What is Cannabis Live Resin?

Photo Credit: Whaxy

Photo Credit: Whaxy

As consumers of cannabis, it is important for medical marijuana patients to truly understand what they are putting into their bodies. Medical marijuana can come in many forms, whether it remains plant material, is juiced into a liquid, or reduced to a concentrate. Each form possesses different properties, some beneficial and some with a downside. Whaxy dives in to analyze the many different aspects of live resin concentrates.

Cannabis concentrates come in a variety of forms (kief, pressed hash, Butane Hash Oil, Budder, Wax, Shatter, Glass, and CO2 Oil), but one thing they have in common is their method of ingestion. Concentrates are generally vaporized and not smoked, which is a preferred method of inhaling cannabis because it allows for rapid onset of medical benefits with reduced harm to the lungs. 

Now, the newest development of cannabis concentrates comes in the form of live resin, which Whaxy describes as a "method for extracting the resin-bearing trichomes of the plant, it promises to make available to users a cleaner, more potent, and even more flavorful spin on concentrates." The method involves flash freezing freshly harvested plants using professional laboratory equipment that cryogenically freezes the plant at low temperatures. This process allows for more complete cannabinoid and terpene profiles to be frozen, which offers patients a product with higher medical efficacy. Research suggests terpene profiles degrade over time or are destroyed in many extraction processes, so by flash freezing the plant material, live resin is able to capture more complete terpene profiles. 

As with any form of medical marijuana, live resin is not perfect; there are downsides. Live resin is relatively rare and difficult to produce in comparison with other concentrates. The product can't be made at home, so patients are required to buy it from manufacturers or dispensaries at a pretty high price. Because of live resin's potency, consumers should be careful when using it to avoid overconsumption or getting "too high."

The high potency of live resin is just a warning to use the substance with caution, but it should not be seen as a negative downside. Whaxy says, "For patients suffering chronic pain or nausea, this instant relief and dramatically decreased smoking burden are a welcome sign of the future of cannabinoid and terpene consumption... Concentrates like live resin offer the ability for those with busy schedules suffering from severe pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, migraine headaches, epilepsy, and other severe conditions to efficiently medicate, gaining quick relief."

Whaxy goes into full detail, further looking into what live resin is, its benefits and downsides, and the promise it has for patients. Read the full article to learn more here.