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What’s the Difference Between Live Resin and Rosin?

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If you’re confused about the difference between live resin vs. rosin, you aren’t alone. The differences can confuse anyone–from beginners to experienced cannabis consumers. To clear the mystery between these two concentrates, we created this guide:

  • What is Live Resin?
  • What is Rosin?
  • What’s the Difference Between Live Resin and Rosin?
  • Are Live Resin and Rosin Consumed Differently?
  • Is the Dosage Different for Live Resin and Rosin Products?

New to concentrates? Take a look at our concentrates 101 guide

What is Live Resin?

Live resin is a type of marijuana concentrate that’s made by flash freezing the marijuana plant when it’s harvested. This process preserves the terpenes and cannabinoids that cannabis connoisseurs love so much. The process of making live resin is easier on growers because they don’t have to put in a ton of work drying, curing, and then trimming the cannabis. Instead, they flash freeze it and send it to an extractor who creates the live resin (and other cannabis products). 

Learn more about live resin with our guide.

What is Rosin?

Rosin is a type of cannabis concentrate that does not require any solvents to make it. In fact, some cannabis consumers make their own rosin from marijuana flower, kief, or hash. Essentially, heat and pressure are applied to the flower until a waxy substance comes out of the bud. That substance is rosin. 

There is also a type of rosin called live rosin. Live rosin is made from the fresh, uncured flower of the cannabis plant. So if you’re wondering about live resin vs. live rosin, live resin is from flash frozen cannabis, live rosin is from fresh flower. 

Learn more about rosin with our guide.

What’s the Difference Between Live Resin and Rosin?

The biggest difference between live resin and rosin is how the two products are made:

  • Live Resin is made by first flash freezing the cannabis. It then is put through a process that uses some solvents to create a waxy, saucy substance called live resin. 
  • Rosin is made using marijuana flower, kief, or hash. The cannabis is placed in a rosin press where both heat and pressure are applied until the rosin oozes from the marijuana product. That rosin is then collected and used by cannabis consumers.

Both processes work to preserve the terpenes and cannabinoids in the marijuana which is why cannabis connoisseurs enjoy both types of concentrates. 

Are Live Resin and Rosin Consumed Differently?

Live resin and rosin are actually consumed in very similar ways. Both require either tools to enjoy the concentrate directly, or marijuana products that the live resin or rosin can be added to. Here’s a breakdown of the two:

  • Live Resin can be consumed with a dab rig, a dab pen, or by topping off another product, such as a cone or pipe. Live resin can also be added to edibles, but typically isn’t used for this purpose because it’s more expensive. 
  • Rosin is typically consumed with a dab rig, but it can also be used with cannabis flower in a pre-roll or a hand pipe, or even added to edibles. 

No matter how you consume either product, you’ll be able to enjoy the flavors and aromas of the strain the rosin or live resin came from. 

Is the Dosage Different for Live Resin and Rosin Products?

Both live resin and rosin are considered potent products. This means that a little goes a long way when enjoying them, especially if you’re adding one of these to other marijuana products. We always advocate starting slow and with a small amount with any cannabis product, and this is especially true for live resin and rosin. 

Ready to try either live resin or rosin products? Visit one of our Verilife dispensary locations. Our cannabis experts can help you find the right cannabis concentrates and the tools you need to enjoy them. 


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