Do you love rosin but have no idea where it comes from? Or you know what it is but can’t tell the difference between rosin and other forms of marijuana? As the world of marijuana expands, you need to stay up-to-date with the latest cannabis concentrate trends.
The term “concentrate” is becoming one of the most confusing words in the cannabis industry. Furthermore, with three concentrates (rosin, resin, live resin) having similar names, it can be difficult to remember the characteristics that define each type.
Here is a guide that can help you understand rosin better.
What is rosin?
Rosin is a cannabis concentrate produced using pressure and heat to isolate the resinous essential oils and trichome heads. It is one of the safest concentrates you can make at home, and it creates a solid form.
Using low temperatures and higher pressure is one of the best ways to retain as many terpenes, making rosin as flavorful as other forms of cannabis concentrates.
Unlike other forms of cannabis concentrates, rosin is solventless. For example, concentrates such as wax or shatter use solvents like propane, alcohol, and butane, for extraction. Hence, with rosin, you don’t have to worry about remaining solvents impacting your health or high.
You can extract rosin from hash, kief, or dried flower, and it has a shatter-like appearance.
How it differs from other forms of marijuana
As mentioned earlier, a key difference between rosin and other forms of cannabis concentrates is that it’s the easiest and safest to extract at home. This is because it does not involve the use of potentially harmful extraction solvents.
Moreover, making rosin at home is cheap compared to other concentrates as it doesn’t require expensive equipment to extract. For example, extracting rosin is easy as purchasing a hair straightener and pressing your flower to get the golden oil.
Another key difference between rosin and Live Rosin is that it’s extracted from a dried flower that has been cured and dried. With Live Rosin, the extract needs to be frozen or fresh flower that has never been dried or cured.
Additionally, when compared to other concentrates, rosin most closely resembles the starting material because it doesn’t use solvents. Since rosin is a solvent-free concentrate, it allows cannabis users to focus on the medicine instead of what they’re ingesting.
And, this makes rosin increasingly popular as users don’t have to smoke or vape residual chemicals.
The texture of rosin also differs from other cannabis concentrates. While rosin tends to produce a solid form that is less appealing to the eye, other types of cannabis concentrate, such as BHO, produce a clear, glass-like appearance.
This often looks more appealing because of the use of solvents such as butane. But, the appearance of rosin doesn’t make it less strong than other solvent concentrates. Both solvent-free and solvent concentrates test between 60 and 90 percent THC, which provides you with a stronger high than the regular cannabis flower.
With rosin concentrates, you get the purest form of cannabis without altering its flavor and quality. Unfortunately, with other solvent concentrates, this is almost impossible because the residual solvent extract can change the taste of your concentrate.
However, this depends on how well you concentrate. The wrong extraction process can negatively impact your concentrate’s taste, whether it uses solvents or is solvent-free.
Making your own
To make your rosin at home, you’ll need a parchment paper, hair straightener, cannabis, dabber, and rosin bag. Ensure your hair straightener has customizable temperature controls, e.g., low, medium, and high. Place your cannabis into the rosin bag and don’t overfill as it can burst.
Place the rosin bag between two parchment papers and press it with your preheated straightener for 4 to 30 seconds. Lastly, use a dabber to collect the rosin.
This guide can help both amateurs and experts understand rosin and how to extract it correctly.