Everybody's talking about it.
Many have tried it.
But just as many don't really know what it is.
It has taken the cannabis industry by storm.
And it's easy to see why.
In today's world, we value products that are clean and pure. No contaminants and a better high is a recipe for success.
The rosin industry has exploded as a result. Even better: we can all make our own rosin at home. Check out the numbers in that article...it's insanely profitable!
Let's take a closer look at this wonderful extract and see exactly why many are hailing it as the ONLY way to consume cannabis.
What Is Rosin?
In its standard meaning, rosin is a solid form of resin obtained from pines and other plants using heat. Fresh resin is heated to vaporize terpenes and form a semi-transparent compound that ranges in color from yellow to black. It is commonly used on violin bows.
When it comes to marijuana, the rosin process takes a marijuana product like flower, shake, kief or hash and adds heat and high pressure to produce a solvent-less hash oil (SHO). It is a quick and simple process that yields a golden sap with extremely high potency. Even better, no solvents are used in production.
Why Is Rosin So Popular?
Rosin has taken the industry by storm and there are 3 main reasons for that:
- Ease Of Production
Let's take a look at each in turn.
Potency of Rosin
The potency of rosin can vary a lot, depending on the material and the pressure, temperature and time used to process it. At its best, rosin has the potential to achieve a potency above 90% (flower can reach at most 30%). That makes rosin similar to other concentrates. The big difference is purity.
Purity of Rosin (Vs. BHO And Other Concentrates)
Rosin is extracted using heat and pressure only. No solvents are used whatsoever. That is what distinguishes rosin from other concentrates.
The one SHO gets compared to most often is butane hash oil (BHO). BHO uses butane to remove the cannabinoids from the terpenes. While the butane is purged from the oil, some residual solvent usually remains.
Moreover, the BHO extraction process allows you to cover up for low-quality starting material. The chemicals used make it possible to disguise moldy flower, cheap trim or some other undesirable material.
The process of extracting SHO does not give you this liberty, meaning you must use a high-quality input material. The rosin you end up with is a direct reflection of the starting material, because you can not change the chemical makeup. The integrity of the plant is maintained.
Ease Of Production
Producing a concentrate using a hydrocarbon solvent like butane takes at least 24 hours, because the solvent must be purged before the concentrate can be consumed.
Producing a batch of rosin takes mere seconds. If you take into account the time needed to heat up the plates, it still takes under 10 minutes. It can be produced using items most of us have at home. The entire process of making your own rosin is described in this article.
The one big advantage of BHO is that it is much easier to produce in bulk. While modern rosin presses have made it possible to produce larger quantities of rosin commercially and even at home, SHO will never attain the level of bulk production possible with BHO. Extracting SHO is simply a more labor-intensive process.
Despite being more labor intensive, the extraction of rosin is much more straightforward than BHO and that is why so many people have gotten themselves a hair-straightener and tried making their own.
But what if you don't want to make your own? You're in luck. More and more dispensaries now stock rosin. You just want to make sure you're getting a quality product for your money.
What To Look For When Buying Rosin
Most rosin being sold in stores is good quality, but there are exceptions. The good news is: since the quality of starting material is directly reflected in the final output, it is easy to identify subpar SHO. Here's what to look for:
Good rosin has a clean, light amber or tan color. It is consistent in color and shatter and sap forms should be translucent.
Green rosin indicates that plant matter (chlorophyll) is present. Plant matter can also look like small specks or hairs.
A dark color means older starting material, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is poor quality.
Since the output directly reflects the input, quality rosin smells like the flower it came from. If it has no smell, it's no good. Likewise, you want to avoid any with a hay-like smell.
Isn't it obvious?
If you haven't tried rosin, go out and get yourself some.
Better yet: make your own. It's surprisingly easy. Here's how to do it.
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