What is live resin?
Live resin is a cannabis concentrate extracted from freshly harvested cannabis plants that have been flash frozen and processed with solvents like propane, butane or BHO. This unique extraction technique produces an incredibly pure product, as the freezing of the plant material preserves terpene profiles while eliminating impurities associated with traditional smoking methods.
What makes this concentrate so prized is the distinctive extraction technique used. Instead of going through curing and drying processes, freshly harvested plants are immediately frozen, leading to these “live” cannabis products that you may have seen in stores. This explains why certain cannabis items can be labeled as such.
The origins of live resin
It was in 2013 when William “Kind Bill” Fenger and Jason “Giddy Up” Emo invented the first-ever batch of live resin. Despite hemp’s age-old legacy, dabbing, waxes, flavorful edibles, cannabis oil and live resin carts are all relatively recent developments.
To provide a bit of context, Kind Bill has become something of a superhero in the cannabis realm and Fenger – Colorado’s first legal marijuana cultivator – just happened to relish the aroma of buds. That marvelously potent fragrance is due to terpenes from the Cannabis plant.
Residing within the trichomes—those stick resin glands that coat nearly every part of a plant—are terpenes. These fragrant compounds are what gives plants like lemon, pine or mint their tantalizing scent.
According to researchers at the University of Mississippi, cannabis loses around half of its terpene content through drying and curing alone. Kind Bill deemed this as an unacceptable waste, so he joined forces with EmoTek Labs founder Giddy Up in order to devise a new extraction technique.
How is live resin different from other concentrates?
Live Resin vs. Distillate
Distillate is not only unadulterated THC and cannabinoids, but it also lacks any terpenes. As a result, you can customize the flavor profile of your distillate oil to create an optimal experience for yourself or others.
Live Resin vs. Rosin
Freshly frozen plants are the basis of both live resin and rosin. Though their extraction techniques vary – while chemical solvents extract trichomes for live resin, temperature and pressure suffice when making live rosin.
Live Resin vs. Sauce
Live resin requires frozen plant matter to create, while others craft sauce with cured bud.
Live Resin vs. Shatter
When compared to live resin, shatter offers a less intense aroma and fewer terpenes.