When it comes to choosing the best strains to process for solventless extraction, there’s a lot to consider. Both the strain and the outright quality of your bud will greatly impact your end results, so knowing the key indicators of cannabis quality and which strains work best will pay dividends down the line. In this guide we’ll show you what to look for when selecting the best cannabis for rosin pressing.
Solventless extraction is all about separating trichomes from the plant materials. That makes it important to select strains with the highest trichome count possible as the more resinous trichomes there are, the more rosin you can squeeze out. Therefore it becomes critical to inspect your cannabis with a magnifying glass to see the quality and quantity of the trichomes present so you can pick the best bud for extraction.
Terpenes are the flavor and aroma producing components of cannabis. The more pungent an aroma cannabis has then the more terpenes it contains, and that results in a more flavorful extraction. So always take time to smell your cannabis and select strains that have the strongest possible aroma, and avoid stale varieties as many of its terpenes will have degraded which will leave your solventless rosin lacking in taste and smell.
Probably the single greatest consideration when it comes to selecting cannabis for solventless extraction is how well it was cultivated. A decent strain cultivated well will always outperform a great strain that has been cultivated poorly so always seek out the most well grown bud you can get your hands on. Ultimately, using cannabis that has been cultivated to its maximum potential will net you the biggest gains when it comes to pressing it into solventless rosin.
Once you’ve learned how to assess cultivation quality, trichome density, and terpene content you can turn your attention to selecting suitable strains. Some strains of cannabis simply perform better than others when pressing solventless rosin and there are a number of top performers we would recommend. GG4 aka Gorilla Glue #4 and Chemdawg are great strains to check out, but also take a look at Papaya, GMO aka Garlic Cookies, and any of the “White” strains as they also work beautifully for solventless extraction.
That’s our guide to choosing the best strains to process for solventless extraction. Hopefully with these tips you’ll be able to select the most suitable cannabis for turning into beautifully potent and flavorful rosin.