What is Live Rosin?
Rosin is a cannabis concentrate that has become a popular form of dabbing. The solventless extraction process makes rosin pure with high terpene and cannabinoid content, leading to a product high in THC.
How is Rosin Made?
Rosin is a concentrate, most commonly used in dabs, that’s made through the process of applying heat and pressure to the cannabis plant. Rosin extraction comes specifically from trichomes, which are the crystals that coat the cannabis plant. Because this is the same location of the cannabis plant’s active ingredients, or the cannabinoids, rosin leads to a high THC level and a potent high.
The process of rosin extraction is carefully done by applying pressure to cannabis. Most commonly, this is done using a hydraulic press to get the best results. The pressure from the machine removes the rosin from the plant, leading to a waxy, pasty substance.
Why Use Rosin?
There are a few things that set rosin apart from other concentrate types. The biggest thing that makes rosin different is that the process of extracting it is solventless. This means that no other additives are used when extracting rosin from the plant. This leads to rosin being considered a premium concentrate, which leads to a potent and flavorful experience.
You will often find rosin at higher prices and limited quantities because of its premium quality. The fact that the process is all-natural is also a popular selling point. Extracting THC without the use of solvents is a more laborious process that can lead to higher prices. Of course, this also leads to many people creating their own rosin!
What is Rosin Made Out Of?
Rosin comes from pure cannabis or fresh hemp flowers. When the rosin is extracted properly, it can lead to THC concentrations as high as 80%. Because rosin extraction is solventless, the product doesn’t contain other additives. Rosin made correctly may also include natural terpenes and small amounts of other cannabinoids.
How to Make Rosin Yourself
It is possible to make rosin at home, but it may take you a few tries to get it right. Before beginning, you’ll need a few tools including parchment paper, a dabbing tool, and a source of heat. Scissors, a storage container, and temperature-resistant gloves are also necessary tools.
Tools You Need Before Beginning
Use the parchment paper to create a heat barrier for the THC. Carefully place it on the paper and then fold it in half, creating a type of envelope. You’ll also need a source of heat that can reach between 250-350 degrees Fahrenheit. Consistent heat is important in maintaining the quality of the Rosin because if you’re not able to achieve this temperature, it will affect the substance. Some people use a hair straightener because it’s easy to use and the flat surface fits right over the parchment paper. You’ll also need a dab tool to handle the product and a pair of heat-resistant gloves for protection.
Steps to Making Rosin
Once you have everything you need, the process is straightforward.
- Cut a small square of parchment paper.
- Place the bud in between the paper and fold it in half.
- Heat the straightener and press firmly onto the parchment paper until it sizzles and steams.
You may need to repeat the process a few times until it gets hot enough. Then, let it cool, and remove the parchment paper, placing the Rosin extract in a container. You can get rid of any extra buds.
For more detailed steps, check out this process here!
How to Use Rosin
There are a few ways to consume rosin. Many people swear by vaporizing it. Others believe packing it into a blunt or joint offers just as good of an experience. Traditional dabbing is another option that includes using a dab rig to heat the product. You may have to try a few options to find the experience you enjoy best. Others turn rosin into edibles because the high-quality makeup of rosin leads to an exceptional experience.
One thing to keep in mind is that rosin is a premium product with high THC potency. This means that if you haven’t used rosin before, it’s best to start small. You can then adjust until you find the right dose.
Whether you go the route of buying or making your own Rosin, it’s important to know how to store it to preserve its quality. You can store it in parchment paper sealed in a jar. FEP sheets can also be a great option for the short-term storage of rosin. Other options include glass or silicone jars.
Rosin Vs. Resin
It’s important to clarify that rosin is not the same thing as resin. Live rosin is a product that comes from a careful extraction process. Live resin is extracted using a solvent. While live resin can be just as potent as live rosin, it often contains solvent additives.
Rosin requires a careful extraction process using heat and pressure. Learning how to make and store Rosin can provide you with a potent product with high THC levels.
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