A Brief Introduction to Live Resin

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Cannabis concentrates are in high demand among experienced users. The strength of these items elevates cannabis to a new level, with THC levels that are considerably greater than a flower.

Live resin, one of the various wide varieties of cannabis concentrates or extractions, is relatively new to the cannabis market. Because it preserves the taste and aromas of the cannabis plant and is cheaper and easier to make, it has been a popular choice among producers and consumers. It also often offers a more diverse terpene profile and can provide a richer experience.

So, what is live resin, how is it created, and what does it do? All of these questions must be answered before attempting to use this product.

What Is Live Resin? 

The texture or consistency of cannabis concentrates is often a key determinant. Some are hard and brittle like shatter, while others are waxy, and others are more liquid-like like batter. Still, others are thicker and gooier, and some are sauce-like.

Live resins are, by definition, a more flexible concentration that is somewhere between wax or a sauce. They’re not quite like taffy, but they’re still pliable. Their hue is usually dark yellow, but it can range from light yellow to white. They are highly sticky, like all cannabis concentrates, so you’ll need a dab tool to manage them.

They have a high THC content and are popular among customers due to the rich smells and scents from the original plant.

How to Create Live Resins

Live resins are different from other cannabis concentrates because they are made from fresh frozen cannabis plants that are extracted soon after harvest. The plants are frozen during the extraction process. This process skips the harvesting stages of drying and curing as well as trimming.

Following harvest, the following processes are taken to produce live resins:

  • Freezing Plant Matter

  • Obtaining the Oil

  • Transforming into Living Resin

Frozen plants are extracted using butane, propane, or another solvent after harvesting. Throughout the extraction process, plants are maintained at frigid temperatures. Following extraction, live resins are frequently cooked in a vacuum oven. They may be packed as is or turned into live resin carts for vape pens.

What Differentiates Live Resins from Other Concentrates?   

Live Resin vs. Cured Resin   

Both cured resin and live resin have significant therapeutic effects. However, they do have their differences, and one of the main distinctions between the two concentrations is their beginning material. Cured resin is made from dried plant material, while live resin is made of frozen plant material.

Live Resin vs. Live Rosin 

Live rosin and live resin are both substantial extracts that keep the plant’s natural resin at its optimal freshness by employing low temperatures during extraction and freezing the buds soon after harvest.

The manufacturing technique and throughput of live resin and live rosin vary. Live resin is extracted using light hydrocarbon solvents, such as butane and propane, whereas live rosin is extracted without a solvent. A rosin press employs heat and pressure to squeeze out the resin in this procedure.

Live Resin vs. Distillate

Distillate is a cannabis oil produced when a resin is processed to eliminate contaminants or isolate a particular ingredient. It does not use live resin as its raw material but somewhat frozen cannabis plants.

When distillate is processed, it typically loses terpenes, as well as smell, taste, and flavor. While some customers may like this neutral flavor in a vape cart, it is not the same as the rich, terpy live resin.

Experiencing Live Resins

Live resin has various recreational and therapeutic properties, making it popular among seasoned consumers and medical users.


In general, concentrates, such as live resin, may readily achieve THC levels of up to 90%, but that’s only the iceberg’s surface.

While high-THC cannabis may increase your body’s tetrahydrocannabinol, it will not necessarily give the most intense effects. Terpenes and other cannabinoids (or their absence) significantly influence the intensity and form of your high. This is because of a synergistic interaction known as the “entourage effect,” in which additional cannabis chemicals collaborate to enhance the effects of a chemovar.

That is the allure of live resin. Its potency may achieve tremendous THC concentrations while retaining a full terpene and cannabinoid profile that dwarfs standard resin.


The whole-plant source of live resin results in various cannabinoid and terpene compositions. As a result, the precise effects vary depending on the strain utilized.

However, one thing live resin is renowned for is its potent and long-lasting high. Your experience may be uplifting, relaxing, or something in between, relying on the other substances present.

In general, you can expect some of the following effects:

  • Extreme Joy

  • Increase of Appetite

  • Lightheadedness

  • Tiredness

  • Perception Distortion (Visual and Hearing)

  • Energy

  • Concentration

  • Creativity

  • Mental Clarity

  • Desire to Mingle

  • Chattiness

However, it is not all sunshine and roses. Like all THC and its derivatives, live resins can have unpleasant side effects, especially if you’re fresh to concentrates. Observe the following:

  • Distress

  • Fear

  • Sickness

  • Mouth Dryness

  • Migraine

  • Increased Pulse Rate

  • Hallucinations

If your only experience has been with dried flowers, proceed with caution while dealing with live resin and any concentrations.

How to Smoke Live Resin

You will need specific equipment to utilize live resin because your pipe, bong, or dry herb vaporizer will not suffice. You may test this concentration in a few different ways, such as:

Dab Rigs

Concentrate-lovers most commonly use dabbing to consume live resin. A unique water pipe, called a “dab-rig,” is required to make this happen. It looks similar to a regular bong.

Instead of a lighter, you will need a butane torch and a long, thin tool called a “dab nails.” Just place the torch on your nail and heat it until it glows. Wait about 60 seconds to cool it down. Use your heated dab nail to lightly touch the resin and inhale the smoke through the rig as you would with a regular bong.

An e-mail is an excellent alternative to torch use. It uses electricity to heat the built-in nail. This allows for better control and safety.

Dab Pens 

You can use a dab pen if you don’t like rigs, nails, and butane torches.

Dab pens are just like regular dry herb vapers and work the same way. Add your concentrate or live resin to the chamber, and the device will take care of the rest.

Because they are affordable and easy to use, a dab pen is a better option for beginners. It takes time to get comfortable with using a rig for dabbing.

Do not use live resin in your dry herb vaporizer. It can cause severe damage to your equipment and cause it to stop working.

Vapes and Vape Cartridges 

Vape cartridges can be used in the same way as dab pens. Some sellers offer pre-filled cartridges with live resin that can be used on a 510-threaded vapor pen.

Disposable vape pens can also be found. These dispense the tank and battery as one unit. You can throw them away once they’re empty. Although they’re more convenient than buying a new vape pen battery, they’re not as cost-effective.

Mixed with Flower 

Mixing dry herb with live resin is the easiest way to go. This involves placing small amounts of concentrate or live resin on top of a bowl, pipe, or bong.

Light up and continue smoking as usual.

How to Store Live Resin 

Store live resins cold and in an airtight container, ideally in the refrigerator if possible. This preserves the terpenes and keeps them tasting and smelling fantastic for a long time

Leaving it out in the open with the cover off exposes it to air, light, and heat, which degrades the terpenes and reduces flavor. It will also dry out and harden, which makes it tough to handle.


One of the various high-THC products available is live resin. If you desire a more immersive experience than standard resin, live resins offer benefits that other concentrates do not. Always start modest while dabbing live resins and see how the dab affects you. Too much live resins will absolutely spoil your day, yet the perfect-sized dab may provide you with one of the best, most delectable highs you’ve ever had.

Get Your Live Resin from Altitude Organic Cannabis 

Occasionally consuming live resins has the ability to transform your cannabis adventure. If you’re wondering where to get one for your next session, visit Altitude Organic Cannabis. If you want to enjoy a consistently high-quality experience, we have a dispensary in Dillon, CO, that offers top-tier cannabis, edibles, and CBD. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right away if you want to learn more about our products.

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