What is Rosin and How to Make It

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Rosin
Rosin is a concentrate that is free of solubilizers and any chemicals. Generally, when we want to extract high concentrations of cannabis products from cannabis plants, there are usually two ways we go about it: extraction at a very high temperature and pressure, and extraction with solvents. Using a solvent is a relatively simple method: THC and CBD can be easily extracted with liquids such as alcohol and oil, but the concentration of this extract is not high, and the rosin extracted with high temperature and high pressure will be cleaner. Rosin is much more expensive if you choose to buy it as cannabis concentrate, so it could be worth making it on your own.

How to make rosin

Those of us who decide to make our own rosin will likely use something like a “rosin press,” which looks like a press plate of a heated hydraulic press. If you’re reading this article you probably don’t have one. This doesn’t matter, though, because we can create rosin with household items, such as:

straightenerCannabis (the raw materials)

A hair straightener

Parchment paper

A container for your rosin

Safety gloves that will protect your hands from heat

Trim, kief, or hash can all be used to make rosin, but the quality produced in this way is not as good as that of fresh, small flowers. The higher the quality of raw materials, the higher the quality of rosin.
It is best to use a hair straightener that has the ability to adjust temperature and you should use parchment paper instead of wax paper because parchment paper is softer and keeps impurities from entering into the rosin.

With all our equipment prepared we are ready to start making rosin. You’ll wrap your flowers in parchment paper and start by heating up your hair straightener. It’s best to start with a lower temperature and work your way up.

You’ll press down on the buds firmly and evenly with the iron portion of your hair straightener and squeeze out the rosin, sticking it to the parchment paper. Then, you’ll scrape off the rosin and put it into your container. Temperature plays an important role in this: if your cannabis is high in terpenes a lower temperature will get the rosin out; with less terpene you will need a higher temperature and pressure to squeeze out the rosin. You can try different temperatures multiple times to find what works best for your strain.

Step-by-step guide

Set your straightener to the lowest temperature.

Cut out a suitable piece of parchment paper and fold it in half.

Put your cannabis buds on the parchment paper and fold it around the buds.

Using the straightener, press down on the buds to extract the rosin—try to keep all the cannabis within the straightener so it doesn’t go to waste.

Press down firmly for a few seconds and there will be a slight sizzling sound, and the rosin will start to flow onto the parchment paper. If nothing comes out or if there is only a very little amount extracted try increasing the temperature and try again.

Unroll the parchment and remove excess bud fragments.

Immediately dab the rosin, scrape it into a glass jar, and seal.

How to use rosin

Making rosin is a great way to consume low-quality cannabis flowers (or hash, etc.), which purifies the cannabis to get the most out of them.

Rosin needs to be heated to convert the THC into something useful. Like most cannabis concentrates, rosin requires you to use a dabbing rig to enjoy. This is usually done at low temperatures, and the rosin does not need to be too hot to retain its flavor once you start smoking.

In addition, some people add a small amount of rosin when smoking marijuana and roll the rosin and marijuana flowers into a joint and smoke it together. There are also people who use rosin to make some food.

How to store rosin

Rosin cannot be exposed to air, since it will gradually degrade the terpenes and reduce its effectiveness. It’s a good idea to put them in small, air-tight glass jars to keep the air out and keep the rosin as fresh as possible. Standard rosin storage containers have a capacity for about 1 gram of product because we don’t get very much weight each time we make it.

There is currently no evidence that daily room temperature will degrade rosin, but to be safe, if you don’t use it often, you can freeze the rosin in the refrigerator and thaw it when you use it. Be careful not to open the airtight glass jar before thawing, as condensation can cause the rosin to rot.

Wrap-up

All in all, Rosin is a solvent-free cannabis concentrate, which is also considered one of the purest extracts. It has a high concentration of THC and CBD, and its price is usually higher due to the lower yield of rosin compared to raw hemp material. Whether rosin is legal is related to the laws of each state and the cannabinoids contained in rosin. You can search the laws of your own state to avoid accidentally breaking the law. Subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about cannabis!

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