He's not alone. Many in the cannabis community steer clear of pre-rolled joints because of the perception that they contain low-quality cannabis. But where did that reputation come from? Is it deserved? And does it really mean pre-rolls aren't worth it? We spoke to budtenders, producers, dispensary owners, and cannabis enthusiasts to find out.
The biggest takeaway? When it comes to pre-rolls, it's hard to generalize. But at least in some markets, they don't always deserve the bad rap.
"The quality really varies a lot," said Lauren, who spent three years working in a Seattle medical dispensary and who requested anonymity in order to preserve her industry ties. While some producers use higher-quality flower, she said, others add what's called "trim" -- the leaves and stems that are cut away from the bud before curing.
"A lot of the pre-rolls that are out there are made with a combination of plant material, and sometimes that includes smaller stems," she said.
The biggest problem with a pre-roll is the paper, because it hides what's inside. That makes it easier for producers to get away with using subpar cannabis or trim. Even when a store includes high-quality cannabis, consumers still can't judge what's inside -- so the store may see little advantage in stocking high-quality pre-rolls.