by TheJu1ceBox CoreTectonics March 25, 2021
Stop Making Rosin with A Hair Straightener: Why You Should Be Using A Rosin Press Instead
Yes, you can use a hair straightener to make rosin. It’s been a popular and long-standing method for extracting rosin. Unfortunately, there is no way to lock the pressure in during the pressing process. Combined with the high temperatures of a hair straighter, the process will produce sub-par yields compared to a rosin press designed specifically for achieving the biggest rosin yields in less than two minutes.
There is, however, a better way. A safer way. An easier way that won’t get you in trouble with your girlfriend. We’re talking about making rosin with a Ju1ceBox Rosin Press. Here’s why you should leave the hair straightener for, you know – straightening hair and up your production game today.
If you are willing to spend over a couple hundred dollars and plan to produce rosin on a large scale or need 10+ grams of rosin a month a table top rosin press would be a good choice. Table top presses often have plates recommend to press 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of material at a time for the best results. The temperature control allows for a more precise temperature but always requires a 2nd or 3rd press. If you are looking for a larger press check out our lever action rosin press, twist top rosin press and our small 2 ton bottle jack press.
What Is A Rosin Press?
Forgive yourself if you’re unfamiliar with rosin presses — they’ve only been on the cannabis concentrate market for approximately five years. Rosin is much easier to extract from the cannabis plant than other forms of cannabis concentrate like butane hash oil (BHO). All you really need is heat and pressure.
The rosin press has emerged on the market to produce a consumable product in seconds. Prior to the rosin press, the tried and true DIY method for producing rosin was using hair straighteners. However, this method comes with several flaws.
Why You Shouldn’t Use A Hair Straightener To Make Rosin Anymore
To make rosin, you need to apply a specific amount of heat to preserve the terpenes and cannabinoids. High temperatures can rapidly deteriorate these important molecules, guaranteeing a bland final product. As odd as it sounds, you will want to use the lowest possible temperature for an optimal rosin yield.
Not only do you need to reduce heat, you will also need to increase the pressure. This is where the flaws of the hair straightener method are exposed. A common misconception when making rosin is how pressure should be delivered. The pressure delivered is in direct relation to the surface area it’s applied to. When using a hair straightener, the total surface area of the plates is generally 6-12 square inches.
Some DIY rosin users have begun using clamps to solve the problem. However, this is still not enough pressure. In fact, applying too much pressure with the use of a clamp will likely cause the hair straightener to break.
Hair straighteners also do not have precise temperature ratings. Even on the lowest settings, hair straighteners tend to run too hot. If you do not have full control over the temperature, you have no control over the quality of your yields. Consistency is incredibly important when it comes to rosin production, so this is a big issue.
A good rosin press provides the perfect dimensions necessary to increase pressure reliably, thus reducing the need for higher heat. The handheld Ju1ceBox plates were designed specifically for this application, 1.5 square inches to be exact. A hair straightener would have to deliver 4 to 8 times the pressure compared to the Ju1ceBox.
Moreover, the handheld rosin press’s unique sloped design prevents the terpenes from burning, directing the flow of the rosin for a quicker collection process. The gradual heating process guarantees maximum achievable yields, which means that you no longer need to press your cannabis a second or third time.
Cost Savings Of A Rosin Press
A common reason for using the hair straightener is for the simple reason that you already have one. Therefore, it’s free – isn’t it? A rosin press, even at its modest price, is deemed an expensive cannabis accessory.
However, when you consider that you’re only getting a small portion of the potential yield, it’s easy to see how quickly your savings can add up. Getting the most out of each press gives you savings over the hair straightener each time. Portable presses in particular give you the opportunity to make high-quality rosin with maximum yield even while you’re on the road.
Start making your own rosin at home with our Ju1ceBox Rosin Press Starter Kit. If you are looking for a larger press check out our lever action rosin press, twist top rosin press and our small 2 ton bottle jack press.