With the number of legal medical cannabis users in the United States growing at a rapid pace, the industry continues to evolve in a variety of ways. One of these is through the production of newer ways to receive the benefits of cannabis products, and one of the newer products created with this goal in mind – and one growing quickly in popularity – is known as rosin.
At Whole Leaf Medical Dispensary and CBD, we offer a huge variety of medical cannabis concentrates, from traditional options like shatter and crumble to newer extracts, one of which is rosin. This two-part blog will go over what rosin is, how it differs from other concentrate types and some of the primary benefits it brings to those who use it.
Among cannabis concentrates, rosin is among the most recently developed. It began appearing back in 2015, at which time it quickly was noticed by those who regularly use concentrates for relief.
We’ll dig into more details here in a moment, but the primary difference between rosin and many other concentrates is the extraction method. While most other concentrates use solvents to extract valuable TCH and terpenes from cannabis, rosin uses only heat and pressure.
Those who are newer to the medical marijuana world might still be wrapping their heads around some of the various terms involved, and we want to ensure you don’t confuse rosin with the similarly-named resin. The latter actually refers to the stick trichome layer on cannabis buds and leaves – these are the parts of the plant that contain the cannabinoids and terpenes that make cannabis such an effective relief method for many people.
In other cases, the term resin will be used to refer to brownish gunk that builds up inside glass smoking devices. Such resin can sometimes be removed and re-smoked.
In still other situations, the term “live resin” will be used. This refers to the actual plant material again, and speaks to a fresh or immediately-frozen plant that has not been dried or cured. You’ll also hear “live rosin” – this is simply rosin product that’s derived from fresh flower.
As we noted above, rosin requires no chemical solvents like butane or hexane for extraction. It needs only heat and pressure for this process, bringing you a clean product that has great potency and zero potential for residual solvents impacting the effects in any way. This extraction process can be used on fresh flower, dried flower or even hash.
For more on rosin and how it compares to other cannabis concentrates, or to learn about any of our alternative medicine and pain management options, speak to the staff at Whole Leaf Medical Dispensary and CBD today.