After you’ve decided to venture down the rewarding path of rosin production, you may be wondering what you can do with all the concentrate you’ve yielded.
Just like other forms of waxy flower extract, rosin is quite versatile and can be tailored to your personal preference as far as utilization. Whether you prefer smoking, vaping, using tinctures and topicals, or eating edibles, rosin can get the job done with relative ease.
The easiest way to use rosin is by “dabbing” it, or dropping it onto a hot surface (usually titanium, quartz, or ceramic) and subsequently inhaling the vapor that is produced. But if you’re on-the-go and don’t want to haul your bong and torch around with you, rosin can be vaped in a portable pen. If you have a pen that allows you to put small amounts of oil inside, go right ahead and try some rosin in there. If you’re using a pen and battery setup that allows for screw-on cartridges, the rosin may be a little too viscous to vape. Some people cut their extracts with propylene glycol to produce a more oily liquid solution to fill their cartridges, but I’d rather keep the whole process pure since I already went to the trouble of making a solventless concentrate. My advice would be to use cartridges that have glass cylinders rather than plastic so that you can heat the sides for a second or two with your lighter and liquify your rosin inside the cartridge and drip it down to the bottom for easier vaping.
If you enjoy smoking, rosin is great for adding to joints, blunts, or bowl packs. If you’re rolling up, simply put a line of rosin inside before assembly, or you can put a few little drops on top of your bowl pack. The cherry from the burning flower will be hot enough to vape the rosin oil, but don’t use too much or you’ll be left with a sticky mess that’s difficult to clean. Less is more, trust me.
Another alternative to smoking or vaping is to decarb your rosin in order to infuse it into edibles or topicals. The process of decarbing allows you to release the psychoactive components of the cannabis, which normally happens when you apply heat. Because the temperatures and time you pressed the flower at to produce the rosin aren’t hot enough to decarb the THC, you’ll need to do that before the rosin can be effectively used in food or on your skin. If you’ve made weed butter before, you already know how to decarb. You need to melt the rosin down into a fat-soluble base like butter or coconut oil. I usually use a saucepan, heating the butter and rosin together on low heat until very miniscule bubbles start to appear throughout. Those bubbles are the cannabinoids being released and the THCA decarbing into usable THC. Sometimes this process can take 35-45 minutes on a simmer, so patience is key but the end result is oh so satisfying. The fatty solution can be cooked with or combined with other oils to make topicals like salve. Personally, I keep a jar of infused butter in my fridge and add a little bit to pasta dishes and other goodies like cookies.
For those who want to make consumables but are looking to avoid the fatty solutions, THC can be extracted using alcohol to make a liquid tincture. An easy method and one that reduces waste is placing your rosin and leftover pressed flower chips from your ROSINBOPMB into a cheesecloth bag and then inside a mason jar. Fill the jar with distilled water and let sit for 24 hours. The next day, pour the water out and refill with more distilled water. Repeat this process for a couple of days. This will get rid of the chlorophyll and the nasty taste that tinctures typically carry. Once the water soaking is done, fill the jar with Everclear or another strong alcohol without additives. Let sit for as long as you want, the longer the stronger. When you eventually remove the cheesecloth bag with the rosin and flower chips, you’ll be left with the tincture solution, and it should be a golden brown color. It is activated, so you can drink it, though take it slow because it won’t taste that great and it hits like a ton of bricks.