Definition - What does Live Resin mean?
Live resin is a cannabis concentrate. It is manufactured using only fresh cannabis plant material. The newly harvested plants are frozen to a sub-critical temperature throughout the entire extraction process.
Generally, cannabis is allowed to dry and cure before undergoing any extraction process to obtain concentrates. However, the drying process takes a toll on the plant’s terpenes. Prolonged oxygen exposure, sunlight, physical agitation, and heat all further degrade the terpenes, but with the extraction process for live resin, the newly harvested plants are instantly frozen, which dramatically helps preserve the plant’s terpenes. The live resin keeps the aromatic fragrance of the plant and its varied flavors.
Hydrolife explains Live Resin
Live resin first saw a surge in popularity in 2011 to 2013 when growers in Colorado started to hone the process. William Fenger and EmoTek Labs founder “Giddyup” worked together to introduce live resin to the cannabis scene of Colorado.
The extraction process utilizes a BHO extractor that maintains low temperatures to cryogenically freeze the fresh cannabis. The terpene levels of live resin generally far exceed those of cured resin extracts. The enhanced flavor, smell, and high produced by the live resin’s cannabinoids and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) make it a popular choice for cannabis connoisseurs.
Many also believe that live resin offers more medicinal properties than cured resin because the plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids remain fresh and abundant.