Live resin is a type of concentrate produced from cannabis plants that are flash frozen after harvest. Learn why live resin is so beloved by enthusiasts.

What Is Live Resin? Processing + Benefits

As the cannabis industry evolves, so does the range of products and methods of consumption available. Due to recent innovations in extraction techniques, live resin has become a popular choice for cannabis enthusiasts.

At SunMed Growers, we pride ourselves on our top-notch sun grown cannabis, and we’re always developing new ways to bring our products to consumers. As a result, we’re proud to deliver live resin products that feature the robust aromatics, potency, and flavor of our cannabis flower. 

In this guide, learn more about live resin and why it’s becoming a standout among cannabis concentrates.

What Is Live Resin?

Live resin is a type of cannabis concentrate produced from fresh, uncured cannabis plants that are flash frozen after harvest to subcritical temperatures. Next, the plants undergo a specialized extraction process that uses solvents like butane or propane. These solvents are then purged, leaving behind golden live resin concentrates.

The immediate freezing method used for creating live resin preserves a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes that can otherwise degrade during the drying and curing process. This results in a product that captures the essence of the live cannabis plant, delivering unmatched flavor and potency.

Three live resin carts from SunMed Labs

Why Is It Called Live Resin?

The name "live resin" originates from the method used to create this concentrate. Unlike other concentrates that utilize dried and cured cannabis plants, live resin harnesses the essence of the "live" or fresh plant. By freezing the plant immediately after harvest, the concentrate retains the vibrancy, aroma, and flavor of a living cannabis plant.

In other words, the name “live resin” underscores this preservation method’s ability to maintain the plant's original terpene profile as well as the broader spectrum of cannabinoids, offering users a complex, well-rounded, and potent cannabis experience. 

How Is Live Resin Different from Other Cannabis Concentrates?

Live resin distinguishes itself from other cannabis concentrates primarily due to its production process. While most concentrates are derived from dried and cured cannabis plants, live resin is produced from fresh plants that are frozen immediately post-harvest. This instantaneous freezing retains a broader spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids, resulting in a product that embodies the full aromatics and flavor of the cannabis flower.

In addition to its unique production, live resin often has a more viscous, sap-like consistency, making it stand out in texture compared to the more solid or crumbly nature of other concentrates. The heightened terpene content in live resin not only provides a richer flavor profile but also contributes to the "entourage effect," where various cannabis compounds work synergistically, enhancing the overall experience for the user.

What Are the Benefits of Live Resin?

  • Higher Terpene Content: Live resin boasts a higher terpene content compared to other concentrates. Terpenes are responsible for the distinct aromas and flavors in cannabis.

  • Enhanced Flavor and Aroma: Due to its richer terpene profile, live resin offers a more flavorful and aromatic experience versus other concentrates, allowing users to savor the essence of the cannabis strain used in production.

  • Versatility in Products: Live resin is a versatile concentrate, making it a popular choice for various cannabis products. It can be incorporated into vapes, dabs, and even edibles, giving consumers a range of options for consumption.

  • Potency: Often, live resin may possess a higher potency than some other concentrates. The preservation of a wider range of cannabinoids and terpenes can amplify the effects, delivering a powerful experience for users.

live resin infused preroll from SunMed Labs

Different Types of Live Resin

Live resin, with its rich spectrum of flavors and effects, can be found in various forms, each offering a unique experience. As extraction techniques evolve and the cannabis market grows, we see an expansion in the types of live resin available. Read on to learn more about different forms of live resin.

Live Resin Sugar

Live Resin Sugar is a form of live resin known for its granulated, sugar-like texture. This consistency is a result of the crystallization of the cannabinoids within the concentrate, forming small, sugary structures amidst the terpene-rich liquid. 

Live resin sugar encapsulates both the potency of the cannabinoids and the aromatic essence of the terpenes, offering users a balanced and flavorful dabbing experience. At SunMed Growers, we produce high-quality Live Resin Sugar made with 100% pure, full-spectrum oil sourced from our sun grown flower.

Live Resin Batter

Live Resin Batter has a creamy, whipped texture reminiscent of cake batter. This consistency is achieved through a meticulous extraction process that ensures a harmonious blend of cannabinoids and terpenes. The result is a smooth, spreadable concentrate that offers an intensely flavorful experience. 

SunMed Growers' Live Resin Batter is crafted with precision to capture the full profile of each cannabis strain used to develop this delicious concentrate. For those who prioritize both texture and taste in their cannabis experience, live resin batter is an excellent choice. 

wedding cake live resin batter from SunMed Labs

How to Use Live Resin

Here are some of the ways to enjoy live resin:

  • Vaping: For those who prefer a smoke-free experience, live resin can be vaped. Ensure you have a vaporizer that is compatible with concentrates. Once loaded, the device heats the live resin just enough to release its potent vapors without combustion, providing a smooth inhalation.

  • Dabbing: Dabbing is a popular method to consume live resin. To dab, you'll need a dab rig, which is a specific type of smoking device. Using a dab tool, take a small amount of live resin and apply it to the heated surface of the rig. Inhale the vaporized concentrate for an intense and immediate effect.

  • Edibles: For those who want a longer-lasting experience, live resin can be incorporated into edibles. Simply mix the live resin with the other ingredients in your recipe. Whether it's brownies, gummies, or any other treat, the addition of live resin can elevate the potency and flavor of your edible.

Remember, regardless of your chosen consumption method, always start with a small amount, especially if you're new to live resin. If you’re used to smoking cannabis flower, the potency of live resin can be pretty intense, so be sure to begin with a small dose.

Live Resin FAQs

Is Live Resin Better than Other Cannabis Concentrates? 

While it’s hard to say what’s "better" without knowing what you prefer (since everyone’s tastes are different), nevertheless what makes live resin distinct is its production from fresh, frozen cannabis plants, which preserves a broader terpene and cannabinoid profile. This results in a richer flavor and aroma compared to some other concentrates. 

How Potent Is Live Resin? 

Live resin is often considered one of the more potent cannabis concentrates due to its preservation of a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes. However, potency can vary based on the strain and production process. It's always a good idea to check the product's lab-tested cannabinoid profile for specific potency details.

Can I Make My Own Live Resin? 

Producing live resin requires specialized equipment and expertise, as it involves extracting compounds from fresh, frozen cannabis and using solvents like butane or propane. While it's technically possible for an individual to make their own, it's definitely not recommended due to the potential for inconsistent and unsafe results. 

If solvents used in the extraction process are not completely removed, the product is dangerous. As a result, you should leave the creation of live resin to the experts and make sure you always purchase live resin from a reputable seller who tests their products for quality and safety.

How Do I Store Live Resin? 

To maintain its potency, flavor, and consistency, live resin should be stored in an airtight container, away from direct light and heat. Many enthusiasts prefer to store it in the refrigerator, which can help preserve its terpene profile and overall quality.

How Is Live Resin Made?

Immediately after harvest, the cannabis is frozen to preserve its terpene and cannabinoid profile. The frozen plants are then subjected to extraction using methods like butane hash oil (BHO) or carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction. Once the desired compounds are extracted, the product undergoes a purging process to remove any remaining solvents, resulting in a pure and potent live resin concentrate.

Try Live Resin from SunMed Growers

All of SunMed’s Live Resin products begin with a single strain of our sun grown flower, immediately frozen after harvest to preserve the bud’s terpenes and cannabinoids. Our dedication to quality ensures that you enjoy the vibrant flavors, aromas, and effects that only the freshest cannabis can provide. 

Discover the difference for yourself! Find SunMed’s live resin products at a dispensary near you.