Sometimes confusing for someone who hasn’t come into much contact with marijuana, “resin” actually refers to two different things when it comes to cannabis.
Even more confusingly, one of these things is an ultra-high-quality, highly desirable cannabis concentrate. The other is the grimy residue leftover in pipes and other smoking paraphernalia if they haven’t been cleaned in a long time.
This article is all about the former. The good stuff. Here is everything you need to know about cannabis resin:
What is K.I.N.D. Resin?
K.I.N.D. Resin is cannabis resin made by K.I.N.D. Concentrates using a proprietary extraction process.
Like other cannabis resin, it is made from a sticky organic compound secreted by the cannabis plant. Looking at a mature female plant, you will see this forming on the trichomes (the hair-like structures on the flowers and sugar leaves).
The resin is the part of the cannabis plant that contains most of the cannabinoids – such as THC and CBD – and terpenes, responsible for the flavors and aromas of the plant. This means it contains essentially all of the “good” parts of the plant, is very aromatic, and is usually seen as the most desirable.
Because resin contains the vast majority of the plant’s THC, it is also the most potent in a psychoactive sense. It is the most potent source of the other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that are known for their relief and relaxation qualities too.
In nature, cannabis plants produce resin as a method of protection against both UV rays from the sun and insects. Many terpenes – linalool, for instance – are produced by the plant and found in resin because insects don’t like them. They’re positively beneficial for humans though.
How is cannabis resin made?
Cannabis resin can be made in a number of different ways. Some traditional extraction processes are as simple as applying heat and pressure to resin once it has been little more than shaken free from the plant.
More modern methods call for complex lab equipment or even flash-freezing the resin as soon as it is extracted to protect the cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds against degradation.
The goal of the best extraction processes is to extract the best bits of the plant and leave all of the impurities behind. This means that K.I.N.D. Resin marijuana and other types of this high-potency extract are seen as the preeminent products in any dispensary’s catalogue.
The different types of cannabis resin
The different extraction methods available ensure that there is a wide variety of resin-containing products on the market. These are usually referred to as cannabis concentrates.
The method used and the quality of the original cannabis will result in wildly different consistencies of resin. Different strains of cannabis can produce resins of different colors too, mainly reds, blacks and golds. Some of the most common extraction methods include:
Commonly referred to as “hash”, hashish is a cannabis concentrate that has been in use for centuries.
Although tales of it being tied to the origin of the word “assassin” (it is often said that this comes from “hashishin”, who would consume hashish before launching themselves into battle) are now believed to be apocryphal, it is still a highly potent traditional concentrate.
It is made by sifting the cannabis plant to remove the resin glands and then heating and rolling the resultant sticky substance into a ball or block.
Sometimes referred to as “kief”, dry sift is also made by sifting cannabis. Once dry, sift has been made, it can be heated to produce hashish.
Instead of sifting the plant, charas is made by rubbing the plant by hand to collect the resin. This is then usually rolled into balls.
Rosin (don’t get the two confused!) is made by drying and curing the resin-producing parts of the plant and then pressing them under heat.
BHO (Butane Hash Oil)
Is a potent form of cannabis concentrate produced from resin that has been separated from the cannabis plant using a solvent. In this case, butane.
Similar to BHO, CO2 oil also features resin extracted from the cannabis plant. This time, using CO2 as a solvent.
Is there THC in K.I.N.D. Resin?
As it is made of the most terpene and cannabinoid-rich part of the cannabis plant, K.I.N.D. Resin does indeed contain THC.
In fact, it contains high quantities of THC and other cannabinoids. This results in a highly potent product.
Weed resin – use and smoking
There are many uses for marijuana resin, largely depending on the type of resin in question. For example, hashish is most commonly smoked in pipes or joints. It can also be eaten directly.
Some of the most common ways to consume weed resin include using a:
A bong is essentially a water pipe. Simply fill your pipe bowl with resin, apply heat and inhale through the mouthpiece. This works best when using a type like K.I.N.D. Resin that is high in THC.
2) Dry pipe
Much like a bong but without the water, using a dry pipe involves applying heat to the exterior. This melts and vaporizes the cannabis, ready to be inhaled.
This very basic method can often result in burned lips or fingers, so be very careful if this is the way you decide to go.
3) Dab rig
The true connoisseur’s choice for smoking weed resin, the dab rig consists of several components that allow you to get the very best from your choice of resin.
Safe and reliable, using dab rigs – a method usually known as “dabbing” – is often the preferred choice for anyone who has used resin for any length of time.
The effects of smoking K.I.N.D. Resin
Smoking weed resin can be a powerful experience. As frequently the premium product in any range – and something that is created from the part of the cannabis plant that is heaviest in cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial components – it is known to produce a potent effect no matter how it is consumed.
If you are using cannabis resin for the first time, approach sensibly and with caution. You should also take care to familiarise yourself with the equipment you plan to use first so you can use it safely.
How to store cannabis resin
If you are using a potent variety such as K.I.N.D. Resin, smoking sessions may not require much in the way of quantity to achieve the results you are looking for. This means you will often need a safe way to store your resin in-between sessions.
The ideal place to store your resin will be:
- Cool (below room temperature for short-term storage, colder for longer-term)
- Dark (consider using an opaque container)
- Refrigerators often make the ideal storage place
- Be aware that some types of resin may stick to glass containers, meaning plastic or silicone can be a better choice
That’s all the basics of what K.I.N.D. Resin – and cannabis resins in general – are and do. Be sure to take care when selecting the resin that is for you. Not all is made using the natural, organic All-American cannabis and proprietary extraction process as everything in the world of K.I.N.D. Resin is the premium of cannabis products. You want to be sure you are getting the quality you are paying for.