An infused pre-roll combines the convenience of a pre-rolled joint with the added complexity of cannabis concentrates. Learn about infused pre-rolls at SunMed.

What Is an Infused Pre-Roll?: A Shopper’s Guide

If you’ve spent any time at a local dispensary or you’ve been looking up new cannabis products online, you’ve probably heard about infused pre-rolls. But what are they and what do they offer? In this blog, we'll break down the essentials, shedding light on what makes these pre-rolls stand out in the cannabis market.

So, whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or just beginning your cannabis journey, let's take a look at what these products are and what distinguishes them.

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What Is an Infused Pre-Roll?

An infused pre-roll is a cannabis product that combines the convenience of a pre-rolled joint with the added complexity of infused cannabis. These pre-rolls are created by infusing traditional cannabis flower with concentrated oils or extracts, enhancing both the flavor and potency of the smoking experience. This infusion process allows for a harmonious blend of cannabinoids and terpenes, providing a unique and consistent high that many cannabis enthusiasts appreciate.

Infused pre-rolls are becoming increasingly popular for their ability to deliver a more potent – but also a more controlled – cannabis experience. They provide a convenient way to enjoy the benefits of different strains and distinct cannabinoids in a single smoking session.

How Are Infused Pre-Rolls Made?

Infused pre-rolls are crafted by carefully combining premium cannabis flower with concentrated oils or extracts. Here's a basic overview of the process:

  • Selecting High-Quality Flower: Skilled cultivators choose top-tier cannabis flower, ensuring it's free from contaminants and rich in flavor and aroma.

  • Infusion: This is where the magic happens. The chosen flower is infused with cannabis oil or extract, evenly coating the surface. This infusion process can include distillate, live resin, or other concentrated forms.

  • Rolling: The infused flower is expertly rolled into a pre-roll, much like a traditional joint, ensuring an even distribution of the infused material.

  • Curing: The pre-rolls are cured, allowing the flavors and aromas to meld, and the cannabinoids to fully activate.

  • Packaging: Once cured, the infused pre-rolls are carefully packaged, ready to be enjoyed by cannabis enthusiasts.

The result is a carefully crafted product that offers a consistent and potent experience.

How Do Infused Pre-Rolls Differ From Regular Pre-Rolls?

Because of the addition of cannabis oils and concentrates, infused pre-rolls are distinguished from regular pre-rolls by their elevated potency and flavor profile.

Regular pre-rolls typically contain only dried flower, while infused pre-rolls offer a harmonious blend of cannabinoids and terpenes for a unique and enhanced smoking experience. This distinction makes infused pre-rolls the preferred choice for people seeking something more potent and flavorful.

How Much Does an Infused Pre-Roll Typically Cost?

The price of an infused pre-roll can vary significantly depending on factors like location, brand, potency, and the quality of the infused cannabis used in the preparation. On average, you can expect to pay between $10 to $30 per infused pre-roll. 

High-end or specialty options may be priced higher, while more affordable choices are available for budget-conscious consumers. It's essential to consider your preferences and budget when selecting an infused pre-roll that suits your needs.

What Are the Different Types of Infused Pre-Rolls?

Infused pre-rolls come in various types to cater to diverse preferences. Each one offers a distinct experience, allowing consumers to tailor their choice to their desired effects and flavors.

Sativa 

Sativa-infused pre-rolls are your go-to for an upbeat and invigorating experience. They can provide an energizing high, perfect for social gatherings or daytime activities. Expect increased focus, creativity, and a mood boost when enjoying Sativa strains.

Indica 

Indica-infused pre-rolls are your ticket to relaxation and tranquility. Known for their calming effects, these pre-rolls are perfect for unwinding at the end of the day or for soothing anxiety. They often induce a sense of physical and mental relaxation, making them great for nighttime use.

Hybrid 

Hybrid infused pre-rolls offer a delightful blend of Indica and Sativa strains. This harmonious marriage delivers a balanced high, combining the relaxation of Indica with the energy and creativity of Sativa. It's an excellent choice for those seeking a well-rounded cannabis experience.

CBD

CBD-infused pre-rolls are tailored for therapeutic relief without the psychoactive buzz. High in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in THC, they offer pain management, anxiety reduction, and relaxation. These pre-rolls are an excellent choice for users seeking the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the typical "high."

Terpenes

Terpenes are specific aromatic compounds found in cannabis that give strains their distinct flavors and aromas. Terpene-infused pre-rolls typically focus on one specific compound in order to accentuate its role in the smoking experience. These pre-rolls offer unique sensory experiences by highlighting terpenes like limonene (which is citrusy and uplifting), myrcene (earthy and calming), or pinene (refreshing and invigorating). They provide a unique and distinctly flavorful smoking experience.

What Types of Concentrates Can Be Used in an Infused Pre-Roll?

A variety of cannabis concentrates can be used to infuse pre-rolls. Common options include CO2 oil, distillate, live resin, shatter, and rosin. Each concentrate brings its unique flavor, potency, and characteristics to the pre-roll, allowing consumers to choose their preferred infusion based on taste and desired effects. The selection of concentrates plays a significant role in shaping the overall experience.

CO2 Oil

CO2 oil is a clean and pure concentrate named for the carbon dioxide used in its extraction process. It offers a broad spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes, delivering a well-rounded and flavorful experience in infused pre-rolls.

Distillate

Distillate is a highly refined concentrate, often boasting very high THC levels and minimal terpenes. This purity makes it an excellent choice for achieving precise potency in infused pre-rolls while maintaining a neutral flavor profile.

Live Resin

Live resin is cherished for its exceptional terpene content and fresh, vibrant flavors. This concentrate is made from flash-frozen cannabis plants, preserving the essence of the strain. It infuses pre-rolls with robust and aromatic profiles.

Shatter

Shatter is a translucent, glass-like concentrate known for its high THC content. Its brittle nature allows for easy handling, making it suitable for infusion in pre-rolls. Shatter-infused pre-rolls offer a potent and clear-headed high.

Rosin

Rosin is favored for its natural extraction process. It’s a solventless concentrate created by applying heat and pressure to cannabis flower or hash. It retains the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes, resulting in a rich and flavorful infusion. 

What are the Benefits of Infused Pre-Rolls?

Infused pre-rolls offer several advantages:

  • Enhanced Potency: Infusion with concentrates increases THC levels for a more potent experience.

  • Flavor Diversity: Terpene-rich infusions add a range of flavors and aromas.

  • Consistency: Precise dosing ensures a consistent high.

  • Convenience: Pre-rolls are ready to smoke, saving time and effort.

  • Tailored Experiences: Various types cater to individual preferences, from relaxation to creativity.

How to Choose an Infused Pre-Roll 

Choosing the ideal pre-roll tailored to your preferences involves several key considerations:

  • Strain Type: Begin by identifying whether you prefer the relaxing effects of Indica, the energizing qualities of Sativa, or a hybrid strain that balances the two. Your desired effects will guide your choice.

  • Potency: Pay attention to the THC and CBD levels. If you're a seasoned user, higher THC levels may suit you. Conversely, if you're new to cannabis or seeking therapeutic benefits without a strong high, opt for lower THC and higher CBD options.

  • Flavor Profile: Terpenes are responsible for the unique flavors and aromas of different strains. Consider which terpenes appeal to your palate. For instance, strains rich in limonene offer a citrusy zest, while myrcene provides an earthy, relaxing aroma.

  • Brand Reputation: Research the reputation of the pre-roll's manufacturer. Trustworthy brands prioritize quality and safety, providing peace of mind about the product's integrity.

  • Testing and Certification: Always select pre-rolls that have undergone rigorous testing for contaminants, potency, and cannabinoid profiles. Third-party lab testing ensures the product's safety and compliance with regulations.

  • Packaging and Presentation: Examine the packaging for freshness, airtight seals, and clear labeling of cannabinoid content. Quality packaging reflects a commitment to product integrity.

  • Budget: Consider your budget and the value offered by different pre-roll options. While some may be premium-priced, others provide quality at a more affordable cost.

  • Consult Budtenders: If you're unsure, consult budtenders at your local dispensary. They can offer insights, recommendations, and guidance based on your specific needs and preferences.

By taking these factors into account, you can confidently choose the best pre-roll that aligns with your desired cannabis experience, whether it's relaxation, creativity, distinctive aromas, or relief from specific symptoms.

How to Smoke an Infused Pre-Roll

To make the most of your infused pre-roll experience:

  • Prepare Your Environment: Choose a comfortable and safe setting.

  • Light the Pre-Roll: Many pre-rolls are slightly cone-shaped with one end wider than the other. Light the wide end with the tip of the flame from a lighter or match while gently inhaling on the other end. 
  • Inhale Slowly: Take slow, controlled puffs to savor the flavors and avoid overconsumption.

  • Avoid "Canoeing": Keep an eye on the tip of the pre-roll to make sure it's burning slowly and evenly at the start. If it burns too much on one side at the start, the pre-roll may burn unevenly, an effect called "canoeing" which wastes 
  • Mind Your Tolerance: Be aware of your THC tolerance to avoid an overly intense high. Once you've had enough, gently extinguish the pre-roll by lightly stubbing it out.

  • Stay Hydrated: Have water on hand to alleviate dry mouth.

  • Respect the Strain: Consider the strain's effects when planning your activities.

  • Store Properly: Keep pre-rolls in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

  • Enjoy Responsibly: Consume within your limits and follow local regulations.

Follow these tips to ensure a more enjoyable and responsible experience.

FAQs about Infused Pre-Rolls

Are Infused Pre-Rolls Better?

While there's a wide range of options in the world of cannabis (and an even wider range of user tastes and preferences), infused pre-rolls are generally more potent on average and occasionally more flavorful than regular pre-rolls. However, a lot depends on the brand, on the strain of cannabis, and on the concentrate used for the infusion. An infused pre-roll made with relatively low potency cannabis and a lower-end distillate will likely be neither as flavorful nor even as potent a regular pre-roll made with a powerful strain of high quality cannabis. Research and experimentation with different options will eventually show you what you like the most.

What Is a Diamond Infused Pre-Roll?

Diamond infused pre-rolls are pre-rolls made with small translucent crystals of THCa, a naturally occurring cannabinoid that is produced through distillation and that converts to THC when heated. Some people report that the crystalline structure makes these infused pre-rolls easier to manage than other waxy or liquid distillates.

What Is a Terp Infused Pre-Roll?

Terp infused pre-rolls are pre-rolls that have been infused with concentrated terpenes, the aromatic compounds that give different strains of cannabis their distinct flavors and smells. Terpene infusion can greatly enhance the aromatic complexity of a pre-roll and, through the entourage effect, can boost the potency as well.

Shop for Infused Pre-Rolls at SunMed Growers

At SunMed Growers, we take pride in crafting premium infused pre-rolls. Our state-of-the-art greenhouse in Maryland produces the high-quality, sun-grown cannabis that forms the foundation of our infused pre-rolls.

We offer a range of infused pre-roll options, each designed to cater to your unique cannabis preferences. Find a SunMed dispensary or explore our online store to discover the perfect option for you!