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What Is Live Resin?

Whether you're a veteran or a newcomer to the cannabis scene, you'll likely agree that there are tons of cannabis concentrate options available on the market. With so many choices, it's understandable if you have a hard time deciding which one to go with. However, there’s one option that has been steadily gaining popularity: live resin.

What is live resin, and why is it slowly becoming the choice for many cannabis enthusiasts? Read on to learn about live resin, its benefits, how it’s made, and everything else you need to know about the popular concentrate choice.

What is Live Resin?

Live resin is a cannabis concentrate that’s made from fresh, uncured cannabis plants that are flash-frozen as soon as they’re harvested. 

This freezing process is what makes live resin stand out. Since the plant is frozen immediately after harvest, much of its natural terpene profile is preserved, resulting in a distinct aroma and flavor. It’s also a popular choice among cannabis users who prefer an intense and immediate high owing to its high THC content. 

It’s also very popular since it can be consumed in various ways, such as dabbing, vaporization (or “vaping”), or as a top-off to a joint or bowl. When used for vaporization or dabbing, it is typically heated using a device known as a dab rig or vaporizer, then inhaled as a vapor. Live resin can also be added to food and drinks to make edibles by adding it to recipes or mixing it with beverages for a potent and flavorful experience.

Benefits of Live Resin

Thinking of switching and trying out live resin? Here are some benefits to consider:

  • Live resin has a higher THC content than other concentrates, which gives a strong and immediate high.
  • Live resin is versatile and can be consumed in various ways, giving you more options to choose from based on your needs and preferences.
  • Live resin provides a richer aroma and flavor, which makes it a great choice for those looking for a more natural and flavorful experience compared to other concentrates.

How is Live Resin Made?

Immediately after harvesting the cannabis plant, it’s flash-frozen to preserve its natural terpene profile. Then, the frozen plants are extracted using solvents (such as butane or propane), heated in a vacuum oven, and refined into the final product.

What Does it Look Like?

Live resin has a unique appearance that sets it apart from other cannabis concentrates. It’s often recognizable for its golden to light yellowish appearance, similar to amber. It can be soft and sticky, like sap, or be fluid-like.

How Should You Store It?

The best way to store live resin is to keep it in an airtight container away from direct sunlight and other heat sources. Make sure the storage space is cool, dry, and at a consistent temperature. This helps prevent the terpenes from degrading, preserving its flavor and potency. We recommend storing it in a silicone or non-stick container to prevent the live resin from sticking to the sides. 

Types of Live Resin Products

Here are the many types of products live resin can be processed into.

  • Live Resin Vape

You can vape live resin by putting it inside a cartridge, attaching it to a battery, and then heating it up to vaporize it. This method offers an easy-to-use and discreet way to consume cannabis on the go. It's also easier to control the intake, allowing for precise dosing.

  • Live Resin Gummies

These are gummies infused with live resin. Live resin gummies are an easier, more discreet, and more enjoyable way to consume cannabis. Though these usually have a longer onset time, live resin gummies usually provide a longer-lasting and more intense high. 

  • Live Resin Edibles

Similar to gummies, live resin edibles are food and drinks infused with live resin. Depending on your preferences, live resin edibles may be more fun to eat and can add more flavor to the experience. 

  • Live Resin Delta 8

The combination of live resin and delta-8 THC produces a milder and more uplifting high than other concentrates, plus fewer side effects. This makes it a good choice for those who want a lighter and more manageable high. It can also be consumed in various ways (like smoking or vaping).

Live Resin Vs. Other Cannabis Concentrates

A cannabis concentrate is a potent extract of cannabis that delivers a strong and fast-acting high. Here's how live resin compares to other popular cannabis concentrates. 

  • Live resin vs. sauce

Live resin comes from flash-frozen cannabis plants, while sauce is made from separating different components of live resin.

  • Live resin vs. shatter

Live resin is processed from frozen cannabis, while shatter is made from dried and cured cannabis, resulting in a weaker aroma and flavor.

  • Live resin vs. distillate 

Live resin contains terpenes, while distillate is primarily THC and cannabinoids. The former has a fuller flavor and aroma, while distillate is more neutral.

To Sum it Up

Live resin is a type of cannabis concentrate that's made from fresh, frozen cannabis plants. It's a popular choice for many cannabis users for its richer aroma and flavor, higher level of THC, and different consumption methods. If you're looking for a unique cannabis experience, live resin is definitely worth a try.


Is a live resin high better?

It depends on your preferences. But if you're looking for a potent high with a more natural flavor and aroma, you can't go wrong with live resin.

Is live resin better for you?

Not necessarily. Live resin preserves more of its natural terpene profile compared to dried cannabis, providing a more natural cannabis experience. However, like any cannabis product, it should be consumed responsibly and in moderation.

Is live resin stronger than dabs?

Not necessarily. The strength is mostly dependent on the THC content, and live resins don't always have a higher THC content compared to other dabs.

Is live resin stronger than regular resin?

Generally speaking, live resin is stronger than regular resin since the former preserves higher levels of THC and terpenes. However, note that the potency of both live resin and regular resin varies depending on factors such as the strain of cannabis used and the specific extraction process.

What is live resin in a vape?

Live resin in a vape is just putting live resin in a vaporizer device (vape). Inside, the live resin is heated up and vaporized, which produces a vapor that can be inhaled to experience the effects of the concentrate.