March 18, 2019
Making Rosin at Home
Rosin refers to an extraction process that utilizes a combination of heat and pressure. This method is incredibly versatile, it can be accomplished with flowers, hash, and kief. The result is a translucent, sappy, and sometimes shatter-like product. If executed correctly, rosin can rival the flavor, potency, and yield of other solvent-based extraction products.
Best of all, it only takes seconds. These reasons have led to homemade rosin being very popular. Furthermore, rosin helped break the wall down between the technical side of cannabis and their fandom. Those wanting to enter the field but unaware of the right steps now had an easy option to invest in.
Ingredients for Making Rosin at Home
- Hair Straightener (try to find one with a low setting of around 300 degrees Fahrenheit or lower — any higher and you begin to lose valuable terpenes as they evaporate off)
- Starting Material (this can be cannabis flowers, bubble hash, or kief)
- Parchment Paper (unbleached, if possible)
- Collection Tool (Many dabber tools work well here, although you can get creative!)
Step by Step
1: Put on your heat-resistant gloves (Don’t make me say “I told you so.”). Turn on the hair straightener to the lowest setting (around 300 degrees Fahrenheit). Cut a 4×4” piece of parchment paper and fold it in half. Place your starting material inside of the folded piece of parchment paper and apply some light pressure.
2: Carefully place your starting material inside of the paper lining the inside flat surface of the hair straightener. Apply some pressure to the hair straightener while crushing your material.
3: Remove the parchment paper containing your starting material from the hot surface of the hair straightener (REMEMBER: BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF!) Take your collection tool and use it to remove any flattened nug pieces. If you have remaining starting flower, bubble hash, or kief to run, use a new piece of parchment paper and run everything before moving to STEP 4.
4: Remove remaining visible plant material from the sample on the parchment paper. Fold the finished oil in between the parchment paper to flatten it to your liking. Place the product and parchment paper on a cool surface for a few seconds to make the material easier to work with.
If the process does not work for you, try again!