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In a converted gas station by an enormous stone Buddha in Mendocino County, Calif., Tim Blake stands in front of a mound of cannabis “trichomes.” These crystalline hairs, collected from dried marijuana buds, are rich in THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis responsible for getting a person high. One of Blake’s male, twentysomething employees pours a saltshaker’s worth of these hairs onto a piece of parchment paper, which the employee folds in half and flattens in an industrial heated press. As the crystals melt into a greenish, sticky, translucent solid, a skunky, piney smell permeates the air. They’re making “rosin,” and the aroma of it is as common in these parts as the smell of garbage is in New York City come summer.
Rosin (pronounced Raw-zin) could very well be the future of marijuana, and Blake its Henry Ford. “Right now, rosin is taking over the market,” says the silver-haired 59-year-old, dressed like a suburban contractor in a Carhartt jacket over a fleece and bluejeans on a January morning. Rosin, for those who don’t subscribe to High Times, is a cannabis extract or concentrate, which mean the same thing. Extracts range from solid to liquid and go by names that describe their consistency—including “shatter,” “wax,” and “oil”—depending on the processing technique. Added to other products, they’re responsible for a stunning variety of edible, topical, and smokable marijuana products. Nowadays you can get your fix popping gel caplets, sucking on mints, munching on crackers, inhaling from vaporizer pens, cracking open energy drinks, and slathering on skin cream. If none of those options sounds appealing, there are even suppositories.
Rosin is the extract du jour, and connoisseurs are taking to it like stoners to a 1 a.m. Taco Bell run. Unlike other extracts, rosin is only smoked; you won’t find it in a cracker. But the upside is that smoking extracts—aka dabbing—is the preferred way to interact with marijuana if you’re into pot and under 30, just as baby boomers had joints and Gen Xers had bongs. Smokers love the quality and potency of the “clean” high and say the flavor fully expresses marijuana’s desirable characteristics. “Smoking flowers dates a person,” says Blake. “A guy told me they cleaned out all the old bongs in his head shop—they don’t even have them. Nobody smokes flowers anymore.”
Not nobody—though data on how many people still smoke joints or take bong hits is, not shockingly, a bit cloudy. Blake estimates that by 2030, concentrates will account for 90 percent of legal pot sales. Already, the number of concentrates indexed on Leafly, the Web’s most visited source for cannabis-related information, with 8 million monthly active users, has quadrupled since last summer. Extracts make up about 20 percent of items listed on the site, and in certain markets, such as Oregon and British Columbia, they constitute well over a quarter of all products. “Extracts provide so many benefits to consumers, in terms of control over dosage or convenience of consumption,” says Brendan Kennedy, chief executive officer of Privateer Holdings, which owns Leafly.
Blake says former dorm room hotboxers will start to appreciate the privacy of odorless pot oils puffed through “vape”