Rosin Press Buying Guide
Rosin Press 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 a solvent oil extract which runs the risk of containing butane, propane, or alcohol.
All types of concentrates are frequently consumed in what is called "dabbing". Consumers typically use dab rigs 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, it is easy to make at home.
The second reason is that using an oil press or rosin press is a safe way to make concentrates at home. Using solvents, outside of an industrialized setting, is dangerous and could result in a fire or explosion. Recently two men were involved in an explosion trying to make honey oil.
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 a Rosin Press work?
A rosin press uses dual heat 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 silicone container for consumption. A lot of users will take this product and use it in their dab rigs or concentrate vaporizer.
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?
Rosin presses come in many different sizes, varieties and styles. The most popular are pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric. Pneumatic presses use an air compressor to squeeze the rosin press plates together and produce your concentrate. A hydraulic press uses powerful hydraulic cylinders surrounded by an H frame to generate a significant amount of force; and achieve a higher psi than the pneumatic variety.The electric press is designed for home use and doesn’t have any external pumps or compressors. The pressure is enough for home consumption, but not enough to handle the high volume for industrial manufacturing. Although these are the main categories, you will also encounter hybrids i.e. manual hydraulic pumps that use a hand pump, hydraulic cylinders and frame. Or if you are handy you can purchase a rosin press kit, which has all the different parts you need to build yourself a DIY model.
Commercial vs. Residential Rosin Press
While no real definition exists for determining a commercial or residential press, we see any unit doing 5-10 grams at a time to be for home use. These are generally electric based and the size of a coffee maker. Rosinbomb is a great brand name for home units. Industrial size presses are more expensive and will do 10 plus grams at a time. A 20 ton press is one of the most popular sizes and can do more than 10 grams in one press. Rosin Tech makes a 20 ton hydraulic rosin press with a dual pid controller that ensures precise heating is achieved no matter what environment is used for pressing. That type of firepower is really designed for mass production.
Aluminum Plates vs. Steel Plates
Arguably the plates are the most important feature of your press, as they are the pieces that come in direct contact with your cannabis and delivery of the heat and pressure. Without getting into the science, aluminum is a better conductor of heat and will result in better heat distribution to your dry herb. Stainless steel, however, is the more durable metal and will hold up longer under stress. Aluminum is a better feature for industrial use as the yields will be higher and stainless steel is perfectly fine for home production due to it’s durability.
What temperature is best?
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. However, the temperature chosen will be based on user preference; yield vs. taste.
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. The last tip is to make sure you choose a retailer with great customer service, so they can walk you through any operational questions you might have with your purchase.
To see how easy it is to use; check out the Rosinbomb video below.
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