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What is Live Resin?

What is Live Resin?

What is Live Resin? The legalization of medicinal and recreational Cannabis has brought to light many tricks and techniques that were previously hidden in the shadows as tightly guarded trade secrets. As larger segments of society have begun to accept the medicinal and recreational value of this special plant, so too has it begun to get a more comprehensive glimpse of the science of cannabis.


The vibrant and burgeoning cannabis industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade in this new climate of acceptance and entrepreneurship. New methods of consumption have been developed as the technology advanced ( vaping, dabbing, beverages) In concert with these new methods of consumption amazing new products have risen to the fore ( c02 oil, rosin, diamonds etc)

Now at the cutting edge of technological and scientific advancements in the industry, a new product has emerged…That product is Live Resin!


But what is Live Resin? How is it made? How does it relate to other concentrates like shatter, rosin and bubble hash and how can you ingest it. In this blog, Canada Wide Weed will get the bottom of the question: What is Live Resin?


Live Resin is a concentrate just like Rosin, Pheonix Tears and C02 Oil, that has substantially more Terpenes then other Cannabis products. Terpenes are essentially the oils produced by the Cannabis plant that give each strain its signature taste and smell. They’re produced by the same glads as the cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBG so theirs all sorts of beautiful crystals the plant produces.


To date over 100 terpenes have been identified, just like fingerprints, each one is different and as you become more familiar with the scents you’ll notice they tend to signify certain characteristics that given stain will exhibit. Some common examples of Terpenes found in Cannabis are:

  • Limonene
  • Myrcene
  • Alpha-Pinene
  • Beta-Pinene
  • Delta 3 Carene
  • Alpha Bisabolol
  • Linalool
  • Borneol
  • Caryophyllene
  • Eucalyptol
  • Terpineol
  • Cineole


Each one is different and as you become more familiar with the scents you’ll notice they tend to signify certain characteristics that given stain will exhibit. For instance, Limonene of often present in high concentrations in energetic and euphoric strains like Super Silver Haze, whereas Morecene is often present in more medicinal strains like Rock Star.

How is Live Resin Made?

Live Resin is extracted from fresh or flash-frozen Cannabis right after harvesting the plant material. That’s where the ” Live ” part of the name comes from. In general, concentrates are all made from Weed that’s been harvested, dried and cured normally. Just like the buds you would roll a joint with. Because Live Resin is produced without that doing process the resulting concentrate is able to capture the terpene profile and other compounds more accurately. The result is a bouquet of aromas and flavours and medicinal effects you’ll of never experienced with more typical extractions. If you’ve ever smelled a live Cannabis plant you’ll know just how intoxicating those aromas can be. awards the end of the flowering cycle I’ll spend house with my mature plants truly just appreciating how beautiful and impressive they are in every dimension.


Live Resin cannot be made at home without very specialized equipment. Whereas concentrates like Phoenix Tears only require basic equipment, safety precautions and large amounts of weed, Live Resin requires very specialized and often dangerous equipment that’s operated under high pressure, and this type of process should be left to people that know what they’re doing. I’ve heard stories of high-pressure tubes flying off high end closed loop extractors and nearly killing the tech that had the bad luck of being in the room at the time.

For Live Resin, the closed-loop extractors work by introducing the solvent ( c02, butane, isopropyl alcohol) under deep pressure then massively cooling it dow- like to cryogenic temperature levels of – 30 to -50 Celsius  ( think Austin Powers). The cold liquid solvent is then passed through the fresh frozen cannabis material in the chamber, its here that the solvent bonds with the terpenes, cannabinoids and other compounds and extracts hem from the plant material and fibres.

The solvent now contains all of the desirable compounds that we want to enjoy. From here it passes to the de-wax chamber that will remove all of the fats, lipids and wax. These are important to remove before human consumption and you definitely don’t want to be inhaling them.

Finally, the solvent is purged/boiled off. When that process is complete you’re left with a concentrated oil filled with Cannabinoids and delicious aromatic and medicinal terpenes.

The solvent then returns to the storage chamber where its ready for the next extraction ( hence the closed-loop)

Live Resin vs Shatter


By this point, most cannabis consumers are at least vaguely familiar with Shatter and its intense, concentrated effects. I took my first dab slightly after high school graduation. Living out in the Suburbs my friends and decided to venture into the big city on a warm summer day. We were visiting the great seed and head shops of queen west and by chance stumbled into a head shop with a new invention ( to us ) primed and ready to go on the counter. After a friendly chat with the owner and going over our big plans for the day he offered a hit off his new ” Rig” To this day all I can recall was taking my hit and then having to sit on the floor of the shop for what seemed like an eternity, the owners two Rottweilers kept me company as I sat there, in a complete Haze. Shatter and Rosin have been some of the most potent concentrates diehard consumers have been able to access for the last decade. At this point, the pros are able to extract 100% Cannabinoid concentrates using specialized methods.

The main difference between Live Resin and Shatter is that with Live Resin, the intention is to preserve as many of those unadulterated terpenes as possible so you can really savour their delicate aromas and flavours. As a result, the concentration of Cannabinoids won’t be quite as high, but still strong enough for all but the most diehard Dab Heads. We’re generally seeing THC concentrations around the 75% mark with around 9 % Terpenes.


How to smoke Live Resin

The best way to truly enjoy Live Resin is using specialized tools like Dab Rigs and multi-function vaporizers. You could also add it to a joint or on top of a bong but you’re not really going to enjoy all the incredible flavours that way, and as I just mentioned, with Live Resin, it’s all about the aromas and flavours.