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Chief's Guide to Concentrates: Resin, Rosin, and Distillate




When it comes to cannabis extracts, there are several different processes that can be used to create various forms of concentrated products. The three most common types of cannabis extracts are resin, rosin, and distillate. Each of these processes produces a different type of extract with unique characteristics and effects.


Resin is a type of cannabis extract that is made by using a solvent to extract the resinous trichomes from the plant material. This can be done using various solvents such as butane, propane, or ethanol. The resulting resin is a sticky, gooey substance that is high in cannabinoids and terpenes. Resin is often used to make other cannabis p


roducts such as wax, shatter, and crumble. The flavor and potency of resin can vary depending on the strain of cannabis used and the solvent used during the extraction process. THC percentages tend to be lower in resins because of the high concentration of terpenes and other cannabinoids. Nonetheless, resins deliver a more favorable effect given the complete cannabinoid profile of the concentrate.


Rosin, on the other


hand, is a solventless extract that uses heat and pressure to extract terpenes and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. The process involves pressing the buds or hash with a hydraulic rosin press to release a thick and flavorful concentrate. Because rosin extraction does not require the use of solvents, it's considered a cleaner and safer method of extraction compared to other processes. Additionally, the terpene profile and flavor of rosin are generally more robust and pronounced compared to both resin and distillate. However, rosin yields are typically lower than resin yields, making it a less efficient extraction process and therefore a more expensive product.


Distillate is a highly concentrated cannabis extract that is made by using a process called distillation. This involves dissolving the cannabinoids in a solvent before heating the cannabis material to a high temperature and then condensing the vapors into a highly concentrated oil. The resulting distillate is an almost clear, odorless liquid that is extremely high in THC although lacking terpenes and other cannabinoids. Because the distillation process removes much of the plant matter and other impurities, the flavor and smell are less robust than other forms of cannabis extract, making it a great choice for those who prefer to be discrete with their cannabis consumption. All things considered, distillate can be a viable option for those who are less concerned about the flavor and smoothness of their concentrates.


When it comes to choosing a cannabis extract, it's important to consider your personal needs. If you're looking for a more natural form of cannabis extract with a robust flavor profile, resin or rosin may be a good choice. If you're looking for a more simple or refined product and don't have strong preferences about the flavor, smoothness, or effects of your concentrates, distillate may be a viable option. Ultimately, the choice between these extracts comes down to personal preference and desired effect from the cannabis extract.


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