What is a Hemp Pre-Roll? A Guide

A hemp pre-roll is a ready-made joint that is packed, rolled, and sold by a dispensary or online retailer. These products are convenient and often stuffed with high-quality CBD flower, although it all depends on the retailer, strain, and the methods used.

CBD joints are ready to smoke and are ideal for users who prefer joints but don't have the time, skill, or inclination to roll themselves.

What Makes a Good Hemp Pre-Roll?

What defines a premium hemp pre-roll? How do you differentiate one joint from another? After all, the price can differ considerably depending on where you shop.

There are three things to consider when shopping for pre-rolled CBD joints:

The Hemp

The first thing to consider is the hemp strain. Is it a sour and gassy Sour Space Candy, a premium Bubba Kush, or a sweet and tropical Hawaiian Haze? What sort of cannabidiol (CBD) or cannabigerol (CBG) profile and terpene profile does it have?

The best retailers will tell you all of this and more. Some prefer to simply list the contents as "premium hemp." This is acceptable if they can guarantee a certain level of CBD and ensure that all strains are top-shelf, but this isn't always the case. Be wary of sellers that don't list the cannabinoid content, terpenes, and/or strain and rely on artificial flavors and other additives.

The next thing to consider is the quality of the hemp. The best producers use the same top-shelf hand-trimmed flowers that they sell loose in jars and tins. Others rely on whatever shake they have available, and then there are those that make hemp joints from all parts of the plant.

Flower is always best, as that's where you will find the highest concentration of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. 

The Paper

Most of the hemp grown in the United States is organic, which means it is grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides and is free of chemical contaminants. However, the same isn't always true of rolling papers. Many of these have been bleached, while others use artificial dyes.

If the pre-rolls are flavored, that flavoring will likely come from the paper. These chemicals are completely safe when consumed in small quantities, but that doesn't mean you should consume them. Remember, if you're devoted to smoking only the healthiest organic hemp, why make allowances for the paper?

Look for unbleached papers that provide a slow and consistent burn. 

The Rolling Technique

The rolling technique is a small but crucial part of the process. You need a roll that is tight and even, one that allows for a slow and consistent smoke. This is not always easy to judge by product description alone, but you can get a better idea by checking the product and brand reviews.

What Do Pre-Rolls Contain?

Pre-rolls can vary significantly both in terms of quality and quantity. It's important, therefore, that you look for reputable retailers and make sure you're getting a top-shelf product. They should clearly state what strain they're using, how much CBD it contains, and whether it's 100% hemp flower or loaded with seeds and stems.

If they don't, it's probably because the product is low-quality.

In terms of quality, the best CBD pre-rolls use only the finest top-shelf flower. It's often the same flower that they sell in jars, which means the only difference is that someone has done the work for you. 

As far as quantity is concerned, the average is around 1g, but this can also vary. The Hemp Doctor, for instance, packs 1.25g of product into its pre-rolls, while the Brothers Apothecary use just 0.75g. They both charge the same, but of course, they don't use the same strains or have the same level of quality.

Do CBD Hemp Pre-Rolls Make You High?

CBD produces mild sensations of relaxation and calm, as well as more uplifting reactions. That said, it doesn't trigger the same "high" you get from smoking cannabis, as those effects are produced by THC, and legal hemp contains little to none of this substance. 

So, while smoking hemp may trigger a reaction, the psychoactive effects are mild and it rarely leads to side effects like paranoia. What's more is that everyone reacts differently. The effects and benefits of CBD differ from person to person, so just because it works for someone else, doesn't mean it will produce the same effects for you.

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