A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Rosin Production

A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Rosin Production

Making rosin at home involves a simple and solvent-less extraction method that uses heat and pressure to squeeze essential oils from plant material or flowers. Here’s a step-by-step guide to diy rosin extraction to help you make rosin at home:

Materials Needed:

  1. Parchment Paper: Unbleached parchment paper works best.
  2. Buds or Flower: High-quality plant material or flowers.
  3. Hair Straightener or Rosin Press: A hair straightener can be used for small batches, but a rosin press is more efficient for larger quantities.
  4. Microscope or Magnifying Glass: To check the quality of your starting material.
  5. Temperature and Humidity Control: Maintain an ideal environment for your starting material.
  6. Nylon rosin bags: filters out contaminants from final product.

Step 1: Choose Quality Flower

Select high-quality cannabis or hemp flowers. Look for trichome-rich material, as these contain the essential oils you want to extract.

Step 2: Check Moisture Content

Ensure that the flowers are properly cured and have an appropriate moisture content. Too dry or too moist material may affect rosin production.

Step 3: Preheat the Press

If you’re using a rosin press, set the temperature to an appropriate level. Generally, temperatures between 180°F to 220°F (82°C to 104°C) work well, but it may vary depending on the strain.

Step 4: Prepare Parchment Paper

Cut a small piece of parchment paper and fold it in half. Place the flower between the folded parchment paper, ensuring it’s centred.

Step 5: Pressing

If using a hair straightener:
– Set it to a low temperature, around 250°F (121°C).
– Place the folded parchment paper with the flower inside between the straightener’s plates.
– Apply even pressure for about 5-10 seconds.

If using a rosin press:- Place the folded parchment paper with the flower inside on the press plates.
– Close the press and apply pressure for 20-30 seconds.

Step 6: Collect Rosin

Open the parchment paper and carefully collect the rosin using a dab tool. The rosin should appear as a golden to amber-coloured, sticky substance.

Step 7: Store Properly

Storing rosin properly is crucial to maintain its potency, flavour, and overall quality over time. Here are some tips on the best way to store rosin:

1. Cool and Dark Environment – Store rosin in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat. Exposure to light and high temperatures can degrade the quality of the rosin.

2. Air-Tight Containers – Use air-tight containers to prevent exposure to oxygen. Oxygen can lead to oxidation, which can negatively impact the flavour and potency of the rosin.

3. Low Humidity – Keep rosin away from high humidity, as moisture can promote mold growth. Store in a dry environment to prevent any degradation due to humidity.

4. Silicone Containers – Silicone containers are ideal for storing rosin. They are non-reactive and non-stick, making it easy to collect and handle the rosin. Ensure the container is clean and free from any contaminants.

5. Avoid Plastic – Avoid storing rosin in plastic containers, as certain plastics may leach into the rosin, affecting its quality. Stick to materials like glass or silicone.

6. Use Parchment Paper – If storing rosin in parchment paper, ensure it’s unbleached and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. Fold the parchment paper around the rosin, creating a sealed package.

7. Consistent Temperature – Try to maintain a consistent temperature in the storage environment. Extreme temperature fluctuations can affect the consistency and texture of the rosin

8. Labelling – Label your storage containers with the strain name, extraction date, and any other relevant information. This helps you keep track of the age and origin of the rosin.

9. Handle with Clean Tools – Use clean dab tools when handling rosin to avoid introducing contaminants. Keeping the rosin clean from the beginning will contribute to its longevity.

10. Refrigeration or Freezing (Optional) – Some people choose to store rosin in the refrigerator or freezer to prolong its shelf life. However, this method may affect the consistency, so if you opt for this, allow the rosin to come to room temperature before using.

Following these guidelines will help ensure that your rosin maintains its quality and stays enjoyable for a longer period.


– Experiment with temperature and pressure settings to find the optimal conditions for your specific strain.
– Use a small amount of material at first to perfect your technique.
– Clean your press plates regularly to prevent contamination.

Remember that making rosin at home should comply with local laws and regulations regarding extraction. Always prioritise safety and responsible use.

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