Cannabis is quickly becoming legalized in many areas of the United States, and many newly introduced people are curious about the preparations of this psychoactive plant.
Cannabis resin, or reclaim, is a byproduct of smoked cannabis. It’s commonly found on the inside of smoking tools.
Although seasoned users may be familiar with reclaimed cannabis resin, many are still unaware of the potentially harmful effects of using this cannabis byproduct.
In this article, we’ll explore some of the different forms of cannabis resin, what reclaimed cannabis resin is, and what you need to know about smoking reclaimed cannabis resin.
What is cannabis resin?
Cannabis resin is a substance that’s naturally produced in the trichomes of the cannabis plant.
This natural substance contains many of the active compounds that cannabis is known for, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.
What are trichomes?
Trichomes are exterior growths on plants that protect them from dangers, such as fungus, pests, and ultraviolet rays.
The resin found in cannabis plants appears as either a sticky secretion or a powdery substance and can present in a variety of colors.
Cannabis resin can be extracted directly from the plant or from the tools used to smoke the cannabis plant. This resin has different names depending on how it’s extracted.
Some of the most common cannabis resin preparations include:
- Hashish. Also called hash, this is cannabis resin that’s extracted from the plant and dried into a pressed powder.
- Rosin. This is cannabis resin that’s extracted from the plant using heat and pressure.
- Resin or reclaim. Also called weed tar, this is cannabis resin extracted from tools, like a pipe or dab rig, after smoking.
Types of cannabis resin
When discussing cannabis resin, it helps to understand the distinction between the various types of resin, what they’re called, and how they’re used.
Hash and rosin
Hash and rosin aren’t usually called “resin” because they’re extracted directly from the plant.
Preparations like these are a popular choice for people who are looking to smoke or vape something more concentrated than dried cannabis leaves.
Hash and rosin are often stronger and have a longer-lasting high than traditional preparations.
Leftover resin or reclaim
Leftover resin, or reclaim, is often simply called “resin.” People usually only smoke it to avoid wasting any cannabis that may be left over in the pipe.
In fact, most people dispose of the reclaimed resin when cleaning out their tools rather than smoke it.
Hash and rosin highs
Hash and rosin are concentrated forms of the resin naturally found in the cannabis flower.
When they’re extracted and processed into their respective products, they contain higher amounts of THC than standard cannabis preparations.
Smoking or vaping resin in these forms will undoubtedly result in a much stronger high.
Reclaimed resin highs
Reclaimed cannabis resin is the leftover resin from smoking cannabis. It doesn’t contain nearly as much THC as hash or rosin.
It’s also not as pure as these concentrated products because it contains other harmful smoking byproducts.
While you may still get high from smoking cannabis reclaim, it’ll probably be weaker than the high from pure cannabis or concentrated products like hash or rosin.
How To Smoke Resin: Quality Bud Yields Quality Resin
If you want the resin in your pipe to have any chance of being smokable at the end, you have to start with a high-quality, sustainably sourced, organically grown cannabis bud like those from Honest Marijuana.
Resin, by nature, is extremely low-quality stuff. But if you start with extremely high-quality bud, the leftovers will be much better low-quality stuff.
Think about it this way. If you pack your pipe with gold — don’t do this, by the way; it’s just an illustration — the leftover resin will be partly gold.
But if you pack your pipe with dirt — don’t do this either, my stoner — the leftover resin will be dirt as well.
So if you pack your pipe with one of the best Blue Dream strains on the planet from Honest Marijuana — the gold in the above illustration — the resulting resin will have a much better chance of getting you high.
But if you pack your pipe with dregs, the resulting resin will do little more than taste awful and give you a headache (with the very real possibility that you’ll just get sick).
It’s not worth the risk.
Talk to the budtenders at your local dispensary to find out what strains they recommend. If you live in Colorado, find some Honest Marijuana and discover what the purest marijuana experience on the planet feels like.
The Honest Marijuana Way
At our Rocky-Mountain-based grow facility, we employ world-class organic growing methodologies to provide cannabis connoisseurs with the purest marijuana experience on the planet.
We grow our plants the way Mother Nature intended: in organic soil without chemicals or pesticides. We even hand-trim our plants so that they’re organic from the ground up.
Not only does that make all your smoking, dabbing, and edible experiences infinitely better, but it also means that the resin you scrape from your pipe or bong is better as well.
So don’t settle for inferior resin. Start with the best strains on the planet — the Honest Marijuana strains — and experience cannabis and resin the way it was meant to be. You won’t be sorry.
Does Resin Contain THC/Get You High?
Resin contains much less THC than actual buds. Much of the THC will combust when you light the herb. With that said, I know from personal experience that it will get you high. But, it’s going to take a lot more resin to get the same high as the real stuff. So yes, it is possible to feel high after smoking weed resin.
I do wonder how much of the high feeling is attributed to THC, as opposed to a lightheadedness from asphyxiation. That is, if you’re breathing in tar instead of oxygen for long enough it will make you feel ‘different’. That’s for sure.
I wouldn’t get too excited about resin just yet. Consider a few more points before you spark some up.
Is Smoking Resin Bad for You?
In short? Yes. Resin is bad for your health.
Smoking, in general, is bad for your respiratory system. I don’t know anyone who would argue that statement. Resin; however, can be far more harmful than your typical buds. Let’s talk about what it consists of. It’s mostly tar. Yep, tar. There is also ash and carbon mixed in there. Smoking tar is bad for you. No doubt about it. If anyone thinks smoking tar is harmless, please leave a comment below.
This doesn’t mean that occasionally smoking resin is going to cause some major problem. All I’m trying to say is smoking resin over time will most likely cause greater problems than smoking bud over the same amount of time.