How to Make Rosin at Home!
We’re not telling you to do it...but if you really want to, here’s how.
Published on August 16, 2016

Dabbing enthusiasts now have the power to extract oil from their favorite strains in the comfort of their own homes with the rise of rosin. Rosin looks and feels like shatter or sap, however the only difference is the lack of harmful gases used in other methods. The method, if done correctly, can prevent valuable terpenes from burning off and give a much higher yield and percentage of THC than other methods.

The solventless extraction method has become a hit throughout the stoner community because it is safer, cleaner, and vastly easier to perform with everyday household items. Gone are the days of butane and CO2 extraction when the only risk of running oil is a possible burn to the skin.

The first thing you need to do is assemble the following items:

  • Hair straightener (Do not use the one in your bathroom belonging to your sister and purchase one with a low setting of around 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Any higher and you run the risk of burning off valuable terpenes.)
  • Cannabis flower, bubble hash, or kief to run as starting material
  • Unbleached parchment paper
  • Collection tool (Regular dabber tools work just fine)
  • Heat-resistant gloves (EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION! Safety always comes first!)

Once you’ve got everything, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Put on your heat-resistant gloves (Don’t make me say “I told you so.”). Turn on the hair straightener to the lowest setting (around 300 degrees Fahrenheit). Cut a 4x4” piece of parchment paper and fold it in half. Place your starting material inside of the folded piece of parchment paper and apply some light pressure.

STEP 2: Carefully place your starting material inside of the paper lining the inside flat surface of the hair straightener. Apply some pressure to the hair straightener without crushing your material. Count approximately 10 seconds, or release the pressure when you hear a sizzling sound.

STEP 3: Remove the parchment paper containing your starting material from the hot surface of the hair straightener (REMEMBER: BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF!). Take your collection tool and use it to remove any flattened nug pieces. Be patient, this is why they are called Extraction Artists. If you have remaining starting flower, bubble hash, or kief to run, use a new piece of parchment paper and run everything before moving to STEP 4.

STEP 4: Remove remaining visible plant material from the sample on the parchment paper. Fold the finished oil in between the parchment paper to flatten it to your liking. Place the product and parchment paper on a cool surface for a few seconds to make the material easier to work with.

If the process does not work for you, try again. The rosin will extract at the right temperatures and sometimes it takes some experimentation. Once you get the hang of it you will be able to do rosin runs on larger heated surfaces. There are companies that sell specially made rosin presses; other pieces of equipment, such as industrial laundry presses, will work for larger runs. Remember, start small—this process is meant to be for individual runs. Leave the industrial-size rosin runs to the professionals.

Blake Taylor
Blake Taylor worked for a leading medical/recreational marijuana grower in the Seattle area and has been a freelance writer for four years.
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