What Is Rosin: The Ultimate Guide for Cannabis Enthusiasts

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If you are looking for a concentrated form of marijuana that does not have many potentially harmful solvents or chemicals, rosin is for you. But you might be wondering what rosin is and why it is so good. 

What Rosin Is

Rosin is the resin or oil that is in the trichomes that cover the cannabis plant’s surface. You can use a process to squeeze out the oil from the bud and allow it to harden to make your own rosin. Rosin is an extract, or concentrate, that is in the same family as oil, wax, and shatter.

Why People Like Rosin

One reason that rosin is in high demand today is that it can be extracted without using solvents, such as carbon dioxide, butane, or propane. This means that there will not be harmful chemicals in rosin unless they were on the plant in the first place. This is unlikely. 

Another reason that so many people like rosin is that it is fairly easy to make. You just need pressure and heat to make the rosin, and you can even get weed presses to squeeze out the rosin from the plant. 

Rosin is also more potent and purer than other types of concentrates. When you apply pressure or heat to the cannabis buds, the rosin can separate from the plant faster. However, that might also tend to dilute how potent the extract is, particularly compared to other types of extracts. If you want to get higher, you might have to use a bit more.

Rosin vs. Other Extracts

When it comes to the potency of the plant, rosin is similar to other types of extracts, such as THC oil, tinctures, and hemp oil. If you want to have strong effects from just one type of cannabis product, then rosin is a great option. 

Unlike with other concentrates that you can get at dispensaries, the quality of the rosin depends completely on the quality of the material that you use to start out. If you have a strain that is high in CBD or THC, the rosin will also be more potent in that cannabinoid. 

When making rosin, there is no way of compensating for the starting material’s impurities. If there are issues with the plants, such as mould or mildew, CO2 extraction or butane extraction can compensate for the issues. However, with rosin, these methods are not used in the first place. Luckily, if you know that the buds were of high quality, then you will also know that the rosin is of high quality.

How Do You Use Rosin

How Do You Use Rosin?

Because you can usually get rosin in a waxy or solid form, you will need a vaporizer or dab rig to use rosin. If you have a dab rig that uses an open flame, you can get high temperatures, and that will give you a thicker and larger smoke that can have a strong, immediate effect. 

You might decide instead that you should adjust the vaporizer to a lower temperature, which means you will get a better cannabinoid and terpene profile. With a lower temperature, you can vaporize the rosin so you can then inhale the vapour and preserve the CBD and THC.

A lower temperature makes a cooler, thinner smoke, and it is less likely to irritate your lungs or throat like smoke from higher temperatures can. Vaporizing the rosin at a lower temperature can delay its effects a bit. It will not take quite as long as edibles can, but it will not give you such an immediate rush as if you were using higher temperatures for vaping or dabbing. The choice you make will depend on your preferences. 

Making Your Own Rosin

It is easy to make your own rosin. You just need parchment paper, a flat iron, and your cannabis. Now, estimate around 2 grams of cannabis and break it into four pieces. Next, heat the flat iron and tear off a piece of parchment paper. Fold it in half and put a piece of cannabis between the paper. 

When the iron is hot enough, put the paper in the flat iron. Press the iron together for around three seconds and remove the paper carefully. There will be a stain around the bud, which is resin. Move the cannabis to another place and press for another three seconds. If there is room, move the bud to another place for another three seconds. Now, scrape off the rosin. 

Buying Good Rosin

You can make your own rosin at home, but the results may not be to your liking. Buying your own often lets you choose from a more concentrated range of products. Many tips on what to look for are the same as for other types of concentrates.

Buying Good Rosin


The rosin should be a tan or light amber colour. If it is green, there might be some plant material still in there, which can decrease the quality and potency of the product. If it is dark, then the buds were old when the rosin was extracted. If you cannot find tan rosin, you can still get some high-quality rosin in a darker colour. 


If the rosin is of high quality, it will smell like the cannabis it came from. If it came from Sour Diesel, it should have a skunky, pungent aroma. And if it is from Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, it should have a chocolate and mint smell to it. If it smells like grass or has no scent, you should avoid using that product.


Good rosin will have a clean appearance, and there should be no plant matter in it. It will be translucent, and the hue should be consistent throughout the extract.

Closing Thoughts 

Rosin can be a fun way to enjoy a concentrate. Just make sure that you are getting a high-quality extract that has no chemicals in it. You can do this by choosing a trusted company to purchase from and following the tips in this article. 

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