What is live resin and how is it made?
Live resin is a type of cannabis concentrate that is produced using a unique technique—freshly harvested cannabis is frozen to a subcritical temperature prior to and throughout the extraction process, skipping the drying and curing phases.
The drying and curing process that a cannabis plant typically undergoes can have a devastating impact on terpenes, the compounds that account for flavor and aroma. They are present in the trichomes, which line virtually every surface of a mature cannabis bud and its surrounding foliage.
During drying and curing, the cannabis plant wicks itself of moisture and chlorophyll. Trichomes may also be subjected to adverse conditions such as; increased exposure to heat, oxygen, and light, and physical agitation, which all can degrade terpenes.
By freezing the plant immediately following harvest, the cannabis plant retains its valuable terpene profile, original flavor, and fragrance through the extraction process and into the final product.
How to consume live resin?
Most people dab live resin. To do so you’ll need a dab rig and either a torch and nail or an e-nail. You’ll also need a dabber tool—most likely something with a scoop on it, given live resin’s consistency—to handle the concentrate and put it in the nail.
A good nail temperature is around 550°F—this will preserve the terpenes and flavors without scorching the concentrate.
Vaping with a dab pen
You can also put your live resin in a dab pen, which is like a vape pen that allows you to put concentrates into it instead of a vape cartridge.
Be sure to use a dabber tool to get the live resin in the oven of the dab pen, then click the button and you’re set.
You can also put some live resin on top of a bowl, joint, or blunt for an added kick.
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