IYKYK - Real Deal Resin Perfecting the Art of Rosin Dabs
Real Deal Resin’s concentrates, edibles and vapes come from single source small-batch farms where the cannabis was grown solely to produce their high quality rosin based products. Their methods stem from dedicated genetic research and unrelenting quality control standards that continue to be the driving force behind this brand. Written by Randy Villarba
With nostalgic pop culture art, hash rosin released in small batches and a hyper focus on higher quality, Real Deal Resin is not your average hash making company; they understand the needs of their consumers and patients because they too are connoisseurs themselves. They are built by canna-culture, for canna-culture.
Real Deal Resin believes in small batch or no batch. Each hash rosin drop they release is offered in limited quantity and when they sell out, it’s gone forever.
Real Deal Resin is a brand built for the cannabis connoisseur looking for a full flavor profile and high terpene content from their concentrates. Real Deal Resin’s concentrates, edibles and vapes come from single source small-batch farms where the cannabis was grown solely to produce their high quality rosin based products. Their methods stem from dedicated genetic research and unrelenting quality control standards that continue to be the driving force behind this brand.
Real Deal’s solventless hash rosin dabs are not made in the typical solvent extraction process like cured or live resin concentrates because no color remediation is involved during their extraction process. They have no interest in making CO2 or butane hash oil. Real Deal Resin’s solventless extraction process requires zero volatile chemicals or hydrocarbon solvents when sourcing pure cannabis extract.
Solventless hash rosin, also known as bubble hash (full melt), is considered the highest quality of bubble hash. The ultra-refined full melt tends to largely bubble away when smoked or dabbed, leaving little material behind.
The simplicity of a rosin press, parchment paper, water, heat and pressure is all you will find in Real Deal Resin’s solventless extraction process. Solventless hash rosin is the truest, most organic expression of the cannabis flower and plant material that can exist today.
Rooted in the East
Real Deal Resin founders Sam and Dustan are originally from Western Pennsylvania. In their last year of college, Dustan and Sam were working on gray area cultivations, risking prosecution in a state that wasn’t friendly to their life long passion. They both were very hands on with every step of the process including growing, harvesting, trimming and processing cannabis for concentrates.
In 2016 Dustan withdrew his life savings, packed up his life in Pennsylvania and headed west across the United States to California. Sam followed in 2016. They rented their first farm, a house with a modest grow in Mendocino, CA. It was at this humble farm that they began to perfect their methods for cultivation and live resin extraction.
Fruited in the West
Before solventless rosin was at the core of the average connoisseur’s concentrates game, Dustan and his colleagues were focused on where the market was headed. They began cultivating cannabis specifically for live resin extraction. They were making butane extraction methods to create the concentrates the patients and consumers were raging about at that time - THC diamonds, covered in terp sauce.
When Prop 64 opened the recreational market in California, Dustan’s first few concentrate collaborations were with the hash masters Feeling Frosty and West Coast Alchemy. Dustan’s initial product releases sold out quickly like coveted Nike shoe drops.
It was only a matter of time before Dustan realized he needed to create a brand that represented the true culture within the cannabis industry. He wanted to start a brand that elevates the quality of products available and offer them at an affordable price.
Dustan explains the inspiration behind Real Deal Resin:
“If squishing your hash is cool, consider us Miles Davis,” explains Dustan. “I wanted to create not only a hash brand. I wanted to create an experience. An experience that reaches back to a simpler time through nostalgia."
"We always want to be fun and be playful. Remember a simpler time before Corona back when we were free to be playful in our lives and imagination? No real life worries.”
Behind the Brand
Each week Real Deal Resin had a new logo. The hype behind the quality of their concentrates, coupled with the throwback packaging kept their small batch releases flying off the shelves. The creative artwork came from the imagination of another of Sam and Dustan’s college friends, Jacob Dunn of Done Supply, who is still their lead artist.
“The brand imagery all started with one wrestling meme. We took the facial makeup of a popular wrestler and made it our own. As we continued releasing our products packaged in limited release branded packaging, people started to collect our unique packaging like collectable Pokemon.”
Does adjusting the likeness of these entertainment staples keep them free from cease and desists? Definitely not. They built up a social media following of ten thousand followers and were deleted, rebuilt their following back to twenty thousand, and were banned again.
They still haven’t deviated from their approach to raising awareness of their brand. Real Deal Resin’s collectable boxes covered with famous characters and blended motifs continue today. This act of defiance makes Real Deal Resin stand out even more. They wear each cease and desist they receive as a red badge of courage.
Real Deal Resin Enters The Ring
With a team of four, Dustan continued to release their products in the traditional market. As they began to establish notoriety and respect for the quality of what they were bringing to the shelves, it was only a matter of time before the right tag team partner in the legal industry entered the ring.
Dustan crossed paths with Micah Anderson from Leef Holdings. Leef recognized the Real Deal Resin crew’s approach to their craft of making next-level concentrates.
“He saw everything we were doing, the whole picture,” explained Dustan. “We had the traditional market hyped on our products.”
These rebels of the industry found the perfect tag team partner with Leef. Real Deal Resin hit the legal market on Cinco de Mayo of 2021 in collaboration with the master cultivators at Gaya Farms. March and Ash was one of the first stores to start selling the brand. Real Deal Resin was finally able to get their rosin to new people who were not only affiliated with the underground hash scene.
Blumosa Live Hash Rosin
A very happy accident led to the discovery of Blumosa (Blue Cookies x Mimosa). It was pheno hunted by SOG Army with little expectations, and in return yielded one of the hardiest resin producing strains in their entire genetic stable. Upon cracking the jar you’re immediately introduced to an orange zested rim of a blue Powerade with the subsequent taste profile to match, curtailing into a sweet Hi-C aftertaste on the exhale.
GMO Cookies Cold Cure Hash Rosin and Sauce
GMO Cookies is a cross of heavyweight favorite GMO with Bay Area cult classic, Girl Scout Cookies. Featuring enormous yields, pristine resin and proven reliability, GMO Cookies has quickly become an in-house favorite due to its rich complex taste profile that resembles a freshly baked batch of grandma’s peanut butter cookies.
Lebowski Kushmints & Ice Cream Cake Hash Rosin
Taking two different cultivars, curing them two separate ways, and drizzling one over the other to mimic an ice cream sundae - this is what we’d call a fun summer evening. For the first pairing Real Deal Resin chose to create a rosin sauce consistency with Ice Cream Cake in order to capture its sweet essence and drizzle on top of the Kushmints cold cure which delivers more pungent gas notes.
Having built their reputation on hash rosin, Real Deal Resin continued to expand their products in their second year of selling in the legal market. They recently released their solventless vapes in Summer 2022. Starting with fresh press rosin and running it through a proprietary degassing process makes Real Deal Resin’s vapes shelf stable. Through this proprietary process they are also able to retain the robust terpene profiles of a live extract.
GMO Cake (GMO x Wedding Cake)
GMO Cake is a cross of heavyweight favorite GMO and Wedding Cake. Featuring enormous yields, pristine resin and proven reliability, GMO Cake has quickly become an in-house favorite due to its rich, complex taste profile by crossing that garlic gas with some sweetness.
Lemonhead Z (Lemonhead x Zkittlez)
Living up to its namesake, Lemonhead Z comes across with a lemon fuel dominant profile that mellows into a dessert-like finish on the pallet. Perfect for a daytime buzz due to its potentially calming, yet uplifting feelings.
High Flyers Solventless Gummies
High Flyers Solventless Gummies are a small batch, corn syrup and gluten free, handmade and vegan edible. These gummies are made with 100% single strain Lemonhead Z hash rosin. High Flyers offer 100mg in ten 10mg gummies per serving.
Cucumber Serrano Mango Hash Rosin Gummies
Cucumber Serrano Mango Live Hash Rosin Infused Gummies are inspired by a fresh fruit street cart. It’s refreshing and fruity with a little kick. Each gummy is infused with 10mg single strain Lemonhead Z live hash rosin.
Marion Berry Hash Rosin Gummies
Marion Berry Live Hash Rosin Infused Gummies are made from 100% single strain A10 hash rosin with an amazing berry flavor. Each gummy is infused with 10mg single strain Lemonhead Z live hash rosin.
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