Groundbreaking Study Aims to Uncover the Science of Cannabis Smokeability

Groundbreaking Study Aims to Uncover the Science of Cannabis Smokeability

For years, cannabis cultivation has primarily focused on maximizing yield and cannabinoid content. However, a new scientific study called the “Science of Smokeability” (SOS) takes a different approach, seeking to understand how growing practices and post-harvest processing impact the final product's smokeability. 

This groundbreaking project is led by DaySavers, the most compliant and tested pre-rolled cone and rolling paper brand on the market, in partnership with the Cannabis Research Coalition and The Network of Applied Pharmacognosy (NAP), using flower supplied by The Hemp Mine.

The research and findings could potentially reshape our understanding of cannabis quality and lead to significant improvements in product development, all with consumer experience in mind.


Spanning more than two years to allow for comprehensive data collection and analysis, the first-of-its-kind research will combine controlled laboratory experiments using a special smoking machine with consumer feedback, providing both quantitative and qualitative data.  

Variables under investigation include mineral content, nutritional content (including the effects of flushing), the presence of nitrosamines (potential carcinogens), moisture content, impact on ash color, burn temperature, smoke composition and smoke flavor and quality.

In a unique twist, the SOS will also pair its laboratory research with feedback from consumers. The study will involve 200 randomly selected individuals who will receive a pair pre-rolls from DaySavers and provide feedback on their smokeability through qualitative surveys.

The Science

The Science of Smokeability study is being conducted by qualified researchers from various organizations including The Cannabis Research Coalition (CRC), an academic cultivation research group that is developing advanced cultivation techniques aimed at optimizing yield and quality of medicinal cannabis, and The Network of Applied Pharmacognosy (NAP), a nonprofit organization focusing on providing quality cannabis materials and tracking the experience of users.

The research team includes renowned scientists such as Dr. Allison Justice and Dr. Markus Roggen, who have previously conducted groundbreaking work on cannabis ash color changes.

The study will utilize advanced technologies and methodologies, with support from Controlled Chemistry, experts in cannabis smoke and inhalation studies. Additionally, the findings from the SOS study will be shared with ASTM International, an organization that establishes widely recognized industry standards, and will provide regulators with a solid basis for informed cannabis policy decisions.

The potential impacts of this research are far-reaching. By establishing links between cultivation practices and consumer experiences, the SOS study could:

  • Improve product quality and consistency;
  • Promote more sustainable and profitable cultivation methods;
  • Provide a scientific basis for cannabis policy decisions; and
  • Enhance our understanding of cannabis as both a medicinal and recreational product.

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, studies like SOS are crucial for establishing scientific standards and improving product quality. The findings from this research could potentially revolutionize cannabis cultivation practices, leading to better products for consumers and more informed decisions for regulators.

The first phase of results is expected to be published in the coming months, potentially offering new insights into optimizing cultivation metrics for improved product quality and sustainability. 

As this groundbreaking study progresses, it promises to shed light on the intricate science behind cannabis smokeability, potentially ushering in a new era of quality and consistency in the cannabis industry and in pre-rolls specifically.

"This type of research exists and has been proven to be extremely important in the tobacco industry,” says Harrison Bard, CEO and Co-Founder of DaySavers and Custom Cones USA. "We are excited to pave the way for a safer and more enjoyable future for the cannabis industry, where quality and standards are at the forefront of cannabis cultivation and pre-roll product development."
Cannabis Research Coalition
The Network of Applied Pharmacognosy (NAP)

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