As cannabis becomes more of a household drug, becoming more accepted across the nation, more people have started growing their own weed at home instead of spending money at the dispensary on a weekly basis. If you prefer to take dabs to get high than inhale combusted plant matter, growing your own crop might seem like a dumb decision – after all, it’s unlikely that you’ll fully enjoy the experience in the end as a connoisseur of concentrates, right?
What if I said you can make concentrates at home, use no solvents like butane or CO2, and the process doesn’t require any more than you probably already have on hand? With the handy-dandy Rosin technique, all you need is a lot of fresh bud, parchment, and a heated hair straightener or flat iron.
What Is Rosin?
The Rosin Technique isn’t named after a person, as much as it might sound like that if you are unfamiliar with the substance. Rosin is a type of concentrate made without solvents, usually through pressure and heat combined. It doesn’t use butane, CO2, propane, or any other hazardous gases in its creation, and it is virtually indistinguishable from shatter you can pick up from the store.
Rosin retains the flavor of the bud you used, it honey-like and sticky to the touch, and it is just as strong as concentrates produced in more industrial methods. It requires a little bit of work on your end to produce, but as far as downsides, that’s about as far as it goes.
To start, you will need 4 things: lots of bud, parchment paper, a hair straightener or flat iron, and a tool to collect the rosin with (such as a razor blade).
Set your hair straightener or flat iron to about 330° to 350° Fahrenheit, and let it heat up.
Place a couple grams into your parchment paper and fold it so none spills out, then squeeze the bud with the straightener for about 3 to 4 seconds. Be sure to squeeze VERY hard, to the point that you break some of the plant apart with the iron.
Remove the bud inside the paper, and be careful touching the parchment as it may be very hot. Carefully unwrap it, and you should notice a good amount of resin buildup on the parchment where the weed was compressed.
Take your razor blade (or other resin harvesting device), and scrape up what was collected into another container. You should be able to repeat this process a few more times with each bud, gathering a slightly diminished amount of rosin with each succeeding compression.
When you’ve gathered enough rosin from your bud, be sure to turn off the straightener, and you’re ready to take some homemade dabs!
One of the best parts of this technique is that very little gets wasted, so if your buds still look pretty good after you have squeezed them a couple times to extract resin, they probably can still be used by itself – try cooking it into edibles or combining with your freshly made dabs in a pipe to really get all you can out of your crop!
By Erik Petrovich, Bee-Nails