Prerolls can be found in a range of potencies from pure flower, to elaborate twaxed cones, coated in kief, and even dipped in oils. Just as the potency of the preroll can range from mild to intense, the flavors array can vary greatly. Prerolls allow the consumer to enjoy the experience of very powerful concentrates without having to purchase the dab rigs or vaporizers needed with high-concentrate products.
But what about the efficiency of smoking a preroll? What is the quantity of active cannabinoids that reach the body systems and provide the desired effects?
To put it bluntly — pun intended— prerolls have less than 50% efficiency. But this is not a downside. As a matter of fact, bongs, pipes and other methods of combustible consumption share the same limitations.
According to a study by Natural Products Chemistry & Research published in 2015, users will receive less than half the active cannabinoids available in the preroll or joint. The study actually found that users ingest between 28% and 45% of the available cannabinoids with an average of 37% being ingested across all the tests made. According to the researchers conducting the study, the rest of the cannabinoids end up as ash or un-inhaled smoke.
But even though users may only be partaking of roughly 30% of the total cannabinoids present in their preroll, the convenience, discretion and available potency of these products makes them the obvious choice for a wide range of users, especially those with less cannabis experience but high standards for quality and variety.