So some of you probably saw that I was working on a DiY project for making rosin. Currently, rosin is not available at the dispensaries, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have it. You can easily make it with parchment paper, a hair straightener, and some flower. If you plan to press hash or shake you will need a micron press sheet. For the project, I had the hair straightener available and spent under $50 for the arbour press, glue, and scrap steel. I bought the arbour press at Harbor Freight cheap. After making this though, a hydraulic press would have been nice to modify as well.
Rosin is a solid form of resin that is obtained by adding pressure and heat to vaporize volatile liquid terpenes, the oils from the cannabis is then caught by the parchment paper and later collected. The yields are much similar to other extraction techniques, ranging between 10-15% with flower and even more with dry sift/kief/hash.
To get started, you only need a few basic tools in order to create a quality rosin:
- Flat Iron (2+” with temperature control)
- Non-stick Parchment Paper (Do not use the Oil Slick Sheet- It’s garbage and I lost a lot of Rosin, because it absorbed into the sheet)
- Collecting Device (TI dabber, razor blade, etc.)
- Processing Material (flower, dry sift, bubble hash)
- 25u Micron Screen (not needed if pressing straight flower)
First, Prepare your processing material by breaking it down to .2g – .5g increments. Cut some pieces of parchment paper to overhang the processing material. Preheat the flat iron to 200*F – 340*F (the lower the temp the tastier the end-product).
Secondly, Place the flower on a piece of parchment paper and then fold the paper over, leaving the product in the center. Place the parchment paper on the flat iron and apply pressure for 3-5 seconds directly on the product, lower temperatures will require a longer press. (If you’re using dry sift or hash, place the processing product in the micron sheet first, before covering with the parchment paper).
Finally, Remove the pressure from the hair straightener and take off and unfold the parchment paper. The processing product will be surrounded by the rosin. Remove the product, carefully leaving all of the rosin behind. Take your collecting device and scrape the parchment paper to collect all of the finished product.
For my project, I wanted to try and get bigger yields of rosin from pressing with a hair straightener. Here are some pictures of what I did:
Let me know if you have any questions or if want to share pictures of your rosin presses. You can contact Dabbin Dad at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good medicating with you!