A Little Intro into The World of Live Resin


TDLR: Live Resin is extracted from frozen flowers right after being harvested. Before curing, capture the richest terpenes and flavor profiles while maintaining maximum potency.

As the cannabis marketplace evolves, many new products are showing up on the shelf, and new things to learn. It is particularly so in the world of concentrates. It’s a daunting rabbit hole of scientific jargon surrounding cannabis, but we’re here to shine a light on the world of LIVE RESIN.

“Live resins have come quite a long way since their Colorado inception. As recently as a few years ago; they were an enigmatic and rare product only found in certain connoisseur markets at premium prices. 

As the market for cannabis concentrates continues to demand more flavorful options. It also offers a more complex experience, live resins will continue to become more available to the consumer.”

– Leafy

So what is Live Resin?

Put; live Resin comes from trichomes extracted from a frosted flower right after it is cut from a live plant. The method uses a type of BHO procedure. When the flowers are ripe with all the essential compounds and before they are cured hence the term ‘live’ Resin.

It is considered in the cannabis marketplace the bees’ knees of the concentrate world.

LIVE RESIN, why so much buzz?


The reason why Live Resin is so prized in the cannabis market is that it’s essentially getting fresh flowers in concentrated form. The smell and flavor essences are locked in via this extraction method.

Live Resin, on average, carries on a much more robust terpene concentration than traditional cured BHO extracts.

Something is being sprouted in the cannabis world regarding layering and synergistic effects created (entourage effect) not only by the chemical compounds like THC and CBD derivatives but also the terpene and flavoids. It could also explain why Live Resin extracts are such prized cannabis commodities.

Due to the high levels and quality of terpenes extracted, there’s an entourage effect when dabbed or vaped. It’s quite similar to how premium products in wine, spirits, cigars, coffees, cacao, perfumes, and tea are enjoyed. Think of the smells, the flavors, and the effects to give you an experience.

The Method

The freshest and ripe aroma profiles are preserved, and the essence is locked in by processing the flowers right after harvesting. They are kept at subzero temperatures throughout the process to ensure the essences of the trichomes have not dissipated due to heat erosion.


The Live Resin extraction method was recently pioneered in 2011 by a small group of cannabis entrepreneurs from Colorado. They were able to stabilize and capture live resin via a modified BHO extractor with low temperatures and freshly frozen flowers. A shock-freezing method. They were then able to extract the highest levels and spectrum of terpenes at zero loss in plant essences from this method.

And because the method requires laboratory equipment and expertise, Live Resin is a superior concentrate product that can sometimes demand higher tier prices.


Live Resins can vary in texture, color, and smell depending on many factors like method and cultivar.

These various textures depend on a combination of factors: the genetics processed; terpene content; purging techniques; post-extraction manipulation. 

– Alcimiaweb

They come in the following varieties:


Storing Live Resin

Store it in an airtight jar in a dark place or dark container if you intend to consume the product slowly; otherwise, a silicone container will be ideal for quick consumption. The rubbery texture of the silicon makes it easy to separate from the container.

Heat, light, moisture, and air are all factors that will degrade the quality of live Resin or any plant-based product, for that matter.

And just like your flowers, teas, coffee, and wine – you want to store your Resin so its potency and flavor essences don’t deteriorate.

Live Resin = Fresh Food

In short, you are getting the cleanest and freshest cannabis concentrate possible. There’s little to no degradation of the trichomes. Therefore, the psychoactive and terpene components are preserved and locked in from day one for superior potent enjoyment.

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