Humans have long been consuming cannabis, ancient populations likely uncovered the psychoactive effects of the plant by chance after burning it. In those early days, cannabis flowers were primarily burned similar to incense, and its fumes were inhaled. In the fifteenth century, when European explorers visited the New World and observed Native Americans smoking tobacco through a pipe—the discovery changed the way people consumed cannabis (and tobacco) globally. As time went on, and cannabis became more prevalent, alternative forms of consumption were developed to thoughtfully and more efficiently enjoy the plant’s effects.
Eventually, cannabis became illegal in many areas of the world, and consumers were forced to consider a more discreet way to enjoy the plant. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 (United States) had an immense impact on the way Americans consumed cannabis. Once the act was passed, cannabis smokers needed to conceal their practice or risk arrest. In this era, the spliff and joint became increasingly popular—they could easily pass for a tobacco cigarette and be discarded swiftly.
Cannabis Industry Terms
Spliff: A mixture of cannabis flower and tobacco wrapped in rolling paper.
Joint: Cannabis flower wrapped in rolling paper.
In today’s modern culture, many regions around the globe are decriminalizing and/or legalizing the consumption of cannabis. With legalization, consumers no longer legally need to disguise their cannabis usage, so why does it seem like joints are more popular than ever? Smoking a joint is perhaps the most recognizable way to enjoy cannabis. Joints are extremely convenient: easy to smoke, easy to pass, and easy to transport. Plus, sharing a joint with friends has a ceremonial-like, iconic attribute, loved equally by both seasoned tokers and cannabis newcomers alike. Dispensaries today often give free pre-rolled joints as a gift with purchase or some other promotional incentives, which has aided in its recent fame.
Cannabis pre-rolls contain pre-ground cannabis flower, rolled and ready-to-go. Pre-rolls are simply cannabis joints that have been rolled ahead of time (by hand or machine) for you. Sometimes, pre-rolls contain infusions or other added cannabis products to increase their potency.
Cones are hand-rolled paper, that has been rolled ahead of time, for you to fill with ground cannabis flower. Cones are made overseas and commonly shipped to the United States in extremely inadequate containers.
Despite the cannabis joint’s history, popularity, and widespread use, pre-roll distribution is fairly new to the scene. Rolling or packing cannabis pre-rolls by hand can be tedious and involve human error. So, it came as no surprise when innovators began developing systems to more efficiently manufacture pre-rolled joints. The first machines set out to increase workflow—an employee may fill four cones per minute, while a pre-roll filling machine can fill hundreds within an hour.
Many variables were overlooked when these first automated pre-roll filling machines became available—making it difficult for the devices to deliver consistent, quality, pre-rolled cannabis joints. It’s not only the ingredients, from flower to paper, that produces an excellent joint–the construction of the joint is just as important.
Cannabis flower needs to be broken or ground into the right size pieces and packed to the correct density for an even and efficient draw. Currently, automated pre-roll cone filling machines have a reputation for delivering inconsistent and often harsh smoking experiences. But the Blackbird Rolling System is here to change that.
Many cannabis dispensaries and retailer pre-roll products fall short of delivering an enjoyable joint smoking experience. It is common to hear about consumers who had an unpleasant experience with a pre-roll. Harshness, uneven burning, and finding a joint impossible to ignite are typical grievances.
The Blackbird is an industry-born, fully automated system designed specifically to tackle the quality and consistency issues currently plaguing commercial pre-roll production. At the heart of the machine is RollPros patent-pending TruRoll technology that creates two perfectly rolled joints every 9.5 seconds.
Along with significantly reducing manual labor, the Blackbird uses sustainably sourced bobbins of paper and filter tips, reducing raw material costs and further maximizing your profitability. Using truly raw materials, the Blackbird Rolling System is the first machine that does not require pre-made cones.
With so many variables overlooked during their initial design, it's not surprising that even with the latest upgrades and advancements available for pre-rolled cone filling machines, they still underperform. Why? It’s not only the ingredients, from flower to paper, that produces an excellent joint–the construction of the joint is just as important.
In our Problem Solved series, RollPros™ engineers will share how they improved upon these outdated, cone filling devices. Topics include: