What is Rosin? Here’s Our Complete Marijuana Guide

The complete guide
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on February 4, 2018

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There is never a dull moment in the cannabis industry, with something new emerging every week it can be hard to keep up! That being said, it is hard to resist showing some interest when a new topic rolls around with the potential to become the next big thing!

We have had it all; THC, CBD, vaping, oils, blunts, edibles, and today we bring you… Rosin! The most recent trend to make waves in the marijuana world, Rosin is the cost-effective DIY answer to a pure cannabis concentrate.

In this article, we will explore the complete guide to Rosin, what it is, what it does, and how you can do it yourself from the comfort of your own home.

What Is Rosin?

If you haven’t heard about Rosin yet, where have you been hiding? Thought to have been discovered in 2015, and is a cannabis extract that has absolutely no solvents contained in it. This is fantastic news for medical marijuana users who opt for a THC treatment, because it provides all the high with none of the added risks!

Also, Rosin is not only safer than other concentrates out there at the moment, but it is incredibly simple to make and very cost effective! In fact, Rosin is so easy to produce that it is being done by cannabis aficionados across the world with as little as 4 pieces of equipment and a spare 15 minutes!

There are many cannabis concentrates on the market at the moment, the newest of which is Rosin. However, as time moves on we suspect more and more concentrates to appear in the industry as people move towards healthier non-smoking methods of consumption.

Up to now, Rosin has to be one of the simplest methods of producing a safer high-quality product. Unlike all other cannabis concentrates which use solvents in their extraction process, Rosin is a pure way of achieving excellent results. Whether it is butane, CO2 extraction or ethanol, other concentrates require potentially toxic elements to produce the end result. If done incorrectly, these methods of extraction can be extremely dangerous both to the creator and the consumer!

How Do You Make Rosin?

Unlike all that has come before it, Rosin uses an extremely quick, easy and safe extraction process. The best bit is that you probably already have everything you will require at home!
What you will need:

  1. A pair of hair straighteners
  2. Parchment paper
  3. A collection tool
  4. Heat resistant gloves

The whole process can be done in 15 minutes and if done well, can produce a super high-quality concentrate that can challenge the flavor, potency, and yield of the more old-school solvent-based extraction products. Put your marijuana flower into the straightener (which should be no higher than 300 degrees F) as if they were a large pair of tweezers, and then simply squeeze and apply pressure – you should see during this process a wax-like substance appear, which will become more brittle once cooled.

The Rosin extraction method simply uses a combination of heat and pressure to create a versatile concentrate, it is really as simple as it sounds. By applying the pressure and heat from the straighteners, you are isolating the concentrated cannabinoids from the flowers. The biggest element to this is the pressure you can put on the material, the greater the pressure, the better the results. Putting on immense pressure will force the liquid concentrate from the material, leading to a better product. While the heat is necessary, it is important to make sure that you are not over-heating the material. A temperature too high can lead to reduced quality terpenes.

This method of extraction can be applied to a wide range of things, from dried bud to marijuana flowers and more – making it super versatile.

What Are the Benefits of Rosin?

There are very few disadvantages to this industry-changing concentrate. I mean, let’s face it:

  • It is cheaper
  • It couldn’t be more simple to do
  • It is the safest extraction method to date
  • It is versatile
  • It is potent

When it comes to this new and exciting trend in the marijuana world, there seems to be a very little downside! Not only is this method a fantastic way for the less experienced users to get into experimenting themselves in a safe way. Rosin is also a wonderful solution for many medical marijuana patients. Those who choose to gain the medicinal benefits from all the cannabinoids rather than just CBD can look to this as a way forward. Also, coupled with the fact that it involves no extra byproducts, no need to inhale smoke and no expensive fees – it really is an incredible discovery!

And if all this wasn’t enough – the flavors produced by Rosin are said to be extra smooth and clear in taste.

Risks of Rosin

While we can’t praise this new concentrate enough, we must mention the risks of Rosin (of which there are hardly any to date!). One of them is cost – while some dispensaries do sell Rosin, it is not always available and will cost more than you may be used to, simply because of its higher levels of THC.

In terms of actual health risks, we did have to really try hard to find many. The most obvious one is to use Rosin with care; like many concentrates it is incredibly potent. Ensure you use it wisely, because a little will go a very long way and if overused, it can lead to all of the unpleasant side-effects that come with too much psychoactive THC!

Finally, we would recommend you be extra careful if you choose to try this method out yourself, as there is a risk of burning when using the straighteners.

Final Thoughts About Rosin

Overall, we can’t really complain too much about Rosin – its benefits certainly outweigh the negatives, and we love anything that can provide a safer, cheaper and tastier way of consuming cannabis!
All the benefits of a strong concentrate, with less of the risk and less of the fuss – are you going to add Rosin to your list of things to try?

8 comments
  1. Mabel Wood
    Easy to make

    Even I did not know about Rosin. I live in Phoenix and have been smoking from the last one year, but had never heard of rosin before. I am going to try making this, it seems to be quick and easy. Will get back to you with the results soon!

  2. Kellie
    Small dose cooking this way

    can you make this with gram of flower? How much flower do you need ? Can this be done on a daily and if so how much would users need to use this method ?

  3. Olen Burton
    Is it the same?

    Is rosin the same as cannabis resin? I read 10 articles on cannabis and CBD today, am a newbie and want to gather some information, but could not understand the rosin thing.

  4. Lyle
    Little help plse

    I’m confused. I guess it’s implied that you put the parchment paper over the hot edges of the straightener —- yes? No? And then scrape off whatever condensate appears? And then use it by ….? Putting it in a pipe? Eating it? Is there a reliable way to test for potency before eating or smoking it? I get over-stoned rather easily still. I’ve seen resins at the dispensary and did not get a clear answer when I asked these questions (the counter guy said “any way you want” (gee, tanks)). Sorry to be such an ignorant NooB.

    1. Tammye Stevens
      Need more details

      GREAT QUESTIONS! Hope they get you some answers. Was really disappointed with the lack of details.

    2. Payton
      how to do it

      I watched a video on how to do it on you-tube it’s really easy. you put the bud between the wax paper and then the paper inside the hair straightener, then just squeeze down the hair straightener. once youve squeezed really hard for like 30 seconds i think, then you open the paper up and scrape off the rosin with a needle, screw-driver or literally anything.

      1. Bioteknik
        Parchment paper is not wax paper be careful

        Woe. No wax paper. Parchment paper isnt wax paper. Non stick parchment paper.

        U can put it in small rosin bags then the parchment paper and press.

        NO WAX PAPER. Difference betwen the 2. Just wanted to get that across

  5. Lucifer
    VOC I need this in my life and hope it works...anyone with successes or things I should avoid...much love.

    I love experimenting with new types of tree highs…..woul love to start my own oils if it’s only what you descripted why aren’t more people doing? Or am I missing something?

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