After harvest, marijuana will go through many processes before becoming the final product. However, these processes can destroy the aroma and flavour of the plant. Many times, extraction can remove certain components, including the terpenes, which can result in an odourless concentrate that does not have the original essence of the plant. That is why some people like to use live resin concentrates, which keep the aroma and flavour of the plant.
About Live Resin
Live resin is one of many kinds of marijuana concentrates, but it is made using a unique method. The fresh cannabis is frozen and reaches a subcritical temperature before and during the process. It does not go through the curing and drying phases that other concentrate methods use.
Typically, a plant will go through a curing and drying process that can have a negative impact on the terpenes, which give the plant its aroma and flavour. They are in the plant’s trichomes, which are on every surface of the bud and the foliage around it.
During the curing and drying process, the moisture and chlorophyll leave the plant. The trichomes might also be impacted negatively since they can be exposed to light, heat, and oxygen. There can also be physical agitation, and that can degrade the terpenes.
When the plant is frozen right after it is harvested, the plant will keep the important terpenes in it, as well as the fragrance and original flavour during the extraction process and in the complete product.
What Does It Look Like?
Usually, live resin is dark yellow and has a malleable texture. It is somewhere between a wax and a sauce. It is not that wet, but it is not quite like a taffy. However, as with any other cannabis concentrates, it is very sticky, and you will need to use a special tool for handling it. That way, you will not get it on your fingers and waste any. Depending on where you get it from, it may be more solid or a bit runny.
Where Did It Come From?
Resin is fairly new compared to other methods of consuming cannabis. It was first made in 2011 to 2013 by some Colorado extractors. They created a BHO extractor that could maintain the extremely low temperatures that are needed to make the resin. That way, they could preserve the flavour and aroma while it was extracted to create a new cannabis experience.
Why Live Resin Is Different from Other Concentrates
Other concentrates, such as rosin, shatter, and BHO products, are different from live resin since there are more terpenes in live resin. The terpene profile is also more complex, which means that it can give you a better experience.
This is because of the entourage effect, which means that the various cannabinoids work together to boost each others’ effects and improve your experience. Those who enjoy using cannabis usually value the aroma and flavour just as much as the effects, so there is a huge demand for concentrates in general.
How Live Resins Differ From Each Other
Just because your product says that it is a live resin does not mean that it will be the same as another brand of live resin. The viscosity can come in a range, such as jellies, butters, sugars, saps, and solids. The concentration of the terpenes can affect this, but companies can also alter the product mechanically after the extraction process is done. That might include whipping a sap into butter.
With some live resins, there are lighter terpenes, like myrcene and pinene. Some of the terpenes can have an impact on the effects. There might be some variations because the extraction processes may not capture all of the terpenes, but the starting material also has an impact on the profile of terpenes.
No matter what method was used to extract a concentrate, it is only as palatable and potent as what it came from. An extract that used the entire plant could have more terpenes in it than one that used only the flowers from the plant. It is a good idea to keep it in the fridge and in an air-tight container. That preserves the terpenes and helps it taste good.
How to Use Live Resin
There are several ways that you might choose to use your live resin. Many cannabis users choose to dab it. You will need to have a dab rig, an e-nail, or a torch. You will need a tool for dabbing, which should have a scoop on the end because of the consistency of live resin. That way, you can place it on your nail. Try to keep it around 285 degrees Celsius to preserve the flavour and terpenes, so you do not scorch the concentrate.
It is also possible to use a dab pen, which is similar to a vape pen. You can place the concretes in the dab pen instead of using a vape cartridge. It is important to use a dabbing tool, so you can place the resin in the pen’s oven. Then, you just need to turn it on and start using it. Some people also like to place their live resin on the top of a joint, bowl, or blunt, so they can get a bit of a stronger hit.
Live resin has come a long way since it was first created. Even just a few years ago, it was a relatively rare product that you could only find in some markets, and it had a high price. Today, live resins are still more expensive than other concentrates, but they have become more affordable. You can find a range of resins at many different dispensaries.
As cannabis users continue to seek out more flavourful products that can give them a complex experience, resins will continue to be developed and improved. Enjoying a concentrated product that closely replicates the cannabis’s scent is a unique experience.