Rosin Press Buying Guide
Rosin Press in Canada?
The good news about legalization is that Canada will allow the use of rosin. Why is this important? Rosin is a concentrate and is one of the fastest growing forms of cannabis use in North America. Concentrate usage in some Provinces and States is growing at 50% per year, and large cannabis suppliers report that concentrates represent 25% of their sales. So, longer story short, concentrates are the future of consumption.
To understand the importance of rosin, we need to review the different types of concentrates.
There are so many different types of cannabis concentrates nowadays, each with about a dozen nicknames, like shatter, budder, rosin, wax, and dabs. But what’s the difference? And which is the best?
It really comes down to whether or not solvents were used in the extraction process. The most common solvents are CO2 and Butane (that's right, the stuff in lighters).
The issue with using solvents is that no matter how clean the process used, there will still be some residue left in the final product. This effects the taste and quality of the cannabinoids extracted in the shatter.
You have to admit though; the process used to make shatter makes it look shiny and cool! So, now we have divided concentrates into two main categories; solvent and solventless extracts.
Types of Concentrates:
Both solvent and solventless extracts test between 60 and 90 percent THC, providing a much stronger high than regular cannabis flower. Now you can see why concentrates are gaining popularity.
Now, let's talk rosin. Rosin is basically solventless shatter. It’s made by pressing cannabis flower, kief, or trim between two very hot surfaces with a lot of pressure, basically squeezing resinous sap from the bud. The result is an extract with a sappy texture and translucent color. If rosin is made correctly, it will retain most of the flavor, aroma, and terpenes of the original bud, making it superior to solvent extracts which run the risk of containing butane, propane, or alcohol.
All types of concentrates are frequently consumed in what is called "dabbing". Consumers typically use a dab rig or an electronic nail to vape. Both systems involve placing a chunk or "dab" of the product onto a heated nail. The high temperature turns the dab into vapour which is then inhaled.
Why should you consider rosin? Well first of all it is a purer form of concentrate and because you get more out of the plant, you will stretch your dollar even further. Also, is easy to make at home.
Ultimate Buying Guide for Rosin Press
If you can use an orange juice maker or a blender, then you can make your own rosin at home. To produce rosin, three components are required: heat, pressure, and time. The technique in rosin production rests within the ability to balance these three components together to create a superior product in flavor and effect.
What can I press?You can press all sorts of things, bubble hash, kief, dry sift and dry flower. Make sure you start with the right type of material though. Dry herb at 52 to 62% humidity works best for the highest/tastiest yields. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a scientist to figure this out. The better rule of thumb is that it is best to press when your weed is fresh. For bubble hash, kief, just ensure that the product you are pressing is good quality.
How does it work?
A rosin press is basically two metal plates that heat up and a pressed together either pneumatically, manually, electrically or hydraulically. The metal plates join together and squeeze out the rosin onto parchment paper. This paper is scraped with a tool and then placed into a container for consumption.
All you have to do is hold the button, and you can make your own rosin! Believe it or not, a popular method of producing rosin was to use a hair straightener and some clamps. We do not recommend this method due to obvious fire code violations and it makes your hair smell like weed.
So; what should i look for in a rosin press? Well a rosin press isn't for everyone. If you think you are going to buy a consumer rosin press and make millions, you should do some further research. You need to ask yourself the following:
- What will it be used for?
- How often will it be used?
- How much material will you be pressing?
- How much space do you have available?
You will also need to consider temperature as a key purchasing feature. The temperature should be distributed evenly across all plates to produce the highest yield. Getting your temperature just right will ensure that you have the perfect Rosin everytime.
Low Temperature (70°C - 105°C) – yields tastier, more stable, buttery rosin. Between 1 and 5 mins. This may reduce your yield
High Temperature (105°C – 120°C) – higher yield but less stable and less flavorsome. Between 45 secs and 1 min.
Or you can just go between these two temperatures to get something in the middle.
With temperatures, it is vital not to go anywhere above 150°C as this will activate the cannabinoids early and make your rosin less potent. It is probably a good idea to start off with a lower temperature first to see how you like it. You don’t want to waste that CBD!
Both the Rosinbomb M50 and Rosinbomb Rocket will meet the home needs of a majority of Canadians. But you will still need a vaporizer to enjoying the fruits of your labour. One of the most popular dab pens is the Dr.Dabber Aurora. It is pretty stealthy and affordable to those new to dabbing.
To see how easy it is to use; check out the Rosinbomb video below.
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