CBD rosin is the liquid sap that comes out of hemp flowers when we apply pressure and heat to them. You can buy the product from many hemp manufacturers. However, if you want to have more say in the yield and flavor of the result, you could always press it out yourself.
Why You Should Start Making CBD Rosin
If you’ve never tried CBD rosin, you may not understand what all the hype is about. However, we’ve already explained one potential draw. Extracting the stuff yourself allows you to pinpoint the exact amount of CBD, THC, and terpenes you want to have.
It’s perfect for individual consumers, as this method of extraction can’t be used to get large quantities of product. Moreover, it’s incredibly easy to manage even for people who’ve never taken a hands-on approach to CBD. We might even go so far as to say it’s fun!
Best of all, unlike some traditional CBD extraction methods, this one doesn’t even produce any dangerous solvents. So even though only professionals could perform butane hash oil and carbon dioxide extraction methods, anyone could use a press.
Even if the other methods we’ve mentioned didn’t produce dangerous and potentially explosive solvents, they still end up changing the quality of the product. So pressing is the best way to get all the aromatic compounds and cannabinoids from the hemp strain of your choice.
After the initial purchase of the extraction tools, making CBD rosin at home will be fairly cheap. And, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, you could even use home-grown hemp.
Gathering Supplies for Pressing Hemp at Home
If you want to make CBD rosin in your home, you’ll have to get several items first. Obviously, you’ll need high-quality hemp flowers as well as a scale to measure them with.
The most important tool here will be your rosin press. That allows you to adjust the temperature and pressure you’ll use during the extraction process. However, before you load the hemp buds into the press, you may want to mold them into a more compact shape with your hands or with a manual tool.
While you’re at it, you’ll also need to get parchment paper. In addition to holding your hemp while you’re pressing it, the paper will also prevent the sap from sticking to the plates of your press.
Lastly, you’ll need something you can use to get the sticky sap off the paper. First, you’ll have to wait for it to cool or encourage it to with the use of cooling packs. After plucking the flattened hemp bud off the paper, you’ll be able to lift the sap with a special scraper.
Things to Consider Before Your First Pressing Attempt
Now, there are several things you’ll need to keep in mind before you try using your press. For one, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using the highest quality hemp buds. Remember, hemp tends to absorb everything from its surroundings, which is why most reputable manufacturers exclusively sell organic hemp products.
Sadly, we won’t be able to point you toward any particular strain of hemp, but we can help you find one yourself. Just make sure the one you choose contains at least 12% CBD and less than 0.3% THC. After all, that is what distinguishes hemp from cannabis.
Of course, those cannabinoids aren’t the only things we want to find in our pressing hemp. So you should also inquire about the terpene profile of the hemp before you buy it. Those aromatic compounds have the biggest influence on the smell and taste of your CBD rosin.
While we’re on the subject of terpenes, let’s talk about how your temperature settings can affect your rosin’s flavor. Since terpenes typically have lower vaporization temperatures than cannabinoids, your rosin will be less flavorful if you use high heat to extract it.
So if you’re using terpene-rich hemp, you’ll want to use low heat to press out the rosin. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a high yield regardless of flavor, you’ll have to use temperatures above 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
With a little practice, you’ll be able to get the perfect amount of CBD rosin with just the right flavor profile. However, it may take some trial and error to get to that point. So keep a record of the weight and quality of the sap you get out of each batch you make.
A Few Parting Words
If you want to be more involved with the process of CBD production, CBD rosin is the way to go. The product is infinitely customizable, as simply adjusting the temperature of your press can make it more or less flavorful. Using the press is something anyone should be able to do — and it’ll only take a few moments to get the finished product from the hemp buds you start with.