Everything You Need to Know About Rosin
Rosin has been making waves as a very efficient form of cannabis concentrate. It is organic, has high levels of cannabinoids and terpenes, and opens different applications for both medicinal and recreational consumers. It’s no wonder it has quickly made a mark in the cannabis industry. But is it any different from other cannabis-derived oils?
Short answer: yes. While the end product may look the same, the process and contents draw the line between Rosin and other cannabis extracts.
What is Rosin?
Rosin is an extract derived from hash or buds using a combination of pressure and heat. It has a high concentration of cannabinoid and terpene and differs in a few ways from other concentrates derived from cannabis.
The most notable difference between Rosin and other extracts is its purity.Rosin extraction does not use any solvents, so you don’t need to separate the additives that aid in extraction. Since it does not use any added chemicals, Rosin is considered an organic product.
What are the benefits of Rosin?
Rosin offers many benefits, which explains its popularity in recent years. Rosin is an organic product! As people have now become more conscious of what they put in their bodies, the emergence of an organic and safer cannabis product made people jump in on the trend, which could be considered as a widely-accepted way of consuming cannabis.
Another benefit of Rosin is that it is safer to produce than using solvents, such as butane, for extraction.Butane is a highly flammable chemical that can explode when not handled properly. There have been many cases wherein serious injury occurred, all because some safety procedures were overlooked or misunderstood.
Remember that not all solvent-based extractions are perfect. Even if you adhere to the highest standards, there’s still that risk of ingesting these solvents. Rosin takes away all that risk, as you only have a micron bag and a pair of heated plates for extraction.
Rosin is a straightforward process
You can’t get any simpler than putting your material into a micron bag and squeeze with heated plates. You can use common household items, like a hair straightener, to extract it. Granted that you need to experiment with different settings, once you get the right temperature, micron rating, and pressure, extracting Rosin will be an easy routine for you.
Rosin also has higher potency! You can attribute it to the concentration of cannabinoid and terpene, which makes it a hit among users. Since concentrations are high, you only need less product, making it cheaper in the long run.
Rosin is cheaper to produce.
Using closed-loop systems has an upfront cost that can reach $200,000. Meanwhile, one of the cheapest rosin presses goes for as low as $99, which is great for personal consumption. Higher capacity rosin extractors, meanwhile, can be had for less than $10,000, perfect if you run a dispensary. On top of that, rosin extraction can be done within two (2) minutes. Now that’s quite fast.
Rosin offers different possibilities for cannabis extracts.
With its organic nature, you can integrate Rosin into different products, including edibles, salves, and topicals. You can consume it right away and can be dabbed, vaped, or even smoked without extra processing. This versatility offers many opportunities, which let you customize flavor, CBD, and THC levels as you wish.
The effects of Rosin are almost immediate
If you consume cannabis for medicinal purposes, Rosin is one of the best options available, given its concentration levels. You only need a single dab to get the same effect of having to smoke a few times. The effects also last longer. That is why it is ideal to use only a small amount for every dosage.
How is Rosin different from other edibles?
Rosin, on its own, can be mixed into the edibles you consume. You can bake or even mix it with beverages. Possibilities are endless when infusing Rosin into edibles. And while it is suggested to still decarboxylate rosin (the heating during extraction decarboxylates the material), you can opt not to, if you just need a quick fix.
What’s the difference between Rosin, Resin, and Live Resin?
You’ve probably heard these terms, and they might confuse you. So let’s go into how to tell them apart. As mentioned earlier, Rosin is the extract you get from pressing hash with heated and pressure-induced plates. Resin, meanwhile, is the sap that comes from trichomes, and also contains high amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Live Resin is another form of cannabis extract derived from cryogenically freezing buds immediately after harvest. It contains the highest levels of terpenes and cannabinoids but needs special equipment to process. Between the three (3) forms of concentrate, Rosin is the easiest to get, given its straightforward process.
How to make Rosin
As mentioned earlier, the process of extracting Rosin is easy to do. Here’s what you need:
- Parchment Paper
- Dabbing Tool
- Appropriate Nylon Micron Bags
- Hair straightener
- Puck mold
Note, you can also opt for an affordable Rosin press or use DIY press kits if you have access to a shop press.The first thing you need to do is finely separate plant material so you can mold them into a puck using the mold. If pressing buds, make sure they have been cured properly.
Put the material inside the micron bag, then fold your parchment paper in half and put the stuffed micron bag in the middle of the fold. Make sure it is centered and fits inside the heating element. Leave an inch or two on both sides for the Rosin to slide out. Then begin heating your hair straightener. Start low and gradually heat it. If you have a rosin press, you can skip this step.
Put in the parchment paper with your material in the hair straightener or rosin press and begin pressing. Pressing time depends on the bud quality. If you are using a hair straightener, it is recommended to lay it flat for better results. You can try 30 seconds for your first press and adjust based on the results. If you didn’t get much, you may try pressing again. After pressing, get the dabber to collect the Rosin and store it for later use.
Rosin is the easiest extract that almost anyone can do. It comes as no surprise that it caught on and changed the way recreational and medicinal users consume cannabis concentrates. Given all the benefits it introduces, Rosin has gone beyond being a fad and is here to stay in the world of cannabis usage.