Rosin Carts: What Are They and How to Make Them at Home

Rosin Carts: What Are They and How to Make Them at Home

Rosin is a cannabis concentrate that has experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years. It’s made by pressing flowers or other plant material between  two heated plates to extract resinous compounds like THC and CBD. However, it has a sticky consistency and is difficult to use with standard vape pens. The solution? To make your rosin easy to vape, you must transform it into a runny, oily substance. 

But don't fret—we'll discuss later how you can do it yourself in the comfort of your home. 


Why Rosin Cartridges?


Rosin Cartridges

For now, let's talk about how rosin carts are different. Rosin carts are basically a cartridge which can be screwed into a standard THC vape pen. So if you already have a rosin press sitting around and are looking for a different way to consume your extracts, then why not try a rosin cart? It's a good way to explore the versatility of your extract without having to spend money on purchasing additional equipment. You just have to do a few steps to transform your rosin into a liquid form that can be used in your standard vape pen.

In addition to being solventless, it is also chemical-free—making it safer than many other forms of concentrate consumption. So, if you're a health-conscious person seeking the convenience and usefulness of vape pens with the strength of a rosin cartridge, you should absolutely give rosin carts a try.


How to Make Your Own Home-Made Rosin Carts?

Now that you know more about rosin carts and how they work, it’s time to talk about how you can make one yourself. While there are many ways to go about this, here are some simple steps you can follow:


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Step 1: Prepare your materials

Getting the right equipment and knowing the right process is the first step to making your own rosin carts. Here are the things that you’ll need:


For Heat Cure, you'll need: 
  • Sealable Jar (for Heat Cure)
  • Oven or heat pad

For adding terpenes:
  • Cannabis-derived Terpenes
  • Glass Jar

For filling the cartridge:
  • Vape Carts
  • Syringe
  • Heat source (optional)


Step 2: Make your own rosin

As mentioned earlier, Rosin naturally has a viscous texture which is not ideal for vape carts. So to make the rosin into a runny, oily substance, there are ways of doing it. But we only narrowed it down to two methods that work well for the purpose of making your own rosin carts: heat cure and adding terpenes.


Heat Cure

Heat curing, also called "Jar Tech," is an easy way to get a good result without having to spend too much time with your rosin. It's great for beginners or anyone who doesn't want to spend all day pressing and waiting.

Once you're done pressing, seal your rosin in a jar right away. Set your oven or heat pad at the desired temperature (anywhere from 90℉ to 230℉) and wait until it's runny and flows like water. This could take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days—it's really up to you! Just watch for bubbles forming and rising to the top: there will be a lot in the beginning, and then it will slow down toward the end.

Whether it's a few days or a few hours, it's entirely up to you. Simply keep an eye out for bubbles that are growing and rising to the top. They will become fewer and smaller over time which signifies the end of the process.

Note: If a jar of rosin is still hot, never open it. Otherwise, you may lose volatile terpenes, and your hard work will go down the drain. 


Adding Terpenes

If you're going to utilize adding terpenes to your rosin to create the consistency you need to use rosin in vape cartridges, you'll want to start with one gram of rosin at the bottom of a glass jar. Add 2-3 drops of terpene and mix it in with a dabber tool. It can occasionally be advantageous to warm the rosin up to about 90 degrees before combining the two. So, to get the most out of your rosin and terpenes, add a small amount and then see how it works before adding more. Because in this method, experimentation is key. 


Step 3: Fill the cartridge

Now that you already have the right consistency of rosin, here's how to fill the cartridge with it. First things first: Choose your vape cart. There is a large variety available, so be sure to sample a few different kinds before making your decision. Once you've chosen your cart, acquire a syringe large enough to hold at least 5mL of rosin (more is better!). If you're having problems with the rosin getting stuck in your syringe, try warming it in an oven set to about 90℉.

Once you have filled the syringe with rosin, dispense it into your chosen vape cartridge—but don't overfill. Place your filled carts in an oven set at about 90℉ for about two minutes (optional). This helps melt any excess rosin that may have gotten to the bottom of the cart during filling. It also ensures consistency throughout each cartridge when they're capped off later on down the road. Finally, take your filled cartridges out of the oven and cap them immediately to enjoy!


Ready to Upgrade Your Rosin Cart Experience?

Of course, rosin carts have the same high THC percentage as other concentrates. The flavor of these carts is also purer and more true to nature than vaporizers made with herbs or flowers. So, if you want to make the switch from smoking or vaping to a healthier alternative, rosin carts are where it's at. Just follow the steps, and you'll enjoy your own rosin cart in no time.