You should never judge a preroll by its package.
Sure, prerolls are the ultimate convenience, but, as the saying goes, what's cheap ain't always good, and what's good ain't cheap. I'm a weed snob, but I also really love convenience. What is a stoner to do?
I always attempt to opt for preroll packs that are well-made, high quality, and reasonably priced, for starters. Weed brands have upped their preroll game and the proof is in the numbers. Weed smokers in California, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington spent $37 million on prerolls in May 2019 alone, according to a BDS Analytics report.
When I look at the lab results for preroll packs I look to see that the weed passed tests for residual solvents, microbiological contaminants, mycotoxins, metals, and pesticides that are unhealthy to ingest. Once I know it's free of all residuals and contaminants, depending on what experience I'm looking for, I look for the THC percentage on a scale ranging anywhere from 10% (a CBD-dominant strain) to upwards of 30% (a potent, high-THC strain). As an added bonus, I look to see where the terpene profile clocks in to try to get an idea of the flavor, since more often than not preroll packages are sealed and I can't smell the flower before I purchase.
But if you're wondering where to get started, here are 11 prerolled joint packs I think are worth trying.
Founded in Seattle, Saints Joints offer shiny, colorful preroll packs that are beloved in the Pacific Northwest. The branding consists of colorful packages designed by rotating collections of artists including Jimbo Phillips, Skinner, and Jeremy Fish. Strains in recent packs include Honey Bananas, Sunny D, Mimosa, 24K Gold. Lab-tested by Confident Cannabis and offered in 20 strain blends and varieties, Saints are sold at 40 stores across Washington.
These joints are much more than a pretty package. Judging from the lab results Weedmaps News received, Saints offers a selection of potent prerolls that are ideal for a hardcore stoner who tend to have a higher THC tolerance. Its Sunny D preroll testing at 19.6% THC. Saints' next-level sticky Honey Bananas strain tested even more potent, still, at 21.7% THC. The total cannabinoid profile includes cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and some lesser-known cannabinoids.
Lowell Herb Co. has reimagined the old-timey cigar box aesthetic with its rustic, classic joint packs. These preroll packs come in various strains, including their yearlong blends called Pride, Hybrid, Indica, Party, Sativa, and more. Lowell's blends each use cannabis depending on the company's most recent harvest.
Lowell's prerolled joints are tested by CannaSafe and include strains such as Royal Razzberry, a pungent Indica testing at 20% THC and about 2% CBD. The Giggly Hybrid, which tests at 19% total THC, seems as though it would be ideal for the stylish cannabis smoker who just wants to laugh into the night with friends.
Sherbinskis embodies how a preroll can be both convenient and awe-inspiring. The legendary cultivator most often associated with popularizing Gelato, Pink Panties, and Sherbet is bringing Sherbinskis Bacio Gelato prerolls to joint smokers of a higher class. Each tin has 10 prerolls and is as elusive to find as it is earthy and delicious to smoke. The Pink Panties joints are available currently, while Bacio Gelato goes in and out of availability depending on its production cycle.
Through lab analysis, Pink Panties selections have revealed THC percentages as high as 27%, and total terpene percentages as high as 3.24%. The organic compounds known as terpenes not only define the flavor of the smoke, but aid in the entourage effect, which studies suggest makes the weed experience superior to isolated compounds extracted out of the plant. Most terpene percentages for strains hover around 1% or lower, so 3% or above is fairly high.
“If you want to help people, you want to do it with style,” Sherbinskis founder Mario Guzman told Weedmaps News. Guzman personally selects every strain used in his line of cannabis products. If you are lucky enough to smoke one of his J's, you will be singing the gospel of preroll packs near and far.
Higgs has stepped up the preroll joint pack game with its look and style. Its kitschy, '80s-esque packs come in two options: White (sativa-like) and Black (indica-like). The oddly satisfying feel of these cardboard packs come with their own Higgs matchbooks. Down to the details on the crutch, these are simply divine. It's cannabis is cultivated by Honeydew Farms and the smoke is mellow, burning smooth, with kief packed just densely enough for them to burn evenly.
Its preroll flower is tested by Encore Labs and show a cannabinoid profile for its indica Black pack with 23% THCA and its terpene profile includes 0.43% caryophyllene, a terp that would taste like cloves, black pepper, or hops; and 0.13% consists of bisabolol, which echoes the flavor and aromas of cinnamon, chamomile, and lavender. The sleek little packs are perfect for a night on the town. Throw one in your back pocket and let shenanigans ensue.
Availability: California, Colorado
A preroll flight? Yes, please. California-based Cannadescent has a great lineup of prerolled joint packs that are organized not by strain, but instead by the intended effect that each J would allow the smoker to experience. The flower inside is grown using purified water and organic pesticides, while each preroll pack containing a total of an eighth of flower rolled up across 5 joints.
From the looks of the lab results for Canndescent's Preroll Flight, one can swing from a heavy indica called Calm 117, which tests at a high 27% THC, with a terpene profile predominantly consisting of citrusy limonene, lavender-esque linalool that sounds like it would make for a relaxing nighttime toke. On the other end of the spectrum, mind-buzzing Connect 411 is a fun sativa found in the Flight. It contains 17% total THC, and a fragrant, piney terpene profile strong in alpha-pinene.
Caliva has grown coveted indoor weed since its founding in 2015 in San Jose, California. Today, its vertically integrated cultivation facilities produce 11,000 pounds, or nearly 4,990 kilograms, of cannabis a year. Even on this scale, a shaman blesses Caliva's plants every Wednesday, the company said. Caliva's scope is wide across the California, but it has not sacrificed quality for product accessibility.
The company's shaman-blessed cultivation method translates into its joint packs. Bright, tropical-patterned packs called Toasties, alongside the smaller personal joints, Dogwalkers, each offer convenience. Toasties Bold light easily, don't canoe, and pack a pungent smoke and mellow feel. A recent pack of Bolds tested at 12% total THC, which may seem lower on the scale compared with the more potent joints on this list, but are in fact perfect for a smoker seeking a mellow high, a night in with girlfriends, a lowkey sesh, as Caliva intends with its smaller packs, during a “dog walk.” These won't make you tired, which is an effect I often seek depending on what the day requires. The prerolls have a nice filter that makes for a delightfully smooth hit.
Where to find it: California
Sunday Goods speaks to the cannabis consumer who has a reverence for nature, saying on its site that cannabis contains “healing magic.” Sunday Goods grows weed in its 320,000 square-foot, 7-acre Dutch glass greenhouse located in Willcox, Arizona. The hip company, which expanded from Arizona to California in November 2018, sells 5-gram, five-joint pack tins that are high quality at an often accessible price.
Joints come in “experiences” Rest, Delight, Soothe, and Spark, as well as strain blends of indica, sativa, and hybrid, and rare strains Wookies, Grape Pie, and Kirkwood OG. Hybrid joint packs tested by Cannalysis Headquarters show a makeup of 15.5% THC. Sunday Goods' recent Indica tested at 17% total THC. I would expect these prerolls to offer some pain relief alongside a stoney, calm relaxation. Most importantly, they smoke evenly and taste just as good as they look.
Availability: Arizona, California
Prerolls, but make it fashion. These devilish looking “flower cigarettes” from Los Angeles-based Pure Beauty contain unique strains of cannabis wrapped in hemp paper with a wood fiber crutch. They've also been described as “visual ASMR,” by Nice Paper. With its colorful packaging and peeking eyes, this preroll pack is divine.
Pure Beauty's rare strain offerings are sold as an eighth and broken down into five joints, ranging in potency. Its Special Sativa Blend, tested by Harrens Lab, tested at 24% THC and is high in caryophyllene and humulene, which would seem to give these joints spiced orange, flowers, and cinnamon scents.
Stone Road Farms
The Northern California-grown Stone Road Farms emulates style and class in its sophisticated joint packs. Varieties come in Standard and Reserve, as well as Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. Stone Road's cannabis is grown by two main farms in Northern California, one in Humboldt County, and one family-owned operation out of Santa Barbara, called Private Reserve.
A recent strain that appeared in Stone Road's whimsical corked glass joints was Sour OG. It tested by CannaSafe at 27% THCa, and of the rest of the cannabinoids broke down among CBD and other “unsung hero” cannabinoids including, CBG, cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromene (CBC), all of which offer myriad benefits both physical and mental that researchers are just now learning more about The terpene on the top of the charts for this strain is caryophyllene, giving it the classic skunky kick that stoners typically love.
OGs roll better OG. These rare joints are individually hand-rolled using in-house flower that is grown in wild, beautiful living soil. The joint packs are pricey, but quite a treat for the weed-snob.
Strains grown by 710 Labs include Banana Pie #14, Ghost Hulk #25, and Dolato, a pungent, flavorful genetic mix between Dosidos and Gelato. Each joint is not ground finely by a machine but instead broken-down in a grinder to help maintain the colas and to create a joint similar to one you'd roll at home. The unique component is the gluten-free, organic fusilli noodle as a crutch, a nice finishing touch with the functional solution of adding great airflow.
Availability: California, Colorado
Loud Packs USA
Loud Packs are bright, hand-rolled wonders. Loud Packs USA has been making sleek and stylistic preroll packs with four one-gram joints since 2008. In its packs you will find one-gram joints, along with a sleek and stylist pack and matching lighter. Each pack represents a different California city: Sunset Sherbet for Oakland, GSC for San Francisco, Blue Dream for San Diego, and OG Kush for Los Angeles. All flower is tested by Steep Hill Lab.
Feature image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps News.