According to High Times, live rosin is “The cannabis concentrate connoisseur’s choice.”
With its high concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes, it’s easy to see why.
So what exactly is live rosin, or even hemp-derived Delta-9 rosin?
That’s what we’re going to explain in this blog post.
So if you’re looking to get the lowdown on this newly released Delta-8 alternative, in simple, easy-to-understand, plain English, then you’ve come to the right place.
And we promise that you will be a hemp-derived rosin expert by the time you’ve finished reading this post!
So with that in mind, we’re going to cover:
What are trichomes?
What is concentrate?
What is hash?
What is rosin?
What is live rosin?
What is “weed” rosin?
Why is rosin so expensive?
What Are Trichomes?
So before we get into Delta-9 rosin, along with the differences between flower rosin, hash rosin, and live rosin from hemp, we’ll need to start with trichomes.
So what are they, and why are they essential for understanding rosin?
If you look at a hemp plant, you may notice many tiny crystals sprinkled all around it.
These are trichomes!
There are several different types of trichomes, which serve other purposes for the hemp plant.
Trichomes can help a cannabis plant:
Produce an aroma/bitter taste to defend the plant from predators
Control leaf temperature
Prevent water loss
Defend itself against fungus
Fend off UV rays through light reflection
And for a hemp enthusiast, trichomes are significant because they produce cannabinoids and terpenes.
Actually, they are the part of the plant that contains most of these types of compounds.
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant (hemp and marijuana). Some theorize that cannabis produces THC to protect itself from UV radiation.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that can be found in cannabis as well as other plants. These smells they create can help deter herbivores.
But the smell is not all that terpenes have to offer. According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, terpenes can help speed up the passing of cannabinoids into the bloodstream.
And that’s about all you need to know about trichomes in the context of rosin!
Basically, they’re tiny, glistening crystals where most of the plant's cannabinoids and terpenes are produced.
As you will find, later on, they play a central role in the production of hemp-derived Delta-9 rosin.
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What is Concentrate?
Alright, so we have trichomes down, and before we move onto hash and then to rosin, let’s talk about cannabis concentrate in general.
A cannabis concentrate is basically a plant extract that is densely packed with cannabinoids and terpenes.
Or you might say that these cannabinoids and terpenes are...concentrated.
Rosin is a type of cannabis concentrate.
There are many different forms of concentrate, which include:
Concentrates can be used in a variety of ways. In recent decades, “dabbing” (putting concentrate on a hot surface and inhaling the vapor) has become synonymous with concentrate.
However, concentrates can be sprinkled on flower to be smoked or used to make edibles.
Although rosin is a concentrate, we’ll need to talk about hash before we speak about rosin.
So let’s get into hash!
What is Hash?
Hash, sometimes known as “hashish,” is one of the most well-known and oldest forms of cannabis concentrate. It’s unknown how long humans have consumed hash, but the earliest mention of the term “hashish” dates back to 1123 A.D.
What exactly is hash?
Hash is basically condensed kief.
And kief is basically clumps of those tiny crystals we talked about earlier...trichomes!
There are many different varieties of hash, but to understand hemp-derived Delta-9 rosin, you only need to understand:
Dry sift hash
Dry Sift Hash
Dry sifting is one of the most well-known hash-making techniques.
For many modern craftspeople, this process begins with freezing the plant material.
When the plant material is frozen, it becomes easier to break off the trichomes.
Then, the plant material is run gently against a screen that sits above a collection container.
As the plant material is rubbed against the screen, trichomes/kief will gather at the bottom of this container.
Once a substantial amount of kief is gathered, it is then put into a specialized press that not only applies pressure but also heat.
After pressing and heating the kief, the final product is a condensed, light-brown brick.
What holds the hash together and gives it its distinctive color/look are melted trichomes.
Bubble hash is made with a filtration process that's similar to dry sift hash.
However, this process uses ice and water as solvents.
To make bubble hash, multiple bags, each lined with special filters, are placed in a bucket on top of one another.
The first bag has the fewest microns in its filter. Simply put, the fewer microns, the “finer” the mesh will be. This means less material will be able to get through the filter.
The following bags will have more microns as you get to the top of the stack.
Coldwater is then placed in the bag, followed by plant material, which then gets topped off with ice.
Then, a wooden dowel is used to stir the mixture for about 15 minutes. This helps break off the frozen trichomes from the plant material.
The bags will then be lifted from the bucket and drained.
Layer by layer, the filters will contain bubble hash. The filters with the most microns will have the most concentrated bubble hash.
From there, the hash will be patted dry or freeze-dried.
Now keep in mind that the technique described above is just one way to produce bubble hash. There is industrial-grade equipment that can create bubble hash in mass quantities.
However, they still follow the same fundamental principles in creating bubble hash.
And that’s all you need to know about hash when it comes to rosin!
What is Rosin?
Ok, so now we’re finally able to talk about rosin.
And just to recap:
Trichomes are the crystal-like structures on cannabis where most cannabinoids and terpenes are located.
Concentrates are cannabis plant extracts that are packed with cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds.
Hash is composed of trichomes that have been separated from plant matter and bound together.
Rosin is a solventless concentrate that can be made with flower or hash.
Visually, Delta-9 rosin looks like a frothy, shiny, gooey sap with a color that can range from whitish-yellow to dark gold.
So, where does rosin come from?
There are three types of rosin. From the lowest concentration to the highest concentration, they are:
We’ll go over live rosin in the next section. Rosin itself is like the cream of the crop when it comes to cannabis, but live rosin is basically the cream of the crop of...rosin.
One of the most notable features of rosin is how it’s made.
In short, rosin requires no solvents.
We’re not going to drown you out with chemistry, but basically, a solvent is a chemical used to break down hemp plant matter to extract cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds.
That’s why, when you look at a COA, you will see a section that says “residual solvents.” This means that the product has been tested to ensure that no chemicals used to break down the plant are left in the product.
Some solvents include ethanol and CO2. For bubble hash, the solvent was just...water.
Rosin only needs heat and pressure to be made.
To make rosin, you will need a special device, which almost looks like a hydraulic press.
The desired medium is placed in a small mesh bag wrapped in parchment paper for flower or hash rosin.
Then, the operator dials in the heat and pressure settings.
A thick, yellowish golden sap will start pouring out of the press when enough pressure is applied.
Or, in other words, it’s done.
This same process applies to whether flower rosin is being made or hash rosin is being made. Hash rosin will have a higher concentration of cannabinoids than flower rosin.
But the most coveted, of the coveted, in terms of Delta-9 rosins is“ live rosin,” which has a greater concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes than the previously mentioned rosins.
What is Live Rosin?
Ok, so we’ve gone over flower rosin and hash rosin—prized concentrates in the cannabis world.
So what’s the deal with live rosin?
The biggest differentiator for live rosin is the source.
For live rosin, you use freshly harvested hemp that has not been dried/cured.
By using fresh material, you’re preserving the live terpene profile.
Terpenes, as mentioned earlier, are compounds in cannabis that create a distinct aroma and can offer complementary effects.
When cannabis is dried and cured, it loses a lot of those terpenes.
So, to start off the live rosin production process, fresh hemp is made into bubble hash.
After the bubble hash is made, it gets freeze-dried. It is then placed in the press and then placed in a press.
What comes squeezed out of the bubble hash is live rosin.
So pretty much, live rosin is made when you take fresh hemp, make bubble hash with it, and then apply a lot of pressure with some heat.
What is “Weed Rosin?”
You may have heard the term “weed rosin” here and there. Generally, this isn’t really a term used in the industry.
However, when you hear this term, it’s usually about rosin made with marijuana instead of hemp.
Marijuana and hemp are the same exact species that are only separated by a legal distinction.
So pretty much all of the techniques for extracting trichomes or making rosin that can be done on marijuana can be done with hemp.
Like all of our cannabinoids and extracts, the concentrate used in Hometown Hero’s Delta-9 Live Rosin Gummies is 100% derived from hemp.
Why is Rosin so Expensive?
Rosin tends to cost more than other hemp-derived products simply because of the labor and equipment needed.
Making concentrates is in no doubt a craft. To make live rosin takes a serious degree of skill, precision, and extensive knowledge of cannabis.
Then, there’s a lot of specialized equipment needed to make rosin. As you have read previously, it takes a bit more than your run-of-the-mill juice squeezer to get this extract.
But, the thing to keep in mind is that you get what you paid for, and rosin, especially live rosin, is the crown jewel of cannabis.
So that just about covers everything you need to know about Delta-9 rosin.
And just to recap:
Trichomes are the crystal structures on a cannabis plant. They are packed with cannabinoids and terpenes.
Hash is a concentrate made from trichomes.
Bubble hash is a highly concentrated form of hash crafted with ice, water, and specialized filters.
Rosin is a form of concentrate made from flower and hash with a lot of pressure and heat applied to it.
Live rosin is made when you take fresh, uncured plant material, make bubble hash with it, and then place that bubble hash into a specialized press.
And now you’re a rosin expert!
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