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What is Live Resin Concentrate?

Live resin is a marijuana concentrate that is created by flash freezing buds at harvest, rather than passing heat through them.

What’s the Difference Between Live Resin and Other Concentrates?

In addition to freezing bud to make live resin, this process of making this concentrate begins before the buds are dried and cured. This helps keep the valuable terpenes intact. It’s this increase in terpenes that also makes live resin different than other cannabis concentrates. These terpenes give the buds a more potent aroma and a higher, more complex terpene profile.

Terpenes interact with cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. Due to this, live resin can also increase the psychoactive component of the buds. That means consuming this concentrate will give you a better and more intense high. Terpenes are also known for their therapeutic content, which means consuming them in concentrated form could also bring more of the medicinal benefits you’re looking for.

Live resin is made very differently than other cannabis concentrates. However, it’s really the fact that terpenes entirely coat the buds that make it different than any other concentrate.

Where did Live Resin Come From?

how to make live resinLive resin is becoming more popular on the market today. However, it hasn’t been around for that long. The concentrate was created some time between 2011 and 2013. A small group of growers in Colorado decided to create concentrate using a fresh frozen method instead of dried and cured.

Using their inspiration, they created a special butane extractor. The device was not only an extraction machine, but could also drop to subzero temperatures. Using their new contraption, they began creating resin that was much more similar to the chemical profile of the plant. From that time, live resin was born.

How to Make Live Resin

Venture into any dispensary today and you’ll find the price of live resin is very expensive. This is because it’s incredibly difficult to make. Only trained and skilled technicians can do it. It also requires equipment that can drop to astoundingly low temperatures. Home freezers, even chest freezers, cannot reach these lows. You should never attempt to make live resin at home.

The extraction process begins as soon as the plant is harvested and cut down. At this time, stems and buds are typically hung to dry. When creating live resin though, this is not done. That is because at this time, the plant starts to lose its terpenes immediately. From the time the plant is harvested to the time is cured and ready for consumption, it can lose up to 60 percent of its terpenes.

It’s at this point that the buds are frozen. That is not an easy task.

live resin and terp sauce During the freezing process, the glands that make terpenes and cannabinoids become very delicate. If the plant isn’t handled very carefully, it can damage them as they turn brittle. Cannabis plants are also very big, so the process requires a lot of freezer space. This is particularly true when you consider that you’ll have to move the buds in and out without breaking them.

Once the buds are frozen, they also contain much more water. It’s because of this that they need sub below temperatures to extract the live resin. Butane is still the chemical used to extract the plant’s live resin. With this concentrate, that butane must be between -20 and -50 degrees Fahrenheit. That is much colder than home freezers can typically reach.

Butane presents a problem, too. It becomes slightly water-soluble at room temperature. That means, unless it’s forced out it will remain in the concentrate. This creates a potentially hazardous product to consume. To get it out, it must be forced out using heat or cold.

To do this when making live resin, the temperatures must be reduced to zero, or below zero. This will make the butane and other toxins water-insoluble. The toxins will simply leach out of the concentrate. Once that happens, the product will be much cleaner, much safer, and taste and smell much better.

Live resin is extracted using a closed-loop extraction system. These are very expensive machines that cost tens of thousands of dollars. They also require specialized equipment that takes a certain know-how to operate. The closed-loop system will set the temperature of the butane between -20 and -50 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s then passed through the fresh frozen buds.

While the buds are in the chamber, the butane is passed through them, extracting the cannabinoids and terpenes as it does. At this point, the extracted liquid butane contains the cannabinoids and terpenes you want. It then enters another chamber. In this second chamber, the lipids, fats, and waxes are removed from the liquid. This helps to purify the concentrate.

The last step of the process is to remove the butane from the concentrate. To do this the liquid is passed into one last chamber. This is known as the collection chamber. Here, light heat will be applied so the butane can boil off. Once that occurs, the concentrate is safe to use.

How to Store Live Resin

You can store live resin in the same manner you store other concentrates, and even your cannabis buds. Simply place it in a sealed, airtight container and try to keep it in a cool place. Unlike cannabis buds, if you need to store live resin for an extended period of time, you can keep it in the refrigerator.

Live resin is increasing in popularity, and it’s not hard to see why. With this concentrate, you’ll get a final product that smells better, tastes better, and delivers a better high. Due to the fact that the extraction process is extremely complicated, this particular concentrate is a little pricier than others. Once you try it though, you’ll see that it’s well worth the added cost. This is particularly true since it is impossible to make on your own at home. So, find a strain with intoxicating terpenes, and then start looking for a live resin made from it.

MSNL Team / 21st June 2019

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