The Different Types of Popular Rosins & What They Are
We love solventless concentrates for a slew of reasons. Its chemical-free production process sure stands out, but its versatility can’t be understated. Thanks to a number of extraction technology processes, skilled producers continue to advance the market. In turn, the consumers have a range of solventless cannabis products to try today.
This collection of cannabis concentrates allows you to find the ideal products for your consumption methods. One of the key areas to hone in on when deciding which products best suit you is its texture. Here are some of the ones worth considering and how they get made.
Hash Rosin Badder
Hash rosin badder, or budder, is probably the most consistent of all hash rosin products. For this reason and several others, this waxy concentrate is one of the most popular types of solventless products on the market today. It is appealing for its softer texture compared to products like shatter. Unlike shatter, badder is much easier to handle and spread when doing dabs or other applications.
Badder can be produced using solvents. However, solventless techniques are on the rise and being used by a number of concentrates producers. A solventless production process removes chemicals from the process and instead use low heat and agitation to get the hash rosin to "butter." This technique allows producers to showcase the true terpene profile in the plant.
Producers should keep in mind that the higher the terpene content, the less viscous your badder will be. Strains with high terpene counts will be less waxy, while many strains will “budder up” when left at room temperature. Consider using full spectrum hash, or plants with trichome heads from 45u – 120u for the best results.
Customer demand has helped fuel this uptick as well. As such, it is rather common to see dispensaries and online shops expanding their offerings of easy to use, delicious badder.
Lastly, it's worth noting that plenty of great rosin badders and textures can also be made with premium dry sift, which many businesses also do. While somewhat less common, there are a variety of incredible products being made with dry sift - but none if it is extracted with dry ice, which tends to dramatically darken the resulting rosin.
Rosin Diamonds / Sauce
See the header image of the article? That's 100% solventless rosin diamonds and sauce. Rosin diamonds are extracted THCA cannabinoids. Producers create rosin diamonds using a two-step process. The first step involves using a rosin press to apply pressure to large hash or sift pucks made from high-quality cannabis strains. Pressed at low temperatures, pucks get pressed using a very fine screen to separate its terpenes.
The second step requires the puck to be pressed once again at a higher temperature of 250F or higher. This step “cleans” the debris from the puck. In time, you will squeeze THCA crystals from the bag, hardening near instantly, as they remain on your screen.
To create sauce, the extracted THCA diamonds are then recombined with the concentrate. However, some consumers prefer to use their diamonds in other applications. While it is most common to recombine the diamonds, some do use their extracted THCA for smoking purposes instead.
While we support you consuming however you’d like, we have to throw a bit of support behind sauce. This wonderful looking concentrate has the ability to taste and smell just as pretty as it looks.
Keep in mind that due to its separation and subsequent recombination, terpenes and rosin diamond distribution may be off if not created by a skilled producer. Therefore, not every dab may be equal.
Jar Tech/Natural Terpene Separations
Terpene isolation has been the talk of the industry for the past few years. That said, the process is not too simple, often presenting more difficulties than other extraction efforts. Additionally, this process can be done with both hash or sift rosin, with the former being a bit easier to perform.
Extracting terpenes may prove to be a difficult task for many producers. Isolating such organic compounds is often trying thanks to the plant’s sensitive trichomes and their delicate nature. Other methods of plant compound extraction can employ additional steps after pressing to create its intended concentrate. However, doing so when separating terpenes can result in a volatile situation with less than ideal results.
We recommend producers extract their terpenes using a solventless process and hash rosin created the same way. To do so, press the rosin as you normally would at a low temperature around 150F to 200F. Extract the oils into a jar and cap it once complete.
From here, you’ll do something we’d often recommend not doing with cannabis of any kind: leaving your cannabis in a warm environment (80-90F) for a few days, or over a week. You may even need to leave it there longer if needed. Trust us, it works in this case if your rosin contains enough terpenes. Exposing the capped concentrates to some of nature’s elements will lead to the terpenes separating naturally.
In due time, you should have solventless natural terpene separations. The end result leaves producers with a versatile concentrate which can be combined into other products to make a unique product. While consumers like you are left with products that contain no chemicals and a robust plant profile.
Sour Diesel flower rosin pressed on the Pikes Peak V2
While flower rosin doesn't get as much coverage as it did a few years ago, it's still the #1 go to for most home growers and people making rosin at home. Simply put, flower rosin is easy to make and a true representation of the plant that was grown, good or bad.
Great flower rosins are produced from strains incredibly rich in terpenes is made using low temperature, as you would have others on this list. However, to replicate the ideal creamy texture (as opposed to an oil or shatter), be sure to set your rosin press at around 180F to 200F.
Temperature is just one component to creating great flower rosin. Producers source plant material that is not only rich in terpenes but also thoroughly dried and cured. Otherwise, the process likely won’t work and you’ll have subpar results. The fresher the better, as once cannabis ages, it oxidizes and tends to darken, thus often reducing the overall quality.
Keep in mind that the final product can take on a budder consistency. And while jar tech terpene separation calls for a bit of heat, flower rosin is more traditional.
If left out, flower rosin is likely to budder automatically. Therefore, stick to common cannabis storage methods. Leave your extract in an area that is airtight and free of moisture. Doing so should preserve the texture, leaving you with a concentrate that is easy to spread and consume.
We’re excited to hear about your favorite concentrates. Be sure to tell us which is your favorite texture and how you use it.
Want to start making your own concentrates? Contact us to learn how we can get you started.