Live resin is a concentrate, like wax or shatter, that is higher in terpenes than other cannabis material. What exactly are terpenes? Terpenes are oils secreted by the cannabis plant that give each strain its unique taste and smell.
The cool thing is that terpenes are produced by the very same glands that produce THC and CBD. So you know there’s gotta be something good going on there.
So far, more than 100 terpenes have been identified. And, like snowflakes, each one is different. Common terpenes include:
- Delta 3 Carene
- Alpha Bisabolol
Best of all, each and every one has its own distinct medicinal property. So whether you’re struggling with anxiety, cancer, depression, insomnia, nausea, lack of appetite, or some other ailment, there’s probably a terp to treat it.
Terpenes are so cool, we could do a whole article on them alone. Oh wait, we have! If you’re so inclined, you can delve into the details here while we switch our focus back to live resin.
We’ll go into this in detail in the next section, but, essentially, live resin is extracted from fresh, sometimes frozen, whole cannabis plants instead of plant material that has been decarboxylated (dried and cured). In fact, that’s where the product gets its name: the “live” in live resin refers to resin extracted from live plants.
Because live resin is processed without first decarboxylating the plant, the resulting concentrate more accurately captures the terpene profile of the living plant. This can result in better aromas, better flavors, and better medicinal effects. All good things if you ask us.
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