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How to Make Dabs with Parchment & Hair Straightener (Rosin Tech Wax)


The Rosin Tech method of extracting wax from flowers has been growing in popularity because almost anyone can do it at home safely and smoke cannabis concentrates like wax shatters even in areas where wax is generally unavailable. It is not a high-yield method and is suitable more for personal use than for commercial production. But it is fun and easy and a lot safer than making BHO or butane extractions at home.

Now here is what you’re going to need:

  • cannabis flower nugs ( about 0.25 gram each)
  • parchment (not wax paper)
  • scissors
  • hair straightener 1”, 1.5”,  2” digital
  • 25 micron screen (optional)
  • heat resistant gloves
  • strong stable flat surface
  • dab tool or scraping tool
  • elbow grease and patience

STEP 1. PREPARE THE BUDS

Depending on the width of your hair straightener, the density of your cannabis and other factors you might want to vary this but in general you want small whole buds from .10 to .3 of a gram. We are targeting our buds at a quarter gram each. So first we will break our buds into small pieces and have them close by and ready to press.

STEP 2. PREPARE THE PARCHMENT PAPER

The parchment paper can now be cut into rectangles that will have plenty of room to spill over the sides of the heat elements when folded in half and put into the straightener. You’ll need at least as many pieces of parchment paper cut as you have buds prepared.

STEP 3. HEAT THE STRAIGHTENER

Now preheat the hair straightener. Preferably you can use a device with a digital readout so you can dial in the best temperature for your flowers and size of buds but you can use trial and error or a temperature gauge if you have one to gauge your ideal temperature.

STEP 4. PACK BUDS IN SCREEN/ PAPER

The micron screen is optional but will help keep the plant material out of the extracted THC oils while allowing the terpene flavors and essence into the wax. So wrap the bud tight in the screen if you have one otherwise jut put the bud naked into the wax paper near the fold and hold it together with your hand.

STEP 5. PRESS THE BUDS

Now put the paper fold first into the hair straightener and using your gloves and a very sturdy flat surface quickly and very forcibly press the top of the device. Keep it pressed for  3 – 4 seconds then release the pressure and immediately remove the packet containing the flattened bud.

STEP 6. COOL THE PAPERS

Now you can remove the micron screen and pull the flattened bud out. You can save the bud chips which are now decarboxylated or activated and perfect for making edibles. The parchment paper should not be splattered with little drops of solvent-less wax concentrate cannabis oil. The papers can be allowed to cool off for a few minutes or put in the freezer for a couple of minutes to speed up the hardening of the wax.

STEP 7. COLLECT THE WAX

Once it’s cold it will be easier to collect the wax from the parchment paper using a dab tool to push it across firmly and steadily with a gentle touch or by collecting some wax on the tool and dabbing it on and pulling the wax from the paper.

STEP 8. DAB THE WAX

Now you can enjoy your very own safely home-made full melt cannabis wax concentrates on your favorite nail or wax pen and be an active part of the 710 cannabis revolution.


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