How to Smoke a Pre-Roll: A Beginner-Friendly Guide

by Kat Austin January 12, 2024 5 min read

How to Smoke a Pre-Roll: A Beginner-Friendly Guide - Vida Optima™

Smoking a pre-roll, a ready-to-use joint, can be an approachable introduction to cannabis consumption for newcomers. Whether it's for recreational use or potential medicinal benefits, understanding the basics can enhance the experience and ensure a comfortable introduction to smoking. 

So, if you’re ready to dive in and smoke your first pre-rolled joint, here’s what you need to do:

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Table of Contents
What You’ll Need
Step-by-Step Guide
How Much Pre-Roll to Smoke for Beginners
Tips for Beginners
Type of Pre-Rolls for Beginners

Key Takeaways

  • Consider CBD hemp for relaxation, THC pre-rolls for a classic experience, and newer options like Delta-8 or Delta-10 for potentially milder effects.
  • Beginners should begin with smaller amounts and gradually explore different types to understand personal tolerance and desired effects.
  • Seek guidance from your budtenders to choose pre-rolls aligned with individual preferences, ensuring a more informed and enjoyable experience.

What You'll Need

  • Pre-Roll:Purchase a pre-rolled joint from a licensed dispensary or a reputable source.
  • Lighter or Matches: Have a reliable lighter or matches on hand for ignition.
  • Comfortable Setting: Choose a calm, safe environment to enjoy your pre-roll.

Step-by-Step Guide

Woman smoking a cannabis pre-roll

1. Prepare Your Environment

Select a comfortable setting, preferably indoors or in a secure, relaxed outdoor space. Ensure you have access to fresh air and take necessary precautions to comply with local laws regarding cannabis consumption.

2. Unwrap the Pre-Roll

Remove the pre-roll from its packaging. Some pre-rolls might come with a filter (also known as a crutch). If it doesn't have one, you can opt to add a crutch for a better grip and to prevent burning your fingers. Otherwise, your pre-roll is ready to go!

3. Light Up

Hold the pre-roll between your fingers or rest it on a surface. Use the lighter or matches to ignite the end of the joint while gently rotating it. Apply heat evenly to create an even burn. 

4. Inhale Slowly

Once the tip of the pre-roll glows evenly, gently inhale from the unlit end. Take slow, steady breaths, drawing the smoke into your mouth. Avoid inhaling too deeply at first to gauge your comfort level.

5. Pace Yourself

Take your time and pace your inhalations. It's common for beginners to feel the effects gradually, so avoid rushing the experience. Consider taking breaks between puffs to assess how you feel. 

6. Exhale and Enjoy

After holding the smoke in your lungs briefly, exhale slowly. Allow yourself to savor the taste and experience. Take note of how you feel and adjust your pace accordingly.

7. Dispose of Safely

Once you've finished, extinguish the joint in an ashtray or a safe, non-flammable container. Dispose of it responsibly, considering the environment and local regulations.

How Much Pre-Roll to Smoke for Beginners

For beginners, starting with a small amount of a pre-roll is advisable. The THC content (the psychoactive component in cannabis) in pre-rolls can vary, and it's essential to approach consumption gradually. 

Consider taking just a few puffs initially and then waiting for several minutes before deciding whether to continue. This cautious approach allows beginners to gauge their tolerance and the effects of cannabis. It’s not uncommon for ¼ or ½ of a joint to be enough for one person. Groups of 3-4 may finish an entire joint together and each enjoy a comfortable high. 

Remember, you can always smoke more if desired, but it's more challenging to undo the effects of consuming too much. Gradually increasing consumption over subsequent sessions, if desired, allows for a comfortable exploration of your preferences and tolerance levels. 

Prioritizing a slow and mindful approach ensures a more enjoyable and manageable experience for beginners.

Tips for Beginners

  • Start Slow: Take small inhalations initially to gauge your tolerance and comfort level.
  • Stay Hydrated:Have water nearby to stay hydrated, especially if it's your first time smoking.
  • Be Mindful of Effects: Pay attention to how you feel. Effects may take time to manifest fully, so give yourself time to acclimate.
  • Choose Your Strain Wisely: Pay attention to the strain you choose and it’s purported effects, whether uplifting or relaxing, to ensure you have the experience you desire. 
  • Store Unsmoked Joints: If you don’t finish the entire joint (which is common), you may want to store it back in its original container or another airtight container until you’re ready to consume it. 

Type of Pre-Rolls for Beginners

When considering pre-rolls, beginners have a range of options to explore, each offering different effects and experiences:

A man holding a carefully chosen preroll and a lighter in his hands

1. CBD Hemp Pre-Rolls

CBD-dominant pre-rolls contain minimal THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. They primarily feature cannabidiol (CBD), known for its potential therapeutic benefits without the 'high' associated with THC. CBD pre-rolls are ideal for those seeking relaxation or potential relief from stress, anxiety, or mild discomfort without intoxication.

2. THC Pre-Rolls (Dispensary-Bought)

THC-dominant pre-rolls, available at dispensaries, contain higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), delivering psychoactive effects. They offer a range of experiences, from mild relaxation to increased euphoria and altered perception. Beginners should approach THC pre-rolls with caution and start with small amounts to gauge tolerance.

3. Delta-8 and Delta-10 Pre-Rolls

Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC compounds are gaining popularity for their potentially milder psychoactive effects compared to traditional THC. Delta-8 flower, in particular, offers a less intense high and might provide a smoother experience for beginners. It’s become well known for it’s mild, relaxing effects and is favored by those looking to mellow out without becoming overly intoxicated. 

Delta-10 is a less common cannabinoid, also offering a potentially unique experience worth exploring. It’s much milder that traditional THC, but with more uplifting effects than Delta-8. 

There are many other cannabinoid products on the market worth considering, including:

4. Balanced THC-CBD Pre-Rolls

Some pre-rolls contain a balanced ratio of THC and CBD, aiming to offer the benefits of both cannabinoids. This balance can provide a more moderated and balanced experience, potentially combining the therapeutic effects of CBD with the milder psychoactive effects of THC.

Exploring different types of pre-rolls allows beginners to find the cannabinoid profiles that align with their desired experiences while being mindful of potential effects and personal sensitivities. Consulting knowledgeable sources ensures a more informed and enjoyable exploration of cannabis options.


Smoking a pre-roll can be an enjoyable and accessible way to experience cannabis for beginners. By following these steps and considering the tips, you can enhance your first-time smoking experience and ensure a comfortable introduction to this form of consumption. Remember to consume responsibly and in accordance with local laws and regulations.

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