Live resin is a concentrate derived from a fresh cannabis plant. This product, containing only the desirable compounds—namely terpenes and cannabinoids—comes from a plant that is still alive to preserve its terpenes, smell, flavors, and other positive attributes.
Live resin is the go-to THC product for those who prefer a high concentration of terpenes, intense aroma, and therapeutic benefits. Learn more about this concentrate below.
The Live Resin Process
The live resin process consists of several steps:
Harvesting: The first step is harvesting the cannabis plant at the peak of its ripeness. Plant materials for live resin are the sugar leaves and flower buds – not the stems and fan leaves.
Freezing: Processing the plant materials immediately after harvesting is critical to prevent moisture accumulation, drying, or exposure to light and heat. Flash freezing the cannabis stops all metabolic processes while retaining all plant components.
Extraction: After freezing the plant materials, the extraction process follows, which involves using a chilled solvent, such as butane. Pushing the solvent through the plant materials under pressure extracts terpenes, THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, leaving the spent plant materials behind.
Distillation: The final step is purifying the solution to remove wax and other unwanted elements. The result is a pure product with a high concentration of aromatic essential oils and cannabinoids.
The Characteristics of Live Resin
The chemical and physical properties of live resin depend on the cultivar and strain of cannabis. Generally speaking, the higher the terpene content, the more malleable and fluid the live resin will be. Live resin comes in various forms and degrees of viscosity, including:
The terpene profile of live resin accurately resembles that of the living plant. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds of cannabis, and they are the most significant component of live resin. Cannabis varieties boast more than 100 types of unique terpenes, including:
- Alpha Bisabolol
Each terpene offers unique medicinal and therapeutic benefits, including the alleviation of insomnia, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Live resin is also rich in cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid with exceptional therapeutic potential. The THC content of live resin ranges between 65% and 95% and depends on the cannabinoid profile of the live plant.
The Best Strains for Live Resin Production
Any strain can produce a high-quality live resin, provided that it goes through the correct extraction process. However, some strains produce superior yields and effects. The best strains for live resin production have a high terpene and flavonoid content, and they have a distinct aromatic profile.
Ideally, the strain should be a Sativa-Indica hybrid with a THC content of 17% or more. The scent of the strain affects the experience. For example, a Northern Light live resin produces a different high than a Fruit Spirit live resin.
Some of the popular strains for live resin include:
- Sunset Sherbet
- Sour Diesel
- Northern Lights
- White Widow
Live Resin Consumption Methods
The most popular method for consuming live resin is dabbing, which involves heating the concentrate to a high temperature (around 550°F), letting it cool down, and inhaling the vapor through a special bong called an oil rig.
Dabbing can be risky, especially if you are new to cannabis. If you inhale the vapor at a temperature that is too high, you can damage your lungs. If you are not used to products containing THC, you may also lose consciousness.
Vaping is a lower-risk alternative to dabbing. Live resin vape cartridges are available in different flavors and THC concentrations.
How Much Does Live Resin Cost?
Live resin is generally more expensive than other cannabis concentrates. If the extraction process involves the live resin extraction from fresh plant materials in a highly controlled environment, the product quality and price will be relatively high. The terpene content and flavor profile will also affect the price.
Buy Your Live Resin Today
If you are looking to get your hands on high-end live resin and other cannabis products, visit the Cannabis & Glass dispensaries in the following locations:
- Spokane, WA
- Spokane Valley, WA
- Liberty Lake, WA
- Ontario, OR
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