Choosing the right strain for making rosin is more than picking the strongest bud you can find. You want to press buds that were grown with care that have a pronounced smell and taste. That’s because rosin is more than just a THC-based extract; it is a whole plant extract that encompasses the distinct aromas and flavors that different cannabis strains produce. These aromas and flavors are known as terpenes.
Since most cannabis extracts are extremely potent, usually containing anywhere from 60 to 90 percent THC and other cannabinoids, consuming even small amounts produces the desired euphoria many are looking for. Therefore, the quality of an extract is often based on the distinct terpene profile that accompanies the cannabinoids, rather than potency.
Choosing a strain to press into rosin comes down to preference in the long run. I personally tend to choose the most definitive and pungent strain I can find, like J1, Amnesia Haze, and AJ’s Sour Diesel. These also happen to be some of my favorite strains. They’re my favorite to press because they all have an extremely definitive terpene profile and become even more pronounced when made into rosin and other types of extracts.
Strains like GG4 and most OG cuts also seem to produce consistent yields of quality rosin. They’re known for producing an abundance of trichomes, which results in a massive amount of resin. This is partly due to the strong genetics of these strains as well as the moderate flowering cycle of eight to nine weeks. Moderate flowering cycles allow for growers to fully develop trichomes to their peak ripeness before harvesting. Ripeness of the trichome gland is crucial for making rosin because the gland produces much of the valuable resin towards the end of the life cycle, giving the plant the opportunity to develop large trichome glands rich with resin. Again, these strains are desirable for making rosin because they have very definitive and pungent terpene profiles that are amplified when made into rosin and hash.
Even with the most resinous flower samples you can find, moisture content, age, and condition of the material still greatly influences the quality of rosin. I would encourage people to find their favorite strain that was grown and cured in optimal conditions. Like I mentioned before, J1 is a favorite strain of mine. If I were to press some J1 into rosin, I would want to make sure that the bud had a healthy moisture content as well as proper trichome production. A very basic way to tell the moisture content in your flower is by its brittleness; basically, the less brittle the better. To check trichome production and quality, analyze your flowers stickiness. In this case, the stickier the better.
In the end, you want to make sure to choose a sticky and smelly strain with a distinct terpene profile that was grown and cured with care in order to make the optimal rosin. Then, the rest is easy. By using the Rosin Tech Twist™, Smash™, or Go™, you can make high quality rosin from your favorite strain in minutes.