What is Rosin?
Rosin is a cannabis extract made using heat and pressure—cannabis plant material is placed in a press with heated pads and then compressed, squeezing out hot oil. The process is solventless, so no solvents or chemicals are used in creating rosin. This process was originally used to create rosin for violin bows, which is how the concentrate gets its name.
Rosin is ready in minutes and doesn’t require any extra steps to purify or dilute the extracted oil. Making it is simple, and anyone can make rosin at home with a DIY rosin press or a few household tools (more below).
This cannabis concentrate is considered to be a dab, as it is most often consumed in a dab rig. However, it can also be put in a cartridge and vaped. It is not considered a wax, as waxes are made with solvents such as butane.
What is rosin made from?
Rosin can be made out of a variety of types of cannabis, including:
- Nugs or flower
The higher the quality of the input material, the higher the quality of the rosin. People who consume rosin are usually looking for flavor in their dabs and will often use flower or nugs to press it, which is the highest quality starting material.
It can also be made from trim, kief, or hash, and is great to make if you have a surplus of any of those. Pressing trim, kief, or hash into rosin will refine them, although the final product won’t be as high of a quality as starting with flower or nugs.
Types of rosin
Different types of rosin include:
- Flower —uses dried nugs, mids, shake or trim; most common source material for rosin, and more flavorful than hash rosin
- Live —uses frozen weed plants; more flavorful than other rosins as using frozen plants preserves terpenes and flavors
- Hash —uses bubble hash or dry sift hash; generally harsher than flower rosin as hash is harsher, and can be more potent depending on the hash used
Does rosin make you more high than other types of weed?
Generally speaking, it is usually less potent than cannabis concentrates made using solvents, such as shatter, but it depends on the starting material used. Rosin is usually more flavorful than solvent concentrates because the process of making rosin preserves terpenes more.
How to use rosin
Making rosin can be a great way to refine and purify low-grade cannabis such as trim or low-grade hash. It’s also great if you have a lot of cannabis, such as if you’re growing your own.
Rosin is dabbed like other concentrates, in a dab rig, e-rig, or dab pen, and it is typically done at a low temperature. Rosin doesn’t need as much heat as other dabs, and low temperatures will preserve its terpene profile and flavor.
What is reclaim?
Reclaim is best described as the re-condensed form of cannabis concentrates left behind after a dab sesh. Think of it as the cold solid that remains from the hot oily liquid.
Reclaim coats the walls and base of your dab rig and dropdown, and also collects in the water. Cannabis extracts are oils, and as we all learned in second grade science class, oil and water do not mix.
Can you smoke reclaim?
Great question. The short answer is: Yes, it is safe to consume reclaim, and yes, you will get high from it. According to MCR Labs, a state-certified cannabis testing lab in Massachusetts, reclaim still has the main active cannabinoids that promote physiological changes.
The long answer is: Yes, you can get high from smoking reclaim, but it will not be the tastiest or most enjoyable experience because truly, reclaim is oily sloppy seconds with zero terpenes and no taste or smell.
Ways to use reclaim
There are three ways to use reclaim after collection: dab it, eat it, or trash it.
If you dab it, just be aware that it will not taste anywhere near as good as your original dab.
Since reclaim has already been decarboxylated, you can just straight up eat it as is and you’ll be fine. However, we suggest consuming reclaim alongside something flavorful like a handful of grapes or a Reese’s cup to mask that dirty hash taste. To completely avoid that taste you can also infuse food with reclaim.
If consuming reclaim doesn’t appeal to you, but having a squeaky clean bong does, you can also just collect your reclaim and toss it in the trash.
What you need to dab
You need a lot of things to dab.
• Dab rig and banger, like a small bong and bowl, but not.
• Cannabis concentrate. Also called: shatter, butter/budder, rosin, wax, butane hash oil (BHO), and … more?
• Torch, to get to a controlled temperature pretty fast.
• Carb cap (optional), which functions like a lid over your bowl (oops, banger) in between hits.
If you’re in a quality place like Dockside, you might also leave with a handy one-sheet about dab rigs upon which your patient and kind budtender has used a Sharpie to draw a small dot illustrating the tiny amount of concentrate you should dab as a first-timer.