How to Get Rid of Weed Smell & Resin Off Your Clothes
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How do you get resin off your clothes?
I have no idea where it came from but I was smelling weed all day and then I happened to look down and saw a glob on my chest. Do I just have to smoke my shirt?
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No but seriously, how do you get cannabis resin off your clothes along with the smell that lingers after a smoking sesh? Well, I’ve surfed the internet (so you don’t have to) and looked for answers! My research has found several home methods that will make sure you can use your favorite clothes again without the smell betraying you. Let’s look at the basics first.
What Exactly is Weed Resin?
The cannabis plant is made up of many wonderful things, and trichomes are most certainly a part of the list. Cannabis resin, the light to dark brown sticky substance that you get in your fingers when you grind your flowerbud by hand, can be found on the trichomes of our favorite herb.
According to Pure Oasis, this byproduct is considered the most valuable part of the plant because it delivers the prime majority of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis that makes you high.
Actually, ever heard of cannabis concentrates? If you haven’t, products containing resin are called concentrates, which are made by different methods like applying pressure, heat or even flash-freezing the cannabis plant after harvesting. What comes out of this process is live resin, also known as hash, rosin, or hash oil.
Now that we know a little bit more about resin, let’s talk about getting the sticky substance off your garments.
How to Get Resin Off Clothes?
Resin smells. And it doesn’t have a pleasant odor. Your clothes smelling a powerful weed odor probably means there’s resin remaining on them somewhere, not to mention that this substance makes your clothes look dirty. When this happens, don’t toss your clothes into the bin because it will make them smell worse. Instead, find that resin stain and get to work!
Here’s a list of home made remedies that will help you get the stench out:
Get some cotton pads and ethyl alcohol, then gently rub the soaked cotton on the stain until it fades away. Afterwards, wash the piece of clothing.
You could also use high alcohol vodka if you don’t have any ethyl alcohol lying around; apart from getting the stain out, vodka will also help you mask the scent. Let the alcohol sit for 15 minutes and then scrape the stain until it comes out.
Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is known to be a lifesaver in a lot of domestic situations, and will also save you from weed resin. However, you’ll have to be careful not to use it on dark clothing because it will most likely leave a mark.
Get a recipient and mix baking soda with water until it reaches a thick paste-like substance. Apply a small amount on the stain, rub it gently and then let it act for an hour. When the hour has gone by, wash your clothes by hand.
Disclaimer: Only use chlorine when the stain has fallen on white clothing! And please, be extremely careful while using it, you could even put some kitchen or latex gloves on.
Get a cotton and damp a small amount of chlorine into it, then apply it directly on the resin stain. If the stain is particularly stubborn, combine the chlorine with water and soak for a few minutes the part of your clothes that has a stain; afterwards, wash it using a detergent that smells good.
Use a Hairdryer
Heat is a great way of getting a resin stain out, although you’ll have to be careful not to put it directly or very close to your clothes as it could cause a burn mark. After using the hairdryer, get a cotton ball soaked with acetone (also known as nail polish remover) to completely remove the stain.
Use Hot Water
As previously mentioned, heat is your friend when it comes to getting resin stains out of your clothes. Heat or boil some water up, add about a cup of hot water in a container and then soak your clothes on it, particularly the stained part. You’ll have to wait until the resin dissolves, then use a toothbrush or something of the sort to rub the stain off until it fades away.
Coconut oil or olive oil will do the trick. Apply some on the stained area and let it act for about 10 to 15 minutes, then scrape it off using a spoon until the resin comes off completely.
Use Nail Polish Remover
Disclaimer: Do not use this method for colored garments! Nail polish remover, also known as acetone, could potentially discolor your colorful clothes and leave a worse stain.
Get a cotton ball and soak it with nail polish remover, then apply it to the resin stain and rub it off gently.
That’s pretty much the list of products you can use to get stains and unwanted smells out of your clothes. However I feel like there’s something left unanswered in regards to the r/StonerProTips reddit question. They deserve a researched answer, right?
So… Can You Actually Smoke Resin?
Yes and no. As mentioned earlier, you’d have to make sure the compounds don’t have a chance to deteriorate because it begins to dry –and lose its effects– once it is exposed to air.
It’s important to make a distinction between resin and live resin (cannabis concentrate), the former being the substance left behind after using a pipe or bong without actually cleaning your tools, or having a resin stain on your shirt like our friend Red_blue_tiger.
Okay all jokes aside, you could smoke the leftover resin, but it actually has very little THC compared to smoking the herb in its full form and “is generally only smoked out of pure desperation”, Pure Oasis’s words, not mine!
As mentioned earlier, live resin is a concentrate high on cannabinoids, terpenes and other cannabis materials that will get you pretty high once you try them. If you’re planning to give it a go, look for fresh hash and buy after learning a bit more from live resin.
In the meantime, stick to smoking the herb in its full form. Remember, if your weed is sticky, you'll get resin on your hands instead of in your hit, so make sure to check KLIP, the best grinder in the market, and enjoy resin where it’s meant to go.
Author: Mary Jane
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