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While cannabis users enjoy their favorite strains in a variety of different ways, one method of use stands out as the most well-known and iconic, the joint. Joints are simple, easy to use, and don’t require any special equipment or major investments. Rolling them, however, can be messy and time-consuming, especially if you’re a new user. Enter prerolls. These premade joints are all play without any of the work.

smoking prerolls

What Are Prerolls?

Prerolls are premade joints. They typically consist of ground cannabis wrapped in rolling paper with a crutch or filter at the base. You can often buy them individually at a dispensary. Some growers and dispensaries sell them in small packs.

What’s In Them?

As mentioned above, a preroll consists of three basic components, a rolling paper, ground cannabis, and a filter or crutch. The process of making prerolls isn’t all that different than making a joint yourself except that growers, producers, or dispensaries do it on a larger scale.

There are all kinds of prerolls to choose from these days. You can grab a regular, flower-only variety or you can go all out with a joint that has added hash oil or wax. Some makers use top-shelf buds as well.

What Are the Benefits of Using Prerolls?

There are several benefits, including:

  • They’re beginner-friendly: If you’re brand-new to cannabis or you’re coming back to it after several years away, a preroll offers an easy introduction
  • They’re convenient: There’s no work for you to do. You don’t have to worry about grinding, rolling, and dealing with a mess; the joint’s ready to use right out of the package
  • They’re affordable: Typically low-cost. They also provide you with an affordable way to try a variety of strains without worrying that you’ve wasted money on one you didn’t enjoy, or that didn’t work for you
  • You can find some amped-up varieties as well: Some prerolls provide a little something extra, such as added hash oil, kief, or rosin to kick them up a notch.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

While prerolls are convenient and affordable, they don’t have the best reputation. Many users say they’ve had bad experiences with prerolls, having smoked ones that contained stems and other unwanted plant matter. The joints might contain subpar flowers or bottom-of-the-bag shake. With the legalization of cannabis in some states, competition is increasing, which means there are more quality options available. Visiting a licensed dispensary can help to ensure you get a good one.

Some may be poorly rolled, which can affect how well they burn. Others are too tightly packed, which makes them hard to smoke.

Another drawback to prerolls, particularly for more seasoned users, is that prerolls skip the ritual of rolling a joint yourself. While this might not matter to some, others find relaxation and enjoyment in the process.

Whether you’re new to cannabis, you’re coming back to it after a long hiatus, or you’re just looking for something more convenient, a high-quality preroll may provide you with what you need.