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Understanding Live Resin and How It is Consumed

Live resin is a cannabis concentrate that looks like wax. Compare to other cannabis material. The live resin has a higher amount of terpenes. Live resin gets its name from the raw cannabis plant which it’s made from. 

The materials used to get the live resin extract are the cannabis that is not yet cured, dried, and sometimes frozen. Those fresh plant materials include cannabis buds, large fan-like foliage, and even the cannabis plant’s sugary leaves. 

What is Live Resin

Live resin refers to the resin that gets from a live cannabis plant. Since the live resin is created without decarboxylating (curing or drying), it resulted in developing concentrate that consists of more terpene amounts of a living plant. 

As terpene oil is the one that gives the strain its distinctive taste and flavor, the result of live resin does not just have better flavor and aroma. Still, it also gives an excellent medicinal effect that is beneficial for most patients.

How to Produce Live Resin

In producing live resin, the main objective is to get a large amount of essence and aroma of the fresh cannabis plant. Making live resin is the same procedure for making regular BHO (Butane Hash Oil). 

Here are the good-to-know facts about producing live resin:

  • Most extraction laboratories used frozen fresh flower buds to preserve the terpenes of the cannabis plant. They maintain the flower buds into freezing temperatures during the extraction procedure. Laboratories used specialized types of equipment to maintain the freeing temperature of flowers. 
  • They use different chambers to process, making the live resin. One chamber has the butane in which they chilled at a very low temperature. This chamber contains butane will be pushed by another chamber that contains the cannabis buds. 
  • Before passed into another chamber where the essence is being stripped and cleared all the fats, waxes, and oils. 
  • The mixture will now go through the other chamber in which it is being heated to remove the residual solvents. This process is not recommended to replicate as it involves heat butane that extremely dangerous to try by anyone.

How to Consume Live Resin

Most consumers of live resin consume it through dabbing. This method uses a water pipe called a rig and flat bowl, also called nails. To dab, simply preheat the flat bowl using powered torch or butane. 

Here’s how to consume live resin:

  • A flat bowl that is too hot means that you consume flavorful and positive effects live resin while the cold flat bowl means you are not inhaling the live resin enough to activate the compounds of it. 
  • The usual temperature to dab a live resin is between 310 up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is the ideal temperature for you to enjoy and heat enough your flat bowl. It will maximize the flavor and effects of live resin.
  • Once that you get the right temperature, you may next use the spoon-like dabber to drop live resin in the bowl. After the live resin stick with the hot bowl, the cannabis extract will immediately vaporize. 
  • Finally, you may now inhale the vapor through the opening side of the rig. You may also consume live resin by sprinkling small amounts on a packed bowl or wrapped with a blunt. This combination offers extremely high effects with a unique flavor that you enjoy.

Reasons to Choose Live Resin

There are many possible reasons why you should choose to consume live resin. It will not give you usual effects like your everyday vape but also makes the further experience with it. 

Check out the important reasons why to choose live resin:

  • The terpene will not be completed without this kind of concentrate. It let you experience more effective consuming methods. 
  • Live resin also lets you consume large content of THC and other compounds with just one vapor. For this reason, having bad health effects will lessen because the smoking session will be decreased. 
  • It is a great option to use by patients who use cannabis as medicine for their pain that depend through immediate relief but don’t want to smoke cannabis. 
  • The great effect can also beneficial for other people that seek relieves for their different medical conditions. 
  • Moreover, terpenes provide excellent flavor and fragrance and work with cannabinoids to give the needed effects for therapeutic use. 

How Resin Look Like

Live resin comes with different forms and colors. It depends on what kind of strain is used for concentration, which affects the chemical and physical features of live resin. As mentioned, the live resin is full of terpenes and great features compared to other kinds of concentrates. 

Because of additional oils, the thickness can be more look like a fluid than other concentrates. With more terpenes content, the more live resin becomes moldable. The most usual texture of like resin is sauce, sap, and even like liquid sugar.

Live resin also comes with a popular kind of cannabis concentrate called Shatter. This kind of concentrates in shatter form is rare and difficult to find. Shatter has brittle-like formation makes it hard to achieve by most live resin processors as it has liquidity that prevents the concentrate from getting a high-quality consistency.

How the Live Resin Similar to Other Concentrates

Live resin is created in the same way as other concentrates such as wax, honey oil, and shatter. Like other concentrates, the live resin comes from the fresh plant matter to get the terpenes, making cannabis more enticing. 

The solvent used is butane that almost all kinds of concentrates are referred like the butane hash oil. Like other concentrates, they used butane not only but also other alternative liquids such as isopropyl alcohol, carbon dioxide, and chloroform.

Live resin, like other concentrates, also has a high THC compared to the cannabis bud that you possibly tried to smoke or ingest. The live resin may contain about 80 to 90% THC compared to the cannabis bud that you tried to smoke, which contains up to only 25% THC amount. 


You can see immediately notice why the live resin becomes more popular in the cannabis industry. However, there is still some live resin that may have lower THC content. The main objectives of using live resin are to conserve the terpene profile that is lost due to decarboxylation.