How to Make Homemade Rosin

How to Make Homemade Rosin

Published on 9/19/22

It can be quite challenging to make rosin at home without spending a lot of money on tools that will heat press your nugs - a rosin press can cost you upward of $500 or more. There are, fortunately, ways to make rosin at home without breaking the bank. Cheaper, more crafty options are available, so let's dive into what you need to know. 

What Is Rosin

Rosin is a type of cannabis concentrate that is usually a thick, oily syrup-like substance with a yellow, greenish (sometimes brown) coloration. It is incredibly THC-rich, with concentrates usually between 75% and 90%, and is created by putting flower under intense heat and pressure. Unlike many other cannabis concentrates, producing rosin does not require the use of solvents like alcohol or other chemicals. Since no external solvents are used, rosin is often considered one of the purest cannabis concentrates available. Chemical solvents can sometimes add hydrocarbons to a concentrate and reduce the overall product's integrity. Rosin does not have this issue. When you make rosin, you know what you have is pure, safe, unadulterated cannabis. 

How to Make Homemade Rosin

There are a couple of ways you can go about creating homemade rosin, which we'll detail below. It should be first noted, however, that the quality of your rosin is dependent on the quality of cannabis you use. So, if you want to make high-end rosin, make sure to start by using high-end flower. Traditionally, "stickier" strains produce more rosin, so we suggest asking your local budtender what strains they have available that are best for creating homemade rosin. 

Additionally, you might be looking for how to make rosin without parchment paper. We list parchment paper in our lists of necessary ingredients below, but you can also try oil slick sheets or PTFE teflon sheets, although both options will be more expensive. And if you're looking for a way to make homemade rosin bags instead of using 25-micron press bags, you can use a coffee filter or cheesecloth; however, we suggest using rosin bags if possible.

The basics, regardless of what option you go with, are as follows. If you're wondering how long to press rosin, the answer is anywhere between 15-60 seconds, depending on how much cannabis you're using and how hot your surface is. You'll ideally want your surface temperature to be between 190 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit And you'll want to use roughly 1 gram of cannabis (any more might result in wasted plant matter).

Make Rosin with a Hair Straightener

One of the easiest DIY rosin at home options is using a hair straightener. It's simple and far less expensive than even a small rosin press. However, it will produce a smaller rosin yield, and you'll have less control over the temperature (unless you buy a higher-end hair straightener). For this homemade rosin press, you'll need:

  • A hair straightener
  • Parchment paper
  • Wax collecting tools
  • Oven-safe gloves
  • 25-micron press bags (for hash)
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Follow these steps to make homemade rosin using a hair straightener:

  1. Get your cannabis ready.
    1. You can either use a whole nug, ground cannabis, kief or hash.
  2. Fold a piece of parchment paper in half and place your weed in the middle crease of the paper.
    1. If you're using hash, place your cannabis in a 25-micron bag to keep your hash from mixing with the rosin you'll create.
  3. Turn on your hair straightener and place it on a surface that won't be affected by heat.
  4. If your hair straightener has temperature settings, turn it to the lowest setting (you want your DIY rosin press to be between 190 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit).
  5. Put on oven-safe gloves to protect your hands from potential burns!
  6. Place your folded parchment paper of cannabis at the bottom of your homemade rosin press plates and firmly (like, really hard) press the hair straightener down for 15-20 seconds.
    1. Your parchment paper and cannabis should begin to sizzle near the end.
  7. Remove the folded parchment paper from the hair straightener and delicately open your parchment paper.
  8. Remove the remaining cannabis from the parchment paper without letting it touch any of the surrounding sticky residues.
  9. Let the sticky residue dry on the parchment paper, then scrape it off using your collecting tools (paper clips work in a pinch). What you just collected is your homemade rosin!

We recommend running your cannabis through the press two or three times to try and get as much rosin out of your weed as possible. 

Make Rosin with a Clothing Iron

This method is similar to making rosin with a hair straightener. It's slightly more cumbersome, but it's easier to press down and more difficult to burn yourself. For this DIY rosin press kit, you'll need:

  • A clothing iron
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven-safe gloves
  • 25-micron press bags (for hash)
  • Wax collecting tools

Here are the steps you'll need to follow:

  1. Turn on your clothing iron and place it somewhere nearby where it won't burn you or any surfaces.
  2. Get your cannabis ready
  3. You can either use a whole nug, grind your cannabis, or use kief or hash. 
  4. Fold a piece of parchment paper in half and place your weed in the middle crease of the paper
  5. If you're using hash, place your cannabis in a 25-micron bag to keep your hash from mixing with the rosin you'll create
  6. If your clothing iron has temperature settings, turn it to the lowest setting.
  7. Put on oven-safe gloves to protect your hands from potential burns!
  8. Place your folded parchment paper on a heat-resistant surface and firmly (like, really hard) press the clothing iron down for 15-20 seconds.
  9. Your parchment paper and cannabis should begin to sizzle near the end.
    1. Use a baking sheet if you don't have many heat-resistant hard surfaces.
  10. Lift the clothing iron, put it away somewhere safe, and delicately open your parchment paper
  11. Remove the remaining cannabis from the parchment paper without letting it touch any of the surrounding sticky residue (that's your rosin)
  12. Let the sticky residue dry on the parchment paper, then scrape it off using your collecting tools. 

Did you give one of our methods a try? Did it work? Or do you have any additional tips for how to make homemade rosin? Let us know in the comments below!

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