A rosin press is one of the best ways of maximizing the yield of your herbal extracts. It is also one of the safest and most environmentally friendly ways of extraction, not requiring solvents or other nasty chemicals.
What is Rosin?
Rosin itself is a solid resin extracted from pines and other plants and has been around for thousands of years; in fact, the name in Latin, “colophony”, derives from the ancient Ionic city of Colophon. So, it is an ancient technique that has been applied to everybody’s favorite herbs in more recent times.
When it comes to the medicinal herbs we are talking about, rosin means all the delicious terpenes and cannabinoids extracted together into a sticky resin that hardens at lower temperatures.
How did it All Begin?
Nobody knows where using rosin technology started, but it has been around since at least 2005, so people have gotten quite good at it and refined the techniques and equipment to be as efficient as possible.
Why Use Rosin?
Alternative ways of getting cannabis extract can be pretty nasty. Using butane to get what you want out of the cannabis is dangerous, fiddly and probably not very good for your health. Butane is explosive. If it is handled improperly, it can set you on fire or send hot shards of glass and boiling oil at your nice soft body. Best avoided then.
A “closed loop” extraction system can cost hundreds of dollars and can be really fiddly. Getting all the oil out of it while dealing with the still solvated butane is a technique best left to lab-trained guys in white overalls.
Alcohol is hardly any better. Not only does it stink, give you headaches and leave bad tastes if you do not extract it properly, it can be very difficult to get it right without setting yourself on fire.
Another downside to conventional methods of extraction is the use of plastics. There is a lot of fear around the effects of plastics on our bodies and our environment, and heating up micro plastics and inhaling the dark, carcinogenic smoke cannot be good for anybody. Also, to be avoided.
So, we are left with rosin. It requires a flat heat source , parchment paper (no toxic plastics here) and either flowers or hash. It can take just a few minutes and gets amazingly tasty resin/dab out of the end.
How to Make Rosin
To make rosin, you will need a Rosin Press, a few sheets of high quality, chlorine free parchment paper and your hash/cured flowers/cannabis.
You can use trim, shake, flowers, dry sift or keif, bubble or hash. Each will get a different yield, depending on the amount of oils left in them.
Proper hashish will get the most rosin and trim the least, so bear this in mind if you are expecting mega-yields from your trim jar.
Each different form of cannabis will give different flavors, tastes and smokes, a little experimentation should tell you what will make the best rosin.
Sometimes, the best bud doesn’t make the best rosin (though it usually does), so try a small batch before going all-out.
Just like vaporizing hash or bud, temperature is vital.
Low Temperature (70°C – 105°C) – yields tastier, more stable, buttery rosin.
High Temperature (105°C – 120°C) – higher yield but less stable and less flavorsome.
With temperatures, it is vital not to go anywhere above 150°C as this will activate the cannabinoids early and make your rosin less potent.
Save the heating for the vape you stick it in to enjoy.
Timing is key, it can make all the difference to your yields. Too long and it will heat up the extracts too much and result in rubbish rosin, too fast and you will not get a good yield at all.
Generally, do not heat for more than 90 seconds at any temperature.
Flowers take much less time, from 15 to 50/60 seconds to get a good yield.
It depends on the freshness of the herb and the strain, so again, try a little in different conditions before trying to rosin press everything.
Sift or bubble can take up to 90 seconds heating to get maximum yield, depending on their quality.
Experiment a little, it is a simple process and you will probably not explode or set yourself on fire.
This can be tricky and it is basically impossible to tell you how hard to press if you are not using a rosin tech press, just a pair of hair straighteners.
With a pair of hair straighteners and your hands, you have to press quite hard. Try a little before amount before you press a whole batch, you will get the feel for it.
If you have a dedicated rosin press machine, it will have settings on it that will give you all the options you need. The best rosin press just requires you to put your herbs in the bag, stick them into the rosin heat press and press the button.
What to do with your Rosin
When you have pressed your rosin out of the hash/shake/whatever, it will have accumulated on the parchment paper.
It should just peel off, you can scrape the residues up easily and get a delightful ball of tasty, concentrated, solvent and plastic-free rosin.
Rosin is quite stable but does not respond well to high temperatures.
Like on the back of a package, store in a cool, dry place, preferably in a sealed container. It will last for a few weeks at maximum potency, then tail off.
Best to prepare it fresh and consume within a few days.
While rosin preparation is easier and safer than butane or alcohol methods, it is important to stress that high temperatures and pressures are dangerous.
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Concentrates are rapidly becoming the biggest thing in the USA and around the world! The dabbing scene these days is moving at lightening quick speed. More and more people on this side of the pond are looking to enhance their experience across the board.
With concentrates, and particularly rosin, you will see improvements in terms of purity, effect, flavor and even greater health benefits. As a result it is easy to see why concentrates are quickly becoming THE most sought after way to use your herbs.
The RosinBomb US version has finally landed and it allows even complete amateurs to press rosin from the comfort of your own home with absolutely no effort.
Purity and Simplicity with the Rosinbomb
The rosin pressing process itself involves applying a little bit of heat (just enough to melt the resin) and a HUGE amount of pressure to your buds or hash in order to liquefy the resin and then squeeze it out of the waste material and onto your parchment paper.
The yields are phenomenal with up to and over 20% achievable from high grade starting flower and anything up to 90% and higher with fine grade hash.
This desktop powerhouse is really an absolute monster in disguise.
At only 16 inches tall it is no larger than an average sized coffee machine and, although it is pretty hefty at just under 16 kg, it is small enough to fit in a large backpack if you want to go mobile, which is great as not everyone wants it just sat out on the side all the time taking up valuable space.
With this, you can just tuck it away in a cupboard and forget about it until next time you need it. All that said, it can still generate in excess of 5500 lbs of force which translates, when using their 4.5 inch x 2.5 inch mesh pouches, to over 490 psi of pressure exerted on your material.
Why not buy a cheap manual rosin press in the USA?
Quite simply, it’s all about the quality of the final product.
Pressure is one of the things that makes the RosinBomb so much more effective than all these cheap manual press methods which involve a process similar to hair straighteners where you can barely exert but a small fraction of the kinds of pressures that are needed.
As a result of the lack of pressure in a manual press you require more heat but the more heat you apply, the lower the quality of the final product. The lack of pressure also results in lower yields as more material is left in the plant due to lack of force being applied to squeeze it all out.
Each plate is precisely heated to get the resin into a liquid state, ready to be squeezed out, and you can fine tune the temperature settings via the controls on the press itself.
The RosinBomb Super is capable of processing up to half an ounce (14 grams) of material at once without any loss of efficiency so you don’t even have to worry about big batches taking a long time.
Once you are used to using it the RosinBomb presses product at an very impressive rate.
Please note: you can fit more than 14 grams in between the plates but this will reduce overall pressure and thus the efficiency and therefore the yield.
No noisy compressors or hydraulic pumps!
This thing is an absolute beast but the RosinBomb somehow manages to perform all it’s magic whilst remaining almost completely noiseless.
Not only that, but it will also only draw 3.5 amps of power at peak force, so you don’t even have any big electricity bills to worry about.
It’s a complete system in one box, no extra hydraulic pumps or air compressors needed, just open the box, place it on the side, turn it on and less than 30 minutes later it is all heated up and ready to go.
You’ll be enjoying freshly pressed dabs in no time at all with some of the purest flavor and strongest effect you’ll ever have experienced.
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