Resin is a sticky, insoluble organic compound produced by plants and the tar-like buildup that builds up in pipes, bongs, and other glass products after many cannabis combustion sessions. Some individuals may also use the term resin to refer to live resin, a solvent-based concentrate derived from fresh cannabis plants. Product labels, on the other hand, always list live resin.
Resin from the plant
The tiny hairs that cover the cannabis plant, creating a crystal-like shine and sticky feel, are known as trichomes. Trichomes are glandular hairs found on the cannabis plant. This resin contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and other chemicals associated with the cannabis plant. You might think of marijuana resin as the glue that binds all of these trichome-derived chemicals together on the trichome head.
Cannabis resin is primarily used to repel pests. Resin is unpleasant and includes particular terpenes that repel certain pests. Linalool, for example, is a common terpene in cannabis that has pest-killing qualities and finds use as an insecticide due on its pest-repelling qualities. Resin also helps prevent the plant from drying out by preventing excessive UV exposure (UV rays) and maintaining optimal surface level humidity.
How Is Resin Made?
The procedure for creating resin varies depending on the kind of resin. The simplest methods include pressurizing and heating the resin, as well as more sophisticated processes that require high-tech equipment and skilled personnel. Live resin is created by flash-freezing the cannabis plant just after harvest to ensure that all of the components are preserved. The extraction procedure attempts to remove as many of the undesirable substances, such as fats and lipids, from the substance as possible.
How is resin collected from the cannabis plant?
When it comes to various sorts of resin, the first distinction to make is whether they’re simply resin or live resin. The substance left behind after a few uses of a pipe or bong without cleaning your equipment is known as regular resin. It has little THC and cannabinoids, and it’s typically only smoked out of sheer desperation. Live resin is a concentrated form containing high amounts of terpenes and other cannabis components. Terpenes are what give cannabis its rich aroma. People who enjoy the distinct smell and therapeutic effects of terpenes tend to prefer live resin over dried resin.
Hash is a solvent-free cannabis concentrate created from marijuana resin or trichome glands. Hash production has been around for millennia. Cannabis plant resin glands must be sifted and compressed to extract the hashish.
Charas is produced by hand-rubbing the still-growing cannabis plant and rolling the resulting resin into little balls.
Cannabis is sifted through a strainer, also known as kief, to produce dry sift. Dry sift can be pressed and heated to make hash, added to a joint or bowl, or incorporated into edibles.
Pros of collecting resin
Cannabis resin has a wide variety of applications — some more beneficial than others. You’re basically gathering all of the plant’s desirable components when you remove resin from the cannabis plant. Collecting resin from a cannabis plant is similar to creating a social media feed that only shows you things you want to see. You’re extracting the active components from the raw plant material, distilling the plant’s potency, and filtering out any impurities. Concentrates derived from resin glands are inherently more powerful than flower, accounting for concentrates’ rapid rise in popularity within the cannabis market.
Weed resin has a long shelf life if it is kept cool, dry, dark, and free of air. The cannabinoids in cannabis resin are naturally protected from oxygen when pressed into hash because the substance becomes darker. This brownish-black color and opaqueness protect active components from UV rays, extending the product’s shelf life.
Resin from a pipe
Cannabis combustion generates ash, tar, and carbon byproducts, which accumulate in smoking equipment such as pipes and bowls over time.
Does smoking pipe resin get you high?
In general, the amount of THC in resin that forms in a bong or pipe is quite small. While there may be some residual THC in resin, it will be harsh and have more tar than any useful compounds. In short, smoking resin harvested from a bong is something people do, but the risks outweigh the benefits.
Smoking tar is not only bad for your lungs, but it’s also dangerous. If you’ve ever taken resin hits from your pipe or bowl just once or twice in a pinch, you might not have experienced any severe adverse effects. However, it’s probably better to wait until you get some more flower or concentrate rather than smoking something with a low amount of THC and worse for your lungs.
Frequently asked questions
What’s the best way to remove resin from your pipe and hands?
Place your pipe or bowl inside a sealable plastic bag and fill it with rubbing alcohol until the entire piece is submerged. For resin, mix a teaspoon of table salt (sodium chloride) or Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), which may be used as a scrubber or sponge. Allow the pipe or bowl to soak in the bag for 12 hours, giving the alcohol enough time to dissolve the resin.
Rubbing alcohol is an easy and efficient technique to get resin off your hands. You can safely remove resin by rubbing your fingers with vegetable or olive oil, which is less harsh on the skin.
How much THC is in resin?
Many of the bubbles are trapped. The majority of what is left is resin. Resin isn’t very high in THC, but it does include some. Instead, most of what’s left is tar, ash, and carbon, which are all byproducts of combustion. Finally, leftover resin does have a little bit of THC and might make you feel high when smoked; however, compared to flower and concentrates, the amount is quite low and the health risks outweigh the benefits.
Can you use a vaporizer to smoke resin?
Yes, pipe resin may be vaped. However, you’re unlikely to receive a sufficient amount of cannabinoids and terpenes when using a vaporizer, much like smoking resin. Putting resin in your vaporizer might also clog it up and degrade the scent and flavor of your vape hits.
Side Effects of Cannabis Resin
Cannabis resin, just like other forms of marijuana (whole plant), has negative effects. The most prevalent adverse effects include dry mouth (cottonmouth), increased heart rate, anxiety or panic attacks, and short-term memory impairment. These can all be relieved by recognizing the symptoms and avoiding known interactions. However, it’s vital to be aware of all potential interactions that may occur before hand.
Cannabis resin is highly concentrated and high in THC. Because a little amount goes a long way, try to limit your intake.
Cannabis resin is a very concentrated type of cannabis that contains a lot of THC, the psychoactive component. If you’re sensitive to THC, check the resin’s content for accuracy and appropriateness before using it. Cannabis resin has such a small amount per drop, so make an effort to avoid overconsumption.
Remember that THC has the potential to cause panic attacks. As a result, individuals who suffer from anxiety or are prone to panic should be particularly careful due to the product’s potentially strong nature. Before ingesting a full dose of cannabis resin, it is advised that you conduct a little test to see how you react.
Final Thoughts on Resin
Cannabis resin is a truly amazing substance that acts as the plant’s immune system and ensures its survival and health. It’s also an excellent method to get the most out of your bud. It contains a variety of active chemicals, including flavonoids, terpenes, and, of course, THC.
Resin, which looks like tiny nuggets of gold, is the cannabis plant’s secret treasure. It delivers a light and euphoric high that may help you unwind, relax, and even treat muscular pains.
Cannabis resin can be taken in a variety of ways, each with its own set of extraction processes. From solvent-extracted to items extracted under high pressure from a hydraulic press, each cannabis resin is distinct and provides its own set of advantages.