Rosin and other types of extracts were hard to find outside of the West Coast of the U.S. until recently. Sure, you could buy old-school black hash almost anywhere on the globe, but now “710” culture is taking the world by storm.
Take our neighbors to the south, Mexico, for example. Cannabis flower is still illegal to grow and consume, even though the country passed its first medical cannabis laws last year. But that hasn’t stopped the “cultura dab” from growing.
In Mexico, there are events where cannabis enthusiasts can get together and learn about new trends, like ExpoWeed Mexico and Trajinera Cannábica, both of which Rosin Tech participated in last year. Plus, this March, Mexico is hosting its first Cannabis Cup with two extract categories: solvent and solventless. The event will be held in Guadalajara and Max Montrose from the Trichome Institute will be one of the judges, alongside other international and national connoisseurs.
Products like the Rosin Tech Twist™, Smash™, and Go™ have helped “concentrate culture” spread because the machines themselves are 100% legal to buy, sell, and own. Plus, they’re affordable. Local enthusiasts can buy one and make their own solventless extracts at home to share with friends.
A similar situation is happening in Colombia where cannabis laws are more progressive than in Mexico. In Colombia, adults can cultivate up to 20 plants legally at home, but can only possess up to 20 grams of flower. What’s a home grower to do after a harvest when they could get in trouble for possessing more than 20 grams? Press that sweet Punta Roja into some aroma-rich rosin is certainly one practical option.
In Colombia, events are also a popular way to promote cannabis culture. They have ExpoMede Weed in Medellín and Bogotá, and the Farallones Cannabis Cup in Calí, where there’s a category for each solvent and solventless extracts as well.
Across the pond in Europe, concentrates are gaining in popularity for the same reason. In countries like England, where cannabis laws are still pretty strict, anyone can order a rosin press online and make their own. Plus, headshops around Europe sell sophisticated dab rigs expanding the high-end, boutique aspect of concentrate culture.
Spain, where laws are more relaxed, the extract scene is even more advanced. Because Spanish citizens can legally cultivate and consume cannabis on private property, private cannabis clubs have popped up around the country. The sale of cannabis still isn’t legal, but 710 culture has definitely grown in these clubs, and all sorts of extracts are made and consumed in the country.
Concentrate culture exists in the Netherlands as well, but weirdly, “coffeeshops,” like in Amsterdam, are prohibited from selling extracts. It’s a weird regulation that has hindered rosin’s popularity from spreading even more. With cannabis legalization sweeping the world, it won’t be long #dabnation goes global.