How to Grow Weed Indoors at Home

Many people have entertained the idea of growing a weed plant in their home but don’t know where to begin. That’s why I’ve put together this article with the 8 basic steps required to grow weed. Keep in mind that this is a high level overview that explains the setup and plant life cycle through harvest. I also offer additional articles with more detailed breakdowns and step-by-step instructions for each part of the process.

  1. Set-up a Grow Space

    This could be your backyard, a closet, or a grow tent in a basement. It’s entirely up to you and your specific space availability. The important thing to keep in mind is that no matter how large or small the space, the goal is the same – to simulate the natural environment in which plants grow; nature. I’ve also written an article that addresses the most important factors to consider when choosing a grow space. If you are growing indoors, this will require additional equipment like lights, fans, humidity control, etc.

  2. Acquire Seeds or Clones

    There are two ways to begin growing cannabis: from seed and from clone. Cannabis seeds are just what they sound like – seeds of the cannabis variety. You can find cannabis seeds for sale at dispensaries and online seed banks. The alternative is to start from a clone – quite literally the branch of another plant that has established roots. The benefit to clones is consistency; you know the plant the clone came from and can expect an exact replica (hence the name clone). Still unclear which one you should start with? I’ve written a guide that addresses the pros and cons of growing from seed vs. clone.

  3. Plant in Grow Medium

    You will also have to choose which grow medium to use i.e. soil or hydroponics – I strongly recommend growing in soil. The seeds get will get germinated first and then sowed in the grow medium to begin their new life. Clones can be planted into soil or another grow medium as soon as they have established roots. You can force a cutting to grow roots a number of ways – using an aeroponic cloner, using rooting plugs, or even setting the cutting in a cup of water.

  4. Vegetative Growth

    This is the second stage in the plant’s life cycle (after germination). As the plant’s root system gets more established in the grow medium, vegetative growth will be fast and vigorous. Vegetative growth is the stage in which the plant is using photosynthesis to grow shoots, leaves – the mass it will need to flower and reproduce in the next stage of life.

  5. Sexing

    It’s important to keep in mind that only the female cannabis plants produce the flowers we all know and love. This means that the when growing from seed, the male plants must be identified and removed from the garden – this process is known as sexing. Clones, assuming your acquired them from a reputable source, are already confirmed as females. This is one the main reasons new growers like to begin with clones, it’s one less step to have to worry about.

  6. Flowering

    After the vegetative phase, the plant will transition into the flower phase. This is the time in which the plant begins producing…you guessing it – flowers! The changeover from vegetative growth to the flowering stage is caused by the light cycle – shorter nights result in vegetative growth and longer nights (12 hours) result in flowering. Depending on the varietal of cannabis you are growing (i.e. indica or sativa), the flowering stage can range from 6-16+ weeks.

  7. Harvesting

    At the end of the flowering cycle, the buds will be heavy and covered in trichomes – the little bulbous hairs containing the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids you worked so hard to grow. Each strain has what is known as a harvest window – the limited time frame in which the strain should be harvested for maximum potency, flavor, and effect. For some strains this is just a few days and for others it lasts weeks. When the plant is ready to be harvested, simply cut the plant down at the base.

  8. Dry, Trim & Cure

    After cutting the plant down, the flowers aren’t going to look like buds that you are used to smoking. That’s because the flowers still need to be dried, trimmed, and cured. A freshly harvested plant is full of moisture that must be removed prior to smoking. Plants are typically hung upside down by their stalk for 1-2 weeks to dry. After that time, the leaves surrounding the buds are trimmed away, exposing the buds that we are all so familiar with. These dried and manicured buds can now be stored in glass mason jars to cure – the process in which the potency, flavor and smell of the bud is enhanced.

How Should I Start Growing? Cannabis Seeds vs. Clones

After you choose your grow mediumselect your grow space, and get all of the equipment set up, you’ll have to fill the space with some marijuana plants! There are two ways to start cannabis plants – from seed or from clone. You may be wondering should I start from seed or from clone? In this article I’ll break down the pros and cons to each so you can understand which option is best for you.

One thing to keep in mind – only the female cannabis plant produces the buds we all enjoy so thoroughly. Males do not produce buds and the presence of males during the flowering cycle will result in pollinated female plants that produce seeds. To sum it up – you don’t want male marijuana plants anywhere near your garden unless you are breeding.

Seeds

Starting cannabis plants from seed is the natural, tried and true way to begin growing pot. It is important to understand that there are three different types of seeds – I will cover each of them below.

Regular Seeds: Regular cannabis seeds are bred by crossing a male and female cannabis plant to produce offspring. The seeds will contain both male and female plants. This means that roughly half of the seeds you germinate will need to be culled to separate the males from females.

Feminized Seeds: Feminized cannabis seeds are bred by crossing two female plants – one of which has been forced to grow male pollen sacks. Because feminized seeds contain no male chromosomes, they are almost always female. Feminized seeds are generally considered to be more cost effective as one can expect all of the seeds to be female.

Autoflower Seeds: Autoflowering cannabis seeds are bred by crossing two different species of cannabis – Ruderalis with either Sativa or Indica. As the name indicates, these seeds automatically begin flowering within a few weeks of germination without the need to alter the light cycle. These seeds are best for beginners with time and height restrictions.

Pros of Seeds

Vigor: Growing from seed results in more vigorous plants. Seeds contain a taproot whereas clones do not.

Acquisition: Cannabis seeds are easy to acquire and easy to produce yourself. They can be shipped all over the world.

Pathogens: One major upside to growing from seed is you get a clean start – meaning no inherent risk of pests or diseases (unlike clones).

Cons of Seeds

Sexing: If growing with regular seeds, you will need to identify the sex of each plant and remove the males. The process of identifying can be challenging and typically takes a microscope and some practice.

Time: With the exception of autoflowering seeds, growing from seed typically takes longer than growing from clone. This is usually due to the sexing process, which thanks to modern science, can now be completed in the first week or two of germination with a tissue sample.

Variable: No two seeds are alike. This means if you buy a pack of seeds, there will be different genetic expression between the plants – like siblings from the same parents. While this can be fun (trying new varieties) it also means that you can never grow the exact same plant again unless you clone it.

Viable: Not all seeds are healthy or mature enough to germinate. Healthy, fully developed seeds are typically brown in color as opposed to white or yellow.

Clones

A clone is exactly what it sounds like, an exact copy of another cannabis plant. This is achieved by cutting the branch off what is known as a ‘mother plant’ and then forcing it to grow roots – the result is a clone with the exact same DNA as the mother plant.

Pros of Clones

Consistency: Clones are the only way to preserve a certain strain. This is why there are so many strains that are dubbed as ‘clone only’ – you can try to recreate them but it’ll be like trying to recreate a snowflake.

Cons of Clones

Access: Acquiring clones can be very difficult if you don’t live in a legal state. It’s crucial that you source your clones from a trusted garden to ensure you get the strain you intended. Furthermore, many ‘exclusive’ genetics are tightly held by certain grow circles.

Pathogens: The other reason its important to get your clones from a trusted source is the risk of introducing clones with existing pests and diseases. This is extremely common – in fact, sharing clones is the leading cause of pests and mold in cannabis gardens.

Vigor: Remember, cannabis is an annual plant, which means in nature, the plant completes its entire life cycle from germination to production of seed within one year and then dies. Which means clones are not natural in nature. It is heavily debated whether clones lose their vigor over time, but one thing is for sure – clone health is essential for maintaining vigor.

Why Your First Time Growing Weed Wasn’t Successful

  1. You Started With The Wrong Genetics

    No matter how talented a grower you are, you simply cannot produce stellar results with poor genetics. Poor genetics could mean low quality seeds, auto-flowering seeds, or weak and infected clones. The moral of the story is this; make sure you start off with strong genetics! This doesn’t necessarily mean high yielding genetics, but rather clones or seeds that are healthy, vigorous and are the actual strain listed – you’d be surprised how few times that’s the case.

    If you are going to start from seed, make sure you select strains from a well-respected breeder who tests their seed lines before releasing them to the public. There are too many people claiming to be ‘breeders’ who really know nothing of the subject and are selling untested seeds with hermaphroditic tendencies. Because many breeders do not sell their seeds directly, you must purchase from a trusted seedbank, who’s the retailer of seeds for several breeders. Make certain that you purchase from reputable seedbank who delivers the seeds in sealed, tamper-proof packaging to ensure the seeds weren’t swapped – yes, this actually happens.

    If you intend to start from clone, PLEASE make sure you acquire it from a trusted gardener or dispensary – you should be familiar with the integrity of their garden and cultivation practices. Without hesitation I can tell you that the fastest was to ruin your grow is to bring in outside cuts from other people’s gardens. You may finally get a shot at a strain you’ve wanted for years, but is it worth to acquire it only to find out you got russet mites a week later? Probably not. Be absolutely certain when bringing in outside genetics, and always be sure to keep them in quarantine for several weeks until you have treated them with routine IPM and verified cleanliness.

  2. Your Plants Were Only As Strong As Your Weakest Input

    Growing cannabis involves a lot of variables; environment, genetics, grow medium, pruning, water quality, feeding regimen, integrated pest management…the list goes on – and it all needs to be perfect. There is a famous aphorism that says, “Growth is controlled not by the total amount of resources available, but by the scarcest resource.” This means you could have been doing EVERYTHING else right, but if you didn’t balance your soil, you’ll never grow top shelf cannabis.

  3. You didn’t have a mentor!

    As the saying goes, there are multiple ways to skin a cat. If you had to guess how to proceed at any point during your last cycle, you inevitably made costly mistakes – both in terms of time and money. You may have even learned the hard way for instance, that you used too small a container – but by that point it’s far too late to remedy. Or you were left wondering why the leaves on your plant were yellow and it’s growth stunted. So how do you ensure all your future cycles will be successful? The answer is simple, work with a professional home growing consultant like myself.  By implementing time-tested, sustainable growing practices with the help of a mentor, you’ll reduce your learning curve while increasing crop quality and yield.

5 Reasons Why You Should Start Growing Weed At Home

  1. Guarantee Your Safety

    If you don’t personally know who cultivated your cannabis, it probably isn’t safe to consume. Bold statement? Hardly. In California, 84% of cannabis samples tested by Steep Hill Labs were deemed ‘unfit for human consumption’ due to the use of toxic pesticides. The solution is simple – start growing at home. Cannabis cannot be considered medicine if it’s grow with the use of synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides. Say no to toxic weed with harmful side effects – start growing your own today!

  2. Grow The Strain You Want

    There’s nothing worse than being subject to the single strain stocked by your weed dealer – and believe it or not, dispensaries don’t always carry the strain you’re looking for. Whether you prefer CBD-rich strains or high-THC strains, growing your own allows you to always smoke what YOU want – not just the most popular, over-hyped strain. There’s a certain comfort in always knowing what you’re getting – especially if you are purchasing for medical use.

  3. Produce Top-Shelf, Organic Cannabis

    We’ve all experienced weed that tastes like hay, buds that burn the throat, or that less than stellar eighth – and it’s always disappointing. Commercially cultivated cannabis, whether grow legally or illegally, is grown for quantity NOT quality. And you can guarantee it wasn’t grown organically with an emphasis on cannabinoid and terpene production. Simply put, if you want to smoke the best top-shelf weed, you have to grow it yourself. With the right inputs and some professional guidance, you’ll easily be cultivating top-shelf organic buds that far surpass the quality level of the dispensary or your dealer.

  4. Get The Most Pot For The Least Money

    Sick of buying by the gram? Imagine smoking by the ounce. Even a small 4’x4’ tent can supply a daily cannabis consumer for several months. Thus, cultivating a single light’s worth of marijuana can truly yield an unlimited supply of cannabis for the average person. People think that growing weed is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be – especially if you implement the Grow Pro Method. In reality, growing weed involves an up front investment for an endless supply of cannabis. Imagine smoking more and paying less than you currently do – you’ll never run out again!

  5. Save The Earth

    By implementing sustainable techniques you save the earth the earth and your wallet. When using the organic techniques, you’ll re-use your soil each cycle only adding the minimal inputs needed to keep the soil balanced after each harvest. In fact, your soil health will improve with each successful harvest. Alternatively, with soil-less growing systems, none of the grow medium is re-used. While hydroponic cultivation is all the rage, it requires all new grow mediums and nutrients with each and every harvest. Not to mention the often-toxic run-off produced by the synthetic fertilizers used in hydroponic and soil-less grows. Watering to run-off is not necessary and you’ll only use natural inputs that are derived from plants, trees, or the earth’s crust.

How to Make CBD Oil At Home | 3-Step Visual Guide

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If you’ve been part of the cannabis community for any length of time, especially for medical purposes, you’ve likely heard a good deal about the therapeutic effects of CBD. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a cannabinoid with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic effects. It can treat chronic pain and inflammation, regulate mood and sleep, ease nausea, and treat seizures and muscle spasms, just to name a few applications.

There is an overwhelming abundance of retailers selling CBD oil on the open market, but it can be hard to determine the quality and purity of the product you’re buying. Unless you’re buying from a trusted retailer like Joy Organics (see our CBD Buyer’s Guide to learn what to look for when buying CBD), sorting out the good products from the junk can be difficult.

You can skip the guesswork by making CBD yourself, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, with no special equipment or toxic chemicals. This way, you control every step of the process, from selecting the strain to choosing the dosage concentration, to the actual extraction itself; you know exactly what you’re getting in the finished product and can modify your materials or methods according to your specific needs. It might seem complicated, but we promise you, you can do this! Here, we’ll discuss the science of cannabinoid extraction and tell you how to make CBD oil at home for yourself.

At Home CBD: You Get Back What You Put In

First, we need to talk about choosing your starting material (aka the flower or extract you’ll be infusing into the oil). This is what determines the cannabinoid content of your finished CBD oil (and therefore its effects on you). This is especially important when using the method we’ll outline below, because it’s not possible to extract only CBD without taking other cannabinoids, like THC, along for the ride. This means that if you start with a high-THC flower, you’ll end up with a high-THC oil. There is no way to separate the THC from the CBD without specialized laboratory equipment. Therefore, depending on your starting material, your finished CBD oil may or may not also contain THC; it all depends on the cannabinoid content of your starting material.

You can absolutely use THC-rich strains of cannabis for your CBD oil if you choose. THC has a number of therapeutic benefits that may work in concert with those of CBD, producing synergistic effects. If you’re going this route, we recommend an indica strain, as you’ll get the benefits of high CBD and other beneficial cannabinoid content without the “head high” associated with sativas, which can make it hard to function for some consumers. This type of CBD oil (sometimes called Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, in this high-THC incarnation) is especially good for patients suffering from severe chronic pain and various cancers. However, it can cause drowsiness and impairment at high doses so it may not be right for everyone.

So, what do you do if you want to make CBD oil with little-to-no THC? If you’re fortunate enough to live in a state where cannabis is legal for you, you can request a high-CBD strain from your budtender at the dispensary; they’ll gladly point you in the right direction. However, if you don’t reside in a state where you can buy your flower from a trusted, licensed professional, Farm Bill-compliant hemp flower is legal for purchase, though it’s not available over the counter in most places.

This means that it is legal to order organically-grown hemp flower in all fifty states, and you can then use this hemp flower to make your CBD oil. Since hemp contains 0.3% or less THC, you won’t feel its effects, but you’ll get all the benefits from the high CBD, CBN, CBG, and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids contained in the hemp flower. You could also use raw CBD oil (meaning it has not yet been infused into a carrier oil), like uncut CO2 oil, instead of the flowers or buds as the starting material.

Whichever route you choose to go, the important thing is to choose a strain that will impart the effects you’re looking to achieve, as those effects will be the same as those created by the resulting CBD oil. We prefer to use Lifter strain from Canna Comforts (shown in image below).

If you’re able, try smoking or vaping a little beforehand to get an idea of what its effects will be like before committing. Any adverse or undesirable effects will wear off within an hour or two this way, as opposed to up to eight hours for cannabinoids ingested orally.

How to Make CBD Oil Simply: Use a Carrier Oil Solvent

The method we’ll discuss here extracts cannabinoids (referred to as CBD from here on out for simplicity’s sake) through an easy process that requires little skill and relatively little time spent standing over a pot. There is another, more complicated (and potentially dangerous) method using alcohol as a solvent, but we feel like that deserves its own article (it isn’t for everyone), so we’ll save it for another time. Here, we’ll focus on a much more accessible method with fewer safety requirements: infusing CBD into a carrier oil.

The Science of At-Home CBD Extraction

This method works because CBD is soluble with nonpolar molecules, meaning it can’t dissolve in water (a polar molecule), but can dissolve in fats (nonpolar) and alcohols (technically a polar molecule overall, but alcohol has a special ability to bond with nonpolar molecules in ways that water cannot—polarity is a spectrum, and while water is far off to one end, alcohol is close enough to the middle to, well, go both ways). This extraction method takes advantage of the lipid-solubility, or dissolvability in fats, of cannabinoids.

How to Make CBD Oil

Step 1: Choosing Your Ingredients 

Using a carrier oil as your solvent—we recommend MCT or coconut oils for increased bioavailability, but you could much more easily use olive oil, hempseed oil—heck, you could even use butter! Ultimately, it’s up to you and how you want to use the finished product. You will extract CBD into the oil using heat and then strain off the plant matter, leaving CBD-enriched oil behind. The resulting oil is much easier to work with than what the alcohol method yields, and there are fewer precautions you need to take throughout the process. To do this, you’ll need:

  • 1 oz of flower of your choosing, finely ground. We recommend using a grinder, but even chopping up the herb with a knife beforehand is better than nothing. The smaller the pieces you can get the herb into, the more efficiently the CBD will be extracted.
  • 16 oz MCT oil, coconut oil, or other oil of your choosing.
  • A double boiler or crock pot—the key to this method is keeping the heat low, slow, and uniform, allowing the mixture to cook for several hours over indirect, consistent heat without risking it getting too hot and burning all your hard work away.
  • Cheesecloth, for straining the finished oil.
  • Utensils—use glass, ceramic, or stainless steel bowls and silicone spatulas for ease, as well as to keep potentially harmful plastics out of your oil.

Step 2: Decarboxylation

Since you’ve ground the herb up finely, the next step is to decarboxylate, or decarb, the flower, which changes the CBD into its active form, thereby making it more available to the body. To clarify, the CBDA (‘A’ for acidic) found in dried flowers is in its non-active form; thus, it needs to be decarboxylated into its active form, or what we traditionally think of as CBD. This can be done on a cookie sheet in an oven at 220-225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 60 minutes for maximum conversion. After the time is up, remove the flower from the oven to cool.

Step 3: Extraction

already been vaped bud

Once you’ve decarbed the starting material, mix your carrier oil and decarbed flower into the top of a double boiler and place over a pot of simmering (not boiling!) water. Low heat on most stovetops should be sufficient to get the water bath hot enough to extract the CBD without risking scorching the oil. You can also use a crock pot as an alternative to a double boiler.

2-3 hours is sufficient time for the CBD to dissolve into the oil; though, there is no harm in going longer. You don’t need to monitor the oil too closely: checking in every half hour or to stir and monitor its color should be sufficient. When it’s a deep, earthy brownish green, you’ll know it’s ready.

After the time is up, pour the oil and flower through some cheesecloth (coffee filters will work in a pinch) to strain off the plant matter, leaving behind the CBD-rich oil. If you’re using cheesecloth, be sure to squeeze out all the oil you can from the bundle of plant matter—a potato ricer is super handy for this, but not necessary if you don’t mind using a little elbow grease. Discard the leftover starting material, it’s work here is done. You can then place the oil in a bottle or jar and store it in a cool, dry place away from the sun and other light sources.

Homemade CBD Oil: What Do I Do With It?

Congratulations, you’ve made your first batch of homemade CBD oil! The resulting oil can be used orally in the form of tinctures or made into gelatin capsules, or even added to food if the taste is unpleasant to you on its own. The oil can also be applied directly to the skin for topical pain relief, added to your favorite body care products before application, or incorporated into your diet a few drops at a time. Its uses are just as versatile as the CBD you would have bought from a retailer, only it’s custom-designed by you, for you.

In order to properly dose the CBD oil you just made, you can use our edible potency calculator here. The most important factor will be the amount of CBD contained in your starting material—any reputable supplier will be able to tell you this.

Conclusion

While there are a number of quality CBD oils available for purchase, making a high-quality CBD oil at home is attainable, affordable, and low-risk using the oil infusion method discussed above. Oil extraction uses indirect, low heat to gradually extract CBD without any harsh fumes or flammability precautions. It’s the safest and simplest way to supply yourself with homemade CBD oil.

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How to Make Dabs at Home: Rosin Tech | 6 Easy Steps

From the depths of Instagram to the top shelf of the dispensary, rosin is the hottest trend in cannabis concentrates.

But there is a lot of confusion regarding the stuff – is it effective? Does it yield? Is it flavorful? Can I vaporize it? Will it be stable? What will the replies to these questions even mean?

We will help you understand the answers as well as provide step-by-step instructions for making rosin at home. Also referred to as rosin tech, the process utilizes heat and pressure to extract the essential oils from the cannabis flower or hash. This can be performed using a simple hair straightener or a rosin press.

Because the industrial rosin presses are very expensive and intended for commercial production, we will explain how to make rosin hash at home with a basic hair straightener you could buy at any Target as the primary piece of extraction equipment (with the option to use a Home Depot bar clamp to increase pressure). Once your rosin hash is ready, we can show you how to smoke dabs as well!

How to Make Dabs

  1. Get the Necessary Items for Pressing Bud:

    Cannabis buds

    Hair Straightener/Flat Iron (wider plates provide more surface area for pressing)

    Press, vice, bar clamp, etc. (optional)

    Parchment Paper

    Dabber

    Extra Items when Pressing Hash:

    Low-grade ice water hash, kief, or dry sift

    Pressing/Rosin Screens

  2. Preheat the Iron

    The first step is to plug in your iron, turn it on, and set it to a temperature ranging from 240°F to 300°F. If the temperature settings on your iron do not go low enough (ours don’t), simply select the lowest temperature. We deal with the higher temperature setting by unplugging the iron just prior to pressing. Feel free to play with the temperature settings as it can impact yield, flavor, consistency, and color.

  3. Prepare Material

    If pressing flower, select a medium sized bud, about the size of a quarter. The area of the bud should not be larger than the area of your pressing surface (hot plates on the iron). Make sure to remove all visible stems! If your starting material is less dense or ‘larfy’, you can squish it into a small ball, about the size of a quarter, prior to pressing. Take the bud and place it into a sheet of parchment paper that has been folded in half.

    If pressing ice water hashdry sift, or trim, we recommend packing the material into a screen pouch prior to squishing. This will eliminate the risk of any plant material finding its way into your concentrate. Remember, the goal here is to extract the plant’s beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes while leaving behind the plant material itself. There are several companies that make pouches specifically for this purpose – search for a ‘pressing screen’ or ‘rosin screen’. The best results can be seen when the screen and material have been folded into a pouch that is just smaller than the area of the iron’s plates. Place the pouch between a folded piece of parchment paper so that the extracted material can be collected.

  4. Squish Firmly and Hold

    Now the fun part; smash the starting material in the iron! It is generally easiest to set the hair straightener on the ground and orient the pressing surface so it is parallel to the floor. If your iron runs hotter than the optimal pressing range, now is the perfect time to unplug it. Take the folded parchment and place it in-between the two flat heating elements such that the bud or hash is centered on the iron’s surface. PRESS AS HARD AS YOU CAN! Some people step on the iron, others have created DIY presses to exert even more force on the hair straightener. Increased pressure results in higher yields! We recommend pressing for 5 to 10 seconds (the perfect length for you will depend on your specific temperature and pressure parameters). By adjusting the length of each press, you can impact yield, flavor, consistency, and color.

    Recently, we have been using a high-pressure bar clamp for added pressure and the outcome has been great. Want to upgrade to 600 lbs of pressure? You can buy one of these on Amazon for a meager $20. There is no right or wrong here, just do the best you can with your budget or the items at your disposal.

  5. Clean and Collect

    The next step in the process is to clean the rosin of any contaminant (plant matter), if necessary. When pressing flowers, a pistil or two typically manages to find its way into the sticky concentrate. These bits of plant matter are easy to remove with the help of a dabber or tweezers. The pressing screens are very effective at preventing plant material from even coming into contact with the rosin – the downside is they absorb some of the essential oils, resulting in slightly diminished yields.

    Once the rosin has been cleaned, you can collect it using a dabber or similar tool. It is typically easiest to collect the solventless oilby gently rubbing the dabber back and forth across the parchment paper. Leaving the ball of rosin at the end of the dabber while scraping is helpful as the oil sticks to itself, making for effortless collection. Once the rosin has been collected, it can be placed in parchment paper or a non-stick silicone container for storage.

  6. Re-Press if Needed

    Depending on the effectiveness of your first press, there may be some essential oils remaining in your starting material. It never hurts to give your hash or flower another press in the hair straightener to ensure that all cannabinoids and terpenes have been extracted. One of my favorite applications of the rosin tech is using it to extract the essential oils from lower grades of ice water hash, or kief/dry sift; effectively turning your trash into treasure!

Preserve your Rosin

Did you know that proper storage can prevent shattery rosin from auto-buddering over time? We recommend an air-tight, non-stick container like the Pebble.

Bonus: Can I Vape Rosin?

Rosin works great in a ceramic vaporizer pen.

More FAQ’s:

What is the consistency of Rosin Tech concentrates?

The rosin tech typically produces a glassy, stable oil that takes on a shatter-like consistency. It can also be whipped into a budderconsistency for those who prefer wax over shatter. Depending on certain variables like strain, temperature, and pressure, the rosin may have a snap n’ pull consistency.

How do I consume rosin?

Rosin, regardless of its consistency, can be dabbedtwaxedvaporized, or made into edibles with ease. Then you can load up your empty vape cartridge. We really like DIDA’s vape cartridges (show in image below). To learn more about how to smoke dabs, click here.

Is rosin flavorful?

Many people worry that because the extraction process involves heat, it inherently results in lost terpenes, the compounds that give cannabis its flavor and aroma. However, you may be surprised at the flavors retained in quality rosin; especially considering that the initial product being pressed may have been riddled with plant material. Although, the answer to this question is largely based on the specific heat levels used in the extraction process. As a general rule of thumb, lower temperatures and higher pressures result in the least adulterated, most terpene-rich extracts. You can maximize the flavor of each rosin dab with a few simple adjustments.

Does the rosin tech yield well?

Yields with this extraction method can range from less than 10% to upwards of 30% which is in the range of other popular extraction techniques like BHO. Don’t expect to be hitting the high end of this range with just a hair straightener and flower. Yield percentages can run higher with hash because it’s already concentrated, but the primary variables impacting yield are strain, potency, and temperature/pressure used in extraction. One thing you can do to increase your yields with certainty is to use a press, bar clamp, etc. to exert more pressure on the iron than would be possible with just the human body.

Is rosin better than BHO?

This is a difficult question to answer as it is largely preference based; however, there are some marked differences between the two concentrates. Rosin hash is great as it provides consumers a safe alternative to making solvent based extracts, like BHO (a dangerous process), within the comfort of home. This is especially helpful for those who lack access to safe, quality solvent-based extractions. Additionally, rosin is inherently safer to consume than concentrates made with butane, propane, or alcohol. No more feeling like your lungs are going collapse after taking a large dab! Have you wondered why your lungs hurt after dabbing? That unpleasant sensation in your respiratory system is caused by the residual solvent (generally butane) remaining in the concentrate.

Do they sell rosin in dispensaries?

Yes! Depending on the starting material used, the product will be labeled as either ‘flower rosin’ or ‘hash rosin’.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

    Better starting material = higher yield
    More pressure = higher yield
    Lower temperature = better terpene retention (more flavor)