Standing out amongst a range of cannabis concentrates is the beloved solventless extract, rosin. Due to its simple extraction method, it is one of the purest forms of cannabis oil, offering an incredibly smooth and flavorful vaping experience.
How is rosin made?
Rosin is created without the use of any solvents or chemicals. Instead, as a solventless concentrate, heat and pressure are used to extract and separate the trichomes from the plant matter. The delicate extraction process preserves many of the cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant, resulting in a complex, full-bodied profile.
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Due to the lack of chemicals and solvents, rosin is actually one of the easiest concentrates to make. In fact, it’s possible to make it at home yourself, relatively safely, with just a handful of materials. However, rosin sold at dispensaries is made using a rosin press machine, which results in a higher, more potent yield.
How to make rosin at home
First, you’ll need to gather a handful of materials. You can use flower, kief, or hash to create rosin. You can even use hemp flower if you want to make CBD rosin. If using kief or hash, you will want to place it in a rosin extraction bag. This is optional if using flower.
Place your flower or extraction bag between parchment paper; it is now ready for extraction. Next, you will need to apply heat and pressure to the parchment paper. One of the simplest ways to do this at home is by using a hair straightener. If this experiment turns into a regular hobby, you may want to invest in a home rosin press, which is surprisingly affordable. This tool will help you yield higher-quality extracts and more quantity with less effort.
Live Rosin Versus Rosin
The difference between live rosin and regular rosin lies in the type of plant material used for extraction. Live rosin uses fresh or flash frozen flower that’s never been dried or cured. This material is raw cannabis that is frozen immediately after harvest, avoiding the devastating drying, curing, and trimming phases. However, general rosin uses dried flower, hash, or kief. Therefore, the extraction processes vary slightly between the two. Live rosin has an additional step— extracting the bubble hash from the flower first, which can be done using water and, often, ice.
Where to buy rosin in Washington
As one of the most popular cannabis concentrates, rosin can be found in the majority of legal dispensaries as well as across the black market. If you’re located in or around Buckley, Washington, head to Mr. Bills of Buckley dispensary for a wide range of rosin products. Our knowledgeable budtenders can answer any of your questions about this popular concentrate and recommend products based on your preferences.