Whether you consume cannabis on a recreational or medicinal basis, you’re likely familiar with DaySavers – the most tested, trusted, and compliant rolling paper and pre-rolled cone brand in the US market.

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Even if you haven’t, this piece of news should concern you, whether you’re a cannabis consumer or grower: DaySavers’ and Custom Cones USA’s (owned by DaySavers) partnership with the Cannabis Research Coalition and the NAP (Network of Applied Pharmacognosy) has led to the launch of a study titled SOS or ‘The Science of Smokeability’.  

The study will pay randomly chosen participants to ‘test out’ pre-rolled joints in the name of science. SOS is initially planned to be a 2+ year study involving a series of scientific experiments which focus on analyzing cultivation processes as well as processing metrics to determine the core variables responsible for producing the most pleasant smoking experience, all the while being the least harmful.


Cannabis is currently cultivated to increase cannabinoid content as much as possible and maximize yield. There’s no study at the moment that’s gone as far as to evaluate how cultivation practices, for example, or post-harvest processing practices affect smokeability of commercially available cannabis.  

The SOS study, therefore, will be a first of its kind which may likely contribute on a massive scale to the evolution of the cannabis industry. It sets out to accomplish this by providing actionable insights linking cultivation and manufacturing methods to consumer experiences.

This research can potentially improve both product quality and consistency quite significantly. Additionally, it will promote better profitability and sustainable practices for growers, and a deeper, more profound understanding of cannabis by scientists and researchers, in terms of both its recreational and medicinal potential.

Why the SOS study is important for consumers and growers alike

While the study is initially set out to span over the next two years, it may go well beyond that. It integrates controlled laboratory data acquired from smoking experiments with consumer research on smoking experience through a variety of variables.

The variables under study will namely be variations in moisture content, mineral content, potential carcinogens (nitrosamines) flushing (nutritional content), and the general effect they may have on burn temperature, ash color, smoke flavor, smoke quality, and smoke composition.

The pre-rolled joints or ‘pre-rolls’ will be given to the participants in controlled phases throughout the study in order to gain qualitative feedback. DaySavers will pay out $4.20 to 200 randomly selected participants, where they will receive 2 free pre-rolls each, in addition to being asked to complete a qualitative survey to share their thoughts on the two joints.

If you’re interested in testing out pre-rolls in the name of science and getting paid to do it, you can sign up here. But what if you don’t get selected among the 200 participants? There’s good news: you can still take part in the study through the multitude of surveys that will be conducted throughout the course of the study.

Harrison Bard, who’s CEO and Co-Founder of both DaySavers and Custom Cones USA, believes that the research will bring to light a lot of the unknowns and “what ifs” in the cannabis industry. He also believes that this kind of research has been historically done in the tobacco industry and proven to be extremely valuable – as such, it can have the same positive effects in the cannabis industry as well, where a safer, more enjoyable future can be forged for consumers and cultivators alike – a future where quality and standards are always the highest priority when it comes to cultivation and pre-roll product development.

How the study may shape the future of the cannabis industry

The SOS study is being done by qualified researchers from many different organizations, including a very notable one – The CRC (Cannabis Research Coalition) – an academic cultivation research group currently engaged in devising advanced cultivation and growing techniques with the aim to optimize yield as well as improve the medicinal properties of cannabis.

Another noteworthy researcher joining the study is the NAP (Network of Applied Pharmacognosy), a nonprofit organization that primarily focuses on offering a range of quality cannabis materials and keeps a close watch on their users’ experience.

Two of the highest-ranking researchers in the cannabis industry are also a part of this study, Dr. Markus Roggen and Dr. Alison Justice, who joined hands in 2021 to examine the hypothesis behind the “Color change of ash” in cannabis smoking, a groundbreaking piece of work which immediately gained widespread interest.

One of the partners of the SOS study is Controlled Chemistry, who are widely regarded as experts in cannabis smoke and inhalation research, where they leverage some of the most cutting-edge technologies and time-tested methodologies in the industry to pave the way for new innovations.

These partnerships clearly show the undeniable importance of industry-wide collaboration, especially the significance of specific research initiatives taken to shape the future of the cannabis industry.

The cross-department research collaboration extends well beyond just the acquisition of profitable and sustainable cultivation practices or post-harvest metrics, for example – it sets out to establish the very benchmarks necessary for ensuring the absolute best standards for producing cannabis flower intended for medicinal and recreational consumption.

Final thoughts

In the coming months, we can expect the first phase of the study’s findings to be published where the leading partners and collaborators will demonstrate how cultivation metrics can be best optimized to save money, time, and resources, as well as, ultimately, enhance product yield and quality.

This first phase of the study sets out to foster a greater sense of brand loyalty and improve growing methods that are more sustainable to help growers maximize profitability.

Many US states are still hesitant to legalize smoking cannabis publicly due to the uncertainties revolving around the substances cannabis smoke produces. The SOS study’s findings will eventually be shared with ASTM Cannabis, an organization responsible for establishing industry-wide standards. This will provide regulators the groundwork for making informed policy decisions around cannabis use.Both DaySavers and Custom Cones USA have partnered with SOS to not only lay the foundation for advancements in the quality and consistency of cannabis, but also to improve standards around pre-roll production – ultimately, serving growers and consumers better.

About The Author

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Shawn Grant is a Chicago native and the Senior Editor of The Source Magazine. He can only be found on Instagram and Twitter at @shawnxgrant.

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