First-time cannabis shopper? Buy some “pre-rolls” — Here’s why

Do you love smoking cannabis but can’t roll your own to save your life? All good! Nowadays people just buy perfectly rolled and packed to perfection “pre-rolls”. Pre-rolls are industry jargon for prefabricated cannabis cigarettes —and one of the most popular products in legal cannabis economies. Here’s what they are:

What are pre-rolls?
Pre-rolls are simply off-the-shelf, ready to smoke joints—ground up bud twisted in a rolling paper—one of the most popular ways herb is smoked. Pre-rolls can be purchased individually or in packs of four or more.

How much do they cost?
Just like buying buds, price varies based mostly on quality —from top shelf nugs to leftover shake — and quantity—from an oversized two-gram doobie to thin .5 gram pinner. In other words, some pre-rolls can be like $5 cheap and some can be crazy expensive like $25 or more.

Are there different types of pre-rolls?
Aside from all the different natural, hemp, and traditional rolling paper choices, pre-rolls can be filled with specific brand name strains, a blend of indica, sativa or hybrid strains, or just high-CBD flower. Some pre-rolls can be even be infused with high-THC oils, kiefs or extracts, making them even more potent and costly.

Where do I find pre-rolls?
Just about everywhere cannabis is sold. Pre-rolls are to cannabis like six-packs are to beer.

Who are pre-rolls for and why do they use them?
Pre-rolls are the perfect choice for convenience. They don’t require any work and all you need is a flame and you’re good as gold. They are great to share with friends, bring to parties and give as gifts. One common application is to grab one on the way out for a Friday night. They’re small, portable, and shareable with a few friends.

Lowell Herb Co
Lowell Herb Co pre-rolls come in beautiful packs.

Are pre-rolls dangerous or unhealthy?
Unlike nicotine or alcohol, it’s physically impossible for you to take enough THC — the main active ingredient in cannabis — to have a fatal overdose. However, short-term effects of smoking pre-rolls can include dizziness, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, difficulty concentrating, and impairment of motor skills. Don’t smoke and drive.

Scientists have not been able to associate cannabis smoke with the development of lung or other cancers, according to a 2017 National Academy of Sciences review, but chronic smoking can cause a cough and phlegm. Doctors generally advise women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as well as juveniles, and people with heart conditions, or a history of mental illness may want to abstain from smoking cannabis. A 2016 study in the Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that smoking marijuana creates secondhand smoke with significant levels of tar and other carcinogens, so don’t expose unwilling bystanders to it.

Using cannabis can be habit forming, and studies indicate up to nine percent of people who try cannabis may at one point in their life have trouble stopping using it (Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 2009). These dependence rates are lower than for other legal drugs nicotine, alcohol or caffeine.

How do I find clean and safe pre-rolls?
Reputable, licensed dispensaries will sell pre-rolls that are lab-tested and approved for your safety. Colorado, Washington, and Oregon have lab testing rules in place for most cannabis products, including prerolls. California’s lab rules come into effect this summer. You can also seek out third-party certifications like “Clean Green” or “Envirocann” certified flowers in pre-rolls. These groups independently inspect and certify producers of the cannabis that go into pre-rolls.

How are pre-rolls made?
Pre-roll can be made by hand in small batches by dispensaries or come beautifully packaged straight from the grower using machine-rollers and premium product.

What are the downsides of pre-rolls?
If you don’t like smoke, then pre-rolls are not for you. Some “generic” or “sale” pre-rolls are filled with leftover shake and/or blended with dry, flavorless marijuana leftover from trimming. These can provide very harsh hits and stale smoke.

Does the source material of the pre-rolls matter?
For sure! You want to make sure the pre-rolls are made using the freshest and best quality herb available. Don’t settle for old stale shake sticks. Look for pre-rolls that come in sealed pouches or tubes. Here’s one way to check seal: can you smell cannabis emanating from your pre-roll container? That’s bad. That is the terpenes leaking out. You paid for those terpenes. Don’t lose them!

Can I make my own pre-rolls?
Yes! Get yourself a premium grinder, a pack of nice papers, and of course a bag of your favorite bud. If you want to go pro, try out some Futurola machines and store your precious pre-rolls in some Doob Tubes. Go get rolling.

What are the best pre-rolls in America?
Great question. Pre-roll quality can vary by dispensary, city and region and there are very few statewide producers in legal states. There are no interstate pre-roll brands due to federal law.

In California, we’ve enjoyed pre-rolls from Medi-Cone, Henry’s, Lowell Herb Co, and Buena Vista. We gave GreenState 2018 Awards to pre-roll makers The Hepburns, Triple J, Medi-Cone, Henry’s, and Buena Vista. We’ve recently reviewed the ToastGold pre-roll, Willie’s Reserve, and Chong’s Choice.

In Washington, the top-selling pre-rolls are those made by Phat Panda, Medusa Gardens, Legit Cannabis Co and Sitka.

In Oregon, we’ve loved Fortune pre-rolls, and Colorado’s best sellers are prerolls made by Kaviar, Heartland Industries, and District 8.

Marijuana in Oregon: A look at the industry, from grow house to dispensary

(Editor’s note: This is part of “The United States of Weed,” a series on the movement to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New Jersey, and the potential impact it could have on Staten Island. Click here for additional stories in the project.)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — During a recent trip to Oregon, two Advance staffers followed the life cycle of a marijuana plant — from seed to smoking.

Reporter Kyle Lawson and multimedia specialist Amanda Steen toured a massive indoor grow house, visited Portland’s notorious “Green Mile” — a high concentration of marijuana dispensaries located in close proximity along Sandy Boulevard — and visited a cannabis social club for a glimpse of what could happen in New Jersey should recreational marijuana use be legalized there.

Watch the video above to get a behind-the-scenes look at the marijuana industry in Oregon, and to see what our team learned while on the West Coast.

Price of marijuana in Oregon plummets as the number of recreational pot growers explodes

Price of marijuana in Oregon plummets as the number of recreational pot growers explodes

The retail and wholesale prices of pot in Oregon are falling with the proliferation of producers and recreational marijuana shops, according to an analysis by a state economist.

“The biggest thing is just competition,” said Josh Lehner, an economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis in Salem. “As we get more stores, as we get more growers, (as we get) more processors, it becomes a price competition. Prices start to fall, particularly when supply is outpacing demand or supply is ramping up faster than ­demand is growing.”

Pot prices in Oregon are ­falling up to 20 percent a year, Lehner said. And he expects the prices to continue to drop.

As prices plummet, marijuana stores are competing to offer the best deals, said Greg Adrianse, the owner of New Millennium, a pot shop at 2893 Oak St.

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“Everybody wants to get those customers in, and if the customers can get a better deal elsewhere, they are going to go there,” he said.

Marijuana prices listed online by pot shops in ­Eugene and Springfield vary greatly, with differences in potency, quality and availability all likely affecting the sale price.

Retail pot prices can be as low as $2 for a ­single gram, or even less if a ­customer is buying a larger amount — for example, an ounce, or 28 grams, for $50, or $1.78 a gram.

Lehner found that the average retail price for recreational marijuana in Oregon late last year was slightly less than $7 per gram, down from nearly $10 just months prior.

Continually ­declining pot prices are “everything a consumer” wants, ­Lehner said.

“We’re seeing increased competition for the consumer dollar,” he said. “We’re seeing more stores, more retail outlets, so the availability of marijuana for recreational users continues to increase, and prices are coming down.”

Adrianse, who has ­experience in Colorado’s and Washington’s marijuana markets, said the root of Oregon’s ever-dropping pot prices is the ­explosion in growers.

“There is too much (marijuana) flower and not enough consumer,” said Adrianse, who grows pot on a farm outside the city along with running the shop in south Eugene.

Statewide, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has 1,114 recreational marijuana producer ­applications pending; 906 are active. In Lane County, the OLCC has 120 ­producer applications pending and 122 active.

Recreational marijuana sales began in 2015 in ­Oregon, and the number of pot shops around the state keeps growing as well. The OLCC has 208 recreational retailer licenses pending statewide and 520 active, including 22 pending and 73 active in Lane County.

“More today, more ­tomorrow,” Adrianse said. “That is just going to drive the price down.”

Customers at New ­Millennium browsed Wednesday afternoon through the pot shop’s menu — or list of available marijuana — and many picked strains by the house brand. Like many shops, some of the best prices at New ­Millennium are for the pot that is grown at the business’ farm and sold at its shop.

Having the farm and the store helps, Adrianse said, but the competition for marijuana ­consumers all around Oregon is fierce.

“It’s a race to the bottom pretty much,” he said, “to see who can sell their stuff the cheapest.”

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New Website for SWED.CO

New Website for SWED.CO

We like to keep things fresh here at SWED.CO. That is why we have given our website a major overhaul. Now you can find our weekly and monthly specials highlighted and easy to find. We also have our blog and a full menu for you to check out at your own leisure. Of course, if the feeling is right and you would like to save some time by pre-ordering your products for easy pick up at the store, you still can do that as well. We hope you like the new brighter image for SWED.CO

Nearest Dispensary Gresham

Nearest Dispensary Gresham

Nearest Dispensary Gresham OREGON


When you are looking for the nearest dispensary in Gresham Oregon, the easiest way to find one is through one of the many directories that are available on the internet these days.

SWED.CO is listed on all the popular sites such as Leafly, and Weedmaps, and Leaf buyer too. If you are a 420 lover and you live in Gresham OR or Troutdale we also suggest you take a second and stop by our new shop located at 2058 NW Burnside Rd. Our team is top notch and most have direct growing experience as well. We work closely with the top growers in Oregon to bring you only the best products available.

Nearest dispensary Gresham Oregon, is a common search term used by Gresham’s many 420 enthusiasts. We make that choice easy and you can go directly to our site from your phone too!

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