Live Resin is becoming popular in the cannabis world for many reasons, but the biggest one is because it preserves the flavors and aromas of the living plant better than other cannabis extractions and actually is cheaper and easier to make. They usually have a more complex terpene profile and can deliver a more complex experience.
So, what is Live Resin?
Live Resin is produced by flash-freezing freshly harvested cannabis plants, preserving their rich terpene profile and potent cannabinoid content. It is considered a full-spectrum cannabis concentrate since it has all the original cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant it was extracted from. By definition, live resin is a more malleable concentrate, finding itself somewhere between a wax and a sauce—not quite like taffy but also not too liquidy. It is typically dark yellow in color but can vary from light yellow to white. Like all cannabis concentrates, it is extremely sticky, so you’ll probably need a dab tool to handle it.
Live Resin distinguishes itself from other types of cannabis concentrates because it is created with fresh frozen cannabis—plants that are frozen immediately after being cut down at harvest. These plants are kept frozen throughout the extraction process and skip the drying, curing, and trimming phases of harvesting.
What is the difference between Live Resin and Live Rosin?
Live Resin is the process of extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from fresh flash-frozen cannabis plants resulting in a better flavor, better quality, and higher potency. On the other hand, Live Rosin is the process of extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from fresh uncured cannabis plants. This is a solventless process that preserves the most desirable plant compounds for extra potency and quality. Both extracts are considered “live” because they both use frozen cannabis plants as the source material.
What are the benefits of using Live Resin?
The benefits of Live Resin range all the way from the growing phase to when it is consumed. For growers, flash-freezing plants at harvest means growers don’t have to go through the long, arduous processes of drying, curing, and trimming plants—whole plants can be chopped down, frozen, and sent directly to the extractor. Producing plants for live resin saves growers enormous amounts of time, labor, and money. For the consumer, there are benefits with the flavors and aromas, therapeutic compounds, and sensation.
- Flavors and Aromas: As stated earlier, Live Resin contains the full spectrum of cannabis compounds giving each strain a varied taste and sensation. In preserving trichomes and terpenes, it retains the flavor profile of the original marijuana plant. Preserving trichomes also keeps cannabinoids intact.
- Therapeutic Compounds: Full-spectrum oils retain their therapeutic compounds, otherwise known as cannabinoids. These compounds affect our bodies through the endocannabinoid system.
- Nuanced sensations: The same compounds that give cannabis its therapeutic benefits also impact how it will make you feel. Is it in your head or your body? Do you feel creative or quiet? Your high is determined by the strain’s combination of terpenes and cannabinoids.
What does Live Resin mean in cartridges and edibles?
You may have noticed some products in dispensaries being labeled Live Resin while others are not. What is the difference between these products? A Live Resin cartridge is a pre-filled vape cartridge that contains live resin concentrate. This means that you’re getting the full-spectrum experience of Live Resin in a convenient and portable form. Vaping Live Resin allows you to enjoy the rich terpene profile and potent effects of the concentrate all without combustion, providing smooth and flavorful inhales. Live Resin vapes are a great choice if you’re seeking a more discreet and convenient way to enjoy the unique benefits of live resin. When it comes to Live Resin edibles, they incorporate the full-spectrum benefits of live resin, which include a richer terpene profile and higher cannabinoid content when compared to traditional edibles made with distillate or isolate. Making live resin edibles involves decarbing the live resin so the cannabinoids are active when you ingest them. A Live Resin edible may offer a more intense high due to its enhanced entourage effect, which is the synergistic interaction between cannabinoids and terpenes. Live Resin gummies can also be consumed a lot more discreetly and without any lingering odor. They also provide a long-lasting and potent high, making them ideal for users who want a more intense experience. It is always important to pay attention to individual tolerances and preferences when selecting an edible and to make sure you start off small as you can always increase the amount you take, but can never take it back.
In vapes, concentrates, and edible products with live resin, oftentimes only a portion of the product is live resin. Most products will contain a THC or CBD distillate blended with Live Resin or refined live resin terpenes. Since Live Resin usually contains more terpenes and less active cannabinoids, it is a good addition to other cannabis extracts to boost flavor and effects. Check out 3CHI’s Live Resin Platinum Delta-8 THC Disposable Vape if you’re looking to try out vaping Live Resin!
What products contain Live Resin and where can I get them?
Looking to try out Live Resin? Look no further as you have found the place – right here with Nurse Wellness! Two particular companies we carry Live Resin products from are Trojan Horse Cannabis and Enjoy Hemp. Trojan Horse’s edibles focus on having a more full Live Resin profile and fewer terpenes, while Enjoy’s edibles do contain Live Resin, but focus a little bit more on the terpene blends to help potentially produce a desired effect. Taking a deeper dive into Trojan Horse’s gummies, they use an all-natural extraction process to extract the THC from the hemp plant. Delta-9 THC is extracted directly from Cannabis Sativa and is unaltered all the way to the end product. It is possible to synthesize Delta-9 THC from CBD isolate in a similar process to how Delta 8 is created, but there is nothing synthetic about Trojan Horse’s process – just how they like it! They then combine that natural THC extract with real live resin that has terpenes, raw cannabinoids like CBDa, CBGa, CBCa, and more plant compounds to create a well-rounded entourage effect.
Not all products with “Live Resin” will have testable amounts of raw cannabinoids. Most products on the market that contain live resin will mainly be live resin terpenes to give a strain effect. Including Live Resin with raw cannabinoids in a product can make a big difference. You can verify this by checking out the Certificate of Analysis. Nurse Wellness products have full-panel safety testing as well. This will show testing including a list of cannabinoids in the product, microbiological levels, pesticides, residual solvents, and heavy metals. Be sure to make sure any cannabis product you are using has this testing done as it goes beyond the label and breaks down the full composition of your product by an accredited third-party laboratory.