Imagine a marijuana concentrate that is easy in production, pure and potent at the same time. Never heard of such a miracle? Meet rosin — the unbeatable leader in the market of cannabis products.
What does rosin look like?
Rosin may have a number of different looks since it is a technique rather than a concentrate. The final result might be glasslike just as shatter or soft and oily like wax. One thing that is always true is that it is 100% natural.
The main idea of a technique is to squeeze the cannabis flower or its derivates with the help of heat and pressure to get the «juicy» compounds come out of the trichomes. These compounds are the cannabinoids (including THCA that turns to THC when decarboxylated) and terpenes.
The main benefit of rosin is that its production does not require the use of any chemical liquids and thus this concentrate cannot potentially make any harm. Forget worrying about solvent residuals and explosion risks; all you get when dabbing rosin is the high effect and perfect flavor.
The use of minimal temperatures for rosin production allows to save the valuable terpenes, which determine the aroma, taste and therapeutic qualities of the final product. Considering the fact that marijuana has more than 100 different terpenes, each portion of rosin is unique.
Why is it so popular?
The first and the primary reason of rosin`s popularity is that it is a solventless technique so it does not require the introduction of any chemical substances to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes. Rosin`s main rivals in the market are solvent-based budder, shatter, wax and sauce; all these extracts might be dangerous to consume if purging was not held properly. Butane or propane inhaling leads to a number of lung diseases, and it is always a matter of concern for both new and experienced consumers. With rosin, these troubles are forgotten. Even if the production of this concentrate was not appropriate, the worst you would get is the plant hairs inside the mass.
For rosin`s production, you need only heat and pressure; no cleaning and purging is required. Unlike the common opinion, rosin does not compare poorly with BHO (butane hash oil): its general look can hardly be distinguished from that of shatter or budder. As for the potency, rosin is proved to have same THCA levels ranging from 40 to 80 percent. That is why making a preference of rosin over the BHO, you get the same potency and flavor without taking any risks of getting impurities. A preference for pure technologies of producing cannabis concentrates are confirmed by researches of public interest. The new generation of dabbers call rosin a pure pleasure, the natural medicine, and rosin consumption is permanently growing.
How to make rosin at home: detailed instruction
Rosin is a concentrate that can be easily made even by a first-timer in the field. Unlike solvent-based extracts, the production of rosin is not followed by the appearance of flammable gases or dangerous chemicals, so it can be safely held at home. Prepare a hair straightener that can be set for no more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit (because terpenes die at higher temperatures), the parchment paper, heat-resistant gloves, a dabber (or any other tool for rosin collection) and a starting cannabis material. Ready? Make 5 steps and you are done:
- Step 1. Wrap a starting material in a piece of a parchment paper folded in half. Squeeze it lightly with your finger before using a hair straightener to make a shape.
- Step 2. Preheat the hair straightener and press the parchment paper tightly for 20-30 seconds.
- Step 3. Carefully unwrap the paper (using heat-resistant gloves!) to check whether the flower has fully melted. If you believe you get a low yield, repeat the procedure.
- Step 4. Use a dabbing tool to collect the produced rosin. Be patient: it takes some time and accuracy.
- Step 5. Pack the rosin and store it properly for the future use. Main rules for storing: airtight container, cool place, and absence of moisture.
Rosin full-scale manufacturing
The popularity of rosin led to the appearance of various forms of commercial equipment suitable either for a small-size production or for a large-scale manufacturing. The common characteristic of different kinds of machines are that they all use pressure and heat to press the valuable material out of the flower. Being quick and convenient, this way is also a costly one. Rosin hydraulic presses for home practice range from $300 and more, and machines meant for larger production might get up to $4000 a piece.
Starting materials for rosin
One of the advantages of rosin is that it can be made using different starting materials, so if you have some leftover hash, do not hesitate to turn it to the melt hash oil. Check the list of materials you can start with:
Cannabis buds. You will certainly get the best-flavored rosin if you take the original flower.
Kief. This way supposes the physical extraction of trichomes before using a hair straightener. The benefit of producing rosin from kief is in its extra purity: the final product will contain less grass material.
Bubble hash. The production of bubble hash is a good way to differentiate valuable compounds from the raw material. When bubble hash is used as a starting material for rosin manufacturing, it allows to get maximal benefit of the input material. This is a change to give a low-quality hash second life having transformed it into a well-flavored rosin.
Fresh frozen buds. Using fresh frozen nugs, you might produce a live rosin that is both winning in potency and flavor.
The specific quality of rosin is its versatility: despite of the selected starting material, the final concentrate might be transformed to shatter, wax or budder (surely solventless) using various temperature conditions. The heat level will determine the color and consistency of the outcome.
Ways to consume rosin
You can consume rosin by a variety of different ways. The most remarkable difference is whether the concentrate gets heated or not. If the product is decarboxylated by the heat, THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) transforms into the psychoactive THC. This happens when dabbing, vaping and smoking rosin. As for using in edibles and topical application, the main compound is usually potent but inactive so the consumer gets the desired effect without experiencing the «high» feeling.
Select the method that is a best fit for you:
Dabbing. Use an oil rig and a dabber to heat the rosin and inhale the delicious vapor. You might use the e-nail instead of a gas-powered torch to control the temperature best.
Vaping. You can vape rosin in a pen or use a desktop vaporizer.
Smoking. Rosin might be added to joints, blunts and glass bowl to enhance the effects.
Using in edibles. Since rosin is a highly flavorful concentrate, the taste of edibles that contain rosin depend on the present terpenes.
Topical application. Therapeutic qualities of terpene components are widely used in medicine and beauty industry.
Appearance of rosin technology
Rosin is a relatively new invention. Marijuana consumers have long been waiting for a product that would be safe, pure and potent at the same way. Same way as with the other concentrates, rosin has come into the world due to the experiments with cannabis. One marijuana connoisseur known as Phil «Soilgrown» Salazar has accidentally discovered rosin by squeezing a low-quality hash. Having noticed the wax-like substance that was separated, he began experimenting with the technology and then presented the community a new product with overwhelming characteristics. This appearance opened a new era of preference towards safe solventless cannabis concentrates.
Quality in — quality out
The interesting fact about rosin is that it is impossible to hide the bad quality material. With solvent-based extracts, bad quality weed might be hidden with the help of solvents and additional chemicals. With rosin, there is not a single chance to do that.
If a bad quality marijuana was taken to produce rosin, the concentrate will have the unpleasant aroma and overall look. That is why rosin is recommended to newcomers: they will not get easily cheated.
Is my rosin good?
Use these simple criteria to check the quality of the rosin you have irrespective of whether you bought it or made it yourself:
Light and clear color. The lightest rosin is considered the best quality. However, the darker concentrates only mean they contain the older weed. The key thing is that it should not be greenish — this is a mark of chlorophyll.
Nice smell. A rosin made from the good starting material will never smell badly. Trust your senses.
Plain consistency. There must be no grass hairs within the concentrate. If the plant impurities are visible, it means that the weed has not melted well.
These rules are quite simple to check, so almost any customer, regardless of his experience, might spot the bad rosin. This reason explains the fact that most rosin in the market is a high quality one.