The claim: rosin can be created safely and inexpensively at home, using household tools: parchment paper and a hair iron.
Dabbing has gone super mainstream, but wax and other cannabis concentrates are not always the easiest things to purchase. However, the country lyrics “I got flower for days, but all I want is a dab,” never have to be sung now that everyone and their granny is posting videos online of them making home dabs with some parchment paper, some weed and a flat iron. Abdullah Saeed of the Vice show, Smokeables, even did a quick tutorial. In it, he called it “a really civil, safe method of making this stuff.” He takes a hit of the rosin he just made, and continues, “If you ask me, this is kinda the future of dabs.”
The methods of making rosin dabs at home vary a little in material and tools, but generally, it involves pressing at least half a gram of dry herb in a folded sheet of kitchen parchment paper until you’ve squeezed the bejesus (rosin) out of it. You could, in a few hours, be calling yourself an extract artist and loading up a fat dab of fresh new rosin. At the end of his video, Abdullah encourages everyone watching to try it, but is making dabs at home safe?
To make rosin at home, you will need a hair straightening iron with 2-inch ceramic flat plates. The width of the plates doesn’t play a large part in the end product, but it does give you more surface area to work on. The danger in handling an iron set at about 300°F is that to press the most oil out of the bud you will need to put the hot plates in a vice grip for up to a minute. That means you need some barriers between your delicate mitts and that searing heat. Use heat-resistant gloves to avoid burns when compressing the plates of the hot iron together. Or, if you have a clamp among your tools, that will do the job for you.
News stories about hash oil extraction explosions (Colorado had 32 of them in 2013) almost always have to do with the use of butane or another solvent to extract cannabinoids from the plant material. The flat iron method is genuinely as safe as advertised; you’ll be just fine as long as you handle the iron with care.
Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.