Medically Reviewed by
Jason Crawford

Article Last Updated on January 14, 2023

As the popularity of weed rises, more and more people are trying out new marijuana products. Seasoned weed enthusiasts want to experiment and try out more exciting strains and methods of consumption instead of sticking with their favorite Sativa or Indica nug which most place in the joint. Hence, dabbing, vaping, and other marijuana consumption methods have become more prevalent, especially in the past few years.

Resin is a part of the marijuana plant that gives users a potent high which is why there’s been an increased interest in it lately. In this article, we’ll give you all the information on what resin is, how you can make it, as well as how you can smoke it, so keep on reading if you want to find out more.

What Is Cannabis Resin?

If you’ve ever taken a closer look at the marijuana plant, you’ve probably noticed the pearl-white and sticky trichomes. They’re in fact the resin glands that contain a mix of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, as well as fragrant terpenes. The resin glands protect the cannabis plant from pests since they hold terpenes which are pretty bitter when consumed by pests. 

Resin also acts as a protective barrier from the UV rays and maintains the optimal humidity of the plant. Weed plants that contain more resin often contain higher levels of cannabinoids which makes them more potent. These types of plants are used to make products such as shaper, oil, and wax.

How Much THC Is in Resin?

The amounts of THC in resin are hard to determine. However, if the cannabis strain is more potent, consequently the resin will be more potent. Meaning, smoking resin can definitely give you a powerful psychoactive experience if it has high amounts of cannabinoids. While the THC content can vary, making homemade weed resin may be very enjoyable to you since some methods of collecting it may be pretty meditative, like hand-rolling cannabis to make charas.

What Is Pipe Resin?

Apart from the trichomes of the cannabis plant, the term resin is also used for the byproduct you get after smoking the marijuana flower. When using a dab rig, pipe, bong, or other combustible methods of consuming marijuana, the black residue that’s left on the bowl is also called resin. The resin that can build up on the glass, rig, or other smoking devices, can be scraped off and smoked again, although it’s harsher and less potent compared to the other resin.

How To Scrape Resin From Your Glass Pipe?

To get the residue resin that’s stuck to your water pipe, you can use a bobby pin or a paperclip. It would also be useful to heat up the resin a bit with a lighter to warm it up and make it much easier to scrape. Keep in mind that this can be a messy process, therefore you should avoid all contact with your skin and clothes.

Live Resin vs. Live Rosin

Even though the spelling is similar, these cannabis products aren’t so similar, even though the process of making them starts with harvested weed plants that haven’t been dried or cured.

To make live resin, you’ll need a solvent such as butane in order to separate the terpenes and cannabinoids. Rosin, however, is made from bubble hash, meaning there aren’t any potentially harmful chemicals used in the process.

How To Collect Resin From the Cannabis Plant

Collecting resin is essentially harvesting the trichomes from your cannabis plant using different techniques. Some use solvents, and some are solventless techniques that aim to collect the resin and then make various cannabis products out of it which will be discussed below. 

You can collect your resin and make the following cannabis products:

  • Hashish is a solventless cannabis concentrate made up of trichome glands and resin. It has been popular ever since the middle ages, and it’s still quite popular today. Hash is created by rolling dried cannabis flowers in your hands and collecting the resin which can later be smoked, vaped, or added to other cannabis products.
  • Charas is another type of hash that is made by hand rubbing the plant and collecting the resin into small bowls.
  • Kief, or dry sift, is made by sifting weed through the sieve which can later be heated to create hash.
  • Butane Hash Oil (BHO) is one of the most popular cannabis concentrates out there, although it has a fast onset of effects. 
  • Live Resin is a product made by the flash evaporation method. The freezing enables the terpenes and other cannabinoids to preserve their quality.
  • Rosin is a solventless product made by using pressure and heat to dry out cannabis plants. CO2 oil is a solvent-based cannabis concentrate that is derived from cannabis resin.

Collecting resin is a great way to maximize the potential of your grow in just a few simple steps, so you may want to give it a try. Keep in mind that if you do decide to try it, consume a lower dose at first so you don’t experience any unwanted side effects.

How Can You Smoke Resin?

Resin can be enjoyed in a variety of cannabis consumption methods including:

  • Joints (this isn’t an ideal method of consumption since it burns slower than the regular bud, and you will have a hard time inhaling the smoke);
  • Vaporizers (this method of consumption also isn’t the best one since the taste of resin can get stuck in your vape); 
  • Pipes (similar to bubblers and bongs, this is one of the preferred methods for consuming resin which will limit the harshness of the smoke, and if the bowl has a lot of build-up and gunk, it’s much easier to clean compared to the vape);

Final Thoughts on Resin

If you haven’t tried resin yet, and you are curious about trying new marijuana products, maybe you should give this one a try when you feel like switching it up. All you need to do is go to your local dispensary, purchase a resin ball, light up, and inhale through the mouthpiece.

You can consume resin in a lot of ways including dabbing, smoking, and placing it in a bong or bowl. As a little disclaimer,  we need to inform you that resin may not be legal in a lot of states, so make sure you check that information before you go out to purchase the product. 

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


The information presented on this page is provided as a public service to aid in education and is derived from sources believed to be reliable. Readers are responsible for making their own assessment of the topics discussed here. In no event shall Leaf Nation be held reliable for any injury, loss or damage that could happen if using or abusing drugs.