What is live resin?
Live resin tend to be potent with a lot of THC, and consumers love it because of its intense flavors and aromas which carry over from the original plant.
Cannabis concentrates are often named or described by their textures or consistencies: some are hard and brittle, like shatter; some waxy; some thick and gooey, like batter; and some like sauce. By definition, live resin is a more malleable concentrate, sitting somewhere between a wax and a sauce not quite like taffy yet not too wet.
It is typically dark yellow in color but can vary from light yellow to white. Like all cannabis concentrates, it is extremely sticky, so you’ll need a dab tool to handle it.
How to make live resin
Live resin distinguishes itself from other types of cannabis concentrates because it is created with fresh frozen cannabis—plants that are frozen immediately after being cut down at harvest. These plants are kept frozen throughout the extraction process and skip the drying, curing, and trimming phases of harvesting.
The drying and curing processes that cannabis plants usually go through can have a devastating impact on terpenes, the plant’s flavor and aroma compounds. Terpenes are present in trichomes, which cover buds and surrounding foliage.
Both extracts are “live” because they both use frozen cannabis plants as source material. Simple resins and rosins exist, which use dried plants, not frozen ones, and which also use solvent and solventless extraction processes, respectively.
Is Live resin high quality?
Dabbers love it because it is more flavorful and “terpy” than other concentrates. In preserving trichomes and terpenes, it retains the flavor profile of the original marijuana plant. Preserving trichomes also keeps cannabinoids intact, and live resin is also known to be potent.
Live resin can be consumed in a few different ways.
Dabbing is the most popular way to consume live resin. To do so, you’ll need a dab rig, torch, and nail, or an e-nail or e-rig. You’ll also need a dab tool to handle the concentrate and place it in the nail, most likely something with a scoop on it, given live resin’s goopy consistency.
Vaping with a dab pen or cart
You can also put live resin in a dab pen, essentially a small, handheld e-rig that allows you to easily control temperature and dab on the go.
Be sure to use a dabber tool to get the live resin into the oven or bowl of the dab pen. Then just adjust the temperature, press the button, and inhale.
Live resin can also come in disposable cartridges, similar to vaping distillate. Just screw the cart onto a battery, let it warm up, and puff away.
You can also put some live resin on top of a bowl, joint, or blunt for an added kick.
What is a dab pen?
How to use a dab pen
Dab pens are designed to be simple to use. Before getting started, be sure it’s charged and you have the temperature set to your desired preference. Temperature can be adjusted with the power button.
Many dab pens require a dab tool to load concentrate into it—this can be tricky because they are small and some dabs are sticky, gooey, drippy, or messy.
You’ll need some finesse to get dabs into the oven of the pen, and be sure to only get it in the oven and not the rim. If you refrigerate dabs, leave them out for a few minutes to warm up before loading.
After the pen is loaded up with concentrate, just click the button and inhale.
Every dab pen is different, so be sure to read the instruction manual for how to change the settings or any other important information you need to know.