Live resin, one of the many various varieties of cannabis concentrates or extractions, is relatively new to the cannabis market. It has gained popularity among both consumers and producers because it keeps the tastes and fragrances of the live plant better than other cannabis extractions and is less expensive and simpler to create.
Live resin often offers a more diverse terpene profile and may provide a richer experience.
What Exactly Is Live Resin?
A lot of cannabis concentrates can often be described by their textures and consistencies. Some are hardy and brittle, just like shatter. Others are waxy and thick. Still, others are gooey and thick, almost like batter. And still, others are sauce-like. Live resin is, by definition, a more flexible concentrate that sits halfway in between a jelly and a sauce. It is not quite like taffy, yet it isn’t too dry.
Its hue is normally dark yellow, although it may range from light yellow to white. It is highly sticky, like with all cannabis concentrates, so you’ll need a dab tool to manage it.
Delta 8 live resin has a high THC content and is popular among customers because of the rich smells and scents that continue over from the original plant.
How to Create Living Resin?
Live resin differs from other forms of cannabis concentrates in that it is made from fresh frozen cannabis—plants that are frozen soon after being harvested. These plants are maintained frozen throughout the extraction process, skipping the harvesting stages of drying, curing, and trimming.
Terpenes, the plant’s taste, and fragrance chemicals may be destroyed by the drying and curing procedures that cannabis plants are subjected to. Terpenes are found in the trichrome that coats the buds and surrounding leaves.
Moisture and chlorophyll leave the plant during drying and curing. Trichrome may be exposed to heat, oxygen, and light, all of which can destroy terpenes. Trichrome also break off plants when they are handled and moved during harvesting.
Trichomes are retained in live resin by freezing the plant immediately after harvest, and the cannabis plant preserves its important terpene profile, natural taste, and smell throughout the extraction process and into the finished product.
Following harvesting, frozen plants are solvent extracted using butane, propane, or another solvent.
Following harvest, the following processes are taken to produce live resin:
• Freeze plants/plant materials
• Extract oil
• Convert to live resin
Throughout the extraction process, plants are maintained at temperatures below freezing. Following extraction, live resin is often cooked in a vacuum oven. It may be packed as is or added to vape pen carts.
Live Resin Compared To Cured Resin
The primary difference between these two concentrations is in the starting material: Live resin is manufactured from frozen plant material that is maintained frozen during the extraction process, while the cured resin is made from dried plant material.
Cured resin is also a catch-all phrase for extraction from dried cannabis that will be transformed into shatter, wax, batter, or a variety of other concentrates.
There Is a Difference between Live Resin and Rosin
Live resin is produced by putting frozen cannabis plants through a solvent extraction process that employs a chemical such as butane or propane. Live resin is solvent less, relying on heat and pressure to extract trichomes from plants, often using a press.
Both extracts are “live” since they are made from frozen cannabis plants. There are simple resins and rosins that employ dried plants rather than frozen plants and use solvent and solvent less extraction techniques, respectively.