How To Make Rosin?
Rosin is a concentrate produced through heat and pressure applied to weed. The method of producing rosin forces terpenes and cannabinoids found in the weed’s trichomes. Rosin can be made out of kief, buds, and hash. The process of creating rosin is a solventless extraction method. It is an extraction method for people who prefer pure, clean, and toxic-free extracts to dab.
How To Make Rosin?
How To Make Rosin?
1. Pre-Heat Heating Plates
Regardless if you’re using a rosin press or a hair straightener, pre-heating these tools will help distribute even heat. 220F (104C) is a great temperature, to begin with.
2. Grind Up Weed
Using a weed grinder, grind up the buds to create small chunks. Grinding it up would ensure that the pressed product will receive an even heat during the process. If not, you may not extract the weed to its full potential because of uneven heat distribution. Crushing your weed with your fingers can be an alternative, but the trichomes might stick on your hands.
3. Compact The Weed Together
Turn the ground-up buds into a ball or a cube. In this way, it will be easier for the material to be pressed in between two heated plates. Aside from that, it will be easier to manage after pressing since you won’t have to clean up small pieces of buds.
4. Heat It Up
Using a heat press of your choice, place the buds in between the plates. For rosin press users, 1-2 minutes should be enough for a temperature of 220F (104C). If you’re using a hair straightener, put it on the lowest setting if it doesn’t have a temperature setting. Heat up the material for 1-2 minutes until you hear sizzling noises.
5. Scrape It Off
Slowly open up the heat press used. Be careful as it is still hot at this point. If you placed the ground-up weed in between parchment paper, you should see the gooey liquid forming around the pressed weed. That is homemade rosin!
Remove the pressed weed from the parchment paper without it touching the still-soft rosin. Cool the substance off for a while and wait for it to harden in the meantime. Get your dabber and start scraping the concentrate from the paper. Heat it up, vaporize it, and enjoy.
What Are Rosin Chips?
Rosin chips are pressed cannabis plant material to produce rosin. They are often unusable or thrown out after the trichomes are extracted from them through heat presses or hair straighteners. But if you look closely, rosin chips still contain unextracted trichomes that could still get you high. Since cannabis rosin is produced without using solvents, rosin chips are likely to be as pure as raw buds. Using it in making edibles, e-juice, or gel caps.
For edibles, break up the rosin chips into smaller pieces and use them to infuse your oils or butter. Meanwhile, in making e-juice or gel caps, using another solvent for extraction can produce a solution that you can use for vaporizing. Re-pressing them can also be an option. But this would only produce a fraction of what was made. However, remember that since rosin is already extracted from rosin chips, you can get a less-potent concentrate, unlike fresh weed. But at least, you’d have a backup plan when you run out of rosin.
Why Is Rosin Popular?
The term potency is a big deal in the cannabis industry. It is a gauge of how effective weed is to its user. Most of the time, high-grade flowers only reach 30% of their potential. Meanwhile, since rosin is a concentrate, it can attain 90% potency. However, remember that potency depends on the temperature, pressure, material, freshness, and time, too. Put all these things together to produce potency-rich rosin.
2. Rosin is Pure
Rosin is made without the need for solvents. That’s how it stays different from the other concentrates available in the market. With the absence of solvents, rosin affords to remain pure. Rosin’s advantage kicks off from the use of high-quality weed and relying only on heat and pressure to produce a quality product. Unlike solvent extraction methods, there is no need for other solutions to make up for the bad quality of weeds used. Since rosin is pure, it is less likely for users to develop toxin-related diseases.
3. Rosin’s Production
Out of all the concentrates, rosin production has the most uncomplicated process. Even novice stoners can make homemade resin with a hair straightener. Concentrates like BHO and CO2 oil require laboratory-grade machines for extraction. It makes rosin production inaccessible for people. Although rosin presses can’t produce a bulk of production, it can be a before-sesh activity. Each session, you can make a fresh batch of rosin. But then again, since rosin production isn’t as labor-intensive, you can make a big batch in a few hours and store it up for future use.
How To Store Rosin?
Properly storing rosin is one way of prolonging the concentrate’s shelf-life. The storing method should depend on how long you are keeping the material. The goal is to minimize chemical reactions between rosin and its material, reduce heat and light exposure, and achieve an air-tight seal.
To know which storing method is the best for your needs, first, identify how much rosin and for how long you want to keep it. Storage options for short-term solutions don’t necessarily work best if you prefer long-term storage. Terpene-resistant FEP sheets and parchment papers are best for short-term storage. They are easy to use, cheap, and non-stick. However, they don’t block out heat and light.
Silicone and glass containers are also popular storage methods. The material silicone is a short-term storage option. But it is best if you’re looking for a stick-proof container. It gives rosin users an easy-release, hassle-free convenience in using the concentrate. However, silicone containers react to terpenes over time. The acidic terpenes will break down the silicone and will cause a change in quality.
For long-term storage, glass is the best material for a container. It doesn’t react with the chemicals in rosin and it does not cause a change in quality. Glass containers also often provide an air-tight seal, good for avoiding oxidation. But unlike silicone containers, glass containers often allow rosin to stick more. That could be a struggle for rosin users as it is wasteful and time-consuming to pick the concentrates.
Tips Before Buying Rosin
1. Check the Color
Good oils have this clean, light amber, or tan color. If it has a slight green tint, it means chlorophyll is present in the plant material used. Plant matter can also look like specks or hairs. A darker color may tell that older plant material was used. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s poor quality.
2. Check the Smell
Quality rosin should smell like the flower it came from. If it’s odorless, it’s a bad sign. Terpenes, responsible for a plant’s scent, comes with the cannabinoids upon extraction. It is only normal for rosin to smell like the material it came from.
3. Check the Taste
Rosin users have mentioned that it tastes like how it smells. Taste is important in rosin since it is a concentrate. When high-quality materials are used, the extracts will result in a good flavor.