What is Live Resin?
Live resin is a cannabis concentrate that gets its name from the freshness of the cannabis plant from which it’s made. Unlike the majority of cannabis products, Live resin extract is made from plant material that hasn’t been dried or cured. The starting plant material used for live resin includes fresh flower buds and sugar leaves; the large fan leaves and stems are excluded. The flash-freezing process helps preserve the most desirable compounds and retain the full flavor of the originating cannabis plant. Concentrate enthusiasts tend to gravitate toward live resin for its more flavorful and aromatic dabbing experience.
Ways to Consume Live Resin
You can consume Live Resin by “dabbing.” Dabbing uses a particular type of water pipe called a dab rig, or simply “rig,” as well as a flat bowl called a nail. Nails are produced from materials that can withstand higher temperatures than glass bowls used for smoking flower.
For live resin, use a dabber with a spoon-shaped tip, as opposed to a flat-tipped dabber that’s used for most other extracts. To take a dab, preheat the nail with a gas-powered torch — typically butane. The temperature of your nail is important. A nail that’s too hot means you may be combusting the delicious flavor and positive effects. A nail that’s too cold means you’re not vaporizing your live resin or not activating the cannabinoids or terpenes adequately. The optimal temperature range for dabbing live resin is between 315 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit (about 157 to 204 degrees Celsius). It’s recommended to err on the side of caution and heat your nail toward the lower end of that range to really maximize the flavor potential of your live resin.
Once the nail reaches the correct temperature, turn off the torch and safely set it aside. Use the spoon-style dabber to drop your live resin onto the nail. When the live resin comes in contact with the hot nail, the extract quickly vaporizes. As the vapor emerges from the nail, inhale through an opening on the opposite end of the rig.
Live resin can also be sprinkled on a packed bowl of flower in a glass pipe or wrapped around a joint or blunt. The combination of cured flower and live resin extract gives you a heightened experienced, as well as a flavor with extra zest.