How to Make Rosin : Rosin Press Vs Straightener
In this mini-tutorial, I’m going to go over the basics of ‘How to make rosin (cannabis oil)” yourself at home with the rosin press (also known as rosin tech press) or straightener. Rosin tech is infinitely safer than many other extract methods out there and is relatively easier to do so.
One of the best ways to consume cannabis, in my opinion is consuming extracts. Not only do you get higher purity in the end product, you also end up saving more money in the long run. For instance, I consume about 5 grams of extracts over the period of a month and a half to two months. Compared to smoking flower, I would easily consume a half an ounce per month.
Rosin Technique with a Straightener
Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll need:
- Hair Straightener – You’ll want to find a 2” plate and if the straightener has temperature display, even better!
- Some sticky icky
- Parchment Paper
- An Oven Mitt
So how do you make rosin? Let me walk you through the steps.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to place the hair straightener on a flat surface and heat that sucker up to about 200º F. to 250º F.
Put on your oven mitt for protection. Whenever you’re working with heat, it’s best to be safe. I have known stoners who have burnt themselves by being too reckless. Be safe, that’s why this is the second step.
Place the nug inside of the parchment paper and fold the paper around the nug. Then place the paper and the nug inside the press and apply pressure. Hold it down for about 2-3 seconds until you see “smoke” or hear sizzling.
Open the straightener and look inside the parchment paper. You should now see some rosin stuck on the paper. If you are not satisfied with the amount, this process can be repeated 2-3 times. Be sure to remove the Rosin from the paper prior to continuing to press.
To collect the Rosin, I suggest using a dabber as Rosin is very sticky and this can help you to collect it all without having it stick to your fingers.
This is by far the easiest and safest way to make your own Rosin at home without the fear of combustion. The video above shows you the steps to make rosin as explained in this section.
Rosin Tech with Rosin Press
Now if you’re interested in upgrading your operation, you can invest into a Rosin Press. There are different models available but the average price will be between $300-$500 for the press itself. Larger ‘industrial rosin presses’ can reach up to about $5000 USD. However this is more for people who will be producing “industrial amounts” of Rosin. It’s an investment sure, but if you’re going to be doing Rosin Tech often, it is worth the investment.
The steps are very similar to the previous mentioned straightener method, however it’s much more effective as you’ll be using a machine specifically designed to get the job done.
I’m not going to repeat the steps mentioned above, however I will give you a pro-tip if you’re going to be using a Rosin Press.
Tea Bagging the Nugs
This can actually work for both methods explained here but many industry professionals like to “tea bag” their nugs prior to placing it in parchment paper. Why?
Because the Tea Bag acts as an additional filter and will allow the Rosin to seep through the tea bag onto the parchment paper but will filter out the plant matter. You can find tea bags online or at any local store that sells loose tea bags. Adding this element to your Rosin Tech will provide you with a ‘purer’ end product and makes it a lot easier in the long run.
Finally, considering that you’ll be working with some serous heat, always wear your oven mitts, even when using a Rosin Press. Getting burnt is never fun.
Which Rosin Tech Method should you use?
Obviously springing for a Rosin Press would be the ideal scenario since it’s a device that has been specifically created to make rosin. Nonetheless, many people find the minimal $300 investment a bit too pricey, especially if you’re going to be making Rosin for personal use.
If you’re going to be making rosin for personal use and won’t be doing it too much, then using the hair straightener option is probably your best bet. It’s a cheap solution that works.
For those who grow their own cannabis and want to produce larger amounts of Rosin, then invest into the press. Many stoners buy bongs worth hundreds of dollars, a Rosin Press would be an economically sound investment if you’re using cannabis for medical purposes or are thinking of selling extracts in your store.
Have you tried the Rosin Tech? If so, let me know how it worked out for you in the comment section.