Rosin Pressing 101: What You Need to Know
Rosin pressing is a popular method for extracting cannabis concentrates without using any solvents, providing a cleaner and more natural product. In this blog, we'll explain what rosin is, the types of rosin presses available, and some tips and tricks for using rosin.
What is Rosin?
Rosin is a solventless concentrated extract of plant material, which is created by applying a specific temperature and amount of force to secrete an extract with a sap-like consistency. It can also be referred to as solventless hash oil (SHO). Rosin pressing is an alternative to solvent-based extraction methods that use chemicals like butane, propane, CO2, or ethanol.
Types of Rosin Presses
A rosin press is a machine that uses pressure and heat to squeeze rosin from cannabis plants. There are five main types of rosin presses, depending on their design and the means they use to provide pressure:
Manual rosin press: Operated by hand, these presses require physical force to apply pressure.
Hydraulic rosin press: Utilizes hydraulic pressure to compress the plates together.
Pneumatic rosin press: Relies on compressed air to generate pressure.
Electric rosin press: Employs electric motors to apply force.
Hybrid rosin press: A combination of electric and other types of power.
Ideal Humidity Level for Your Flower
Maintaining the correct relative humidity is vital for ensuring maximum yield from your rosin press. We recommend keeping your flower at 62% humidity to avoid losing trichomes due to dryness or introducing mildew or mold. To achieve this, use two-way humidity control packs like Boveda 62 in an airtight container with your material, and store it in a dark space. Proper humidity not only affects rosin pressing but also improves the smoking experience by reducing harshness and promoting a slower burn.
Rosin Tips and Tricks
Rosin can be a versatile addition to your cannabis consumption. Here are some ways to use rosin:
Add rosin to a bowl pack, joint, or blunt: Scrape your solventless concentrate onto a dab tool, then use a lighter to warm the tool and carefully drip the rosin into your smoking device of choice. Be cautious not to get the rosin too close to the edges of the paper or bowl, as it can make rolling and cleaning more difficult.
In conclusion, rosin pressing is a clean and efficient method for extracting cannabis concentrates without the use of solvents. By understanding the types of rosin presses and the ideal humidity levels for your flower, you can maximize your yield and enjoy a more natural cannabis experience.