How to Smoke a Pre-Roll: A Guide

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After doing a lot of thinking on how to smoke your hemp flower, you have finally decided to go for a pre-roll. Convenient and portable, pre-rolls are perfect if you are on the go and want to avoid the hassle of rolling a joint.

However, if this is your first time smoking cannabis this way, you may have some doubts about the best way to get the most out of your joint. Many consumers claim that smoking in a joint allows them to take full advantage of the Entourage Effect and have a more natural taste of the herb.

If you are new to cannabis, you may want to smoke CBD flower in a joint from time to time to catch the aromas and flavors. Looking for some new pre-rolls now that you have learned how to smoke them? We've got you covered.

Key Takeaways

  • Roast the tip of the pre-roll before inhaling to ensure an even burn and prevent canoeing (uneven burning). When smoking, take a steady drag and exhale slowly. For better absorption of THC or CBD, inhale about two-thirds of your hit and then take a deep gulp of air to push the smoke into the lungs.
  • New smokers are likely to cough, which is normal. Drinking water between drags can help soothe the throat.
  • Unlike cigarettes, smoking a joint requires a different inhalation technique for effective absorption of cannabinoids.
  • If you need to stop smoking before the joint is finished, you can let it extinguish on its own, use a joint extinguisher, or apply gentle pressure to the lit end to suffocate the embers.

How to Smoke a Hemp Pre-Roll

Smoking a pre-roll isn’t as complicated as it may seem, but there are some tips you certainly want to follow in order to avoid wasting your precious joint.

To begin with, you have to roast the tip of your pre-roll. If you don’t let the tip roast for a few seconds before inhaling, there will be an uneven burn that could make your joint canoe, i.e., burning on one side while leaving the other side untouched. This is something you definitely want to avoid, as it is wasteful. Or simply cut off or gently tear off the tip, and light away!

When you’re ready to start puffing, place the filter end in your mouth. Take a steady drag, then exhale slowly. If you are new to smoking, you’ll most likely cough. There is no need to worry, as it is completely normal.

Drink some water between drags to soothe your throat. Sometimes you may need to relight the pre-roll a bit while you take a slow pull. Many users think that smoking a joint is like smoking a cigarette, which is a huge mistake.

Even experienced smokers know that the secret to enjoying a pre-roll is controlling the way you inhale. If the smoke isn't fully inhaled into the lungs, it only travels into the throat and nasal passages, thus wasting precious cannabinoids.

If you want to absorb the maximum amount of THC or CBD, you have to slowly inhale about two-thirds of your hit and then go with a deep, inhaled gulp of air. This pushes the smoke down the lungs, improving the absorption of cannabinoids. You don’t have to take drags constantly, as the CBD and other cannabinoids in hemp take some minutes to have an effect on your body and mind.

Also, learn how long a pre-rolled joints lasts.

How to Light a Pre-Rolled Joint

The first step in learning how to fire a pre-roll properly is to understand what a pre-roll is.

Pre-rolled joints are just what the name suggests, a joint that has been pre-rolled to make things easier for the user or to avoid the process of rolling it yourself and thus save time.

However, there are different types of pre-rolls, and the choice between the different kinds of pre-rolls depends on each user's preferences or desired outcomes.

In addition to the popular hemp pre-rolls, there are also different hemp-derived psychoactive cannabinoids pre-rolls, such as the increasingly popular Delta-8 pre-rolls.

We know that for some keen users, the term “Delta-8” might still be something new and that there might still be questions about whether Delta-8 pre-rolls get you high or how much THC is in Delta-8 pre-rolls.

To sum it up, we could say that a Delta-8 pre-roll could get you high since Delta-8 is one of the isomers of the THC family, which delivers psychoactive effects but at a lower intensity than regular Delta-9.

With this said, it is essential to note that, although it may seem very simple, correctly lighting a pre-roll is necessary to ensure an optimal smoking experience. To correctly light a pre-rolled joint, the first thing is to hold the pre-roll in one hand and the lighter or match in the other.

The next step is vital, as it is the step that differentiates the lighting of a cannabis pre-roll from that of a tobacco cigarette.

It is important to remember that cannabis is denser than cigarette tobacco and that igniting a pre-roll by inhaling directly by applying the flame to the joint's tip can cause an uneven burn or even completely damage the pre-roll. The correct way to light a pre-roll is by applying the fire indirectly to the tip while rotating the joint between your fingers.

Ideally, do this until the pre-roll is consistently lit around the end and until you see a “cherry” at the end of the pre-roll. After seeing the cherry well lit, proceed to take small and gentle puffs, puffing until drawing the cherry into the joint.

Which Side of a Pre-Rolled Joint Do You Light?

Like conventional cigarettes, pre-rolled joints usually come with a filter, also called a crutch or mouthpiece, at one end. This is the side of the pre-roll that you should inhale as it allows for more airflow and is designed to ensure a comfortable smoke and avoid burning your fingers when the flame reaches the end of the joint. The opposite side of the filter or mouthpiece is the side of the pre-roll you should light.

Most pre-rolls on the market usually come in a conical or semi-conical shape, creating a wider end that allows the flame to travel more easily through the joint, igniting the cannabis evenly and providing a smooth smoking experience.

There are some brands and users of cannabis who like to make their joints without a filter or in a completely cylindrical shape. But most like to do one of the more pointy ends, which creates a paper overlap that allows for a slower and more even burn.

How to put out a Pre-Roll

If you choose to interrupt your smoking session before the joint is finished, there are a couple of tricks you can use to extinguish and preserve it.

  • Let the joint go out on its own. Whether you put it in an ashtray or hold it in your fingers, let it extinguish.
  • Some joint extinguishers are designed to be used in your ashtray. They are basically a cube with a joint-sized hole in it. This way, the joint will be suffocated once you put the lit end inside the cube.
  • Slowly apply pressure to the lit end vertically and downwards to suffocate the embers. Avoid pushing too hard, since you may bend or squeeze the rest of the joint.

No matter which method you choose, always make sure your pre-roll is out before you put it back in your container. It is important to store it well in order to keep it fresh and ready for your next session.

Botany Farms has a great line of pre-rolls made from our best craft cannabis strains, including our best-selling special sauce pre-roll. If you want to have a nice joint to kick off your day, check out the different options we have for you. Maybe one of them will become your to-go joint. Want more info? Check out this video.

Where to Buy Hemp Pre-Rolls

Hemp pre-rolls, also called CBD pre-rolls, have become increasingly popular among cannabis users seeking the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD and wanting to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC.

Since the changes to hemp regulations that came with the 2018 Farm Bill, it's become easier to find hemp pre-rolls. You can most likely get these pre-rolls at your nearest dispensary. Nevertheless, the most reliable way to get high-quality hemp pre-rolls is online through reputable brands that offer third-party testing results that verify the quality and potency of the products.

If you want to try some top-notch hemp pre-rolls for yourself, you've just found a gold mine. At Botany Farms, we have a wide selection of premium quality pre-rolls for CBD and other hemp-derived cannabinoids.

In our catalog of hemp pre-rolls, we have some delights, such as our exquisite Strawberry Banana Kush Sativa CBD pre-rolls that carry a tasty terpene profile accompanied by 12.7% CBD that will deliver all the potential therapeutic power of this cannabinoid together with some energizing effects ideal to propel you through your day and your tasks.

If you want more balanced and somewhat relaxing effects, our Orange Glaze hybrid CBD pre-rolls may be a better option. Our CBD Orange Glaze pre-rolls come with a delicious citrus profile that, when lit, emanates clouds of therapeutic smoke started with 11.5% CBD that will give you a potential sensation of relaxation and balanced effects that will sweep away the stress of the day with the first puffs.

If you want to see what other hemp products we have for you on our shelves, take a look at our online shop.

Choose your favorite product, and click on order. Our dedicated team is ready to get your order to you so fast that you'll find it hard to believe!

Final Thoughts

While smoking is not entirely the best way to consume cannabinoids, it is the most common and, perhaps, least expensive. Pre-rolls allow you to carry your cannabis around with you, so they are ideal for users who are constantly on the move.

That said, it is important to note that smoking cannabis pre-rolls is different from smoking cigarettes. To get the most out of your pre-roll, take slow, deep inhales, followed by equally slow exhales. This way, you absorb the cannabinoids better.

Of course, keep your state's cannabis laws in mind whenever you smoke pre-rolls. Cannabis laws vary across the board, so staying informed is one way to enjoy your pre-rolls without having to look over your shoulders!

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