What is a pre-roll?
Pre-roll is actually a joint. Or, at least, the commercial form of it.
Being the most typical product associated with cannabis smoking, a joint is at the same time extra convenient: it can be smoked alone or shared with friends, it is cheap and disposable. However, there is one complexity: a joint needs to be rolled. Rolling requires a skill and time to practice, so newbies frequently experience difficulties.
A pre-roll is a perfect alternative to a joint. It is the weed that has already been grinded, rolled and sealed by a dispensary or marijuana supplier. The only thing that remains is to smoke it.
Pros and cons of pre-rolls
Pre-rolls or pre-rolled joints are one of the most popular products with cannabis. As well as any other ones, they have their positive and negative sides.
+ Pre-rolls are convenient. That is what pre-rolls are made for — to make the life of cannabis smoker easier. They are portable, quick and easy to use.
+ They are cheap. Moreover, dispensaries frequently make sales on them or give a pre-roll as a bonus to big orders.
+ They allow to try more. If you are just looking for the strain that suits you best or if you simply wish to try more, buying buds or flowers becomes too costly. With pre-rolls, you can take one of each strain you like and benefit from the variety.
— Pre-rolls are often low-quality products. Cheating on pre-rolls is not rare, since a user does not see what is inside the paper. The most common way to cheat is to use a lot of low quality plant material such as stems, leaves, etc. Though, there are also high quality pre-rolls that include only the grinded flowers.
— They can be badly rolled. If they are too tight, smoking is hard. Or, the opposite, if they are too loose, it might be inconvenient to keep them in hand during smoking.
— They lack the ritual. Smoking is a tradition and trying to rush the events up make some users feel uncomfortable. Making their own joint is the part of smoking process.
— They are heavy on your lungs. As well as the other ways of smoking cannabis, using pre-rolls can lead to respiratory problems.
What about potency?
The potency of weed inside the pre-roll differs according to the strain used and the quality of plant material. Usually, the potency ranges from 10 to 30%. The other question is whether you will benefit from this potency or not.
The survey shows that most cannabis consumers make preference towards the high-potency marijuana. At the same time, the most popular method of marijuana consumption is still smoking, despite the fact that it has lower efficiency that vaping or dabbing.
With pre-rolls or joints, less than a half of available cannabinoids get consumed, so most cannabis material is wasted for nothing. In spite of such low inefficiency, joints are still in demand; the primary reason is that smoking cannabis is rather a ritual than a way to get high.
Production of pre-rolls
The first stage of production is selecting the weed material. Depending on the quality of your pre-roll, inside of it you can find either a shake (tiny leftovers of cannabis flowers and buds) and grinded flowers (high-quality marijuana) or the significant amounts of stems and leaves (low-quality).
The second stage is grinding and packing. When all material is grinded, marijuana gets packed into paper cones and shaken by the machine to get the even distribution of the material. After the final check-out, pre-rolls are ready to use.
Storing pre-rolls correctly
Proper storing is a key to success if you want to prolong the shelf life of your pre-rolls and prevent their deterioration. The storing conditions are the following:
- minimal humidity;
- protection from oxygen;
- absence of heat or sunlight.
In the other words, pre-rolls should be hermetically stored in a dry and dark environment. The popular choices are the airtight container and mason jar, though the second one is more fragile.
Shake: what is it and why it is used in pre-rolls?
Shake is tiny pieces of marijuana flowers that break off during handling. Not all shake is alike: it can range from the top-quality one that results in a clean smoke to the low-quality, which causes a deep cough.
Shake can be bought on its own or in pre-rolled joints. The popularity of this product is caused by its price: small pieces of buds are certainly cheaper than the whole buds. Though, there is the dark side, too. Because of the tiny size, it is difficult to distinguish what part of the cannabis plant is grinded.
Another problem with the shake is that it can be dry or old. If the plant matter was exposed to heat or oxygen for some time, it could lose its intoxicating properties, and that is not something smokers expect from their pre-roll.
In conclusion, it might be recommended to buy pre-rolls only from reputable suppliers and to check its quality.
How to check the pre-roll quality?
There are two ways to check the quality of your pre-roll. The first one is sacrificing one piece and cutting it open. This is the most reliable way since you can see what is hidden inside the paper. Your task is only to analyze the weed that is inside. It has to look exactly the same way as the marijuana you have grinded yourself. If you see parts of stems or overdried marijuana, it means that the quality is poor.
The second way is an alternative for those who cannot sacrifice a pre-roll for the analysis. It is just smoking a joint and analyzing what you feel. If you notice a distinctive grassy flavor, this means that your pre-roll is hardly filled with grinded buds, rather with the other parts of cannabis plant.