Canadian cannabis enthusiasts and patients are likely to come across two different products on the market: marijuana rosin and cannabis resin. These terms often get confused for one another, but they're not the same thing.
The world of concentrates is steady evolving, as consumers start to think of different ways to consume cannabis rather than using flower buds. Rosin and resin are both concentrates, meaning they have been extracted from the cannabis plant itself, yet only one of them is an extract. Sounds confusing? Don't worry.
In this post, we'll be looking at the difference between cannabis resin and rosin, and hopefully, you'll find which one is better suited for you.
What Is The Main Difference Between Rosin and Resin?
There are a few differences between rosin and resin, but the one you should remember right now is how they're made. Both are processed from the cannabis plant, but they're made using different extraction methods.
Rosin can be extracted in a few ways, including solventless. This means it's possible to produce rosin using only heat and pressure - no chemical solvents are added during the extraction process.
Resin, on the other hand, is always made using chemical solvents. Resin extractions are done with CO2 or hydrocarbon gases like propane or butane. Using these chemical solvents distinguishes resin from rosin, as the solvent extracts more terpenes than heat and pressure can. That being said, some manufacturers will remove the majority of their terpene content before selling it to consumers.
Both rosin and resin are clear, but the appearance of each product varies from strain to strain. The consistency of rosin also depends on whether it's made using the dry or wet technique (more about this later).
How is Resin Made?
Resin extraction involves three main steps:
First, the cannabis plant is ground up. This releases the essential oils within the plant and exposes them to heat and pressure to become liquid.
Next, butane hash oil (BHO) is created using a technique that requires ice water and pressure. The ingredients are combined in a series of tubes, and the liquid is filtered out.
Finally, the BHO undergoes several purification steps to become a more potent concentrate. Resin takes time, equipment and know-how to produce, so it's not the most accessible form of cannabis concentrate for everyone.
How is Rosin Made?
When making rosin at home or using live resin from a dispensary, you don't need any extra tools like butane. The process is simple: place some buds inside a hair straightener or a closed press and heat it up to around 170 F. Experiment with different temperatures until you find the perfect one for your strain.
The buds will melt, leaving behind liquid terpenes and cannabinoids that liquefy under pressure (hence why this technique is referred to as solvent-less). The resin will start to harden if you leave it in the press, but you can return it to a liquid state by placing it in a vacuum chamber.
Resin can also be made using the dry method, which involves collecting kief from your grinder and applying heat to create the product.
What Is The Entourage Effect?
The entourage effect is a theory that suggests that cannabinoids can have synergistic effects when consumed in combination. For example, THC is more effective on the body when consumed alongside CBD.
For this reason, consuming an extract will give you a higher concentration of THC than consuming a flower, but for some people, this is not worth the trade-off. Resin is technically a concentrate, but its lack of terpenes could make it less desirable.
If you prefer certain strains, you might want to choose an extract that contains more of their signature terpene profile.
How Do You Consume Resin and Rosin?
Both of these concentrates can be consumed in a number of ways:
1 - Use a cannabis vape pen
Vaping is the most popular way to consume rosin and resin on the go. At CAMMP, we carry a wide range of high quality, reliable vaporizers that are perfect for both medical and adult-use consumers alike.
2 - Roll it up with some flower
You can also roll a joint or blunt that contains rosin and resin. This is one of the easiest ways to consume them, but the effects may not be as potent as other consumption methods, and you may end up wasting some of your product.
3- Use a Dab Rig
Though a dab rig may be more advanced than vaping or rolling, this is the most efficient way to consume live resin or rosin. Dabbing involves heating the concentrate and using an oil rig attachment to inhale it. A carb cap is also used on top of the nail to control vapour flow and create thick clouds of smoke.
We hope that this article helped you understand the difference between rosin and resin, two popular cannabis concentrates. If you're still unsure about which one to choose, consider seeking out a professional budtender at your local medical or adult-use dispensary for more information on these products.
If you're ready to take the plunge, visit our Concentrates Section for not only resin and rosin but a wide variety of other concentrates as well!