Edibles are a fantastic way to consume cannabis, but they take a little work. If you’re anything like me, there may be days when you want an edible, but don’t want the hassle of cooking and baking. You may live in a place where you can legally buy premade marijuana edibles. But sometimes you don’t have any on hand, and a trip to the dispensary or a home delivery just isn’t going to work.
So, what are you to do if all you’ve got is cannabis flower, and you want a quick way to turn it into an edible? Try out my secret recipe for rosin tea.
You may have heard of rosin as a quick and easy way to make cannabis extracts at home. But few people realize that you can use this same technique to put together a tasty cup of cannabis tea in no time.
In less than five minutes, you can turn a little bit of cannabis flower into a cup of hot, cannabis- infused tea. This tea is potent and completely customizable with your favorite flavors. And since you’re making it from flower, it will also be strain-specific.
Before we get to the tea recipe, you may want to learn a little bit more about cannabis rosin.
Rosin is a type of cannabis extract or concentrate that’s distinguished by the way it’s made. To create rosin, you use pressure and heat to literally squeeze the cannabinoids and terpenes out of the plant.
On a commercial scale, rosin producers use hydraulic presses that can exert huge amounts of pressure and make big batches of rosin. But you can also make rosin at home using a simple flat iron hair straightener.
While rosin isn’t the most common way to make cannabis concentrates (mostly due to higher costs for production), it does boast a few benefits that are hard to find in other kinds of concentrates.
Here are a few of the main reasons that some people prefer rosin:
Some people prefer rosin, because it’s a method of extraction that doesn’t use solvents. This is a big departure from the usual ways of creating concentrates.
Chemical solvents are often times part of the process of making cannabis extracts. The most common solvents used include:
The solvents pull the active cannabinoids and terpenes out of the plant, and then the solvents evaporate, leaving behind just the extract. But unfortunately, these processes aren’t perfect, and they sometimes leave behind trace amounts of solvents.
Since many of these solvents have known negative health implications, some folks prefer not to consume cannabis concentrates that use solvents to minimize the risk of exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
Rosin, which only uses heat and pressure, can be a very attractive alternative for those looking to go for solventless cannabis extracts.
Another reason some people prefer rosin is that it offers a full-spectrum blend of cannabinoids and terpenes. Different methods of making concentrates can result in different blends of cannabinoids and terpenes. Some methods can actually destroy many of the medicinally effective compounds available in the plant, while preserving tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most common cannabinoid.
While some prefer the effects of isolated THC, many find its psychoactive property overwhelming, and prefer to get the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that a particular strain has to offer. These full-spectrum concentrates, like rosin, preserve the original blend of chemicals and allow the true character of the marijuana strain to shine through.
Because rosin preserves the full spectrum of chemicals, including flavor- and aroma-creating terpenes, it’s also a particularly flavorful and aromatic concentrate.
Rosin contains natural terpenes from the cannabis strain, so will often smell similarly to the original flower. When it comes to including rosin in edibles, this means that you should pick cannabis strains with flavors that blend well with the flavors in your food. For rosin tea, I find that floral or fruity marijuana strains tend to work best.
In order to make rosin tea, you first need to learn how to make rosin. Don’t worry. This is a very simple process.
Many people focus on what’s left behind on the paper, and you can consume that later on. But the flattened cannabis bud will also be full of rich rosin, which will defuse nicely into your tea.
Using these “tea buds” in your tea, rather than just putting the concentrate directly into your mug, means you won’t find a hunk of rosin stuck to the side of your mug if your water isn’t hot enough. The tea buds also stick together nicely so that you don’t have to worry about cannabis flower breaking apart and floating around in your tea cup.
That said, set the parchment aside and take the flattened bud out to make the tea. You can use it right away or save it for later. I like to make a bunch of these little tea buds at once so they’re ready to go when I feel like making rosin tea.
Once you’ve chosen your tea, add the tea bag to your cup.
And that’s all it takes. In just a few minutes, you can make a single serving of strain-specific rosin tea. Let the tea cool down to your preferred temperature and enjoy.
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