Hemp Flower Pre-Rolls, also known as CBD flower joints, is a new way to get cannabidiol (CBD) into the body. Hemp is legal in the United States under the 2018 Farm Act and is growing in popularity nationwide. With a growing market for hemp and CBD products, prices are expected to decline.
If you’re thinking about adding CBD to your lifestyle, check out this guide to hemp pre-rolls.
What Is Hemp?
Hemp’s scientific name is cannabis and it is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Hemp flowers have been used for centuries as fiber spun for clothing, as oil for industrial lubrication, and as herbal supplements. Hemp, like all agriculture plants, is grown for certain traits based on the intended use. Herbalists tend to breed hemp for high CBD content, as it has natural wellness effects.
What Is Hemp Flower Pre-Rolls?
Hemp flower pre-rolls can be used as a delivery method to get CBD into the body. These can also be referred to as “CBD flower joints,” or simply “joints.” Ground-up hemp flower is rolled in the paper (usually derived from rice, wood pulp, or hemp) and a filter is placed in the end. Typically, this roll is done in a traditional “cone” style, like classic joints. Some places sell “herbal cigarettes,”, which are designed to mimic the look of a traditional cigarette and provide a more discreet smoking experience.
Smoking efficiency is not affected by the shape of the roll. Although some pre-rolls are rolled by hand, many are rolled by a machine to be produced in mass quantities. Quality often varies based on price: higher-priced pre-rolls usually contain higher-quality flowers and maybe rolled tighter for a cleaner burn.
Are They Legal?
Federally, hemp and hemp flower are legal in the United States. However, some states do have restrictions on recreational smoking. For a plant to be considered hemp, it must contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This is the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Hemp is bred specifically for its high CBD content and low THC content.
Some states do not differentiate between marijuana (which may be illegal) and hemp (which is nationally legal). It is important to consider local and state laws before using hemp and CBD products.
3 Things to Look for in Your Pre-Roll
Not all hemp flower pre-rolls are created equally. With any herbal plant, it is important to consider the quality of the product you plan on using. Here are three important things to look for in your pre-roll:
#1 Don’t Be a Dud, Check Your Bud
Flower quality is extremely important when ordering a pre-roll. Hemp flower is versatile—meaning that some were never intended for smoking at all.
Industrial hemp or hemp biomass, for example, is bred for its fibrous nature to be used in clothing or other products. While it is a great material in this regard, you would not want to use this flower in a pre-roll because it was not bred for CBD content.
Look for companies that use premium, high-quality CBD flowers. This means that their flowers are specifically bred for high CBD content and meant to be used to support and promote wellness.
Pre-rolls will say their percentage of CBD. A higher percentage means more CBD is contained in the flower. It is important to first consider what percentage you’re looking for depending on your desired effects.
#2 It’s All in the Strain
Hemp is bred for its CBD content, but it is also bred for other desirable attributes, such as taste, aroma, color, and overall wellness factors. These variations yield what is known as the strains of the flower. Different strains have different CBD percentages, different tastes, and different smells. Some strains are better when trying to relax at night, while others are better during the daily grind.
Many strains are classified based on the type of terpene they produce. Terpenes give strains their unique flavor profile and are also found in fruits and veggies. There are a number of different strains on the market. Ask your herbalist which strain is right for your needs, and don’t be afraid to try different strains until you find the right fit.
#3 Paper, Please!
While the quality of the flower itself is important, the quality of what the flower is rolled in is just as significant. The rolling paper is also inhaled, so it’s important to be aware of exactly what it is.
There are three main types in the industry: wood pulp, rice paper, and hemp paper.
- Wood pulp is considered the sturdiest but is also known for a harsher, burnt aftertaste.
- Rice paper is thin and delicate and allows the client to experience the strain’s uniqueness. The thin paper does have a tendency to tear or break while smoking, so it’s important to be careful while using it.
- Hemp paper is the middle ground between these two, not quite as thin as rice paper but not as thick as traditional wood pulp. Hemp paper is also environmentally-sustainable and can even be infused with CBD, so you get the most bang for your buck.
How Much Are They?
CBD flower pre-rolls are a relatively new way to introduce CBD to the body and are therefore slightly more expensive. Prices range anywhere from about $12 for a box of 12 TO $24 for a variety box of four. Quality will have a great impact on price: a higher quality pre-roll is typically more expensive.
Always purchase your pre-rolls from a trusted source. CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways—from edibles to oils and now in hemp flower pre-rolls. Whatever your desired method, be sure that the product comes from a quality vendor.