Pre-rolls are a great way to try a bunch of different strains and brands without breaking the bank. Consider them trial smokes before committing to buying an eighth.
And in California, there’s no shortage of pre-roll options. Some are high-quality smokes with great flavors, smokability, and consistency, while others will just get you high. For those searching for the former, I’ve gathered what I think are some of the best pre-rolls in California right now.
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How I chose the best pre-rolls in California
I’m a long-time pre-roll smoker. My standards for determining the best pre-rolls are based on the complete smoking experience: flavor translation, smokability, consistency amongst different strains, and lastly, is the weed fire?
- Flavor: Weed can look and smell good in the jar, but when that flame hits the flora, those terpenes can deliver a grassy or cardboard taste that makes you wonder why you just dropped $10 – $20 on a single joint. The best quality cannabis flower and joints should offer both distinct and subtle flavors that are dynamic and unique to the strain.
- Smokability: If your joint is harsh and burns your throat or makes you cough throughout smoking it, it’s not a good pre-roll. In fact, it’s not good weed. The brands listed below should protect you from that experience.
- Consistency: Consistency is about two things: 1) If you buy a strain from a particular brand today and then again in four months, will the quality be as good as you remember? 2) If you buy various strains from this brand, will there be more positive than negative experiences when it comes to liking the flower and pre-rolls? The brands below are known for putting out good weed in a variety of flavors so you can always find something worth your money.
- Is the weed fire? When the combination of the smoking experience, flavor, and effects come together, are you impressed? That’s all that really matters when deciding if you’re going to go back to that brand and buy its weed again. If the brand uses trim and shake for its pre-rolls, the answer is an automatic “No.” Only full-flower joints will prosper on this list.