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What Is a Cannabis Pre-Roll? Learn The Benefits of Pre-Rolls

By Danyal Swan September 25, 2021

Buying cannabis can be confusing. Even for individuals with medical marijuana cards, it isn’t always clear which products are best suited for one’s specific needs. While our staff is always here to answer any questions you have, we know that it can be helpful to understand your options before you call or walk through the door.
Marijuana flower is the most commonly understood option. This is the traditional green plant that is depicted in the media and still one of the most popular ways to ingest cannabis. However, under the umbrella of cannabis flower, there are many ways to smoke, each of which has its own benefits depending on your needs.

One of the easiest options for smoking is using a cannabis pre-roll.

What Is a Pre-Roll?

Before you begin to consider if cannabis pre-rolls can work for you, it’s important to have a firm understanding of what they are. Pre-rolls are simply cannabis joints that have been rolled ahead of time for you. A standard pre-roll’s only components are cannabis, a rolling paper, and a small filter at the end that goes into your mouth. In some cases, pre-rolls contain infusions or other added cannabis products to increase the potency. Unlike bowls, bongs, or vapes, purchasing a pre-roll does not require any other equipment (besides a lighter, of course) or additional preparation. To smoke, a user simply lights the end like you would a cigarette and inhales deeply.

Types Of Pre-Rolls

Lighting joint - lighting pre-roll - lifestyle shoot Aug 2021

As with other cannabis flower products, there are different types of pre-rolls that you can purchase. The preferred type of cannabis strain varies by customer and really depends on your desired effect.

Pre-rolls are most often strain specific. And, strains are commonly described as the following categories:


Indica strains are known for their calming and grounding qualities. These strains will likely make you sleepy or generally not want to do much. Many people remember this by the phrase, “Indica = in da couch.” These strains will usually cause less paranoia or jitteriness and can help with body pain if they have a significant percentage of CBD. Pre-rolls made with Indica cannabis are for those looking for a mellow experience or to help with insomnia or stress.


Sativa strains are more helpful when it comes to Serotonin and energy-based activities. These strains are generally known to boost creativity and motivation and help significantly with anxiety and depression. You aren’t likely to get quite as tired with these strains, so they can be a great product for symptom relief during the daytime. However, some people who are more prone to panic or paranoia may have an uncomfortable reaction to Sativa strains. Pre-rolls with Sativa can also help with pain relief and appetite, which is great for a number of medical marijuana cardholders.


Pre-rolls with a hybrid strain are somewhere in the middle of an Indica and a Sativa. Each strain of cannabis is unique, and this is especially the case when shopping for hybrid pre-rolls. Each one will be a different mixture of Indica and Sativa qualities, so you will have to do a little bit more research about how they may affect you.

All of these types of pre-rolls have their benefits; it just depends on your desired outcome. While these labels are commonly used, they are outdated. Strains have their own unique terpene profile, which provides the strain-specific effects most patients are looking for, such as help sleeping, pain relief and euphoria. And, it’s important to note that not all strains affect everyone the same way - what gives one person uplifted effects may make another drowsy.

Buying Pre-rolls

One advantage of pre-rolls is that there are several ways for you to purchase them. If you are unsure about trying pre-rolls or simply want to test them out, it is perfectly fine to purchase only one. If you know you like them and want to get a little more bang for your buck, you can buy them in packs. These options offer flexibility for you as you try a new method of smoking cannabis and present a very minimal investment while you figure out what you like. Unlike some other methods, pre-rolls are not very expensive, making them a great way to experiment with marijuana flower.

Be Sure To Add Smokable Flower!

Just be sure to have your recommending physician adds smokable to your recommendation! It was added as its own route of administration in 2019 and requires adding by your recommending physician - the inhalation pathway does not include loose flower or pre-rolls. Without the smokable flower recommendation, patients are not able to purchase loose flower or pre-rolls.

Benefits of Pre-rolls

As with any cannabis ingestion method, pre-rolls have unique perks. While the advantages may not outweigh the disadvantages for some, for many people, the following pros of pre-rolls make them repeat purchasers:

You Avoid the Mess

Rolling a Cannabis Joint
Rolling requires a certain amount of dexterity and a significant amount of patience.

If cannabis joints are your main mode for smoking, you know that the process to roll your own can be messy. It’s easy to get cannabis everywhere, and there is a lot of waste associated with rolling joints. When it comes to pre-rolls vs. rolling your own joint, pre-rolls are by far the cleaner option.

Besides, no matter how long you’ve been smoking weed, rolling a joint is harder than it looks!

They’re Portable

Similar to a pack of cigarettes, a single or pack of pre-rolls is easy to transport. For medical marijuana cardholders, this is especially beneficial. When you use cannabis for pain management or another medical condition, it’s important to be able to take your cannabis with you (ensuring to always follow state laws while consuming), so it’s around when you need it. Pre-rolls offer a great, portable way to do that.

They’re Affordable

When you are just starting your cannabis journey, the prices for high-quality marijuana equipment can be jarring. If you don’t know what you like yet, it’s not worth it to invest in an expensive bong or high-end vape pen or dab rig when you don’t know if it’s going to work for you. Pre-rolls are much more affordable and oftentimes you can purchase them in singles, which is perfect for sampling a new strain without buying a more expensive jar of flower.

They’re High Quality

Rolling your own joints can be fun, but it’s easy to mess them up. Many people roll their joints too loose, too tight, with too much or too little cannabis, all of which can lead to wasted product. By buying pre-rolls, you can be sure that your joint is perfectly rolled by a professional, and you are getting the maximum return for your investment.

Downsides of Pre-rolls

Though there are lots of advantages to pre-rolled cannabis joints, there can be some disadvantages. As with any form of cannabis, it’s important to know both sides before you decide to jump in. These are the disadvantages associated with buying pre-rolls.

Pre-rolls Need Proper Storage

This is technically true of all cannabis products, but it’s especially important to make sure that you store flower products in airtight containers to be sure that they don’t dry out. Many people use a mason jar, but remember that mason jars are breakable. If you shatter your storage container, the contents will be ruined.

MÜV Pre-rolls come in an airtight plastic tube that can easily be opened and also sealed back up to help keep your joint fresh, even if you’ve already puffed half of it.

However, if your pre-roll doesn’t come in a MÜV container, it’s best to place pre-rolls inside of a sealed bag or invest in a temperature-controlled container to protect your smokes.

Stale Ingredients

Some dispensaries use shake or other stems or bits of the marijuana plant to fill their pre-rolls. Some might even mix in some older product. While we would never dream of doing this at MÜV, it’s important to be aware that other places might not be using high quality plants in their pre-rolls.

Are Pre-rolled Joints Worth It?

Don’t let the potential disadvantages scare you off of trying pre-rolls for yourself. Overall, pre-rolls are a viable option for many people, and lots of cannabis users prefer them to other methods. However, whether they are “worth it” or not is ultimately up to the individual. For those who use cannabis frequently, there might be more economical options that are worth trying. For those who use other methods such as edibles or tinctures and are looking for something to smoke occasionally, pre-rolls may be the right fit. A qualified patient care representative will not only be able to tell you what strains will work best for your needs, but they will also be able to help you find an ingestion method that works for you.

Visit MÜV FL for Quality Strain Specific Pre-rolls

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Whether you're seeking an in-depth visit in stores or Express Pickup, MÜV MedTenders are here to meet your needs.

If you are looking for an approachable, patient-centered dispensary for your medical marijuana needs, stop and see us at MÜV Florida. Our professional Patient Care Team Representatives are here to help you understand cannabis, how it works with your body, and how it can benefit you. There is no judgment or impatience when you call in or walk through our doors - only honest, open educational resources for those looking to use cannabis as a form of alternative medicine.

If you live in Florida and have a medical marijuana card, reach out, start shopping at a dispensary location near you, or stop in at any of our locations for the best cannabis products and services in the state!

*This post was originally published on September 25, 2021, and was updated on July 6, 2023, with new images.

Content Manager for MÜV Florida and Contributor for Zen Leaf Dispensaries. A cannabis connoisseur with a passion for explaining the miraculous possibility of the plant, Swan began her journey with cannabis as a recreational user and quickly realized its positive impact on her depression and severe anxiety. She joined the cannabis industry as Receptionist and MedTender and witnessed first-hand the immense potential of the plant for a wide variety of ailments, deepening her passion for alternative medicine. Swan is dedicated to self-education on the plant and sharing its potential with all. She holds a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa.

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