Live Resin Concentrate are often name or describe by their textures or consistencies: some are hard and brittle, like shatter; some waxy, and some like sauce.
Live resin is a more malleable concentrate, sitting somewhere between a wax and a sauce—not quite like taffy yet not too wet.
It is typically yellow in color but can vary from light yellow to white. Like all cannabis concentrates, it is extremely sticky, so you’ll need a dab tool to handle it.
Live resins tend to be potent with a lot of THC, and consumers love it because of its intense flavors and aromas which carry over from the original plant.
How to make live resin
Live resin distinguishes itself from other types of cannabis concentrates because it is created with fresh frozen
cannabis—plants that are frozen immediately after being cut down at harvest.
These plants are kept frozen throughout the extraction process and skip the drying, curing, and trimming phases
The drying and curing processes that cannabis plants usually go through can have a devastating impact on terpenes,
the plant’s flavor and aroma compounds.
Terpenes are present in trichomes, which cover buds and surrounding foliage.
During drying and curing, moisture and chlorophyll leave the plant. This can expose trichomes to heat,
oxygen, and light, all of which can degrade terpenes.
Trichomes also tend to break off of a plant as it is handle and move around during harvesting.
By freezing the plant immediately after harvest, trichomes are preserve and the cannabis plant retains its valuable
terpene profile, original flavor, and fragrance throughout the extraction process and into the final product.
After harvesting, frozen plants are put through a solvent extraction process, using butane, propane, or another solvent.