Live resin is a new and increasingly popular form of butane hash oil, also known as BHO. BHO is a form of extract that comes from cannabis. BHO is created by using butane to extract oils and chemicals, including THC and CBD, from cannabis flower. There are several different varieties of butane hash oil, and several different methods used to extract it from cannabis.
BHO and other concentrates are most commonly consumed using a dab rig. A dab rig usually consists of a glass water pipe and a platform upon which the dab of concentrate is placed. This platform, typically made of glass or steel, is heated with a blow torch. Once hot enough, the concentrate is placed on the platform and is combusted by the high temperature. The resulting smoke is then inhaled through the rig. On the way from the platform to the user’s mouth, the smoke often passes through water. This process cleans the smoke and reduces its temperature, making the inhalation more comfortable for the user.
Live resin is a high-quality BHO. It is considered to be the premier form of butane hash oil. The methods used to create live resin allow the resin to maintain the smell of fresh cannabis. Live resin also has a higher quality flavor profile than the average BHO.
To create live resin, marijuana is harvested from the plant and then quickly frozen. Because the cannabis is neither dried nor cured, the flavor of the plant is trapped within the frozen flower. This process produces more flavors and terpenes than the traditional method of curing cannabis does.
Live resin, like most BHOs, contains highly concentrated quantities of THC. Traditional cannabis can contain anywhere from 7-35% THC, whereas live resin can contain up to 95% THC. This means that smaller amounts of resin need to be consumed to feel the desired effects.
There are numerous health benefits that come with consuming live resin. In small amounts, live resin can relieve stress, lift moods, and cause general feelings of well-being. In higher amounts, it can cause sedative effects, perfect for curing insomnia. Some forms of live resin contain high amounts of a chemical known as CBD. CBD occurs alongside THC in cannabis plants, and it has many beneficial properties. CBD is thought to help repair muscle damage, reduce anxiety, and promote more restful sleep. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause the “high” that marijuana is known for.