As the hemp industry expands, it also continues to evolve. Enthusiasts and growers alike are discovering new ways to create products to give users the best results and the best experience possible.
Rosin is a relatively new player to the game, but its popularity is only increasing. You can certainly purchase rosin from a reputable seller. However, many connoisseurs may want to create rosin themselves.
What Is Rosin?
Rosin can often be confused with resin. People may think a simple spelling error occurred rather than the person who mentioned it was referring to two different products. But rosin is, in fact, a product all its own.
Rosin is created using an extraction process that utilizes heat and pressure to remove the sap from the specific starting material. Rosin can be made from various starting materials, including marijuana flowers, kief, and even hash. These can all be pressed down to create rosin.
Like other concentrates (including resin), rosin is quite potent. When done correctly, its potency can rival even that of other extract products. That’s what makes rosin so appealing to many. Rosin is a translucent, sappy material. You can shape it into whatever you want, allowing it to mimic your favorite concentrate.
Rosin creation has unique beginnings. When it first came into the spotlight, people would make rosin in their garages, basements, and bedrooms. They’d use whatever they could find, such as hair straighteners and even T-shirt presses, to create it.
Things have come a long way since then. Now rosin presses are available for consumers and manufacturers alike to purchase. They are more effective and will save your flat iron from getting ruined.
A rosin press applies pressure and heat to extract a product. In this case, it will contain two plates to heat and press together. You’ll also need a micron bag. This bag is available in three different materials:
Of these three options, nylon bags are your best choice. Nylon is the most flexible, which is ideal when pressing it and filling the bag with product.
Micron bags play an important role in making rosin with a press. They hold the bud (or whatever starter product you are using) and segregate the different components you don’t want from your extract. In short, they act as a filter or screen that separates the starter product’s leftovers from the extract you are making (rosin in this case).
Like a filter, micron bags have holes that allow the extract to leak out while holding in the stuff you don’t want. The size you need will depend on the product you are using and your desired outcome.
How to Press Rosin With Micron Bags
Creating rosin is quite simple if you have all the necessary products and equipment. Before you start the process, make sure you have:
- A rosin press.
- Micron bags.
- Your starter product.
- Parchment paper.
To make rosin, you must follow these steps:
- Break down large buds into smaller ones (you can skip this step if you are using another product).
- Turn on your press to the desired temperature and allow it to warm up while you get your bags ready.
- Fill your bag with the product. The bag should not be too full as this can cause it to leak when you press it, leaving you with a contaminated extract.
- Fold the bag over and shape it like a pillow.
- Wrap your bag between two pieces of parchment paper. This paper will catch the extracted rosin.
- Place your bag onto the previously warmed rosin press.
- Gently lay the top plate down and allow it to sit on top of the sack for about 15 to 20 seconds. This helps prepare the inside to be firmly pressed by warming it up.
- Slowly and gently apply pressure and lock the plate into place.
- Wait the allotted time (around a minute or two depending on what product you are using) and then remove the sack from the press.
- Let everything sit for a few minutes and cool down. You can place it in the fridge or put an ice pack under it to speed the cooling process. You can also opt to wait for it to cool on its own.
- Use a dabber tool (or something similar) to scrape the extract off your paper and into a container.
- Dispose of the used parchment paper and micron bag.
Is Rosin Safe to Make?
While other types of cannabis concentrates, such as resin and shatter, should not be made at home, it’s safe to make rosin. Resin utilizes solvents, which are often dangerous to use, to make it. This is one of the factors that sets rosin apart. For many, the absence of solvents makes users more confident they are using a natural product with rosin.
Can I Reuse My Micron Bag?
Unfortunately, no. You should dispose of the micron bag after use. Though you may be tempted to rinse it out and use it again, this can affect the taste of your product as well as the quality and the effects it provides. It is recommended to use a new micron bag with every new press you do.
Micron Bags and Rosin
Rosin, though a relatively new product on the market today, is quickly becoming a favorite. The potency this specific extract offers can rival other extracts. In addition, rosin doesn’t require the use of solvents to make it. Instead, you can make it yourself using a rosin press and some micron bags. When you make your own rosin, the micron bag acts as a filter. It allows the extract to pass through while keeping the other particles, leaving you with a high-quality product.