What Is Live Resin and Why Is It So Awesome?
Times are stressful. The typical joint isn’t as relaxing as it used to be. Plus, the legalization of cannabis throughout California has made it easier for consumers to enjoy their favorite plant in different forms. It’s no surprise that concentrates have become increasingly popular. One of the concentrates on everyone’s lips (more figuratively than literally) is live resin. But what is live resin - and why are all of your friends saying that it’s so awesome?
What Is Live Resin?
Live resin is a cannabis concentrate. Unlike traditional buds, concentrate extract THC, CBD, and other active ingredients from the cannabis plant to produce a more potent substance. The result is a product that contains up to 90% THC. Yeah, you read that right.
The high concentration of THC is one of the reasons that cannabis enthusiasts love concentrates like live resin, shatter, wax, and budder. A small dab is all you need to soar. Concentrates like live resin are also incredibly versatile!
What Makes Live Resin Different From Other Concentrates?
Budder, shatter, and live resin are easily confused with other concentrates. (They all look a little bit like earwax.) But these different concentrates may contain different terpenes, cannabinoids, or other qualities based on how they are made.
In order to make live resin, manufacturers need freshly harvested cannabis. They take these buds and flash-freeze them. Once the plant is frozen, the extraction process begins. Like many concentrates, manufacturers use BHO to extract THC and other active ingredients from the plant. (In some cases, CO2 is used in the extraction process.) The result is a potent, strong concentrate.
Unlike other concentrates, bud is not dried or cured before it makes live resin. This allows live resin to hold onto specific terpenes that you might not get in other products. Terpenes distinguish one strain from the other. When you unpack live resin, you are more likely to enjoy the same smells and flavors that you would expect from bud. Don’t try to discreetly open this package around disapproving family members - they’ll be able to smell what you got in the mail!
This is why live resin is so popular! Enjoying cannabis is a lot like enjoying a glass of wine. The aroma and flavor may be just as important to connoisseurs as physical or mental effects. Without terpenes and other active ingredients, you can’t fully enjoy the cannabis experience - you’re just getting high.
Why Is It Called “Live Resin?”
The presence of these terpenes and active ingredients stood out to the founder of live resin, Kind Bill. (Live resin was first “discovered” in 2013 - it’s a fairly young cannabis product on the market!) At the time, up to half of all terpenes and active ingredients had been lost in the extraction process. Concentrates got you high, but didn’t resemble the plant they came from at all. Kind Bill noticed that his product smelled more like the live plant than other concentrates on the market, hence the name “live resin.”
Can You Smoke Live Resin?
Not only can you smoke live resin, you can consume it with pretty much any tool or method of consumption on the market. Of course, some forms of consumption are more preferable than others. But no matter what you prefer, you can add a little live resin and get your fill of terpenes and other active ingredients.
There are plenty of ways to consume live resin, including:
Vaping (with a live resin cartridge)
Adding live resin to edibles
Laying out live resin onto the flower in a joint, piece, or bong
As much as it is fun to get creative with your concentrates, don’t forget the potency of live resin. Adding just a small amount of live resin (or any concentrate) to your typical joint is going to have a much different effect than smoking flower alone.