The non-technical answer is that it is a cannabis concentrate, which means that it is a highly potent extraction of cannabis oils from the cannabis plant.
Here’s a more scientific definition:
Cannabis rosin is the solid form of resin from the cannabis plant. Resin is the liquid that is found inside the cannabis plant, which contains terpenes; when you extract the resin from the cannabis, you bring out the terpenes (in other words, the oils and waxes — the potent essence of the plant) in a liquid form.
When you heat that liquid and apply pressure to it, it becomes solid, and that solid form is rosin. Rosin is brittle at room temperature, but becomes a melty, wax-like solid when heated up.
Rosin, in it’s melty, wax-like form, is sometimes also called “dabs” because of how it is enjoyed. “Dabbing” is a popular trend for enjoying rosin, by dabbing the rosin on a heated surface and inhaling the vapors. But we’ll describe that in more detail a little bit later in this post.
How To Cannabis Rosin Is Made
So, now we know that rosin is the final stage of a process that involves a cannabis plant and its resin. But how it gets from start to finish is the really cool part.
Rosin is a form of cannabis concentrate that can be extracted from the plant without using any solvent whatsoever. Most other concentrates and extractions require some kind of solvent to release the oils from the cannabis plant — you can use pure ingredients like ethanol (that’s what we do for our vape oils!) or more harsh chemicals like butane or polyglycol — but to extract rosin from the cannabis plant, all you need is a little heat and a little pressure.
Some producers still use butane to create their dabs, choosing to use the chemical for hash oil extraction, instead of simply relying on the pure power of heat and pressure. Butane-extracted products are best to be avoided.
With lax testing and regulation, it is still too easy for producers to accidentally leave some butane on the rosin you eventually buy, meaning you’re ingesting flammable, toxic chemicals along with your cannabis.
Why Is Rosin So Popular?
Rosin has been enjoying a steep rise in popularity recently, primarily because of its intense potency. Because rosin is a cannabis concentrate — and a highly potent one, at that — it can have extremely strong effects on users.
Some rosins can have as much as 90% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol — the primary ingredient in marijuana that makes you feel “high”), which means they have a potency like almost no other cannabis product.
With that said, if you are a beginner, you might want to ease into marijuana by trying something less intense at first; however, for experienced users, rosin provides a profound experience that is also highly efficient and totally natural.
How To Enjoy Rosin
Most people who use rosin prefer a method called “dabbing”.
If you’ve never heard that before, here’s a quick rundown: to dab, a user takes a metal surface (commonly a nail head) and heats it up with a blowtorch. Once the nail head is nice and hot, the user then places a “dab” — usually a small amount of rosin, or another extract — onto the nail head, which creates a vapor that the user then inhales.
You can also use a vaporizer or a water pipe to enjoy rosin as well, since both of those options allow you to place the “dab” of rosin on a heated metal or glass surface. The most important part is getting the surface hot enough to cause the dab to release the vapor.
In addition, some people simply smoke the rosin or mix it in with regular cannabis buds when smoking. The choice is yours!
How To Make Sure You Ingest Rosin Safely
As we said before, rosin is intense stuff. It’s great for experienced users who are seeking a more intense high, but for a beginner or infrequent cannabis user, it can be way, way too much.
While it is impossible to overdose on marijuana, unlike other drugs, many first-time users of rosin have experienced reactions that made them feel like they were overdosing. Dabbing is no joke, so make sure you are prepared before you try it.
You should be an experienced cannabis user, and you should make sure that you have the cleanest product possible. Don’t use butane hash oil for dabbing; instead, seek out a naturally produced rosin from an ethical producer. Butane-extracted products can have nasty chemicals left over on them that you don’t want in your body.
If you’re not sure that rosins and dabbing are right for you, fear not! There are so many options out there for you to enjoy, including other cannabis concentrates that pack a slightly more manageable punch. Check out vape oils and bubble hash for a first step into the world of concentrates. No matter what you try, you are sure to have an informative, elevating experience.