What is Rosin: A Cannabis Concentrate Explained
Rosin is a cannabis flower extract that has a soft and fluffy consistency. Many individuals enjoy the clean, smooth flavor, high potency, and rapid effects. Due to its soft consistency, rosin is alternatively known as “budder.” Most rosin has a cannabinoid content of around 70 percent, and, on occasion, up to 80 percent THC. High concentrations of cannabinoids combined with the generous terpene content contribute to the entourage effect, for additional medical benefits.
Rather than using solvents to extract cannabinoids and terpenes, Rosin is made using a simple process of applying heat and pressure. The solventless extraction method used to make Rosin retains the cannabis plants’ full profile of cannabinoids and terpenes. Other methods of extraction using solvents degrade or remove some of these vital components during the refinement process.
Rosin may have various consistencies and appearances depending on the original plant matter and the extraction methods used. It’s created by using heat and high pressure to simultaneously melt, isolate, and separate the rosin from the flower. Rosin can be made using dried bud, bubble hash, or dry sift. Rosin produced from fresh flower is referred to as live rosin.
When heat is applied it melts the trichomes. Then pressure pushes the oil away from the extraction material. Generally speaking, the amount of heat for this process is very low, allowing the maintenance of the high terpene profile. Conversely when applying pressure during the extraction, the greater the pressure, the higher the yield.
Rosin has many medicinal benefits due to its high potency and full-spectrum profile. As with wax, only minuscule amounts are required to provide relief from medical conditions.
How to Use Rosin
Rosin can be smoked with a dabbing rig, but it doesn’t evaporate completely as do wax, shatter, or crumble concentrates. Vape pens made specifically for vaping rosin are also available. Rosin can also be added to dried flower and rolled into a joint or smoked in a pipe. It can also be added to food.