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Five Key Factors When Buying a Pre-Roll Machine

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Five Key Factors When Buying A Pre-Roll Machine

The most convenient product among the cannabis-inhaling categories…pre-rolls, joints, cones whatever you choose to call them, are BIG business. So, if you’re considering launching a pre-roll brand, looking to increase revenue by adding joints to your product line, or exploring wholesale pre-roll white label manufacturing for other brands, we’re going to touch on some pre-roll market trends and five key factors to consider before choosing a pre-roll machine to meet your small to large scale production needs.

Over the past five years with the adaption of adult-use and medical cannabis along with the explosion in popularity of CBD this category has grown exponentially in both US and Canada. Pre-rolls are now the third largest in the US and the second-largest category in Canada.

According to Headset data, in 2018 US Pre-rolls hit $406 million in sales and 7.9% market share compared to $1.5 billion in sales and 12.7% market share so far through the 3rd Quarter of 2022. Multiple factors helped contribute to massive popularity in this category. Legalization being a prime factor, along with the variety of pre-roll products that are now offered to consumers. With the increase in quality and the variable sizes available; 1.5g, 1g, .5g and Dog Walkers, multi-packs and infused options have opened the floodgates for consumers to find value along with convenience to be key.

The market share of pre-rolls varies greatly between the US and Canada. In the US, Single Strain Hybrid joints account for 58% of sales with the Connoisseur/Infused segment follows at 42%. While in Canada infused pre-rolls only make up 11.2% of total joint sales. Additionally, the number of servings per package of pre-rolls is also different in the two countries. In the US, Single Pre-Rolls (1 serving) represent 60% of sales, but in Canada they only account for 11% of sales. To that end, Canadians are buying pre-rolls in some serious bulk.

Cannabis manufacturers are constantly investing in ways to enhance their businesses to compete effectively in the cannabis marketplace. So, with pre-rolls forecasted to continue the upward trend through 2023 and into the future after showing exceptionally significant growth in the share of overall sales in the last year. Pre-rolls are in significant demand and offering joints under your own brand, dispensary or exploring producing wholesale white label pre-rolls for other brands will undoubtedly increase revenue.

Five Key Factors in Choosing a Pre-Roll Machine

Pre-roll machines are a powerful way to pump out tons of joints in very little time. These joint-filling machines typically fill between 50 and 500 pre-rolls at a time and are efficient, fast, and cost-effective, saving you time and reducing labor costs. You need to consider your budget, market, and specific needs while choosing a pre-roll machine. There are three main types of pre-roll machines: small, compact, and high-capacity. Small pre-roll machines are intended for personal use and produce a small number of pre-rolls. Compact pre-roll machines are intended for small-scale production and produce a few hundred pre-rolls per week. High-capacity pre-roll machines are designed for mid to large-scale operations and can produce hundreds or thousands of pre-rolls per session. The best machine for you depends on your production needs and capacity.

Learning Curve / Ease of Operation

When choosing a pre-roll machine, it is important to consider the learning curve and ease of operation. Some machines may have a minimal design, making them easier to operate, while others may be tech-heavy and more complicated to use. It is important to find a balance between the two so that training for production staff is minimal and they do not need advanced knowledge or a Ph.D. to operate the machine!

Accuracy & Quality

The machine should be able to maintain a consistent level of accurate weights per joint and high-quality product over long periods of production. This ensures that the pre-rolls produced are of consistent quality and meet the desired specifications. A machine with precision controls and metering that can be dialed in properly to accommodate a variety of material will help to achieve this level of accuracy and quality.


Efficiency is another important factor to consider when choosing a pre-roll machine. Some machines may be more labor-intensive, increasing production runtime and driving up the cost per joint. This can heavily hinder profitability. Having a machine that can be run by 1-2 people with the ability to increase productivity on demand will help maximize profits.

Durability / Dependability

Durability and dependability are key factors to consider when choosing a pre-roll machine. Some machines may be cheaper due to low-quality components and may break down often. On the other hand, some hi-tech machines have many moving parts and computer components that can cause costly maintenance. It is important to find a machine built with quality components and not too tech-heavy, as they tend to be more reliable in the long term. A machine with a sturdy design and high-quality components will ensure longevity and dependability.


Scalability is an important factor to consider when choosing a pre-roll machine. The machine should be able to scale up joint production as sales increase, without the need to purchase more machinery right away. This allows for flexibility in production and the ability to adapt to changes in demand. A machine with modular design and upgrade options will help to achieve scalability.

Where to buy pre-roll machines?

FlexPak is a leading provider of pre-roll machines for the cannabis and hemp industries. We are introducing a wide range of machines to accommodate the requirements for a variety of companies, from small start-ups to large-scale companies. Our machines are designed to produce high-quality pre-rolled cones with precise consistency and efficiency. FlexPak's commitment to customer satisfaction and innovation makes us a trusted partner for businesses looking to streamline their pre-roll production. Visit to learn more about our products and services. Our cannabis pre-roll machines are made of top-quality materials, ensuring long-lasting durability and high output volume. They are also designed to be quiet and stable, allowing for the efficient production of more pre-rolls in less time.

Final words

Pre-Rolls are a popular and growing category in the cannabis market. As the popularity of pre-rolls continues to grow, cannabis producers should consider adding a pre-roll line to their product portfolio to increase revenue. Wholesale manufacturing of pre-rolls for other brands will continue to be in high demand. When choosing a pre-roll machine, it is important to consider factors such as the learning curve and ease of operation, accuracy and quality, efficiency, and durability.


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