Pre-rolls are a great introduction to smoking cannabis and trying different weed strains. They require no effort to roll, are cheaper than buying full eighths, and can be found at every dispensary.
But with so many options, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed with the shopping process — especially in Colorado, where many of the brands you smoke come directly from the dispensaries selling them.
So we made a trip to Colorado to check out a few different pre-rolls and to suss out the cream of the crop. Keep scrolling for my list of the best pre-rolls in Colorado for every situation.
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How I chose my go-to pre-rolls in Colorado
Who am I, you ask? If you're not familiar with my work, I'm Danté Jordan, a longtime cannabis journalist and the columnist behind The Drop. I've been writing about weed for years for Weedmaps but also Leafly, High Times, Thrillist, and many other publications. I also host a weekly newsletter called Words Never Said (wordsneversaid.com), where I discuss the intersections of personal growth, travel, cannabis, and all things life.
For me, all weed decisions around quality ultimately boil down to how it smokes. Cannabis can smell good, but if it doesn't taste good, punch with potency, and provide an all-around feel-good type of high, then I won't return to buy that product a second time. When I'm trying a new pre-roll, I'm looking at:
- Flavor: Truly, the best thing about smoking weed is all the different flavors that come from different strains. Of course, I can get high from smoking anything with THC in it, but the taste of the weed is a huge separator of the good from the bad, as sometimes bad weed can taste like grass, hay, or even straight air.
- Smokability: When I smoke poorly made joints filled with bad weed, they leave me coughing and my throat irritated. This is why it's important to me to only buy pre-rolls — or any weed, for that matter — from reputable brands that care about my experience.
- Effect: Ultimately, whether I'm smoking pre-rolls to start, make it through, or end my day, I want the high to feel good and be long-lasting. If the effects aren't there and the high doesn't stick with me, I'm not interested.
My favorite overall pre-roll brands in Colorado
These are the Colorado pre-roll brands that do it all for me, nailing the flavor, smokeability, and effects.
710 Labs noodle doinks
In terms of strain diversity, quality, smokability, and experience, you won't find a better Colorado pre-roll than 710 Labs' noodle doinks. The brand has a huge footprint in California, but it actually originated in Colorado in 2009. Since then, it's managed to blow up into one of the state's biggest brands and, truly, one of the best brands in cannabis.
710's famous noodle doinks are one-gram pre-rolls that have a rotini noodle as a crutch, which helps improve the airflow as the flavorful smoke travels from the joint to your lungs. Noodle doinks are handcrafted and rolled, which ensures a higher quality than using machines.
Maggie's Farm is an award-winning dispensary chain with locations in Colorado Springs, Cañon City, Manitou Springs, and Pueblo. In addition to selling, it also produces some good weed — the pre-rolls are some of the state's best-sellers.
Maggie's Farm is a Clean Green Certified company, which means it exercises organic practices like growing in the sun and regenerative farming.
For people with a medical card, you will have access to a full range of pre-rolls, including the best-selling Clementine Kush and Guptilla Kush. If you are recreational only, right now, the Golden Marmalade is my favorite pick.
Veritas Fine Cannabis
If you're looking for a brand that puts heat out consistently, with a wide range of strains and flavors, then Veritas Fine Cannabis has you covered. Its weed is top-tier and smokes nice; plus, everything it does is single-source, small batch, and hand-trimmed.
Veritas' pre-rolls come as both regular flower pre-rolls and infused joints. If you want regular flower, the 3-pack of one-gram joints is an excellent buy that enables you to try fire strains like Papaya Cake, Cherry Diesel, and Forbidden Melonz. For some added potency and flavor variation, the infused joints have one gram of flower and 0.25 grams of ice water hash.
It's hard not to enjoy Viola's pre-rolls, especially the 10-pack of minis that contain little 0.25-gram joints, excellent for solo smokes and taking out on the go. Viola's pre-rolls are made with whole flower and available in a variety of strains, differing by dispensary. The brand is also available in Michigan and California.
Artsy's pre-rolls are made with high-quality flower that tastes good, burns smoothly, and gets me properly high for an affordable price.
The Denver-based company has many different strains, but for the best introduction, go ahead and try that Purple Burkel. It's an indica-dominant cross of Pre-98 Bubba Kush and Granddaddy Purple that produces heavily relaxing and calming effects for me personally.
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Cookies in Denver has some of the best pre-rolls (and brands) that the state offers. You can buy a variety of one-gram single smokes in various strains, like Collins Ave and Azul Runts, as well as 6-packs of Cookies joints.
My favorite budget pre-rolls in Colorado
Here are some great options for Colorado tokers on a budget.
Terrapin Care Station
Terrapin Care Station is a dispensary chain that produces weed, too. The Terrapin pre-rolled joints are a good buy for anyone needing a little help on the pockets. You can buy them as one-gram cones or as a five-gram multi-pack for around 25 bucks.
Pure Blaze pre-rolls are Clean Green Certified and available in indica, sativa, or hybrid blend options. If you love a sun-grown, organic cannabis option for a reasonable price, buy yourself some of these.
My favorite infused pre-rolls in Colorado
Colorado absolutely loves an infused pre-roll, so when you look at this list and a bunch of dispensary menus, chances are your best option will include a concentrate along with flower.
Kaviar infused cones
Kaviar's cones are probably the best infused pre-roll option in Colorado. They smoke well, taste cool, and have a super punch of potency.
A "caviar cone" is basically a moonrocks-style joint. Moonrocks are when you take cannabis flower, cover it in hash oil, then cover that in kief. Kaviar's pre-rolls are the joint version of this product — they're 1.5-gram infused joints that can have you smoked for hours. Plus, they come with a glass tip for added luxury, which is important in the smoothness of the smoke. You really can't go wrong.
Kaviar pre-rolls are sold as sativa, hybrid, and indica blends.
The Flower Collective bubble joints
The Flower Collective's Bubble Joints are some of Colorado's most popular infused joints — and for good reason. They are 0.7 grams in total and come infused with both cannabis flower and bubble hash — hence the name "bubble joints." Bubble hash is a solventless concentrate that provides a natural terpene profile, is full of flavor, and contains a high concentration of cannabinoids.
TFC's bubble joints aren't strain-specific joints but blends broken into sativa, indica, and hybrid categories. They burn slowly, taste well, and provide the exact experience you're looking for when smoking infused pre-rolls. Simply put: these infused pre-rolls get me high as hell.
An old-school company that's been around since 2011, Eureka has many types of infused joints, including the classics, fusions, and premium pre-rolls. The classics are infused with distillate and added cannabis-derived terpenes; the fusions are infused with distillate and natural fruit-derived terpenes; and the premium pre-rolls are the best of them all, as they're infused with live resin and live cannabis terpenes. They all come as half-gram and one-gram pre-rolls.
If you're going to buy these joints, go with the premium option as they are the most flavorful and effective out of the bunch.
DaDirri Extracts caviar and bubble cones
Rounding out this list is DaDirri Extracts, with its two infused pre-roll options: Caviar Sunrocks cones and bubble cones. You can grab them as half-gram or one-gram joints.
The Caviar Sunrocks cones are rolled with bud soaked in distillate and then covered in some nice bubble hash. DaDirri's bubble cones are infused with bubble hash sans the distillate. Both are excellent options, but those bubble cones are the true champion.
Editor's note: Weedmaps does not get affiliate revenue from the brands recommended in this article. All products are chosen independently by the author. The only influence Weedmaps News is under is weed.