Get Your Squeeze On: The Art of Making Rosin
Get Your Squeeze On: The Art of Making Rosin
In recent years, cannabis enthusiasts have benefited from the innovations in extraction techniques. From hash to shatter to wax and beyond, there are now more options than ever for enjoying cannabis concentrates. One of the most recent additions to the concentrates family is rosin, a solventless concentrate made with nothing but heat and pressure.
The origins of rosin can be traced to 2006 when Compashon—a member of the online cannabis community ICMag—wrote a post about his own homemade hash-making experiments. He found that by applying heat to cannabis, he could extract a thick oil that he dubbed "rosin." The message spread like wildfire and soon, other members of the ICMag community were trying it out themselves.
Today, rosin is one of the most popular concentrates for cannabis enthusiasts. Not only is it a safe and solvent-free way to enjoy concentrates, but it also yields some of the most flavorful and potent results without the need for expensive equipment. If you’re looking for a new way to elevate your cannabis experience, rosin may just be the thing you need. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of making rosin at home and provide tips for getting the best results. So, let’s get to it!
A rosin primer: What you'll need to get started
The art of making rosin is relatively simple and hasn't changed much since Compashon posted that fateful ICMag thread. The process involves applying heat and pressure to cannabis flower or concentrate material in order to press out the precious resin.
This can be done with a variety of tools, including hair straighteners, pressing plates, and other devices specifically designed for rosin production. For most home producers, a hair straightener is the best option thanks to its low cost and ease of use.
You'll also need some parchment paper, which will act as the medium for your rosin. This paper is heat resistant and allows you to easily collect the resin as it is pressed out of the material. Lastly, you'll need some cannabis material to press. For the best results, use high-quality dry flower or concentrate material.
From bud to rosin: The pressing process
Once you have all your materials together, it's time to start pressing! Start by preheating your device (if necessary) to the desired temperature. For most materials, a temperature between 55-105°C (130-220°F) is recommended.
Take a small piece of material about the size of a dime and place it inside the parchment paper. Fold the parchment over the material to create a small pouch, then place it in between the plates of your pressing device. Close the device and apply firm, steady pressure for 1-2 minutes. Avoid pressing too hard, as this can cause your material to become burned or crushed.
Once the pressing is complete, open the device and carefully remove the parchment paper. You should see a thin layer of sap on one side of the paper. This is your rosin! Carefully scrape it off with a dab tool and enjoy.
Rosin-making secrets: Tips for elevated results
Making rosin is a science as well as an art. You'll want to experiment with different techniques and parameters to find what works best for your material. So before you start squishing your own rosin, here are a few things to keep in mind:
First and foremost, use good quality material. It makes a difference in the potency, flavour, and overall quality of your rosin. You can use either flower or concentrate material, but if you're just getting started, stick to flower.
Second, play around with different temperatures and pressing times until you find what works best for your material. Too low and you won't extract enough resin; too high and your rosin will become dark and burnt.
Finally, always practice safety first. Use heat-resistant materials when handling hot devices and never touch the heated surfaces directly. Make sure to keep all materials away from children, pets, and flammable objects.
Everyone's rosin-making will be a little bit different and it may take some trial and error to get the desired results. With a little practice and patience, you'll soon find your groove and be making rosin like a pro.
Squish and savour: Creative ways to enjoy rosin
Once you've pressed your rosin, it's time to enjoy your creation! There are a few different ways to use rosin, so let your creativity and imagination be your guide. Here are the most popular ways to enjoy rosin:
Dabbing: For the purest experience, dabbing is the way to go. A rig and dab tool will allow you to get the full flavour and effects of your rosin. And since it's so potent, a little dab will do ya!
Vaping: If vaping is more your thing, you can use rosin in a concentrate vaporizer. This is a great way to enjoy the full flavour and potency of your rosin in a more discreet way.
Joints & Bowls: Try adding it to a joint or bowl for an extra boost of flavour and strength. For best results, mix it with some flower and enjoy!
Edibles: You can also use your rosin to make edibles. Add the rosin to butter or oil (olive oil works best) and use it as a base for all your favourite cannabis-infused treats.
Topicals: Finally, use rosin to make topicals like balms and salves. Add it to your favourite carrier oil or beeswax and apply it to your trouble spots for localized relief.
No matter how you choose to enjoy your rosin, there's no doubt it will add a delicious and potent element to your next cannabis experience. So get pressing, and experience the world of rosin first-hand!
The future of concentrates: Why rosin is here to stay
Since Compashon first started making rosin, it has become one of the most popular concentrates among cannabis enthusiasts. The ease of production, quality results, and lack of solvents make it an attractive option for those looking to take their cannabis experience to the next level.
With its potent flavour and high terpene content, rosin offers an exceptionally pure and satisfying experience. Plus, it's easy to make at home with minimal equipment and supplies. So if you're looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy cannabis, give rosin a try - you won't be disappointed. Good luck!