What is rosin?

Rosin is a cannabis concentrate that is solvent less rosin is not made with any solvents or chemicals. Using only heat and pressure to extract the cannabis compounds from the flower, hash, or kief, rosin is considered a cleaner and more natural concentrate or extract, but it’ll cost you: Rosin is typically more expensive than concentrates made with solvents however it could actually save some money when you press it with The Bakery Cannabis Store.

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Rosin is a cannabis extract made using heat and pressure only cannabis flower or other cannabis material is placed in a rosin press with heated metal plates and squished under high pressure causing the rosin to flow out. There is no chemicals or solvents involved in the process which many consumers like/prefer for health reasons. This process was originally used to create rosin for violin bows, which is where the concentrate gets its name.

Rosin doesn’t take much time to be prepared and can be consumed and enjoyed within minutes of making it. It’s also fairly easy to make rosin for the average enthusiast.

Unlike many other cannabis extracts that are further refined which remove other cannabinoids and terpenes, rosin preserves most of it giving it a true to strain effect and taste or smell it’s a full-spectrum extract, containing the cannabinoid and terpene profile of the original plant.

What is rosin made from?

Rosin can be made out of a variety of types of cannabis, including:

Which can all be purchased at our cannabis store The Bakery Cannabis

Another difference when compared to other cannabis concentrates is that the input material has a big difference on the quality of the output. For example with distillate often found in vape pens it is only THC which can be extracted from trimmings and other “waste” material and it will not effect the output quality. For rosin it is quality in quality out, I would reccomend choosing higher quality products when you would like them turned into rosin. People who consume rosin are usually looking for a nice flavor in their dabs and will often use flower or nugs to press it, which is the highest quality starting material.

Different flower or cannabis strains can give a different return even with the same or higher THC or CBD percentage. When looking for a good flower to press you want something that is fresh and has lots of trichomes and that is what is going to be the main thing getting turned into the concentrate.

 

Rosin can also be made from trim, kief, or hash, and is great to make if you have a surplus of any of those. Pressing trim, kief, or hash will refine them, although the final product won’t be as high of a quality as starting with flower or nugs. However kief or bubble hash can turn into some of the highest quality rosin around, depending on its quality.

Whats the difference between Rosin and Resin?

It’s easy to get resin and rosin confused, the main difference is that rosin is made without using any chemicals, while resin is made by using solvents to extract it. One trick to remember is the “e” or “o” in the word, think of “e” means “ehh resin uses solvents” and for the “o” means “Oh rosin is organic” sounds dumb but it helped me remember the difference.

Broadly speaking, resin is the sticky substance secreted by trichomes on marijuana plants. If you smoke enough flower in a pipe or bong, there will be a buildup of resin inside of it.

Resin which is also a cannabis concentrate extracted from cannabis through using solvents as a method of extraction, by using chemicals like propane, butane or C02, and others, in a closed-loop cannabis extraction system. 

As we’ve mentioned, rosin is a solventless extract its made by using only heat and pressure, without any chemicals or solvents. Both are made from dried cannabis material. 

These extracts can be complicated further with the terms “live” used before them. When a product is called “live” simply means that frozen cannabis plants were used to produce them instead of dried flower. 

The process for making rosin is typically more labor-intensive and costly, so it’s usually more more expensive than resins. Because rosins are solventless, they are thought to be cleaner because they don’t use chemicals and give a full spectrum extract.

Resins and live resin use solvents and closed loop systems, this makes it difficult and can be dangerous so it should be made only by professionals using the proper equipment and the products need to be tested after.

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Rosin is a solventless concentrate created through heat and pressure. BHO, short for “butane hash oil,” is a general name for concentrates that use solvents to be made. These would be made  Such as concentrates made with a solvent, or chemical, such as butane.

Rosin is seen as a cleaner and more organic product when it comes to concentrates since it doesn’t use any chemicals when being made. For any kind of BHO concentrate it needs to be purged using solvents, however it needs to be tested to make sure none or close to none of those chemicals are left before being sold through testing. Lots of customers prefer rosin because it doesn’t have any chemicals involved in making it..

Rosin is usually expensive when compared to BHO because the starting material needs to be higher quality and is a more intense and time consuming process. Rosin is considered one of the premium concentrates.

Shatter is a kind of BHO extract, its hard and brittle and looks like glass. Rosin is usually liquidy when its is freshly press and becomes more viscous when it dries.

How to make DIY solventless rosin

There are a few ways you can press flower, hash, or kief to make your own rosin. You can buy a small DIY rosin press for your home, which are easy to use but expensive, or simply use a hair straightener, which is trickier to use but much cheaper.

 

To see a rosin press in action, you can check out the video above, which shows a commercial press. DIY rosin presses are similar but smaller.

The downside to these devices is that they are expensive—they usually start at $400-500, and go up from there. DIY rosin presses are usually only for rosin connoisseurs.

How to press rosin with a hair straightener

You can also safely and inexpensively make rosin at home in a few minutes with some ordinary household tools, mainly, a hair straightener. 

When pressing cannabis plant material, a hot light yellow or amber oil will ooze out. Be careful, it’ll be sticky! Be sure to give yourself plenty of space, and watch that the oil doesn’t get all over the place. 

Additionally, use caution when pressing rosin because the press will be hot.

Rosin can be made with cannabis flower, kief, or hash. The higher the quality of starting material, the higher the quality of the pressed rosin. Pressing kief or trim won’t get you as great a rosin as pressing top-shelf nugs.

How to fold parchment paper when pressing

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It’s important to always use parchment paper when pressing. Not using wax paper will get a mess all over your press and will be messy to clean up, and potentially dangerous if it’s hot.

When pressing hash or kief, we recommend using a method called directional flow, or directional fold, which is a way of folding parchment to get a clean, consistently good press.

Directional flow does not need to be used when pressing flower, as the rosin created will be minimal—simply folding nugs in wax paper will suffice. When hash or kief is pressed, the amount of output created is much more substantial.

To use directional flow, fold wax paper like an envelope around the kief or hash you’re pressing, so that the wax paper is folded on three sides and open on one side. This folding will direct the flow of the concentrate out the open side when pressing for easy collection.

How many dabs will I get?

When pressing , you’ll get a lot less compared to how much cannabis flower you started with, but each dab of concentrate will be much more potent. Pressing flower into rosin at our cannabis store or dispensary can save you money! For example if you purchased it normally would cost around $50 per gram, but if you use our  rosin pressing service at The Bakery Cannabis you can expect around a 15-20% return. That means if you purchased a OZ of flower for $140 you can expect to get between 4g-5.5g of rosin, which would only cost about $25-$35 a gram. It also allows you a greater variety of choices.

For example, if you press a nug about the size of a gram, expect to get only a handful of dabs worth of output from it. That same nug might get you 3-4 bowls of flower with several hits, but when pressed, only about 4-5 dabs.

How to use rosin

Making rosin can be a great way to refine and purify low-grade cannabis such as trim or low-grade hash. It’s also great if you have a lot of cannabis, such as if you’re growing your own.

Rosin is dabbed like other concentrates, in a dab rig, e-rig, or dab pen, and it is typically done at a low temperature. It doesn’t need as much heat as other dabs, and low temperatures will preserve its terpene profile and flavor.

You can also sprinkle it into or on the outside of the joint to add some power to your joint or blunt. I’ve made some edibles and gummies using left over concentrates.