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What is Live Resin?

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Cannabis connoisseurs unite: it’s time to talk about live resin! In this guide, we’ll cover all the basics of live resin, including: 

  • What is Live Resin?
  • Live Resin vs. Resin: What’s the Difference?
  • What are the Different Types of Cannabis Resin?
  • What are the Pros and Cons of Live Resin?


What is Live Resin?

Live resin is one type of cannabis concentrate that is made using fresh marijuana flower, rather than the dried and cured cannabis buds used in other types of concentrates. Because live resin is made with the live flower, it keeps its terpenes—the compounds and molecules that contribute to the entourage effect and give each strain of cannabis its unique flavor and aroma. The preservation of terpenes in live resin is why cannabis connoisseurs consider it a cream-of-the-crop, high-quality marijuana concentrate.

Live Resin vs. Resin: What’s the Difference?

If you’re shopping for cannabis concentrates, you’ll see two types that seem pretty similar, based on the name: live resin and resin. While they have similar names, they are quite different for one specific reason: live resin is made from fresh flower that is flash frozen, and resin is typically made from dried flower.

On the surface, this might not seem like a big difference, but the truth is that live resin keeps most of its trichomes, and resin tends to lose them in the drying process. Trichomes contain terpenes and other cannabinoids which contribute to the entourage effect. It’s possible that because of this, live resin is generally considered more potent than resin made from dried flower.

What are the Different Types of Cannabis Resin?

Resin can be harvested in a variety of ways to create different types of marijuana concentrates. These products include hash, CO2 oil, live resin, rosin, and more. We get this can be confusing, so here’s a breakdown of the more popular types of cannabis resin you may find:

  • Live Resin: Cannabis concentrate made from fresh marijuana flower that is flash frozen to preserve the terpenes and phytochemicals in the resin. There may be some solvents used when processing live resin. 
  • Hash: Fast-acting resin made by compressing trichomes into either a ball or a brick. Hash can be smoked or eaten. 
  • Rosin: Oil produced from cannabis resin. Unlike butane hash oil, rosin does not require the use of any solvents when it’s made, which helps to preserve terpenes. Instead, rosin requires heat and pressure to extract oil from a cannabis plant.

Learn the various options for concentrates in our Guide to Consuming Concentrates.


What are the Pros and Cons of Live Resin?

As with most cannabis products, the pros and cons of live resin really depend on you as a consumer. What some might consider a con may not even be a blip on the radar for another person. In general though, we’ve outlined what we think could be the benefits and disadvantages of live resin. 

Pros of Live Resin

  • Live resin is made in such a way that the flavors and aromas of the cannabis plant are preserved. 
  • Live resin tends to have a higher potency, which many people consider a benefit, but some may call that a disadvantage. 

Cons of Live Resin

  • Live resin can be quite potent, which might not be what some cannabis consumers want from their experience. 
  • Because live resin requires expensive equipment and materials to be made, it tends to be more expensive than other concentrates. This means that it might be outside of some cannabis consumers’ budgets. 

Try Live Resin

Interested in trying live resin? Visit a dispensary near you and talk to one of our cannabis experts. They can help you find the perfect product for you. 

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