Rosin (pronounced rAHsin) has become popular as a simple and affordable way to quickly produce a high-quality product – and many people love that they don’t have to deal with butane. This easy technique turns subpar dry-sift into refined, full-melt dabs at an acceptable yield. The process is fairly straightforward, and works by using heat and pressure to extract essential oils from the cannabis flower or hash. The yields are similar to other extraction techniques and range between 10-15% with flower.
The Rosin Tech Process
The rosin technique is quick, simple, and affordable, as there are a number of rosin presses available to do the job. Create quality, solvent-free hash in a matter of seconds – you only need a few simple tools. So gather a few buds and follow these 10 simple tips.
Rosin Press Tips and Tricks
- The Right Tools. Producing rosin requires a temperature of between 240 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit. All you need: a ceramic plate and a heat source on both sides of the press. If you plan to run up more than half an ounce, you may want to consider investing in a Rosin press.
- Work with Small Nugs. Your starting material should be about 1/2 inch to 1/3 inch bits. Smaller nugs create more surface space, which means the rosin has a better opportunity to reach parchment. Otherwise, you lose valuable terpenes each time you run your chips over and over again. It’s more time pressing, but the end result makes it worth it.
- Wear Gloves. They’re inexpensive – less than $10 – and your fingers will thank you.
- Temperature Matters. WARNING: Do not go higher than 300 degrees, as it can be dangerous. Lower temperatures in the 200s will yield less, but produce more flavor and the end material is more stable. Higher temps yield more, but there’s less flavor and the end material is less stable.
- Let the Sizzle Guide You. It’s a great way to gage when sublimation (when oil changes from liquid to a gaseous state) is occurring. It usually takes about five to seven seconds to hear the sizzle. Once you do, let up on the pressure a second or two later and remove the parchment from the heat source.
- Choose the Right Screen. 25 Micron screens work great when processing lesser-grade hash and kief. To process flower, you can also use the 90 Micron Tea filters. If your flower rosin consistently has small impurities in it, use a dabber tool to remove them.
- Garbage In, Garbage Out. If you’re not producing adequate yields, take a look at your starting material. If the flower has poor rosin, you’ll end up with poor hash oil. Pretty simple.
- Cool Off. Once you press your starting material, let the parchment stabilize in your freezer for about 10 seconds. It helps if your samples tend to be on the sappy side.
- Some Things You Can’t Do. If you don’t like your BHO and want to clean it, don’t try to rosin it. It can’t be done.
- Collect with a Ball Point Dabber. It helps you roll the tool over the paper, meaning you get the best coverage.