How to Make Rosin Dabs at Home?

You don't need expensive equipment to make Rosin dabs at home. Read on to understand a simple process to make Rosin dabs with cannabis buds.
14 November 2018
6 min read
How to Make Rosin Dabs at Home?

  • 1. How to make rosin with cannabis buds?
  • 2. Why make rosin at home?
  • 3. Will the rosin be potent?

There’s a new trend in the cannabis industry. Just about everyone wants to smoke something containing the maximum amount of THC. Most cannabis strains produce a maximum of 25-30 percent THC. But, what if you want to enjoy something more potent, more powerful?

You dab – yes, that’s what you do. Not the dance form, silly – I’m talking about concentrates. Although cannabis concentrates are extracted from the bud itself, they contain high levels of THC. Some concentrates have more than 70 percent THC. As the name suggests, a cannabis concentrate is a concentrated form of the THC or resin present in the plant.

Since the extract contains only the resin and THC sans the plant material, it is much more powerful than regular buds. For medical cannabis users, it’s a boon to be able to smoke or vape extracts or even use them in edibles because it simply works faster while delivering perfect doses to get rid of ailments.

Whether you’re a recreational or a medical marijuana user, extracts are the new big thing in the cannabis industry. Concentrates such as Butane Hash Oil, Rosin, Budder, Shatter, and Dry Ice Hash have become very popular in recent times. No matter what you try, the high is so powerful that you only need a single puff to rest your head on floating clouds.

You can make several extracts at home, but I’ll talk about Rosin today. To make quality Rosin, you’ll need a hydraulic press, but that’s expensive. So, we will stick to equipment that’s easily accessible and affordable at the same time.

How to Make Rosin With Cannabis Buds?

How to Make Rosin Dabs at Home?: Close Look at Cannabis Rosin

Rosin can be made with both buds and dry sift/kief that’s usually found at the bottom of your grinder. For now, we will stick to cannabis buds. Here’s a step by step procedure that can help you make Rosin at home in no time.

  • Gather all equipment

Flat Iron or Hair Straightener

Rosin screens

High-quality marijuana

A bar clamp or some sort of press to apply adequate pressure

Baking or parchment paper

A dabber or blade to collect the Rosin

  • Break the buds coarsely

The amount of bud you’ll use will depend on the amount of concentrate you need. Once you get a hang of this, it’ll become easier, but until then you have to experiment. For starters, you can begin with a bud of medium size. If using a hair straightener, make small batches and collect all the Rosin at the end.

Remember that the buds shouldn’t exceed the surface of the hair straightener or flat iron. So, start with a bud that’s as big as your thumb. Now, break up the buds and fill it in the Rosin screen. Pack them tightly. Rosin screens work great even if you’re using Kief instead of bud. It prevents plant material from entering the extract.

If you don’t have a Rosin screen, a 4”x4” parchment paper will work fine. Place the bud on the paper and fold it in half. Now, you have a small parchment paper that fits inside the hair straightener.

  • Apply heat on the bud

Rosin can be extracted only when heat and pressure are combined together. The more the pressure, the higher the yield, but it doesn’t work that way with heat.  If you apply too much heat, the buds can burn and you’ll be left with black roasted buds that are good for nothing.

Typically, temperatures ranging from 240°F to 300°F (115°C to 150°C) will be perfect. Just make sure you don’t go overboard. If the temperature cannot be controlled, simply switch off the straightener or iron just before you press the buds.

Now, switch on the hair straightener and wait for it to reach desired temperatures. Keep the heat on its lowest setting to prevent problems. Place the Rosin screen filled with the buds in between the hair straightener.

  • Apply pressure

This is the most crucial part. Many people use a manual press to apply more pressure on the straightener. Keep the straightener flat and firmly press the bud. As stated already, your yields increase with pressure but don’t overdo it lest your straightener breaks down.

The best way to extract more Rosin is to place the hair straightener in between a manual press, but if you don’t own one, simply use your hands – whatever works for you. You can also place the straightener on a flat surface to ensure that there’s more pressure. If the heat shoots above temperatures recommended, switch off the straightener.

Now, with the buds in between the straightener, apply pressure. Press evenly so that the Rosin is extracted from all sides. After ten seconds or so, you will hear a hissing sound, which indicates that the buds are secreting the Rosin. You’ll also see Rosin oozing out on the sides of the Rosin screen.

  • Collect the Rosin

If you see a bright yellow substance on the parchment paper, congratulations, you have Rosin! The Rosin will also stick to the sides of the Rosin screen, so use a dabber or any object with a pointed tip to collect the gooey material. It’s okay to press the straightener again and repeat the process to collect some more Rosin.

Rosin screens prevent plant matter, but it’s quite possible for some pistils to get into the rosin. If you see anything green, simply use the dabber to clean it. Once you’ve collected all the Rosin, store it in an air-tight container, just like you store hash or pollen. Rosin tastes good even if you store and use it after a long time provided you store it well.  

So, there you have it – your very own, homemade Rosin that can be used for several illnesses including back pain, headaches, migraines, etc.

Why make Rosin at home?

How to Make Rosin Dabs at Home?: Piece of Cannabis Rosin

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You can make any kind of concentrate if you have the right equipment. Most users try to make Butane Hash Oil (BHO) at home, but it’s best to not try it unless you have a lot of experience. For one, Butane is flammable and dangerous. If something goes wrong, your entire home could be destroyed within a matter of seconds.

Yes, there are many people making BHO at home, but why take such a huge risk when you can make beautiful Rosin and other concentrates at home? Another important thing to remember while making BHO is that you need to remove the Butane completely from the final product. Failure to do so will result in lung irritation.

On the other hand, making Rosin is completely safe and you don’t have to worry about anything remaining in the final concentrate. You can dab without guilt and your lungs will thank you for it. Also, it’s cheap and easy to make Rosin. All you need is a hair straightener, and voila, you have Rosin.

Of course, you’re probably wondering about the quality of your Rosin. And the yields too. While the quality will be as good (if you use high-quality bud) as the concentrates you find in a dispensary, the yields will certainly differ. This is because dispensaries use tools like Rosin Tech or Rosin TRP that cost at least $500 and above. They also use different tools to extract all the Rosin from the bud.

Since you’re using only a hair straightener, and the pressure you apply won’t be equal to Rosin Tech unless you’re the Hulk yourself, you’re going to end up with slightly smaller yields. But again, that’s okay because you perhaps need only a small amount for your personal use. It makes sense to buy a Rosin tech or any other hydraulic press if you’re selling the concentrates, but a hair straightener is perfect if you don’t need a lot.

Will the Rosin be potent?

You’re not wrong to ask this question, especially when you’re using a simple tool compared to big dispensaries that invest a lot in special equipment. Obviously, stuff made using sophisticated tools will be better than homemade ones, but you got good news here. Although your yields will be lesser than that of a dispensary, the potency will not change.

Whether you make the Rosin with a flat iron used to press clothes or a hair straightener or Rosin tech, the potency will remain the same. For instance, if you use high-quality Green Crack buds, the Rosin will smell and taste like a Green Crack extract you bought at the dispensary.

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As long as the buds are full of flavor and cured properly, you don’t need to worry about the potency. Additionally, applying heat on the buds will not reduce the potency either. Think of it as making edibles. You need to decarboxylate marijuana before making edibles so that the THC is activated. The procedure to make Rosin is similar where you’re applying heat to activate the THC.

The best way to ensure that you have high-quality Rosin is to grow your own cannabis at home. This way, you’re absolutely sure of the final product and you also get to experiment and make different kinds of extracts. For medical cannabis users, it’s especially important to use good quality flowers, or you’ll be disappointed.

If you can’t afford the buds or extracts sold at the dispensary, make up your mind and start growing cannabis at home today!




14 November 2018