The legalization of marijuana has ushered in a new way of life that was previously hidden from public view. What is this mysterious activity?
The study of marijuana has long been relegated to basements, attics, and other obscure spaces. However, this is no longer the case. Because of marijuana’s growing acceptance, the burgeoning cannabis sector has seen a rapid boost in innovation during the last decade.
Alternative ways to consume marijuana (e.g., dabbing and vaping) are growing in popularity. Wax, shatter, and liquid THC have also emerged as a result of these new techniques.
Now there’s a newer, even more potent form of marijuana that is suddenly gaining popularity. What is the newest form of cannabis? It’s live resin.
Live resin is a form of resin created by heating cannabis. What exactly is live resin, and how is it manufactured? How does live resin compare to other concentrates like as oil, wax, and shatter? Is there a benefit to using live resin over regular liquid extract? This piece will answer these questions.
What is live resin?
Freshness is the key difference between live resin and other cannabis products. Live resin is produced from plant material that has not been dried or cured, unlike most other cannabis items. Fresh flower buds and sugar leaves are combined to start live resin; fan leaves and stems are thrown away. The flash-freezing process helps to preserve important chemicals while also preserving the entire flavor of the cannabis plant. Concentrate fans flock to the dabbing area since it has a greater taste and fragrance.
The primary goal of producing live resin is to capture the entire essence and aroma of living cannabis. Extraction procedures, such as freezing the plant material and then extracting chemicals from it, are linked with high-quality and delectable concentrates. A bypassing of the usual drying and curing technique allows for a greater percentage of essential oils. Terpenes, sometimes known as essential oils, are responsible for marijuana’s unique tastes and aromas.
What does live resin look and feel like?
The color and form of the extract varies. The cultivar, or strain, utilized to produce the concentrate has an impact on a number of chemical and physical properties of the extract. Because live resin contains greater amounts of terpenes than other concentrates, it is thicker. In general, because more essential oils are used, the consistency is typically looser than other concentrates. The consistencies most frequently utilized with live resin are sap, sugar, badder/budder, and sauce.
Another frequent and popular type of marijuana extract is the Shatter variety. Live resin in shatter form, on the other hand, is quite challenging to come by. Because the fluidity of terpenes prevents the concentrate from solidifying and hardening, shatter has a brittle consistency that is difficult to achieve with live resin techniques.
What’s the difference between live resin and sauce?
The sauce is made from fresh or frozen plant material. To make live resin, fresh weed plants are frozen for processing. Fresh plant material or cured bud can begin the process of making sauce creation. Because it has been frozen and defrosted, cured plant material will not have as many terpenes as fresh resin does. nCheck the container and labels of the sauce to see if it’s nug sauce or live resin sauce; this may be crucial.
Is live resin considered a ‘full spectrum extract?’
The simple and straightforward answer is “rarely.” Full-spectrum concentrates are concentrates that aim to preserve as much of the original cannabis plant’s complete chemical makeup as possible. Depending on how the plant is treated, live resin may be classified as a full-spectrum extract. However, not all full-spectrum extracts are created from fresh, frozen plant material. Kief, for example, is a full-spectrum concentrate because it begins with cured rather than fresh, frozen cannabis.
How to store live resin
Keep the oil cool, dark, dry, and free of air to maintain its strength and quality. To keep texture and consistency while also preserving the cannabinoids from deterioration and terpenes from evaporation, use an airtight and lightproof container. Choose containers made of silicone or glass that are airtight if you’re looking for anything else. It’s easier to scrape clinging concentrates out of silicone than polycarbonate.
Heat and light can have a detrimental impact on your resin. Keep it in the fridge or even a chilly room to slow the deterioration process. After each usage, make sure to properly seal the living resin container. Leaving it out exposes it to the elements, making it more vulnerable to potency loss and causing color, texture, and taste alterations.
Ways to consume live resin
Dabbing is the process of consuming live resin by dabbing, which involves a type of water pipe called a dab rig as well as a flat bowl called a nail. Nails are manufactured of materials that can endure higher temperatures than glass bowls employed for smoking flower.
Live resin, both as flakes and in a paste form, may be used to fill flower bowls in glass pipes, wrap around joints or blunts, or add to the mix. When combined with cured flower and live resin extract, you get a deeper experience as well as additional flavor.
Can you vape live resin?
Yes, you may dab live resin as described above, hit a live resin vape pen as described below, or collect nectar in a nectar collector. In each of these scenarios, you’re just vaporizing and breathing in the cannabinoid and terpene-rich vapors.
Dabbing is the most difficult of the three alternatives since it necessitates the use of extra equipment and effort. If you want a simpler way to enjoy live resin, a nectar collector, which is a simplified, portable version of a dab rig, may be worth considering.
The easiest method to utilize a vape pen is with a live resin cartridge. Simply purchase a live resin cart and connect it to your battery for immediate usage.
What are live resin carts?
Vape carts are pre-filled vape cartridges that connect to a cannabis vape battery. Live resin carts are simply vaped oil cartridges that have been filled with live resin rather than a cannabis concentrate. Simply attach the cartridge to a battery, turn on the heating element, and breathe through the mouthpiece as you would with any other cartridge.
How much does live resin cost?
Libe resin generally costs more than other types of concentrates. Because to variations in particular areas and market swings, establishing a precise price is challenging. High-end live resin may cost as much as $100 per gram and up, while the typical national range is between $35 and $80 per gram.
How is live resin made?
A word of warning: only professionals should perform this procedure since live resin and other cannabis concentrates are so dangerous to make.
Live resin refers to a cannabis concentrate that is produced by dissolving solid cannabis material in liquefied petroleum gas, such as butane or propane. Live resin is also considered to be a type of butane hash oil (BHO) since it uses ethanol or carbon dioxide (CO2) to extract marijuana plants. However, extracts are made using these gases to a lesser degree than BHO.
Cannabis plant material is collected and frozen as soon as possible. Plant material is flash-frozen by plunging it into an insulating cylinder filled with liquid nitrogen or putting it in a cooler with frozen carbon dioxide on the bottom. Extractors put cannabis in a tank within a closed-loop system that will store it throughout the process.
A solvent extraction is a process that involves boiling cannabis and the solvent together to extract the trichomes from the plant materials. To drain away the liquid, the combined mixture of cannabis and solvent is heated, causing the solvent to evaporate into a vapor and rise into the solvent column. It’s cooled and condensed back into a liquid there before being sent on its way.
Extractors must monitor the temperature while extracting. If the extraction is not properly managed, heat may cause damage. Heat evaporates the volatile terpenes and activates decarboxylation, turning the translucent concentrate into a darker oil.
Why does live resin skip the drying and curing process?
How is marijuana for extraction made? Typically, cannabis for extraction is dried or cured after being freshly harvested. Ingesting fresh cannabis will not make you high. Freshly collected cannabis is dried without damaging or evaporating the terpenes, as moisture is removed.
One significant drawback of drying and curing is that some terpenes will inevitably be lost throughout the process. Volatile terpenes evaporate during the curing process, altering the flavor profile of the flower as a whole. Researchers at the University of Mississippi compared fresh cannabis plants’ terpene levels to those that had been dried for various lengths of time in 1995. They discovered that drying a plant for a week at room temperature resulted in a 31% reduction in terpenes.
Live resin is produced from live cannabis plant material with an appropriate terpene profile, resulting in dabs with more floral, fruity, and spicy notes than nug run or trim run concentrates.