What is Live Resin?

Jackie Tortello

March 16th, 2017


Whether it’s live resin wax, live resin shatter or live resin hash, marijuana smokers are always looking for a stronger, cleaner and more sustainable high. Live resin first entered the medical and recreational marijuana scene in 2011, marking a milestone that not only provides an easier way for stoners to smoke it up, but also access to pain relieving and  medical treatments.

As the story goes, William Fenger, also known as  “Kind Bill,” and EmoTek Labs founder “Giddy Up” were two of the major players that stabilized and popularized live resin within the marijuana and concentrate scene. They accomplished this major feat by creating a one-of-a-kind specialized BHO extractor capable of maintaining low temperatures required to produce live resin.

One of the largest benefits that live resin offers is the high number of terpenes found in each dose.  Terpenes contribute to the flavor and aroma of marijuana plants, making live resin one of the most desirable choices for smokers who enjoy a sweet or savory aftertaste associated with live resin dabs. According to research done at the University of Mississippi, upon curing the plants, terpenes evaporate and essential oils disappear. Besides increased flavor and aroma, a high number of terpenes can also deliver an elevated psychoactive experience since they interact with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, according to an article by Leafly.

Retaining a high level or terpenes allows the plant to hold onto some pharmacological effects. According to a report from precisionextractionsolutions.com, alpha-pinene also known as essential pine oil is the most common terpene found in marijuana plants and can be used as a bronchodilator, which can help asthmatics in the case of an attack.  Alpha- pinene also promotes alertness and memory retention by inhibiting the metabolic breakdown of acetylcholinesterase, a neurotransmitter in the brain that stimulates these cognitive effects. Precisionextractionsolutions.com also reports myrcene, another terpene present in numerous concentrates, is a sedative, a muscle relaxant, a hypnotic, a painkiller and an anti-inflammatory compound.

Another terpene found in live resin is limonene. It’s  is found in citrus and can help dissolve gallstones, improve mood, relieve heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux. In lab studies, limonene has demonstrated its powerful antimicrobial resistance by destroying breast cancer cells.

CFN media reports that high concentrations of cannabis have also been linked to treatment of opioid addiction. A percentage of people using opioids to treat chronic pain are also enduring harsh side effects like nausea, bloating, constipation, respiratory depression and increasing tolerance. By consulting treatment professionals and replacing opioids with live resin, people can improve their lifestyles and eliminate pain.

The high number of terpenes, complicated extraction method and medical benefits generally increase the price point of live resin to about $35 to $50 per gram. Live resin can’t be purchased at all dispensaries, so it’s best to check out websites and shop around to find the best option.

One of the major variables associated with live resin products is that it often varies in viscosity. This means that it can be processed into saps, sugars, jellies, butters and shatter.

Leafly also reported that when plants are being grown and prepared for live resin, they are flash frozen immediately following harvest and kept at freezing temperatures throughout the entire extraction process. This allows the flavor, fragrance and aroma of the plant to be trapped and maintained until it carries over to the final product.

Live resin represents the way advancements in cannabis can improve lives and enhance the process of getting stoned. To learn more about cannabis science, sign-up for our free newsletter using the form to the right.

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