The Homie Two Bang and the Importance of Sharing

When it comes to cannabis, sharing is caring.

Whether its passing a joint to a friendly neighbor at a concert or dabbing your friend down when they leave their hash at home, spreading the love is one of the pillars that holds up this amazing community that we find ourselves a part of.

While nowadays people living in the veritable oases of cannabis that are the legal states of Colorado, Washington and Oregon, amongst others, have an abundance of high quality, affordable cannabis it was not always this easy.

Many of you out there will remember the days when a group of friends would get together and everyone would “throw five” on a bag to split for that days sesh. This ritual of pitching in five dollars was so well known it inspired one of the classic rap songs of the 1990s and even a mediocre direct-to-dvd movie.

Unfortunately, this classic tradition was one born out of necessity in those dank-rupt times when there was not enough nug to go around. As a result, scores of people were largely excluded from the cypher that they could not afford to throw down on.

This, in turn, gave rise to another tradition in my hometown that that is slightly less well known than throwing five, the homie two bang. The universal basic income of the high school weed smoking scene, the homie two bang was the idea that even if you couldn’t afford to throw five and be a full-fledged member of the session, everyone at least was entitled to one puff-puff pass or one good bong rip simply by virtue of being present.

At its core, the homie two bang represented an understanding that we are all in this together, as smokers and as people.

Even in those dry times when you could only buy dubs that were .8 grams, there was an understanding that this plant was meant to be shared by the masses and enjoyed amongst friends.

Behind the homie two bang was the idea that even when there is not much to go around, there is always enough to help out a friend in need, a sentiment that the world could do with more of in this day and age. Even though now many of us live in places where people don’t need “throw five on it” in order to get down on a blunt, the message remains the same, “Think about your fellow stoner and don’t forget to smoke up a friend when they need it.”

Words that anyone can live by.

Resin vs. Rosin: What’s In A Letter?

With new products and extraction techniques constantly rising to prominence in the wide-world of cannabis concentrates, it can be hard to keep everything straight.

One source of confusion that we have seen a lot of is the distinction between Resin, particularly of the live variety, and Rosin, a product that may be distinct by only one letter, but requires a completely different extraction process. That is why we are here today, to clear the air once and for all about the differences between rosin and resin. In the past, we’ve talked a lot about what Live Resin is and what sets it apart from other kinds of concentrates which you can ready about here and here. Because of that, this post is going to be mostly focused on pressing rosin in particular.

First popularized by the Instagram user Soilgrown, a solventless hash producer from Southern California, the art of making rosin is all about the correct application of heat and pressure to either hash, or the nug directly. Soilgrown introduced the world to this tech via a series of videos where he demonstrated how, by putting hash between two pieces of parchment paper and pressing down on both sides with a heated hair straightener, dabbable extracts could be produced in little to no time from the comfort of one’s own home.

Solventless hash has been made as long as people have been smoking weed, by heating and compressing the hash you are able to separate cannabinoids and terpenes from the left-over plant material. The result is a wonderful clear oil that is oftentimes indistinguishable from regular BHO. This method process doesn’t stop at just being able to turn hash into hash oil, it can also produce dab ready product from most flower. By replacing the hash with cured nug in the parchment, you can go from plant to dab in minutes, an exciting prospect for the home extraction artist.

It is worth noting that pressing out cured buds can have some unintended consequences. By heating and pressing, you might extract something extra from your flower (such as unwanted pesticides) that are left out during the hydrocarbon extraction process.

That said, rosin production has come a long way since the days of pressing with a hair straightener.

Now there are industrial-sized presses and extractors which have been able to get the terpene-cannabinoid separation that most people associate with Live Resin sauce. The fact that there are a number of extraction methods which can produce amazing concentrates is something we are grateful for every day. BOSM Labs is dedicated to producing the highest quality Live Resin, and we love seeing the amazing work done by other extractors to similarly refine their craft.

Whether you prefer you concentrates squished, or frozen and blasted, with all the amazing products being made nowadays there has never been a better time to be a dabber! So get out there, pick up some sauce and get yourself dabbing.