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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”

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