What Is Live Resin?
There is one key difference between live resin dabs and traditional dabs: The standard stuff is made from cannabis bud that has been dried, cured, and ground, while live resin is made from freshly harvested marijuana flower.
Made with fresh bud, Live Resin is more flavorsome and rich in terpenes than other forms of concentrates.
At a more scientific, biological level, the difference is all about terpenes. These are a form of hydrocarbon found in many trees and flowering plants, especially cannabis, and they give the drug its distinctive tastes and odors.
What makes live resin superior?
Live resin contains a more pleasing terpene profile than cured bud because the curing process removes so-called monoterpenes while boosting sesquiterpenes. These complementary chemicals give cannabis is multi-layered aromas: Monoterpenes create light, “fresh” aromas, while sesquiterpenes generate heavier flavors such as pepper and hops.
That means live resin dabs offer a fresher, more flavorsome experience than traditional dabs. An analysis by High Times magazine found live resin contains about 2 percent more monoterpenes than standard oil but 11 percent less sesquiterpenes.
While some concentrate makers swear by live resin as medication, there is less evidence that it gets users any higher than other forms of hash oil. Freezing weed does not increase its THC or other cannabinoid levels, and THC concentration is the only factor in marijuana potency.