Rosin is a solventless cannabis concentrate that can easily be made at home by using heat and pressure to press essential oils out of bud, kief, or hash. Rosin tech was originally used as a method of cleaning up hash to make it look nicer, fairly recently, instagram user @soilgrown_solventless discovered the hair straightener method I will be showing you today.
Using this method we are able to make dabbable concentrates at home in just minutes! I have chosen to make this tutorial using kief, because not all flowers will press as easily as others, but kief will always press out some rosin. These same steps can be used for flower and hash.
For the “Hot & Quick” technique, turn your straightener up to 350 degrees or more, and press the rosin for only a couple seconds. This technique generally yields your rosin very quickly but has been known to reduce the quality. For the “Low & Slow” technique, turn the straightener’s heat up between 200-250 degrees and press the rosin for a longer period of time – up to 10 seconds. Both techniques work well, it’s all about personal preference.
Step 3: Make a Coffee Filter Bag
Cut out a piece of coffee filter, fold the coffee filter into a rectangle, fold the edges twice over, so that they will not open up, leaving one side open and making sure the bag is not wider than your hair straightener plates.
Step 4: Fill Bag with Bud, Kief, or Hash
Start filling the coffee filter bag with kief. Make sure the kief fully fills the bag but is not overly packed. The coffee filter should feel and look like a little kief filled pillow.
Step 5: Step on it!
Put your coffee filter bag into your parchment paper and position the coffee filter onto the heated plate of your hair straightener. With as much force as possible, press down on the hair straightener. I grab my countertops and press myself downwards to add extra pressure.
Step 6: Dab it!
You can now collect and dab the rosin left on your parchment paper!
Generally speaking the lower the temperature the less discoloration that will occur. It’s all about finding the right temperature and amount of pressure that’s right for your hair straightener.
Have fun pressing!
What is a Rosin Press?
(This portion was contributed by PurePressure)
While you can make your own rosin at home with any device that supplies adequate heat and some pressure, there are also a number of machines, known as rosin presses, that are manufactured specifically for the purpose and generally used for large-scale production. Rosin presses come in a variety of sizes and price points, each with different pros and cons, ranging from small, DIY contraptions to industrial grade, high-yielding presses made for extraction labs and avid cannabis enthusiasts.
On the low end, a smaller rosin press manufactured in China will run you at least a couple hundred dollars, whereas a premium rosin press manufactured in the USA, such as PurePressure’s Pikes Peak model, will get into the thousands. There tends to be a big difference in terms of yield and the quality, so as with all things, you get what you pay for. Rosin is quickly growing in popularity in the concentrates world for its ease of extraction, safety, and the solventless, premium cannabis oil that is created as a result. Really, you can’t get much more simple than using heat and pressure to extract cannabinoids, so it’s likely you’ll be hearing more and more about rosin as time goes on.
This isn’t the first time O.G MassRoots user Tony Greenhand has rolled the world’s largest joint, but this is certainly the first time it has burned perfectly, and it wasn’t by sheer luck. Two years back Tony rolled a 5 foot long, 3lb joint that hotboxed all of Harvest Fest, but while people carried and handled it, it became harder and harder to hit. Though, Tony is methodical in the way he plans his joints. Thinking carefully about each aspect, he pieced together this 4.2lb joint before myself and hundreds of periscope viewers over the course of 5 days.
The plan began a couple months back when The Co2 Company in Oregon approached me to collaborate on a twaxed preroll to become available in the Oregon market. Tony saw this as the opportune moment to roll, yet again, the world’s largest joint, as a way to announce our collaboration. Gears turned, time passed, and as April 20th approached, the Co2 Company had gathered together, through farmer donations, more than enough flower to fill the world’s largest joint.
Beginning with the paper, Tony arduously glued together one after another after another, until a 7 by 1 ft paper rug lay across our living room floor. Before any rolling could truly begin, the 4.2lbs needed to be ground. Tony and I purchased a food processor, that we named Nibbler, just for this occasion. Nibbler ate through all 1900 grams (approximately), in under an hour, a task that, if done by hand, would have taken days to complete.
Perfectly rolling the paper over to the exact right size, Tony began to create the short, fat and dense joint we smoked the night of the 16th. Once filled, the joint was wrapped again, this outer wrap made sure any slight rips or tears wouldn’t be an issue. Due to its shape and size, Tony decided not only to make it into a watermelon, but that it should be attached to a table.
The table kept everyone safe around the giant ember, and ensured the airflow he created with dowels was not blocked by shifting the joint around. Without proper airflow a giant joint will not smoke well, too much airflow and you’ll get nothing but air, not enough and it’ll feel like you’re sucking a golf ball through a straw. Fifty-four dowels were stuck into the joint in order to create the right amount of airflow. Once the dowels were placed, the joint sat and cured for nearly a day settling into place, so that when the dowels were removed the pathways did not collapse.
Using a soy based ink, Tony colored the outside of the joint in green, with darker green stripes. The top of the joint was covered in watermelon juicy jays, to appear as if the watermelon had been sliced open. To keep any ground weed from being sucked through into the filter, a screen was attached to the bottom of the joint before the filter was attached. Like a cardstock funnel the filter then attached to a flexible hose that people could draw their hit from. A hole was cut in the table and the hose and filter were fed through it.
Tony was anxious to set the watermelon ablaze as we pulled up the the event the Co2 Company had put together. Not a minute after the event began he sparked it up. My first few puffs hit like a sledgehammer to the face, I felt faint, my head buzzed, knees went weak, I suddenly felt as if I was floating and had to grab the fence to keep my balance. Our friend @followmybong explained his experience of smoking the watermelon as the end to his 4 month long tolerance break, “Ripping that beast felt like defeating a champion… Tunnel vision left me to sink into my own world where my only grasp on reality was trying to hold my bong upright and not drop it.”
The joint burned for nearly three hours, the smoke that came off of it was like a signal fire calling all stoners to come and burn with us, filling the neighboring building, whose windows happened to be open. When people seemed satiated and we were too high to continue smoking, we put out the joint, making it now the world’s largest roach.
“I had never been so excited or so afraid of something before hitting the 4.2 lb watermelon joint. It was the result of 7 years of trial and error. Would I do it again? No… I’d do it bigger, I will do it bigger, and you’re invited.”
Trichomes are a part of the cannabis plant’s resin glands and act as a sun screen for the leaves and, most importantly, calyxes against the intensity of the sun and other elements. They act as a protectant for the plant against the sun’s intense rays, helping to protect the most important leaves from burning, while also guiding pollen to the pistols (or hairs) during pollination, and acting as a repellent for animals in nature.
Trichomes are attached to the leaves of a cannabis plant and are exceptionally small at about 50 to 100 micro meters wide. “Frosty” buds are ones that have trichomes covering the outside, generally causing the bud to shimmer under the light. Kief (also spelled “kif” or “keef”) is the term for trichomes that have been removed from the bud generally using a tool like a grinder. Many people like to save up their kief collection because kief is a more concentrated form of THC. Let’s dive in!
Trichomes Help the Plant
The trichomes we are focused on in cannabis have two main components, the stalk and gland head. The stalk acts as a support and transport of nutrients to the gland head. In the gland head the secretory cells create the precursor to terpenoid and cannabinoid metabolism. Scientist theorize that these precursors are then transferred to the secretory vesicles where once there, are converted into terpenoids and cannabinoids. These terpenoids, cannabinoids as well as THC are stored in and close to the cuticle, as flowering progresses this cuticle becomes thicker and richer in these essential oils. The vast majority of essential oils present in a plant, THC, terpenoids and cannabinoids, are stored in this small layer along the outside of the gland head.
Trichomes help us
As cannabis progresses through flowering and the gland heads, full of essential oils, eventually begin to lose their grip on the stalk and can fall off. Properly timing your harvest ensures that your gland heads remain intact. The longer the plant is allowed to flower the fuller the heads get with essential oils. Trichome heads begin their lives as clear crystal like balls, as they begin to mature and fill with terpenoids, cannabinoids and THC, they begin to cloud up, becoming milky, and as your plant reaches the end of its flowering season these heads will begin to turn amber (or purple, pink, red, yellow in all varying shades and tints). Traditionally speaking when about 50% of the trichome heads have reached this stage, your plants are completely finished. Though, depending on the high you are trying to achieve, allowing your plants to flower longer can help increase the amount of CBD’s, harvesting a little earlier can help with the drowsy effect of cannabis.
We can visibly see the color change of trichomes across a bud, but by using a jewelers lens we can look at each gland head on its own. The color change affects not only the look of your bud, but the outcome of concentrates as well. For example, a plant that has been allowed to fully mature, in which 50% of the gland heads have changed to amber, would produce a darker concentrate than a plant that was pulled early due to its clearer gland heads.
Tiny as they are, trichomes irrefutably prove that good things come in small packages!
Methods of Twaxing | The slang term for applying concentrated cannabis to flowers, Twax – term originally created by @WA5280 on MassRoots – is a fairly new word for most. In fact, concentrated cannabis itself is a fairly new concept. A lot of the country is only even just recently hearing of dabs (concentrates).
Of course, as something new comes out people find a way of combining it with the past. Bowls, joints, bong rips, can all be Twaxed, simply by adding dabs to your cannabis you are “twaxing”.
There are many methods to twaxing, due to the many different types of concentrates.
Shatter webs refers to adding shatter to the tip of your joint by heating up the concentrates a little with your lighter, lightly touching the heated concentrates to the tip of your joint and then slowly pulling it away creating thin strings of concentrates that you can lay over the tip of your joint as if it were a spider’s web.
Using either your fingers or parchment paper (depending on your shatter’s stability and whether you want finger prints in your shatter), roll the shatter back and forth until you have created a nice even snake of shatter, this snake can either be placed around the outside of the joint by tacking it into place with your finger and twisting it around the joint, or on the inside.
When it is placed on the outside you will need to spin the joint and pay attention so that it does not drip on you.
By heating up shatter and spreading it in a thin layer all over the outside of the joint you can create a sticky coating that kief will attach to when the joint is rolled in it.
When lit the kief will absorb the oil, it can still drip but is slightly less likely to do so.
You can add kief or hash of any kind or concentrates to the inside of the joint before its rolled, thus creating a more powerful and slower burning joint. Be sure to fold the kief/hash/concentrates inside of the cannabis so that it is in the center and as little as possibly is touching the paper on the inside. Wherever the kief/hash/concentrates are touching the paper it will cause the paper to burn more slowly and can create runs. Also, too much kief /hash/concentrates in one spot and your joint will run on the opposite side. Make sure everything is even.
You can also get creative with your twaxing, you can spell out names or words, or make shapes. In all reality, you can do anything!
Twaxing has so many different possibilities, in which it can be used both to create a more powerful high and to create something beautiful.
Joints are a simple concept, wrap some rolling papers around ground up or broken down cannabis, light it up and smoke. Their convenience and mobility make them a go to method for many a cannabis smoker. In Northern America we roll our joints pure, whereas most of the rest of the world rolls theirs with tobacco. Joints rolled with tobacco in them are referred to as spliffs.
Just as there is an etiquette to smoking from glass, joints have their own formalities, though seemingly less well known than the informal “pass to the left” rule.
As an avid joint roller and “partoker”, the code of conduct around joint smoking is something that I have learned over time rather than been taught by others. Whereas most of the joint smoking dos and don’ts are commonsensical, others come from experience.
1. Rollers rights; he or she whom rolled it, lights it.
The roller has the option to pass the right to light off to a person of their choosing, if they do so wish.
2. Puff, puff, pass; unless otherwise dictated
I personally don’t implement the puff, puff, pass rule, for I feel joints shouldn’t be rushed, and I roll big enough joints for anyone in the circle to puff as the please before passing.
3. Ash before you pass, no one wants to be treated like an ashtray
If there isn’t an ashtray, a sink will work fine but beware of flicking hot ashes into the garbage, fires have been known to occur.
4. If the joint runs, fix it before passing
A run can be fixed in many ways, you can press the cherry into the part that isn’t burning, light it on fire, or by pinching the opposite side while you smoke.
1. Licking your lips before hitting the joint, no one likes a soggy hit
The moisture from your lips can cause the end of the joint to seal closed, this can be helped by adding a filter into your joints, but even with the filter, saliva can cause the cardboard to become moist and cause it to start to lose its shape.
2. Hitting the joint like there’s no tomorrow
Casually smoking your joints will help to maintain the taste, to keep your joints from running, as well as keep the heat down making your hits smoother.
3. Holding the joint while you tell your story
Everyone has that friend whom will camp on the joint/bowl for a good hour, waving it around while telling their story, do us all a favor and don’t be that friend.
4. Smashing the joint between your fingers
It’s not going to run away if you hold it lightly. Smashing the joint can create holes, and cause the cannabis to burn less evenly.
In every culture the etiquette around joint smoking can and will vary, but these simple dos and don’ts are a great foundation from which to start, and will help to guarantee your future spot in smoking circles. How do you smoke your J’s?
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