to be sure, dumping a pre-roll on the table should look the same as if you were to take a quality bud, put it through a grinder, and pour it out. There shouldn’t be a dramatic difference in consistency. When you smoke it, a quality pre-roll shouldn’t taste leafy or veggie-ish, or like a campfire.
Instead, look for pre-rolls with a fresh taste and scent that’s rich in terpenes and aromatic properties. It should be as similar to the experience of a hand-rolled joint as possible.
Check out Some of Our Favorite Pre-Rolls
To make your pre-roll shopping experience even easier, here are some of the best pre-roll brands and types we currently stock at The Farmacy Santa Barbara.
We love the El Blunto line of glass-tipped pre-roll blunts, which lead the growing ‘cannagar’ category with a luxurious and high-end experience. The glass tip helps avoid droppage and provides a satisfying heft, while the smoke is smooth, aromatic, and tasty. You can shop for El Blunto pre-rolls at The Farmacy today.
Glass House Farms x Lobo
Glass House Farms is the perfect example of a cannabis brand that’s elevated the level of quality available in pre-rolled joints and other cannabis products. We recommend you check out their collaboration with Lobo, the Hell’s Fire pre-roll with glass tip, available at Farmacy Berkeley.
Launched by actress and cannabis activist, Bella Thorne, Forbidden Flowers produces a range of high-end cannabis products— including excellent pre-rolls for any occasion. Try one today!