How To Make Resin?

Cannabis resin is a substance produced naturally in the trichomes of the cannabis plant. It contains many active compounds known to cannabis such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

There are a lot of ways to extract the resin from cannabis plants. But using a three-chamber grinder is the easiest and fastest way to do it. The first two chambers will grind the buds of the weed and the last chamber will collect the kief which are the dried trichomes.

How To Make Resin?

How To Make Resin?

1. Harvest the Plant Material

Harvest the cannabis plant as planned. The most popular way to do this is to cut the plant 12-16 inches from the branches. Avoid touching the buds while handling the harvested plant to stop the trichomes from sticking everywhere.

2. Dry and Cure

Trichomes are hard to extract if they are still moist. To dry them out, hang the branches upside down from a string or wire. The drying room’s temperature should be around 60-70F (16-21C) and humidity between 45-55%. Dry the harvested weed between 5-15 days until it becomes crunchy to the touch.

Before curing, trim off the excess leaves around the buds and separate them from the branches. Place the buds in airtight containers to develop. But make sure not to pack the containers too much that the buds end up crushing each other. After 2-3 weeks, the curing process should be good enough. However, if you want a more pronounced taste, storing it for another 4-5 weeks should improve it even more.

3. Grind Weed

Using a weed grinder of your choice, grind up the dried and cured buds. Make sure not to overdo this step as dry weed tends to be too fragile. Grind it up enough to see bud chunks and trichome fallouts called kief.

4. Separate With A Sieve

After grinding up weed, you should have a mixture of buds and kief. Kief is the outcome of drying out trichomes. Because you ground the buds, the kief fell from the buds. Separate them from the buds then you should have a potent material full of THC to get you high.

What Is Cannabis Resin?

The cannabis resin is a substance produced naturally in the trichomes of the cannabis plant. It contains many active compounds known to cannabis as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

Trichomes are the hairy outgrowth from cannabis plants. There are three trichomes produced in weed which are bulbous, capitate-stalked, and capitate-sessile. Out of the three, bulbous is the smallest and the trichome responsible for resin production. It holds the resin gland that grows nipple-like protrusion that secretes resin.

Meanwhile, capitate-stalked glands produce most cannabinoids on the female plant’s flowers and around tiny leaves near them. Capitate-sessile glands, on the other hand, only produce cannabinoids as the plant matures.

According to Royal Queen Seeds, the resin is a natural defense mechanism by trichomes. It protects the cannabis plant from predators, pests, and adverse weather.

What Are The Types Of Cannabis Resin?

Cannabis resin can be divided into two categories depending on how it was made: solvents and solventless resin.

Solvent-made cannabis resin requires butane, propane, and CO2 for extraction. The solvents mentioned extract resin from trichomes in the plant material through laboratory-grade machines and tools. Some examples include:

1. Butane Hash Oil
Also called BHO, butane hash oil is one of the most popular forms of cannabis concentrates. Commonly used for its potency and fast onset, removing fatty trichome resin glands using butane makes it up.

2. CO2 Oil
CO2 Oil is a cannabis extract produced using solvents. Compared to hash oil, CO2 uses supercritical carbon dioxide as an extraction solvent instead of butane.

Meanwhile, solventless cannabis resin doesn’t require solvents as it is made through heat and pressure. Solventless cannabis resin can be made at home since it does not require fancy machinery. Some examples:

1. Hash
Hash is a traditional cannabis concentrate consumed for its euphoric effects. Hash comes from trichome crystals rolled into a ball or pressed into a brick.

2. Rosin
Rosin is cannabis resin extracted from the plant using heat and pressure. Its extraction does not require solvents since it only needs heat and pressure during production, unlike most weed extracts.

3. Leftover Resin or Reclaim
Leftover Resin or Reclaim, also called weed tar, is the type of resin collected from smoking tools after use. Pipes, dabs, and rigs would have substances left in them after use. Cannabis users can still reuse this until it fully evaporates into the air.

4. Live Resin
Freezing cannabis plants in a fast manner after harvest creates Live Resin. Due to the higher temperatures, terpenes and cannabinoids evade degrading and stays usable for a prolonged period.

Can You Get High From Cannabis Resin?

Yes, you can get high from inhaling cannabis resin. Resin is a concentrated substance from a cannabis plant. Extracting this from trichomes produces a pure, potent, and high-THC content material used for smoking or vaping. 

However, smoking or vaping cannabis resin poses more health risks compared to using buds. High temperatures turn compounds in resin into harmful toxins such as Benzene. It may cause dizziness, rapid heart rate, migraine, and Alzheimer’s disease.

What Are The Dangers Of Cannabis Resin?

The dangers of using cannabis resin are quite similar to the risks you’d get for smoking cigarettes. According to Healthline, cannabis resin contains harmful by-products of smoking, such as ash and tar. Both cause damage to the human body.

Ash, when inhaled, causes an asthma attack in people who have it. In the long run, constant inhalation of it may lead to cancer, lung disease, and other serious health concerns. Meanwhile, tar is a cumulative substance that builds up with time. It builds up inside the lungs and causes discoloration. Tar damages the cilia in your lungs which are tiny hairs responsible for air filtration. Eventually, issues could lead to emphysema, bronchitis, and lung cancer.