How Live Resin is Made
Instead of being left out for days at a time to dry out moisture, the flower used for live resin is frozen prior to extraction and is kept at these freezing temperatures throughout the entire extraction process.
Like other concentrates, live resin is made when the plant undergoes alcohol or chemical-based solvent extraction that separates the natural oils from the plant material itself. When the bud is blasted or soaked with solvents like butane, plant matter is destroyed while simultaneously preserving all other cannabis-related elements, like cannabinoids and terpenes.
After separation, the remaining oil must be purged of leftover solvent like butane, helping to ensure purity and safety. Once this is completed, the live resin is then either left untouched to create a shatter-like appearance, or it is mixed and stirred to create a waxier structure.
It is crucial to note that concentrates like live resin should not be made at home, as the process is extremely dangerous and has resulted in multiple cases of house fires and fatalities. Proper extraction equipment costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and meticulous care—it is strongly urged to leave this process up to the professionals.
Live Resin’s Shelf
Life and Storing
Because of the high terpene content, it is not recommended for you to leave live resin on the shelf for an extended period of time. The longer that the concentrate is exposed to air, the more the terpenes will begin to disintegrate, eventually losing its signature strong tastes and smells. But, realistically, you can keep concentrates like live resin stored for up to a year before you notice major changes—if you store it correctly, that is.
If you’re looking to keep your live resin stored for a bit before enjoying, make sure to keep it in a cold, dark place. Most consumers choose places like fridges or freezers to keep their concentrates fresh, as temperatures, lighting, and moisture stay consistent. Make sure to keep your live resin properly labeled if you do choose to do this, just to ensure it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
Don’t store your live resin in any containers that allow excess air to come in. Vacuum-sealed jars are the best option, helping to keep fragrances fresh over time. Make sure you don’t frequently change your live resin’s storage spot, as changes in the environment are often detrimental to the composition of concentrates
Best Ways to Enjoy
There are a few ways you can choose to smoke live resin in Canada, though the most effective comes from dabbing. As was mentioned, the extremely high temperatures necessary for dabbing allows us to fully experience their concentrate’s potent flavor profile.
Live resin can also be tricky to handle depending on its structure, so trying to add it into joints or onto bowls can be difficult. Plus, we don’t heat our joints and bowls as hot as we do with dabs, as it would completely destroy the marijuana flowers. While it is
possible, it won’t be as successful as with a rig.
The other way to get the best taste and potency out of your live resin is to vaporize it. Whether this means putting it in a standing vaporizer or adding it to your vape pen is up to you, but it smokes the same either way. Vaporizers have the heat and tools necessary to make inhaling and handling your live resin as easy as possible.
When it comes to dosing your live resin, it’s key to start small. Even a tiny dab can give you intense, intoxicating effects, so make sure you see how your body reacts before trying a bigger dose. Consuming too much is the easiest way to have a bad high, so don’t underestimate the power of live resin! Starting small can help guarantee you have only the most relaxing, beneficial high possible.
Live Resin Compared to
Other Cannabis Products
Moving on with our live resin guide, the terms “resin” versus “live resin” may sound quite similar, but the two are actually quite different. If you look at your cannabis plant under a microscope, you’ll notice that it contains thousands of transparent glands. These glands are what produce resin, which, when dried and cured, turn into kief. Resin contains high amounts of terpenes, as well as all the psychoactive cannabinoids marijuana is so sought-after for. Live resin, on the other hand, simply refers to bud that has been frozen to the point of preserving all natural oils, terpenes, and cannabinoids. Both live resin and resin can be dabbed, but live resin tends to be more expensive and difficult to find compared to resin
It’s crucial not to confuse resin with rosin, or live resin with rosin. Rosin is another form of cannabis concentrate, but it is made with more rudimentary (and safe) extraction procedures. To get rosin, all you need is heat and pressure—no solvent! Some choose to make rosin at home with a simple hair straightener and some flower, though you can use anything that produces high temperatures and pressure. Rosin has similar THC contents as live resin, but is technically more “natural,” as it doesn’t require any type of solvents to make.
Live resin and cannabis are incredibly different, despite the fact that live resin is a direct product of cannabis flower. Cannabis flower is less concentrated and has much lower THC levels than live resin. With live resin having the potential to reach as high as 95% THC, even the most expensive, luxury cannabis won’t be found with percentages higher than around 30. Because of this potency, highs from live resin last much longer and effects are more strongly experienced.
While live resin definitely has a strong taste, weed edibles are much more flavorful. This is because, with edibles, cannabis is easily disguised within ingredients, often masking the individual flavor profiles of the terpenes involved. Compared to live resin, an edible high will last hours longer with effects felt quite strongly throughout the body. Though edibles are more concentrated and more potent than regular flower, the flower used to make the edibles lose a significant amount of their THC percentage when cooked or baked. This makes live resin still a bit more potent than THC edibles, though they both create novel, long-lasting highs.
As was mentioned, the biggest difference between live resin and other concentrates is that the flower is not dried for days at a time prior to extraction. In fact, it isn’t dried at all but instead frozen before the process begins. Keeping the bud at sub-zero temperatures is unheard of except for this unique form of concentrate. You can find live resin in all forms, though finding live resin shatter is more uncommon than others, as achieving this glass-like consistency isn’t easy.