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The Top 5 Strains for Pressing Rosin

Rosin is becoming the choice for consuming concentrates among a growing number of the country’s cannabis communities. And as we’ve detailed in past articles , all rosin yields are not equal. A subpar return can come from several options. Of course having top quality equipment, such as the Pikes Peak rosin press, can make a huge difference, if you want to hit big yield numbers with flower rosin you have to select the right strains.

You’ll want to focus on strains that offer massive trichome production. Another key to pressing quality rosin is how resinous your plants are in general. Remember, the more resinous it is, the more rosin you’ll yield. While indica and hybrids tend to be the best choice, some sativas are worth pressing as well. Here are a few of each that you should consider making into rosin:

GG4 (a/k/a Gorilla Glue #4)

GG4 is an incredibly popular strain for cannabis users of all ingestion methods. Formerly officially known as Gorilla Glue #4, this hybrid flower is not only the most popular of its phenotypes, but it’s also one of the most in-demand strains in the U.S. market. It now takes on the moniker “GG4” due to a lawsuit, settled out of court, by the official manufacturers of Gorilla Glue brand adhesives. Many rosin pressers love its high potency and copious trichomes that make its flower look covered in permafrost. With a high THC content, this may not be the best dab to end a night since many varieties can be stimulating, but it does tend to be suitable for any other occasion.

Depending who you ask, GG4’s terpenes can be robust and distinguishable. Others say it is a more muted strain. If you’re unsure where you stand and want a robust, aromatic profile, consider starting with another suggestion from the list.

The White and its Crossed Strains

An indica dominant hybrid, The White is not part of the White Widow family but instead named for the color of its buds. The origin of The White’s name is the prime reason why rosin pressers love this strain. Its abundant, plentiful trichomes are perfect for pressing rivers of rosin.

The White’s beginnings are slightly unclear. However, what isn’t is its potency. Users are sure to enjoy the almost immediate impact of a White hit. Those looking for quick, lasting pain relief should consider this strain for pressing. However, its terpene profile isn’t its strongest trait. As mentioned with GG4, if you’re looking for a yield with noticeable terpenes, this strain might not be your top choice. If that is your preference, other OGs might fit your wants a bit more.

To learn more about the White, GG4 and other crosses, check out the awesome work by Nikka T of Essential Extracts .

The Chem Lineage

With Chems, choosing one above the others wouldn’t be fair. So, we’ll recommend the whole slew and let you decide from there. Chem Dawg has been at the cannabis for almost the entire 25+ years it’s been cultivated. While uncertain in origin, cannabis lovers are sure of this slightly indica dominant hybrid’s THC content (15%-20%+) and its silvery trichomes.

It’s no wonder that a strain like this would be crossbred multiple times over. The ensuing results produced other excellent strains for rosin pressing. Others worthy of pressing include:

Because of these traits, even veteran users tread lightly when using Chemdawg and its offshoot strains. That being said, the results are worth it all.

Papaya and its Crosses

Papaya is a potent strain known for its disease resistance and early maturation. It’s also beloved for being a powerful indica dominant hybrid that’s excellent for cross breeding. The top crossbred strains are worthy candidates for water processed hash — with some of the best washes and rosin coming from Kennnwall , along with many amazing crosses originating from Oni Seed Co .

Papaya fans cite its rich terpenes that fill the nose with fruit, mainly mango. Additional benefits of Papaya and many of its crosses include quick and long-lasting effects that typically bring joy while keeping a certain level of focus.

Sour Strains

Choosing a sour is much like Papaya strains. You can make a lot of great decisions. An additional benefit of sours are that you can choose a sativa dominant hybrid and still produce quality rosin. With these strains, you can opt for a 50:50 split or go for an indica or sativa dominant strain.

Start with a 50:50 like Sour Banana Sherbert for an 18%-24% potency and exciting terpene profile that straddles sour fruit and diesel. Sour Tangie works excellent if you want more sativa and prominent terpenes. The same can be said for the incredibly resinous Sour Kosher .

  • Sour Kush (Sativa dominant NYCD cross)
  • Sour Secret (80:20 indica dominant)
  • Sour Cream (For a stellar sour/haze combination)
  • Sour Krypt (For large, resinous buds)

Did we miss your favorite strain? It’s possible with so many great options for rosin pressing! Tell us your favorite strains in the comments to keep the discussion going.

Rosin is becoming the choice for consuming concentrates among a growing number of the country’s cannabis communities. And as we’ve detailed in past articles, all rosin yields are not equal. A subpar return can come from several options. Of course having top quality equipment, such as the Pikes Peak rosin press, can mak

The Heavy Hitters of Hash: Five cannabis strains favored by the world’s top hashishins

Discover Nikka T’s favorite top five hash making cannabis strains.

Over the last 15 years, I have had the blessing of extracting over 5,000 unique cannabis varietals to create hash. There are many things to consider during the process of concentrating cannabis, but the most easily controlled, pertinent variable to focus on is the strain of cannabis from which the starting material originated. In that regard, I’d like to introduce you to my all time favorite top five hash making strains: Gorilla Glue #4 (GG#4), OG Kush, NYC Diesel (NYC D), Harlequin and The White. These strains and their offshoots all produce unique, yet oddly similar, chemical-like gasoline terpene profiles. Each also contains a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, while remaining stunning trichome producers. To achieve greatness these trichomes, or resin glands containing potent amounts of THC, should be light reflective clear, gold and amber colors and have oily, greasy, sticky and stable consistencies.

Favored strains for hash makers contain broad and high cannabinoid test results coupled with an overpoweringly strong and unique terpene profile that stings the user’s nose and remains on the palette for hours.

Gorilla Glue #4

Gorilla Glue #4 – Photo by Justin McIvor

Gorilla Glue #4, also known as GG#4, was bread by Josey Wales and RJ and has gained extreme popularity within the last few years due to its large yields and unique chemical profile. The strain was an accidental miracle as the story goes. A Chem Sister plant’s bottom branches turned into a hermaphrodite, which hit a Sour Dub plant, and four seeds were created. It took 3-4 months to get these seeds back and, once attained, only one seed popped creating what the breeders called Cha Ching. This plant turned into a hermaphrodite as well and created seven seeds with a Chocolate Diesel plant. From these seven seeds, Gorilla Glue was born. GG#1 and GG#5 will be released in 2016, but the GG#4 was spread far and wide and has now won a plethora of Cannabis Cups and awards. The lineage of Chem Sister x Sour Dub x Chocolate Diesel created this monster known for its Gorilla Glue adhesive-like stickiness that leaves a binding residue on your fingers for quite a duration after merely touching a bud.

The plant itself grows fairly bushy and stalky in vegetative structure with very little stretching in flower. Medium sized trichome covered dense buds line the thin branches and smell loudly of petrol fuel, anise, chocolate, lemon and pine. She finishes in about 60-65 days producing 1-2 pounds per light and leans on the clear-headed, yet strong, Sativa effect.

The Gorilla Glue #4 has caught my attention as a hash maker due to the bounty of trichomes that it produces alongside its pervasive and pungent terpene profile and extremely sticky amber gold colored resin.

Every single time we have processed the GG#4, no matter who the grower has been; we have hit over 18% yields of hashish from mere sugar leaves. Not only that, but the plant produces beautiful transparent gold oil in a multitude of gland sizes from 160 micron all the way down to the 25 micron, which is extremely appealing to the end user and extractor. In concentrate form, this specimen smells and tastes even stronger of gaso-line and deep earthy chocolate. Potency numbers upwards of 89% THC put this strain at the top of my list.

OG Kush

OG Kush – Photo by Nabim Sabella Photography

Although the exact lineage of OG Kush is still unknown, many — including one of the original holders of the strain, Josh D — believe it to be an Indica consisting of Thai, Afghani and Hashplant origins. OG Kush is a lanky, low yielding plant and is well known as one of the more difficult plants to cultivate. It produces smaller, dense, extremely pungent, crystal covered, large calyx protruding nuggets after taking 60-70 days in flower. Acknowledged for being one of the more potent, high-THC testing strains, this specimen has an undeniable aroma and taste of lemons, fuel, pine, anise, a freshly opened tennis ball container, earth and sugar. Now, OG Kush, also known as Original Kush due to its many successors, is one of the most sought after strains to date. It has been renamed a multitude of times after being grown in different environments, regions and mediums over the years, changing its appearance slightly. It has also been bred with just about everything imaginable, multiplying its recognition via award-winning crosses like Girl Scout Cookies and Kosher Kush just to name a few. The rarity and hype surrounding OG Kush has lead it to be one of the leaders in the elite clone-only movement, creating phenotypes such as SFV OG (the soil grown version that has retained its notoriety in Southern California and beyond as one of the best), Ghost OG (spread to Oregon via the forums by OrgnKid) and many more such as ’92 OG, Illuminati OG, Club 33, Tahoe OG and True OG.

Another reason for OG Kush’s intriguing nature is the mysterious stories and rumors surrounding its genu-ine origin. As far as the story goes, a grower by the name of Josh D, originally from New Jersey, moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1987 to pursue his passion of growing cannabis. Later, in 1996, a friend by the name of Matt, aka Bubba, moved from Orlando, Florida to Silverlake, California to join Josh D as room-mates. Bubba would tell stories to Josh of this super unique strain originating in Gainesville, Florida, that they were previously growing, which nobody had seen before on the West Coast. Eventually, after Josh saw college photos of this hyped strain and pleaded to see it in person, Bubba finally transported cuttings out to their house in Southern California. Josh, wanting to soak up as much knowledge as he could attain, eagerly learned to clone at this point, and thus OG Kush and Bubba Kush, as well as another variety that was eventually phased out, were preserved and eventually spread from their tight circle in Los Angeles throughout the world.

OG Kush Concentrate – Photo by Nabim Sabella Photography

Most of the genuine OG Kush varieties and phenotypes produce a very stout trichome structures often show short, thick, and oil-filled stalks with huge bulbous, almost bursting, gooey golden to amber glandular heads just begging to be decapitated. These gorgeous trichomes, once concentrated, exude that powerful gasoline, lemon, pine, earthy, anise, skunky funk of a terpene profile, making some believe the OG’s origin may have some Chemdawg lineage. Although harder to perfect due to the extremely glue-like consistency, when processed in a cold and dry environment, OG Kush solventless hash is one of the most enjoyable coveted and desired smokes. Although it has smaller yields in flower and extract form, the complex piercing aroma and taste of fuel, anise and citrus, amazingly tacky consistency, transparent shiny golden color and strong body high, yet clear-headed effect the elite clone only OG Kush and its offshoots will always keep this strain as a favorite hashish producing specimen.

NYC Diesel

NYC Diesel – Photo by Justin McIvor

NYC Diesel, also known as NYC D, was bred by the infamous Soma, of Soma’s Sacred Seeds, by crossing the clone-only Sour Diesel — originally hyped on the East Coast for its large, pointy calyx structure, over-powering skunk and almost acrid petrol fuel aroma — with an Afghani/Hawaiian male. This resulted in a cerebral, talkative, yet all over body relaxing Sativa hybrid. For a Sativa leaning variety, this plant tends to grow a lot shorter and bushier, than its tall and lanky Sour Diesel predecessor and also finishes much faster (55-60 days), making this hybrid a great strain for the novice as well as the commercial grower. The intense terpenoid profile reflects that of a real skunk (earth and overpowering grapefruit notes while fruiting, in the jar, on the inhalation and exhale) plus, it lingers in the air with floral citrus aromas for hours after being consumed. Very much like the original Sour Diesel, and most of the Diesel crosses that have been popularized in the last 15-20 years, including Headband, Hong Kong, Sour OG, Sour Cheese, among many more, the NYC Diesel’s buds tend to be larger and more conical in size, producing large yields of greasy, tacky, clear to gold tinted, transparent trichomes from the defining protrusive finger-like calyxes.

NYC Diesel Concentrate – Photo by Nabim Sabella Photography

The NYC D, like the Sour Diesel, often displays a pink to magenta hue, not only in the leaves, but also on the actual buds themselves. In concentrated form, the NYC D’s trichomes tend to yield fairly well, especially in the upper 70-160 micron silkscreen separating bags, due to the larger glandular heads containing the valuable terpeninoids, cannabinoids and that preferred greasy texture. Not only have we yielded over 2 pounds per light on a lot of the Diesel varieties, we often yield over 20% in extract as well. NYC Diesel tends to pro-duce a very eye catching and appealing clear to light golden colored hashish, with an extremely viscous and sticky consistency, plus the smell of grapefruits, fuel and skunk so strong that your neighbors a few blocks away will smell the funk. A lot of Sativas that we process lean on a waxy, more granular consistency due to their innate nature of having longer, narrow, less oil filled trichome stalks, with smaller heads containing a larger wax-to-oil ratio than is generally desired by hash makers.

NYC Diesel is a rare and unique plant that grows like an Indica, produces beautiful swollen trichomes resembling those of common Indicas, and yet has the effect of a strong Sativa hybrid. This is an incredible strain with amazingly pungent citrus notes of grapefruits, tangerines, oranges and skunk and results in an uplifting joyous high.


Harlequin, known for its high CBD content, pain relief, as well as its anti-inflammatory and anti-seizure properties, is a Sativa dominant landrace strain that was only really discovered and preserved, like most other CBD strains, due to the demand of cannabinoid potency testing within the legal regulated industry.

Harlequin’s roots are said to have come from Columbian Gold, a Nepali Indica, Thai, and Swiss landrace strains. Bill Althouse, a very humble healer and cannabis activist, has been credited with spreading this particular cutting of high CBD Harlequin to patients in need around the globe, absolutely for free. The strain itself, grows very wispy and delicate in nature, but if pruned and topped correctly, can form a wide, self-supporting, short and bushy gorgeous plant with thin Sativa-like leaves and extremely large forearm sized buds. Flower times range between 45 days (to keep the psychoactive THC levels lower) and 65 days producing over 1-2 pounds per light. The complex cherry cough syrup, black pepper, anise, earth and fuel aromas and tastes are very similar to a lot of CBD rich strains and is attributed to their healing characteristics via the pronounced terpene Beta Caryophyllene combined with the entourage effect of other cannabinoids aiding in a plethora of ailments. Testing consistently around 14% CBD to 7% THC makes this 2:1 ratio strain an extremely viable medicinal resource.

Once the trichomes have been extracted from the Harlequin plant, a beautiful transparent amber colored, oily, yet sticky consistency, and pervasive cherry, pepper, anise, earth, and gasoline aroma is revealed exponentially stronger than the original flower it came from. Along with the medicinal CBD effects of this strain, especially in concentrate form hitting numbers as high as 60% CBD to 39% THC, Harlequin produces a large yield of perfectly tinted, extremely sought after, viscous oil, collecting large trichome heads in the 70-120 micron range.

The White

The White – Photo by Nadim Sabella Photography

Discover Nikka T’s favorite top five hash making cannabis strains.