You may have heard about weed resin. It is a cannabis concentrate made from fresh flowers with higher terpene levels than its dried or cured counterparts. All the terpenes retain the aroma and taste, making this a connoisseur-level product that many people are only beginning to notice and appreciate.
Cannabis concentrate differs in texture so that you have wax or shatter that is brittle and hard to the touch. You also have some gooey stuff that feels soft and thick, known as cannabis sauce. Now, the resin is in between these two: it isn’t as brittle as wax but still not gooey like sauce. It can be dark yellow to white and is pretty sticky, so you need a dab tool for handling.
History of Live Resin
When you ask many people, they will say that concentrates are new and were only discovered a decade ago, but hashish has been around for centuries. Being a concentrate, live resin was discovered in 2013 by a grower known as William Fenger or, popularly, Kind Bill, who wanted to see what would happen if he tried to retain as many terpenes in a weed product as possible.
It took several tries and batches before Fenger got the combination that allowed him to capture the taste, aroma, and level of terpenes he wanted in the resin. Other teams had tried in 2011, but they couldn’t retain the freshness of the flower as they used methods that killed off the essence of the delicate weed makeup.
What Does Live Resin Look and Feel Like?
The concentrate depends on the strain and cultivar used, so the color ranges from dark to light yellow and even white in some cases. Resin made from plants with high levels of terpenes is usually runny and malleable. Since the extraction methods do not alter the original product, it is usually high in THC as it is as close to the plant as you can get.
The texture depends on the plant used so that some are stable to the touch, and other forms of live resin will break when tapped. The storage method also matters a lot, so many users prefer to consume the product almost as soon as they make it to get the most of the terpenes.
What’s the Difference Between Live Resin and Sauce?
The main difference between the two is the state of the plant that is used to make them. Sauce is made from plant matter or cured buds and will have a gooey consistency because the material results in such. Live resin is strictly made from fresh buds to capture all the terpenes using the flash-freezing method. It contains all the plant goodness that no other concentrate has. They have different potencies, and the aroma in resin will let you know you have the real deal.
Is Live Resin Considered a “Full Spectrum Extract?”
Full-spectrum concentrates contain the full cannabinoid and terpene profile of the original plant, so live resin fits the bill. Depending on how extraction happened, this product qualifies for a full spectrum one that is as close to the composition of the real plant as possible.
How to Store Live Resin
Heat, light, open air, and moisture are some of the elements that will alter the composition of raw cannabis, so you want to avoid them as much as possible during the storage of your live resin. You want to get an airtight and lightproof container to prevent the product from degrading and losing the components that make it special. Silicone and glass make for the perfect material as they also make it easy to scrape off the product.
You could store it in small batches that will be consumed once or twice after being opened. The fridge or a cold room will do since the warmth will cause evaporation that you do not want.
Ways to Consume Live Resin
On to how to smoke live resin: you can wrap it into a joint to experience a wholesome smoke session that releases terpenes and flavors you will not usually get from regular weed. You can also consume it through dabbing.
Can you Vape Live Resin?
Yes, you can use a vape to get a great experience if you are not too keen on smoking. You may also find a dab rig a good idea as it has the same effects as vaporizing. This method is simple and discreet.
What are Live Resin Carts?
They are pre-filled vape cartridges. You will get the same wholesome experience and have an easy time smoking if you prefer discreetness. You want fresh carts to ensure the product’s composition is as good as you would wish.
How Much Does Live Resin Cost?
The standard prices for risen weed are $35 to $80 per gram, but the higher-end product could cost $100 and above per gram. Prices depend on the state, the strain, the type of weed used, and the area you get your resin.
How is Live Resin Made?
Let’s discuss how to make live resin.
Step 1: Harvest fresh flowers and flash-freeze them as a way of storage. This involves using carbon dioxide or liquid nitrogen, so it is done by experts in controlled zones.
Step 2: The product is chilled and passed through a solution that will extract the trichomes, turned into vapor, and then liquidate them again.
Step 3: The liquid will have a sticky consistency that should be stored ideally to retain all the cannabinoids and terpenes captured.
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Why Does Live Resin Skip the Drying and Curing Process?
Curing and drying are essential parts of making other concentrates as they get as much of the profile of the original plant as possible, but studies have shown the process results in a 31% loss of terpenes. The most volatile ones will be lost during this process, so it is skipped during the making of live resin. The extraction method results in the retention of even the most delicate terpenes to release a wholesome product that discerning users will appreciate.
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