While numerous new medical cannabis products have hit dispensaries in recent years, smoking is still one of the most popular methods of use. While joints have been around for years, until recently, you typically had to roll your own. Not anymore.
Pre-rolled joints are a relatively new product, providing cannabis smokers with a more convenient alternative. While faster and easier, pre-made joints have gotten an unfortunate reputation for being poor quality. The truth is that they can be good or bad depending upon how they’re made and what’s in them. Why buy pre-rolled cannabis? Let’s take a closer look to see if it’s really worth it.
What’s in a Pre-Roll?
Before states started legalizing the use of medical and recreational cannabis, consumers were rolling their own joints. Now, cannabis companies and dispensaries are making ready-to-smoke options, taking care of the work for you – including VidaCann’s very own.
Pre-made smokables often contain what’s known as “shake,” or what’s left at the bottom of a cannabis jar. It falls from the buds as they get moved around. There is a bit of controversy surrounding shake, as it’s believed to be low quality.
Many pre-rolls also contain fresh, ground buds. Quality buds provide an exceptional experience, even when mixed with cannabis shake.
While some pre-rolls may contain old dried-out stems, leaves, and trim, many cannabis companies and dispensaries that offer pre-rolls use high-quality shake from high-quality buds. Making pre-rolls allows the companies to ensure that all of the cannabis gets used, reducing waste.
Some pre-rolls contain shake from a mixture of different strains. These are known as “rainbow” or “mystery” rolls. Others may be infused with concentrates, which increases their potency and may enhance your experience.
How Are Pre-Rolls Made?
Pre-roll makers collect shake to fill rolling papers. Many also use buds from the same strain, grinding them down and mixing them with the shake before loading them into paper cones. They then use a machine to remove pockets of air.
Next, they gently tap the ground cannabis, taking care to ensure it’s not too loose or too tight. Either extreme could result in poor burning, which could impact your experience and the effectiveness of the strain. Finally, the tip of the joint gets twisted. With that, it’s ready to be packed into a box with other pre-rolls or sold as a single.
Common Misconceptions About Pre-Rolls
One of the biggest misconceptions about pre-rolls is that they’re all poor quality. While some may include low-grade cannabis, this isn’t always the case. Many companies and dispensaries that make pre-rolls use quality ingredients. They include fresh cannabis buds, which ensures that you receive optimal benefits from your joints.
Some believe that pre-roll makers roll each joint by hand. While human employees perform some of the work, it’s actually machines that do the rolling. While some people are experts at rolling joints, having to roll that many in a row could lead to mistakes. Using machines ensures product consistency, allowing users to have a great experience each time.
Another misconception is that buying pre-rolls means you’re lazy. Some users enjoy the ritual of rolling joints themselves. Not everyone enjoys the process or has the time, however. They simply want to be able to smoke their joint and enjoy the benefits. Pre-rolls are a convenient choice, allowing you to smoke when you want, without having to do any of the prep work.
Indicators of a Quality Pre-Roll
It’s been established that not all pre-rolls are poor quality or contain low-grade ingredients. Unfortunately, though, the rolling paper hides the contents. How can you tell if a pre-rolled joint is any good?
There are a few indicators of pre-roll quality. One of the best ways to ensure that you’re getting a good product is to talk with the budtender at your local Florida cannabis dispensary. Even if the budtender hasn’t tried the specific pre-roll in question, they’ll have heard information from a co-worker or other customers. You can click here to find the closest VidaCann dispensary to do just that.
A few other methods can also help you determine the quality of a pre-roll:
Cut it open. Before you commit to buying a bunch of pre-rolls, consider buying one and cutting it open to see what’s inside. Ideally, you should find something that looks similar to ground buds. If everything checks out, you can always reroll the contents in a new paper and test it out to be sure.
Give it a whiff. If the top of the pre-roll isn’t sealed, twist it open and sniff it. Your nose can tell you a lot. If you smell terpenes and a heady aroma, you’ll know it’s good.
Check out the maker. As the demand for pre-rolls rises, more and more cannabis growers are beginning to make their own. Take a look at the label. If it comes from a grower, there’s a greater chance that it’s a quality product. Most growers won’t risk their reputation by selling subpar pre-rolls.
Benefits of a Pre-Rolled Joint
So, if you can roll your own joints, why buy pre-rolled cannabis? One of the biggest benefits is that it’s incredibly convenient. A pre-roll is ready to go right out of the package — there’s no work and no mess for you. Their convenience offers a significant benefit to medical cannabis users whose condition might make it difficult for them to roll joints themselves.
Pre-rolled joints are also an affordable option, costing much less than vaporizers, bongs, and pipes. While there are low-cost options, quality equipment can cost hundreds of dollars. If you buy pre-rolls, you don’t even need to worry about the cost of a grinder.
Thanks to their growing popularity, pre-rolled joints are widely available. You can easily find them at both brick-and-mortar and online dispensaries.
Looking for Quality Pre-Rolls for Your Medical Cannabis Needs?
If you’re interested in using pre-rolls for your medical cannabis needs, VidCann offers a wide range of high-quality products. Check out the selection at our Florida online dispensary, or visit one of our physical locations throughout the state.