How is it consumed?
Rosin can be consumed in a variety of ways. It can either be combusted, vaporized or infused.
When combusted, rosin can be added to dried cannabis flower and smoked in a glass bowl or joint. Although rosin can be smoked, it is not the most effective way to experience all of the potential effects and benefits.
When vaporized, rosin can be dabbed in a rig (the preferred method among many) or vaped through a pen or device designed for concentrates. It is important to take into account the temperature when vaporizing cannabis concentrates such as rosin. For rosin, the optimal temperature to ensure that every chemical compound is fully vaporized is somewhere between 160°C and 280°C.
Aside from smoking or vaporizing rosin, you can also use it in a variety of infusions including edibles and topical products. Rosin can be directly added to food while cooking, or easily infused into butters and oils. Rosin is already activated, meaning there is no need for decarboxylation. Since there is no excess plant material, rosin wont ruin the flavour of your infused foods either.
How potent is it?
The potency of any given extract, including rosin, is almost completely reliant upon the starting material. The quality of cannabis nugs or shake used will dictate the strength, aroma, flavour and effects of the end product.
Typically, the cannabinoid concentration in rosin products is between 70% – 80%. Additionally, an estimated 10% of rosin could potentially be various terpenes that were contained in the starting material used to create the rosin. This is why the quality of the starting material used is so crucial.
Comparison to other Concentrates.
Rosin is preferred by many because it delivers the same potency and experience as solvent-based extracts without the potentially harmful chemicals that those extracts require.
Some consumers also prefer rosin because it requires a lower temperature when vaporizing. Solvent-less extracts require less heat for vaporization because they don’t go through a process of removing fats and lipids.
Storing concentrates can be tricky but is incredibly important for maintaining optimal quality of the product. Most forms of rosin are too sticky for glass containers or jars. For short-term storage, medical-grade silicone containers are ideal, since it’s much easier to remove the rosin for convenient consumption. However, silicone containers are not air-tight and long-term exposure to oxidization will lessen rosin’s potency and flavour. For longer periods, it is recommended to keep rosin in a vacuum-sealed bag inside of an air-tight container located in a dark, dry and cool location.