Girl smoking a CBD pre roll being lit by another woman to the left


Pre Rolls | An Appreciation Post

Today, we’ll be talking about pre rolls— what they are, the different styles, what’s in them, and why they’re so many folk’s preferred method of cannabis consumption.

What’s A Pre Roll?

Pre rolls are considered one of the most popular forms of cannabis consumption. It’s easy to understand why. Pre rolled joints are easily transportable, disposable, relatively environmentally friendly, and above all— iconic. 

Technically speaking, a pre roll is made up of cannabis, (either THC cannabis or hemp flower) shaped into a cylinder and rolled up behind a sturdier mouthpiece in a thin rice or hemp paper blend. It looks like this:

pre rolled joint laying across four others

Think cigarette, but substitute cannabis for tobacco, and replace the foam filter with a rolled up piece of thick paper or cardboard and you’ve got it! Just place the mouthpiece between your lips, light the other end, and inhale. It’s just that easy.

A Piece of Pre Roll History

The first commercial cannabis pre roll hit the market in the 1870s. Grimault’s Indian Cigarettes were advertised to help alleviate asthma and bronchitis because they included resin from Indica cannabis plants. No, seriously. They contained dried belladonna leaves, Cannabis Indica extract, and nitrate of potash.

Why Pick Pre Rolls?

Pre-rolled joints and pre-rolled blunts offer individuals the ultimate convenience. There’s no need to prepare your hemp flower, transport any bulky smoking pipes, or wait for your vaporizer to charge. 

All you need is your pre roll and a lighter. 

The Many Faces of Pre Rolls

As with any icon, there have been many iterations and remixes. Let’s take a look at the most common.

The Dogwalker

The classic. Not much needs to be said about this classic pre roll. Weighing in between 0.5g and 0.75g, this pre roll gets its name from its ideal-for-one-smoker size. Leash up the dog, take a walk, and enjoy yourself.

The Cone

What you’ll normally find on the shelf at your local hemp flower retailer or cannabis shop. These cones hold anywhere between 0.6g to 1g of material. They might be a bit big for one sitting, but you can always put it out and save some for later.

Hemp Blunts

Instead of paper, these pre rolls are made using pressed hemp leaf, hence the name. These have an added benefit of containing some CBD in the wrap itself which can lend itself to your smoking experience.


Lately there’s been a trend to take good ol’ pre rolls and take them to the entire next level. Whether that’s dipping the entire pre roll into cannabis extract or mixing solidified extracts with the flower inside. Either way, this new class of pre roll packs a serious punch.

How Are Pre Rolls Made?

A common misconception is that pre-rolled joints and pre-rolled blunts are prepared by hand. Actually, pre rolls are commonly made using papers that are pre-rolled, loaded into a machine, and packed with loose material. A combination of vibration, time, and patience is needed to make sure each pre roll is packed to perfection. 

Once done in the filling machine, the pre rolls are pulled, inspected, packed once and closed by hand.

What Are Pre Rolls Filled With?

There are a lot of different forms of hemp flower that a pre-rolled blunt or paper can be filled with. Most DIYers will opt for ground-up hemp flowers when making pre-rolled joints. 

Pre rolls can also be filled with the sugar leaves (leaves covered in trichomes) trimmed from the buds and combined with the trim. The trick is finding a blend that’s both effective, tasty, and not too moist— otherwise the material won’t pack well.

Pre Rolls vs. Joints

This is more of a square and rectangle situation rather than a this or that. Technically all joints are pre rolls, but not all pre rolls are joints. 

While joints are more of a labor of love, usually rolled by users like you, you likely won’t find anything called a “joint” sold at your local CBD retailer. Pre roll is the standard cannabis-industry jargon because it’s already pre rolled when the customer buys it. Pre rolls, too, as mentioned above are generally packed using a machine meaning that they’re also likely to be more consistent than hand-rolled joints.

Shop For Pre Rolls and Pre-Rolled Blunts at Sunset Lake CBD

Sunset Lake Pre Rolls

If you’re over 18 and looking to purchase pre-rolled hemp blunts or pre-rolled joints, Sunset Lake CBD is here for you. Our packs of five 0.6g pre rolls are great for personal use and will make you the most popular person at the party. Further, our pre rolls will save you the hassle of rolling our hemp flower yourself and let you do the most important thing— enjoy yourself. 

Shop our entire selection of pre rolls here.


  1. Mehta, Sumit. “The Venerable Joint Has a Long History and a Bright Pre-Rolled Future.” GreenEntrepreneur,, 3 Oct. 2018, /article/320968.
  2. “Grimault’s Cigarettes of Cannabis Indica Sales Brochure | Herb Museum.” Herb Museum, Accessed 25 Aug. 2021.