Smoking Pre Rolled Joints In Amsterdam – What’s Really Inside Them?

Wednesday February 16, 2022 |

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Smoking Pre Rolled  Tobacco smoking is also prohibited in most public places, including coffee shops. However, some establishments have gotten around this rule by offering semi-private areas for tobacco smoking.

Amsterdam Pre-Rolls: The Pros

The biggest advantage of pre-rolls lies in their convenience. If you’re only in Amsterdam for a short layover, you can grab a coffee and smoke a pre-rolled spliff before heading to the airport or train station.

Stopping by for a quick pre-roll at a coffee shop makes the perfect companion for a night of bar-hopping. You can grab a quick pre-roll, smoke it with your friends, and head off to the next bar without missing any of the action.

Pre-rolls are also ideal for newcomers to the cannabis scene or people who never got the hang of rolling a joint.

Amsterdam Pre-Rolls: The Cons

Seasoned herb lovers who wish to customize their experience often find pre-rolls limiting. You can’t choose the paper, or add hash, kief, or other concentrates. Plus, it’s more economical to roll your own joints.

The quality of the typical pre-roll can also be a problem for more discerning consumers. Some coffee shops offer cheap pre-rolls made with a fair amount of shake, the crumbs that collect in the bottom of the stash jars. Shake is safe to smoke, but it usually has less potency and flavor.

Additionally, Amsterdam budtenders have a reputation for “overhandling” the buds, removing terpene and cannabinoid-rich trichomes. However, the situation is improving due to the influence of discriminating consumers from legal U.S. states.

Another significant drawback for serious connoisseurs is that many Amsterdam pre-rolls include tobacco or an herbal tobacco substitute. Hash dominated the European cannabis scene for decades as it was imported from places like Morocco. Mixing hash into traditional cigarettes was a convenient way to partake while masking the cannabis smell.

Although habits are slowly changing, many Europeans still mix tobacco with their joints—a practice considered sacrilege to health-conscious West Coast tokers. If that sounds like you, make sure you ask for your pre-roll with cannabis only, or you might end up with a tobacco or herbal-laced joint.

What’s Inside Your Pre Rolls? A Short Guide

Although weed pre-rolls are undoubtedly convenient (especially for people who can’t roll for shit), the community is not so favorable towards them. That’s why we decided to take matters into our own hands. Quite literally.

During a busy week in Amsterdam, I found some time to buy pre-rolled joints from several coffee shops around town. My plan? Smoke them, open them up, and see what the real deal is.

Here are the results!

Bullwackie – Widow

Strain: White Widow

Type: Flower

Cost: €4.5

Tobacco to cannabis ratio: Poor

Menu: http://kushdd.com

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What’s Inside:

Boerejongens – Super Silver Haze

Strain: Super Silver Haze

Type: Hash

Cost: €4.5

Tobacco to cannabis ratio: Poor

Menu: http://www.kushdd.com/Boerejonges/Menus/2021/Boerejongens20210322JointsFOB.jpg

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What’s Inside:

Best Friends (Oud Zuid) – Kush

Type: Flower

Cost: €4

Tobacco to cannabis ratio: Could be worse

Menu: https://kushdd.com/product/white-runtz/

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What’s Inside:

Strain Hunters – Super Lemon Haze

Type: Flower

Cost: €4

Tobacco to cannabis ratio: Could be worse

Menu: https://kushdd.com/product/wedding-cake/

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What’s Inside:

Verdict: To Pre-Roll or Not to Pre-Roll While You’re In Amsterdam?

If you’ve seen the above pictures and you’re still undecided, we’ll make it a bit easier: pre-rolled spliffs are not worth the purchase at all (especially for Americans who don’t mix their weed with tobacco).

The tobacco-to-cannabis ratio is very high, and that fact alone stuns both the effects and taste experience. As far as we’re concerned, the only acceptable use is if you’re left with only €5 and want to get high immediately. This is rarely the case (I’d have some kibbeling instead).

Luckily, even the most discriminating cannabis consumer can find decent pre-rolls in Amsterdam. The trick is to pick a coffee shop that offers pre-rolls by strain and specify that you want pure cannabis. These are obviously much more expensive, but at least you won’t be smoking a ton of tobacco.

Coffee Shops associated with experienced cannabis breeders, such as award-winning Barney’s or the Green House, make excellent one-strain pre-rolls and exciting blends. Establishments connected with seed banks have reputations to uphold. Boerejongens and Strain Hunters also offer top-quality buds. 

Can’t Roll? Don’t Fret!

Note that we don’t rule out pre-rolls entirely, just those mixed with tobacco. There are people out there (myself included) who can’t roll if their lives depended on it. It’s not something to be ashamed about (well, maybe a little).

Additionally, most coffeeshop staff will be happy to roll one for you with the buds you buy if you aren’t that talented in rolling joints. Another option is to purchase a filtered cone and fill it with your favorite strain of ground bud. Just twist the tip, and you’re ready to enjoy your smoke.

And if that doesn’t work, you can always purchase a small throw-away pipe or bong for your trip or opt for the many infused edibles available at Amsterdam coffeeshops. Portable dry herb vapes are also an amazing, stylish solution. Pretty affordable too!

Cannabis is a sacred plant and Amsterdam is a great place to enjoy it. Just try not to mix it with tobacco to get the most out of your experience!

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