Live Resin Cannabis Concentrates and Why They’re Delicious

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Written by Cara Wietstock

The aroma of a flowering cannabis plant is distinct, to say the least. It is a smell that engulfs certain neighborhoods of San Francisco at certain times of the year. But from the process of removing the buds from the plant to sale, there are phases that can alter these groovy, amazing aromas. Live resin cannabis concentrates are next level at locking these aromas into a final product cannabis concentrate.

Live resin concentrates date back to 2011-2013. A small group of Colorado extractors and growers pioneered a specialized BHO extractor capable of maintaining the low temperatures necessary to keep the product flash frozen through the extraction process. Among these concentrate pioneers was EmoTek Labs founder “Giddy Up” and “Kind Bill”.

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Live Resin Basics

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Cannabis concentrates are categorized as live resin if they are manufactured from freshly harvested cannabis that has been frozen to subcritical temperatures prior to and throughout the extraction process. Other extraction processes differ because the cannabis plants are harvested, dried, and cured before the extraction takes place. 

When cannabis is dried and cured the terpenes in the flower are often damaged. This damage translates directly into muting the flavor and even medicinal properties of the flowers. Exposure to heat, oxygen, physical agitation and light all degrade terpenes in the processes described above. When extracting live resin the flash frozen flower is kept frozen to preserve this terpene profile that blossoms within the plant’s trichomes. This is different from the usual extractions since it generally tests with higher terpenes. They create a more robust aroma and more complex terpene profiles. There is also a more prominent psychoactive experience after dabbing live resin extractions due to the synergistic interactions between terpenes and cannabinoids.

There is a lot of value in extractions that have good flavor and aroma. Live resin concentrates seem like the most obvious way to cash in on that value. These concentrates can come in all types of viscosities, but it is always easy to smell the difference.

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About the author

Cara Wietstock

Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the plant have brought her to Terpenes and Testing magazine. She now helps keep us on the cutting edge of scientific cannabis discovery as the Editor-in-Chief of the print publication.

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