The Quick Guide to CBD Rosin (2021 Edition)
Like THC, CBD provides immense benefits to a range of people and should continue to be the case with the rise in high-potency hemp cultivation across the globe.
With its potential to provide benefits to patients and recreational users, CBD rosin is one of the premier choices in solventless, high-potency cannabis concentrates. Its production marks another step forward in the sophisticated processing equipment producers have at their disposal. We’ve certainly come a long way from the hair straightener rosin days, that’s for sure.
Thanks to advancements in technology over the years, today’s CBD rosin producers are able to make potent concentrates. Not to mention, you do not need a lab setting to produce CBD rosin, it can easily be made at home. The power of the product is just one reason consumers reach for rosin. Its versatility allows for consumers to not only just dab it, but add it to edibles, make a topical, wrap it around a joint, or just about any other way a person wants to take in their cannabis.
Pictured: CBD flower rosin collected on a scraper after pressing
Like smoking flower, the effects of dabbing rosin are immediate. However with concentrates, the dosages to feel the effects are often much lower than cannabis flower, thus the name concentrate. This helps scores of people. From patients needing more than standard CBD dosages to recreational consumers looking for significant effects without a head high, cannabidiol (CBD) rosin can do the job.
Let’s explore CBD rosin a bit more.
How to Consume CBD Flower Rosin
To put it simply, if you can do it with THC flower rosin, you can do it with CBD flower rosin.
Rosin of any kind allows consumers the option to enjoy their concentrates just about any way they’d prefer. As long as they have the know-how to apply it, the rosin should almost certainly provide the expected results.
When dabbing CBD rosin, keep in mind the best practices for dabbing THC rosin. Consumers can enjoy CBD rosin on the go using handy devices like the PuffCo Peak or a standard rig setup. As of lately, there are even solventless CBD vape cartridges available on the market. Ask your local dispensaries what solventless CBD options are available.
Regardless of the device, it is important that the consumer properly heats the nail or heating element when inhaling. Low temperatures are always advised for dabs. Consuming too much CBD can provide adverse effects. So, just like THC products, dab a small amount, wait 30 minutes or so, and assess the situation. Always start with low temperatures and take it slow.
Like we mentioned earlier in the guide, inhalation is not the only way to utilize CBD rosin. It can also be infused into edibles, topicals, and tinctures with as little as two grams of concentrate. Keep in mind that the rosin must be decarboxylated before adding it into your product to activate the CBD. This can easily be done at home in a 220°-230° oven for 90 minutes or until the small bubbles stop forming. Check out our YouTube video on how to make hemp infused gummies at home.
Topicals or balms can also easily be made at home with CBD rosin. Your rosin needs to first be decarboxylated with coconut oil in a 220°-230° oven. When the rosin and the oil to melt together, tiny bubbles will start to form. Like making edibles, when the bubbling stops that is a good indication that the decarboxylation is complete. At this point, you have the option to combine a few drops of essential oil such as eucalyptus or lavender with the rosin mixture to enhance the aroma and benefits of your balm. Your CBD topical is now ready for use. Refrigerate or freeze your balm in a small container with a lid to help solidify and preserve it.
What to Consider When Producing CBD Flower Rosin
When producing CBD rosin, keep those THC flower rosin pressing techniques in mind. That includes making sure your CBD flower has humidity between 55 and 62 percent. When it comes to pressing, a temperature of 210°F is usually a safe choice for top rosin producers. Yet, this can change depending on a series of factors.
Pictured: CBD flower provided by Tweedle Farms
One major benefit to producing CBD flower rosin is the fact that it is a full spectrum product. This means that it not only contains CBD but also still has terpenes, flavonoids, minor cannabinoids, low THC potency, and more. For medical patients, it can be extremely beneficial to have all of the molecular compounds that are found in the live plant working together in harmony in their extracts, also known as the entourage effect.
Be sure to make note of the quality of starting material as well as the equipment being used. Tweedle Farms provides great CBD flower that can be legally shipped almost anywhere in the United States. The rosin bags and rosin press that you choose are also important. PurePressure is your one stop shop for solventless processing equipment needed for both CBD and THC extracts.
From manual rosin presses such as the Helix and Helix Pro series for home use, to our automated machines like the Pikes Peak V2 and the Longs Peak for commercial applications, PurePressure has exactly the right rosin press to suit your needs.
With all of this in mind, to make top live rosin of any kind, producers need to remember that the process will take some time. Trust us, the sweat equity is well worth it when the end result is that exquisite golden oil.
CBD rosin represents a breakthrough in high-potency cannabidiol consumption. With the rise of the concentrate, coupled with the uptick in high-potency CBD cultivation, the entire supply chain may be witnessing what is just the beginning of a booming sector that could provide immense benefits to patients and recreational consumers in need.
If you ask us, the future of CBD rosin is promising. Now is a great time to join the flourishing space. With only a handful of solventless CBD producers plus the ability to sell and ship CBD to most places in the United States, your operation could be miles ahead.
How to Make CBD Rosin: From Hemp Flower to Solventless CBD Dabs
In 2018, the Farm Bill more or less legalized hemp across the entire US, and since then, an explosion of hemp flower cultivation has resulted in some impressive looking CBD nugs. In fact, modern cannabis cultivation practices have elevated hemp flower to such a level that it can now be pressed into solventless CBD rosin, and that’s great news for medicinal cannabis users nationwide.
Here we’ll take a look at the unique aspects of pressing hemp flower, the important differences from standard cannabis rosin making, and what to expect from the process. But first, we need to clear something up.
CBD Hemp Flower: Murky Legality
Unfortunately, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp flower in a very narrow way. Essentially, cannabis flower that contains less than 0.3 percent THC is legal for cultivation, sale, purchase, transport, possession, and use in all 50 states… But only as a cosmetic additive. Believe it or not, it’s still considered federally illegal to sell hemp products intended for human consumption.
The situation is made all the more confusing by the fact that the FDA doesn’t appear to be enforcing that legal distinction, and that’s allowed cultivators carte blanche to sell hemp flower on the open market. For residents of legal cannabis states that’s likely not an issue, as your state’s laws probably protect you, but for those living in more conservative areas and are ordering CBD hemp flower, your local law enforcement may see things a little differently. So, be careful because hemp flower is not as universally legal as those selling it would have you believe.
CBD Rosin: Starting Material
The great thing about pressing CBD hemp flower is that there are no fundamental differences to pressing high grade THC cannabis, and you can rely on all your existing rosin skills and equipment to get the job done.
As ever, the first step to creating top flight rosin is selecting quality trichome rich starting material, because the more resinous trichomes there are, the more rosin you can squeeze out the other end. So, always look for maximum trichome quantity and quality, as this tends to lead to a more successful pressing. Additionally, relative humidity plays just as important a role in CBD hemp pressing as it does with standard flower rosin, so ensure your starting material’s relative humidity is in the sweet spot between 55 and 62 percent. Boveda humidity packs prove as useful as ever in this regard.
Solventless CBD Rosin: Lower Yields
Unfortunately though, no matter how well CBD hemp flower has been cultivated, it just doesn’t possess the same quantity of resin as your typical cannabis flower. It’s therefore important to be aware that your overall yield will be noticeably lower than when pressing with standard high grade, and a 15% return is about as good as it gets currently.
The Difference When Pressing Hemp Flower
When it comes to pressing hemp flower all your standard rosin practices apply, from pre-molding, to micron filtering, and parchment paper. Nevertheless, there is one noticeable difference, and that’s the need for higher plate temperatures. The general consensus among CBD rosin makers is that hemp flower requires a little extra grunt, and that would make sense as CBD does have a higher melting point than THC.
As a jumping off point we’d recommend pressing hemp flower at 220 degrees F for 3 minutes, and adjusting from there. However, pressing CBD flower tends to produce a dark, toasty, and low yielding rosin regardless of settings, and wouldn’t be our recommended method for making CBD rosin.
CBD Hash Rosin: The Way to Go
If you’re serious about making solventless CBD rosin, then we would first recommend extracting the hemp flowers trichomes with the use of dry-sift tumblers, and making CBD hash. Pressing from hash improves rosin’s yield and quality enormously, and in this situation has one particularly useful benefit.
Pressing pure trichomes allows you to use significantly lower plate temperatures than with flower, and that makes a huge difference with CBD rosin. By pressing CBD hash, you can get down to 180 F, and that will allow you to avoid that dark toasty final product that hemp flower rosin produces. Furthermore, the boost in yields from a hash press makes the whole CBD rosin process far more worthwhile, and results in a significantly more pleasant dab.