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What Is Weed/Marijuana Resin?

The marijuana plant has many uses. And because of its many benefits, users have resorted to discovering more weed consumption methods. The most sought after product from marijuana is concentrates. And one of these concentrates are resin. So, what is weed/marijuana resin, you may ask? Marijuana resin is a chemical in the plant. It is a puffy, sticky substance that surrounds the flowers in the plant’s trichomes. The trichomes resemble colored frost and can be quite beautiful.

What Is Weed/Marijuana Resin

As indicated above, marijuana resin is a sticky substance that oozes the trichomes of the marijuana flower, colors in shades of fine gold, red or black. These colors depend on the marijuana strain. The extraction method and storage are other factors concerning resin and its quality. 

Because it is a natural chemical in the marijuana plant, it contains the highest percentages of THC. THC is the chemical responsible for users having psychoactive experiences. Resin in any marijuana strain is present in the trichomes. However, some weed strains produce more marijuana resin than others. Expert cultivators of the plant will tell you the non-pollinated female cannabis plants have the most resin chemical, which is highly concentrated and organic. The resin is extracted from the plant’s trichomes and can be from the residual substance inside the equipment you use for consumption, like a bong or vape cartridge. Whatever resin extraction method you use, there are names for the final product. 

How To Extract Weed Resin

Although you can buy weed/marijuana resin from a legal dispensary near you, it can be fun to know how companies manufacture it.

I say know how to make resin because it can be dangerous to do this extraction as a DIY project.

The marijuana plant strain you use for extracting resin is crucial. And this is because some weed/marijuana plants are of higher quality than others. In addition, there are some cultivators of marijuana that experiment with cross-breeding different plants to develop a strain unique to their farm. Hence, the resin will have a higher THC concentration than a naturally grown plant. So, to begin your marijuana growing, choose the best species of plants for this specific cultivation. 

Extracting Marijuana Resin

First Step:

Freezing the plant’s flowers and sugar leaves is the first step to getting at the resin. The reason for freezing the flowers and leaves is to preserve the whole essence of the plant’s chemicals. Once you do this, you can be sure your end product will be as potent as you expect. Flavors’ odor, which is the plant’s terpenes, is what you need for the best marijuana concentrate- resin. 

To freeze your material:

  • Use only your top-quality flowers and sugar leaves. Remove other parts as they ate not needed for this process.
  • Freeze them at -10 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
  • Make sure they freeze for at most 24-36 hours.
  • Extract immediately after removing the frozen buds and leaves from the freezer.

There are a few methods for extracting resin from frozen material; we advise you to avoid trying this at home. And this is because it can be dangerous. The process entails using blends of hydrocarbon-containing butane and propane. Scientific knowledge is required for this process, as your ratio of butane to propane determines the terpenes you get from the material. 

Some manufacturers of weed/marijuana resin prefer the closed-loop extraction process as it uses hydrocarbon extraction that uses gas compression and condensing tanks. However, the process is highly scientific; therefore, doing this at home is not recommended. Although this extraction method is highly technical, you will get a higher resin yield.

For a detailed resin extraction method, here is the link. https://precisionextraction.com/2021/04/how-to-make-live-resin/

The resin you collect from the bottom of your dab pipe after smoking weed is also called resin. However, this may be harsh for primary consumption as its chemical makeup differs from fresh resin. It also is not as healthy as consuming freshly extracted resin. 

Consuming Weed/Marijuana Resin

We mentioned reclaiming resin earlier, so let’s start there. 

Reclaim resin is what you get after you smoke weed using your dab rig. Some expert users will refer to the resin as weed tar. Just imagine using this stuff, which is less potent than freshly extracted resin. However, most people will consume this not to waste any of the good weed. 

Because it is not fresh resin, it contains many harmful byproducts. These byproducts are tar and ash, which are not suitable for consumption. The side effects are:

  • Breathing issues
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Anxiety

Over time, consuming tar and ash can cause you to develop these symptoms and become chronic issues. Because reclaimed resin needs higher heat levels to burn, inhaling the smoke results in lung and throat irritation. 

Should you experience any of the above symptoms, visit your doctor immediately. The recommendation by many marijuana professionals is; not to smoke reclaimed resin. The resulting side effects far outweigh the benefits, so it is best to dispose of the residual tar. The information above does indicate it is best to consume fresh weed/marijuana resin.

General weed/marijuana resin consumption is by dabbing, vaping, and smoking, which is applicable for people desirous of a more significant high. And because the resin is for recreational use, the reach for consuming more THC resin is the go-to concentrate. It is more potent than smoking flowers and leaves.


Weed/marijuana resin is best if consumed freshly extracted. It is better to buy from your local marijuana dispensary. They may be the ones that manufacture their resin, or they have it on the menu prepackaged brands. 

The products made from resin are:

  • Shatter- a brittle substance that looks like golden, transparent glass
  • Badder/ budder- depending on where or who you communicate
  • Waxes
  • Hash
  • CO2 Oil
  • Rosin
  • Live Resin

Whatever recreational option for using resin, remember it is better to discard the residue after consuming. Your health is not worth using a product that is not wholesome for you. 

Weed/marijuana resin is suitable for use in any of the above forms. Responsible use is the priority. Any marijuana product with high levels of THC causing euphoria must use in controlled environments. No heavy-duty operating equipment, driving, or venturing outdoors. It is worth the while to be in a safe place, like home, when indulging in weed recreationally. 


1. https://cannabiseducationproject.com/cannabis-resin/

2. https://www.healthline.com/health/why-smoking-reclaimed-cannabis-resin-isnt-a-good-idea#when-to-see-a-doctor

3. https://precisionextraction.com/2021/04/how-to-make-live-resin/

4. https://www.healthline.com/health/why-smoking-reclaimed-cannabis-resin-isnt-a-good-idea#takeaway

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