Rosin vs. Resin: What’s the difference?

on August 29, 2020

Regardless of your medical marijuana experience, there’s often a lot of confusion around the difference between rosin and resin. 

Varying by only one letter in their names, it’s not surprising these two cannabis products could be so easily mixed up. Add the fact that they are both marijuana concentrates, and it just makes sense that there’s confusion between the two.

We’re here to help differentiate the two extracts for you. Read on to learn more.

What is Resin?

Marijuana resin refers to the raw sticky or gooey trichomes that appear on mature cannabis plants. Similar to a tree’s sap, resin is responsible for ensuring the plant’s health: protecting it from UV rays, insects, and generally existing as the marijuana’s immune system. Resin comes in a variety of colors, depending on the plant variety and strain.

With a number of great uses, resin is lesser known and understood than the bud by many medical marijuana users. For instance, resin is often the tar residue left in the bottom of pipes or bongs after sufficient use. While it can be smoked alone, it’s usually mixed with other cannabis substances or processed in different forms, including:

  • Butane Hash Oil
  • Hash
  • Live Resin
  • Rosin

Commonly confused, one of resin’s variations – live resin – is well known for its full, robust flavor and high THC levels. 

The process for live resin involves expensive equipment and trained professionals who cryogenically freeze a fresh plant and also use solvents to create this full spectrum concentrate.

What is Rosin?

A safer and healthier concentrate, rosin doesn’t use any possibly harmful solvents during its creation. Instead, cannabis-derived products (such as hash, kief, or other dried and cured flowers) are squeezed using both heat and pressure. Through this process, a THC-rich rosin compound is created.

Rosin has grown in popularity, thanks not only to its healthier processing, but also for the DIY user. Without the need for solvents during creation, those who prefer homemade rosin don’t have the same concerns for using flammable materials. However, homemade extractions often don’t have the same high quality yield that professional dispensaries offer.

Now that you have a better understanding of rosin versus resin, you’ll know how to choose the variety that fits best with what you’re looking for.

At Hive Medicinal, we’d love to help with your medical marijuana needs as your local Maine dispensary. Take a look at our current products or, better yet, stop by in person!

Hive Medicinal

Hive Medicinal is a medical marijuana dispensary with two locations in Maine. You can visit us at 65 River Road in Chelsea, Maine or 210 College Ave in Waterville, Maine.