How much more potent is live resin?
After decades of exile in the shadows, marijuana is being propelled into public acceptance and is now a burgeoning industry that grows more dynamic with each passing year. This newfound embrace of the science behind weed is enabling researchers to explore its mysteries like never before and a question arises. How much more potent is live resin?
This legalization of marijuana is also causing a tremendous surge in interest in live resin products. Live resin is among the most potent marijuana-based concentrates, and its advantages are wide-reaching. So, how much more potent is live resin compared to other cannabis-based alternatives? And what exactly IS live resin anyway?
What is live resin?
Live resin is a cannabis concentrate that packs an extra punch – terpenes! Terpenes are natural oils found in the cannabis sativa plant, and they lend each strain its distinctive taste and aroma. What’s even more interesting? They come from the same plant components responsible for producing THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.
So, you know there’s something special locked away inside these concentrated forms of weed. In fact, its power-boosted taste and aroma is why so many bakers love live resin—live resin edibles are stronger, tastier, and smell terrific when baking.
Over 100 different terpenes have been identified from live resin products, making them quite a bit more potent than other cannabis-based products. And each different terpene is associated with different properties and effects. Therefore, live resin concentrates can bring a wide variety of experiences depending on which strain you choose. Some of the more popular terpenes found in cannabis include:
- Delta 3 Carene
Live resin’s higher potency isn’t just because of the extra concentration of terpenes. It’s also because live resin is made from fresh cannabis plants that have been flash frozen immediately after harvest, rather than dried and cured. This process helps preserve a larger array of compounds found in the live plant— increasing its psychoactive and therapeutic potential.
Therefore, live resin is so much more than just a powerful concentrate. It is also the closest thing you can get to the live plant in a concentrated form. And because live resin is usually sold in concentrate form, its effects can be experienced differently depending on how you consume it.
For example, live resin edibles are stronger and tend to be much more potent than their non-live resin counterparts. This means that live resin edibles pack a bigger punch and are more likely to produce a stronger ‘high’ than edibles made from dried and cured marijuana.
How Is live resin made?
Because live resin is a type of concentrate made by extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from live plants, this means that these products must be made immediately after the plant is harvested—as the compounds responsible for its potent effects degrade quickly when exposed to light and air.
To manufacture live resin concentrates, cannabis buds are first flash frozen at extremely low temperatures. This process helps preserve the terpenes, which can evaporate quickly when exposed to outside elements. The frozen buds are then processed using special solvents, such as butane or CO2, which extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the live plant material.
The extract gathers onto a collection plate and is left to evaporate for several hours. The live resin concentrate left behind is then ready for packaging and sale. Meanwhile, live resin concentrates are usually sold in shatter or wax form, making them easy to store and use as needed.
Live resin is significantly more potent than other cannabis-based products. This is because live resin preserves a larger array of compounds found in the live cannabis sativa plant, including the extra terpenes and cannabinoids. As mentioned before, live resin is usually sold in concentrate form so its effects can be experienced differently depending on how you consume it.
- Live resin vs. distillates
Live resin and distillates are two of the most popular forms of cannabis concentrates. While live resin preserves a larger array of compounds found in live plant material, distillates are filtered down to contain only one type of compound, such as THC or CBD. Distillates usually have higher purity levels than live resin products because they don’t contain any plant material, but live resin is often seen as more potent and flavorful.
Extracts are similar to live resin in that they preserve a larger array of compounds found in live cannabis sativa plants. However, extracts are made using solvents, such as alcohol or CO2—whereas live resin is flash frozen and processed with a solvent, such as butane. While extracts tend to be easier to work with when creating edibles or topicals, live resin edibles tend to have more flavor, aroma, and potency.
Live resin and CBD isolate are two very different types of cannabis concentrate. Live resin contains a full spectrum of compounds found in live plant material, while CBD isolate is made by filtering out all other cannabinoids except for the desired one (in this case, CBD or cannabidiol). This means that live resin edibles are stronger than those made with CBD because it preserves more compounds responsible for its more powerful effects. Furthermore, CBD does not produce psychotropic effects, meaning live resin will produce a stronger ‘high’ compared to CBD isolate.
To summarize, live resin is one of the most potent forms of cannabis concentrate available and has many advantages over other types of marijuana-based products. It contains a full spectrum of compounds found in live plants and produces a stronger effect than other products. When used responsibly, live resin can be an excellent way to experience the effects of cannabis in its purest form.
Live resin stands out from other concentrates due to its exceptionally high terpene levels – up to five times higher. This remarkable concentration of flavor and fragrance comes at an additional cost, compared to other cannabis-based products, because the extraction process is more labor-intensive than traditional methods and yields less product overall.
Is live resin worth this extra cost? Ultimately, the choice is up to you and the type of user experience you prefer. For those who want a more intense flavor and aroma—or a stronger high—live resin might be worth the slightly higher price. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more economical option, then live resin may not be your best bet.
Dripp Extracts specializes in live resin concentrates
Ultimately, the final decision of which cannabis-based product to purchase is yours, of course. While live resin is slightly more expensive than other products, its potency and concentrated effects may be worth the additional cost for some consumers. Before purchasing live resin, we recommend researching different types of cannabis-based concentrates to decide which one best suits your needs.
Fortunately, Dripp Extracts boasts some of the most knowledgeable and experienced live resin experts in the industry. We are here to help you make an informed decision and provide the highest quality customer service to answer any of your questions or concerns. For more information on our wide range of marijuana-based products—or to learn why live resin edibles are stronger and tastier compared to most of their alternatives— contact Dripp Extracts today.