Three marijuana infused pre-rolls with small nuggets of flower sprinkled around them

Infused Pre-Rolls: What Are They & How Are They Made?

Cannabis pre-rolls, or “joints,” are a well-known product offered at many dispensaries. However, as with anything else in the marijuana industry, when we find a good thing, we want to make it even better. That’s how infused pre-rolls were created.

In this guide, we’ll share everything we know about these cannabis innovations by answering:

  • What is an Infused Pre-Roll?
  • How Are Infused Pre-Rolls Made?
  • What Are the Different Types of Infused Pre-Rolls?
  • How Are Pre-Rolls Infused with Concentrate?
  • Pre-Rolls vs Infused Pre-Rolls: What’s the Difference?
  • FAQs About Infused Pre-Rolls

What is an Infused Pre-Roll?

An infused pre-roll is a marijuana “joint” that has a cannabis concentrate like hash, kief, wax, or shatter added to it. The concentrate can be placed inside the rolling papers with the ground flower, or it can be added to the outside of the pre-roll. By adding the concentrate, the pre-roll becomes more potent and offers a more intoxicating experience.

How Are Infused Pre-Rolls Made?

The principles behind making an infused pre-roll are almost identical to making a standard pre-roll. The cannabis is ground and added to the rolling paper. Depending on the manufacturer’s preference and product, a concentrate can be added directly to the flower (or as part of the flower in the case of moon rocks), or it can be added after the rolling is complete.

What Are the Different Types of Infused Pre-Rolls?

If you’re creating your own infused pre-rolls, we recommend using hash or kief. It’s a little easier to work with, while still providing a potent experience. That said, you can also purchase infused pre-rolls from your local dispensary. Your options will typically include:

Hash Pre-Rolls

Hash is made by compressing and heating the trichomes from the marijuana plant. The final product can be broken apart and added to a dab rig or into a bowl, but it can also be added to pre-rolls to increase both the potency and flavor of the product.

Kief Pre-Rolls

Kief is just the loose, dried trichomes that come off the flower when it’s handled and ground. That fine, potent powder can be collected and added into the pre-roll before it's rolled to give the pre-roll a little extra kick.

Wax Pre-Rolls

There are a few different types of waxes that can be used in pre-rolls, including budder and crumble, but the principle is all the same. Wax can be either broken apart and added inside the pre-roll, or it can be added after the pre-roll is rolled by dipping the roll into wax. While this tends to be a little messier, it is also much more potent.

Diamond Pre-Rolls

Diamonds are little THCA crystals that form during the extraction process. When THCA is heated or decarboxylated, it turns into THC. By adding diamonds to the pre-roll, the manufacturer is packing in extra potency that hits the moment the pre-roll is lit.

Moon Rocks

Sometimes, potency isn’t enough. Sometimes, you need potency on top of potency, and this is the premise behind moon rocks. Moon rocks are marijuana flower buds that have been dipped in a concentrate and then, in most cases, rolled in kief. To infuse a pre-roll with moon rocks, the concentrate-laced flower is broken apart and added into a pre-roll before it is rolled.

How Are Pre-Rolls Infused with Concentrate?

Pre-rolls are infused with concentrates in one of two ways (or sometimes, both). The first way is to add a concentrate to the flower before the pre-roll is rolled. This is a great option for kief pre-rolls, hash pre-rolls, diamond pre-rolls, and moon rock pre-rolls. The second way to infuse a pre-roll is to pack it, roll it, and then dip the entire pre-roll in a concentrate like wax, sauce, resin, or rosin.

Pre-Rolls vs Infused Pre-Rolls: What’s the Difference?

The biggest difference between pre-rolls and infused pre-rolls is that infused pre-rolls contain some kind of cannabis concentrate and pre-rolls do not. Because concentrates can have a higher potency than flower, infused pre-rolls tend to be significantly more potent than standard pre-rolls. Outside of the addition of the concentrate, there are really no other differences in the two products.

Answering FAQs About Infused Pre-Rolls

Infused pre-rolls are a unique addition to the list of cannabis products that we carry, so we get a lot of questions about them. Here are just a few of them and their answers:

What does “infused pre-roll” mean?
An infused pre-roll is a pre-roll that has something added to it—typically a concentrate like wax, kief, shatter, or sauce.

How do you consume infused pre-rolls?
Infused pre-rolls are consumed by smoking them. The end is lit using a lighter, and the cannabis enthusiast inhales through the mouthpiece.

Are infused pre-rolls strong?
Yes, typically, pre-rolls are infused with the purpose of making them more potent.

Purchasing Infused Pre-Rolls

Want to try an infused pre-roll? Visit your local dispensary, and talk to a budtender. They will show you the infused pre-roll options in stock and answer any questions you have about them.

Recreational cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Ohio and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and certified patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.