Many countries around the world have legalized marijuana, and many more are in the process of doing so. The increased marijuana legalization has given rise to different ways of ingesting the holy plant. Similarly, the new-found cannabis acceptance has introduced various forms of marijuana that were initially hidden from the mainstream. Some of these forms include concentrates and extracts.
What’s Live Resin?
Live resin is a type of concentrate that’s best known for its high percentage of terpenes. As you may know, terpenes are special oils found in marijuana that give various weed strains their distinctive smell and taste. While marijuana strains contain hundreds of terpenes, the most popular ones are:
– Delta 3 Carene
Each terpene has its set of unique properties. Some terpenes can help relieve feelings of anxiousness, chronic pain, and depression. Others are good at treating nausea and insomnia.
Most concentrates, including hash, shatter, and budder, are derived from dried and cured cannabis plant materials. This is, however, not the case with live resin, which is obtained from fresh marijuana plant materials. That’s why the concentrate has the name ‘live’ in it.
Since the processing of live resin doesn’t include drying and curing of cannabis plant materials, through a process known as decarboxylating, the concentrate has a wealthy terpene profile. As a result, live resin has some of the best flavors and aromas.
History of Live Resin
While the likes of hash and shatter have been around for quite some time, live resin is a relatively new concentrate. Live resin was first made in 2013 by a group of cannabis enthusiasts who were experimenting with fresh cannabis plant materials to make marijuana concentrate rather than the usual dried materials. After a few trial and errors, the group perfected the art of making concentrate from fresh plant matter and named it live resin.
Shopping for Live Resin
High-quality live resin is gold or amber in color. Because of its wealthy terpene profile, high-quality live resin should emit a strong and sweet aroma. There should also be a perfect balance of THC and terpenes. Terpenes in live resin do a phenomenon job of counteracting THC’s psychoactive effects.
Enjoying Live Resin
There are a variety of ways to ingest live resin. One of the best ways is through dabbing, where a variety of dabbing materials can be used, including dab straws, dab rigs, dab pens among many others.
Dabbing devices that allow the user to control temperatures are best suited for live resin. Terpenes don’t do so well with excess heat. They are easily burned off by it. Also, if the heat is too low, the flavor of the live resin can be a little jaded. The trick, therefore, is to get a dabbing device that allows you to switch between high and low temperatures.