Joints, blunts, vapes, bowls, bongs, and bubblers. There are so many ways to consume cannabis that it can get overwhelming. If you’re looking for something simple, it doesn’t get much less complicated than cannabis pre-rolls.

Save yourself the hassle of buying flower, grinding, and rolling. Give this guide a read and see if pre-rolls are the right choice for you.

What is a Pre-Roll?

Pre-rolls are nothing more than a previously rolled joint. Many cannabis producers offer these as a portable and easy way for users to pick up some cannabis and consume it. With pre-rolls, users don’t have to roll anything or carry around a pipe.

Sometimes pre-rolls are sold individually and other times you can purchase them as a pack. You smoke them exactly as you would a joint. You’ll light the end and inhale on the filter side until you’ve smoked down the entire thing.

Why Use Cannabis Pre-Rolls?

Many people consider pre-rolled joints to be their go-to option when they order from the dispensary. The question is, why? Why not just buy the flower and smoke it in a bowl or roll it yourself? Here are a few reasons:

Simple – All the work is done for you when you buy it. All you need to do is pick it up at the store and light it up.

Discreet – If you’re planning on taking a walk through a secluded park or you’re simply looking for a more discreet way to smoke around your home, pre-rolls are a great option.

Shareable – Pre-rolls are a great choice if you’re planning to share some of your cannabis with other users. Best of all, you can just throw away the roach when you’re done.

Variety – There’s a huge variety of pre-rolls in terms of cannabis type, flavor, and experience. You’re sure to find one that works for you.

Types of Pre Rolled Joints

Cannabis pre-rolls come in a few different varieties. Here are some of the options we have available most frequently at our locations:

Cone Joints

The standard offering is a traditional cone joint. These come in somewhere around 0.5 – 0.75 grams and are rolled in unbleached paper or hemp. The hemp pre-rolls are filled with cannabis and twisted at the end to ensure they burn evenly; the cone shape helps with this as well. You’ll be able to find these in a variety of strains due to their availability and simplicity.


You can find blunts in a variety of sizes rolled up using a hemp wrapper. Some come with tobacco leaves as the roll and the wraps generally have different flavors as well. Many pre-rolls have CBD-infused hemp wraps which can provide an enhanced body experience compared to a traditional cone joint.

Oil-Dipped Joints

Oil-dipped joints are a favorite among those with a higher tolerance to cannabis. The flower gets dipped in cannabis oil before it’s rolled in paper. A thin layer of oil is also applied to the paper before it’s used. This adds more potency to the flower and additional flavor. The process used to oil and roll these will vary based on your location.

Are Pre-Rolls Economical?

Most regular users are always trying to figure out ways to make their cannabis last longer and preserve its flavor and intensity. The big question a lot of people have is: are pre-rolls an efficient way to smoke on a regular basis? The answer is maybe. A pipe or vaporizer will still allow you to get more out of your cannabis than a pre-roll.

Studies performed show that you actually only consume 37 percent of available cannabinoids when smoking joints and pre-rolls. This will, of course, vary based on the individual, the strain, and the situation. All in all, pre-rolls are meant to be a convenient way to grab-and-go, but they’re not the most economical way to consume on a regular basis.

Do Pre-Rolls Have a Shelf Life?

All cannabis has a shelf life and pre rolled joints are not exempt from this. Cannabis starts to break down over time. When this happens, it loses its potency, flavor, and can even develop mold. But this takes months, and smart packaging can help prevent this from happening.

Anything you purchase should be kept in an airtight container and stored somewhere cool. Mason jars are the most popular method because you can easily store and stack them. Keeping your marijuana away from light and heat will naturally protect it and help to maintain its potency longer.

Final Thoughts

Now that you understand cannabis pre-rolls, perhaps you’ll consider purchasing some next time you stop in. Check out our pre-roll prices and shop pre-rolls at one of our California dispensaries today.