The question is often asked “Are pre-rolled joints actually good?” And, “Are they worth the money?” Before legal, regulated markets, consumers of cannabis were the ones rolling joints. However, as recreational shops and medical dispensaries emerged, demand rose for ready-made joints. Currently, pre-rolled joints are almost everywhere. However, there has always been debate among marijuana users on whether some rolled joints are better than others.
In the past, cannabis consumers steered clear of pre-rolled joints. Many had the view that a number of pre-rolled joint brands contained substandard or low-quality cannabis. So, where did that belief come from? Did it hold any water?
When it comes to pre-rolled joints, it’s very hard to generalize. We can safely say, some pre-rolled joints may appear and feel better than others. The quality actually varies a lot. Mostly, it depends on the dispensary or shop from which you purchased your pre-roll. For instance, while some pre-roll producers use a higher-quality flower, others add what is commonly known as trim — the stems and leaves, which are cut away from the sprout or bud before curing.
Besides the quality and the type of strain rolled in the joints, the roll paper used significantly contributes to the end flavor of the pre-roll joint. Let’s have a look at the different kinds of materials used for rolling and how they affect the flavor and feel of pre-rolled joints.
Joints pre-rolled in wood pulp
Wood pulp is a good material choice for rolling joints. Paper is quite heavy and does not tear or wrinkle easily. Joints that are pre-rolled in wood pulp, burn at a medium-fast rate and remain lit even in windy conditions. A downside to the joints pre-rolled with wood pulp, is that you can sometimes taste the paper, it normally leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.
Joints pre-rolled in hemp
Joints pre-rolled with hemp papers burn slowly and always stay lit. Unlike the wood pulp, joints pre-rolled in hemp have a sweet or mild, musky taste. Most varieties of hemp papers are unbleached; meaning, they are environmentally friendly.
Joints pre-rolled with rice
Rice papers are made of processed rice, sugar, and flax. Sometimes, there may be other additives. The payoff for using joints pre-rolled with rice papers is that they burn slowly and produce the least amount of taste. Smokers can only taste the weed flavor and not the rolling paper. If you do not smoke a joint pre-rolled with rice paper continuously, you will find yourself relighting it from time to time.
Joints pre-rolled with novelty papers
There are many producers making specialized papers for rolling joints. You can get roll papers flavored with everything from chocolate to brandy to fruit. Some pre-rolled joints are made with artificially infused flavored papers, gold leaf papers, and medicinal hash oil-laced papers. Actually, there are even joints pre-rolled with transparent rolling papers made of cellulose.
Based on this information, it is clear that all pre-rolled joints are not the same. However, the beauty of all this is that there is a wide selection of pre-rolls to pick from on the market. They come in different strains and sizes. For those who prefer blunts versus joints, that’s another story altogether.