Live Resin vs. Live Rosin: What Are They And How Are They Different?

by Emjay
Raw Garden Live Resin, photo by Lindsey Bartlett.

Live resin and live rosin can be hard to differentiate, but building a better understanding of different weed concentrates can help you choose your favorites. 

Live resin and live rosin involve two different processes of handling weed with slightly different end results. These two types of cannabis concentrates have different levels of THC in their final products. Live resin and live rosin are both quickly growing in popularity in cannabis markets across the country.

Let’s get into some basics.

How does THC work in your body?

First of all, the main reason why live resin and live rosin concentrates are gaining so much traction is that they retain much higher THC percentages, which means they give you a more powerful high (or, in other words, you can use a smaller amount of weed and still get a great high). 

For a little refresher, THC works by binding to and activating the cannabinoid receptors in your body. These receptors are associated with thinking, memory, coordination, pleasure, and time perception. When THC interacts with them, your cannabinoid system becomes replenished and affects the parts of your body controlled by these receptors, thus producing a high. 

The way that this high feels will be different for different people because no two peoples’ bodies and brains work in exactly the same way. This is why understanding THC content can help you have a positive experience—if you get high very easily, the high THC concentration in live resin or live rosin might be tough for you to maneuver, whereas it may be a godsend for people who require a lot of weed to get a decent high. 

Now that we have outlined the essentials when it comes to THC content, let’s talk about resin.

What is Live Resin?

Live resin essentially entails the use of butane hash oil (BHO), which may sound familiar to you… because it is used to produce dabs. That said, though live resin is still technically BHO, the difference is that live resin uses fresh cannabis flowers that have been frozen whole, making it very different from processes that use dried or cured weed. More specifically, live resin involves flash-freezing cannabis flowers shortly after they are harvested in order to maintain as much freshness as possible.

Using fresh plants in this way keeps the aroma, terpenes, and cannabinoid profile from getting lost in the curing process, thus making for a more full-flavor end result. Live resin is held in high regard because of its high terpene content. Because of its meticulous process, live resin tends to be on the pricier side of concentrates. 

To dive a little deeper into the nitty-gritty details, resin is the sap that forms naturally from the cannabis plant. Live resin is a cannabis concentrate that can be made using frozen cannabis buds.

What exactly is butane hash oil?

Depending on your level of expertise in the world of weed, you may or may not know what BHO is. Allow us to explain. Basically, butane hash oil—BHO for short—is a cannabis concentrate made by using butane oil to help extract oils from the cannabis flower. 

The result is a cannabis concentrate with an impressively high THC percentage. Most BHOs contain approximately 60-90% THC, or higher depending on the brand and its production process. Compared to the 10-25% THC content found in traditional cannabis flower, you can imagine why this method of getting high is gaining popularity. For more information about THC content and how to know what will get you highest, check out our total guide to THC.  

There are several different types of BHO, all with slightly different colors and consistencies. Live resin is just one of these types. Sap, wax, crumble, budder, pull and snap, and shatter are other BHO options, some of which are more widely available than others. You will need a vaporizer or a dab rig to enjoy it, but most BHO waxes can also be crumbled on top of a bowl or rolled into a joint. The options are endless.

BHO can be either a THC or a CBD concentrate, but this depends on the strain it was derived from, or if it was made with cannabis or hemp plants. Be sure to do your research on which type of cannabinoid you prefer. Try out as many cannabinoids on the spectrum as you can to figure out exactly what you want.

What are dabs?

We just mentioned that BHO, the category into which live resin falls, is often used for dabs. If you are new to the scene, you might want to know a little bit more about this process. 

Dabs are doses of concentrated cannabis made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids from the buds using some type of solvent (typically butane). Solventless concentrates exist, too, and are pricier still. The end result is a sticky, potent cannabis oil that only requires you to inhale a small amount in order to feel a great high.

What is Live Rosin?

Live rosin, on the other hand, is a slightly more complex process that involves making a cannabis concentrate through the use of heat and pressure. Live rosin uses freshly frozen material and allowing it to dry before going ahead and pressing it. 

The process of making live rosin requires you to make ice wax, which involves using water and ice to get the trichomes off of the weed, and then collecting it with something flat. This process helps speed up the drying out of the buds. It is also a more time-consuming process than BHO extraction.

Live rosin tends to be the most expensive product you can buy per gram, and this is because it is extremely high-quality. The production process for live rosin involves no solvents whatsoever, which is why the end result is so highly coveted when compared to live resin, which involves the use of butane. So, in short, the difference between live resin and live rosin is that live resin is made with the use of butane oil, whereas no solvents are used to produce live rosin, but it is concentrated and then pressed in a rosin press to produce the sticky sap.

High-quality live resin or live rosin will have a rich, golden color. In fact, this is one easy way to tell the quality of the product you are purchasing. Great quality live resin or rosin will be a rich golden or light yellow color, whereas poorer-quality products will be more brown or off-white.

Emjay's Live Resin Vs Live Rosin. Photo by Shelby Ireland on Unsplash.

What is the difference between cannabis extract and cannabis concentrate?

A lot of times, the terms “extract” and “concentrate” are used as one and the same, but they actually are not the same thing. All cannabis extracts are concentrates, but not all cannabis concentrates are extracts. This is because concentrates use mechanical methods of collecting trichomes from the cannabis plant whereas extracts involve using a solvent.

Thus, live resin and other forms of BHO are technically extracts, and live rosin is a concentrate. That said, both extracts and concentrates come with plenty of benefits when you use them responsibly, including relief from pain, nausea, and anxiety. Of course, you know all of this already if you are a weed enthusiast like us. 

Even though cannabis extracts and concentrates differ slightly when it comes to the production process, both types of products have very high THC concentrations, making it very important to proceed with caution regardless of which type of product you are using. A little goes a long way.

Can I make Live Resin or Live Rosin at home?

So, you want to know if you can make your own live resin or live rosin at home? Technically, the answer is yes, you can… but the process is not for beginners. 

The production process for live resin and live rosin is highly technical, and you really have to know your stuff if you want to end up with a high-quality product at the end of it all. 

If you make your own resin or rosin, the product could end up being far more concentrated than you intended. It can be a bit difficult to predict what the THC concentration will be if you do not have the right tools on hand. 

For these reasons, it is best to purchase live resin or rosin from a trusted, lab-tested seller so that it comes along with information about the THC content and recommended dosage. Nobody wants to end up riding out a bad high, so it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution.

Where can I buy high-quality Live Resin or Live Rosin?

If you are looking for a great seller, Emjay has you covered. We offer a variety of live resin products in several different flavors so you can take care of your cravings. Our Iced Lemonade Live Resin is one of the options we offer and priced at $35 a gram, it’s a great deal. It is packed with terpenes and cannabinoids, full-spectrum extracts, and full flavor for the ultimate experience. If it is live rosin that you’re in search of, try our Papaya Head Stash Live Rosin that is available for $84 a gram. 

You can also choose from our variety of vapes, prerolls, edibles, and flower if you are looking for a more complete stash, or if live resin and live rosin just aren’t really your thing. We are your one-stop-shop for all of your weed needs.

Even better, you get to have your favorite products delivered right to your door in any Los Angeles neighborhood. Weed delivery in California is 100% legal regardless of whether it is for medical or recreational purposes, and our products come from licensed dispensaries in L.A. All you have to do is enter your delivery address, choose the products you want to stock up on, and then check out and await your goodies. Deliveries happen between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., but don’t worry! If you place your order outside of these hours, you can schedule your delivery for the next day within this timeframe. Plus, delivery is free and comes with no extra costs or fees, and no product markup. Enjoy. 

Conclusion

Live resin and live rosin are two types of cannabis concentrate with very high THC percentages. Live resin is, more specifically, an extract, because the production process involves the use of a solvent in order to extract the THC and other cannabinoids from the cannabis flowers. On the other hand, live rosin is a concentrate because it uses mechanical methods of collecting trichomes, and no solvent is involved. All extracts are concentrates, but not all concentrates are extracts. 

Because of the high THC content, live resin and live rosin are not the best choices for people who are just starting to venture into the world of weed. With these kinds of products, it only takes a tiny amount in order to get a good high, which means it is also very easy to inhale too much and end up on the bad side of things. 

Although you technically can make your own live resin or live rosin at home, you should leave it to the experts in order to make sure that you are getting the highest quality product. Emjay offers a variety of flavors of live resin and live rosin so you can satisfy your cravings, and we deliver to any Los Angeles neighborhood between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., making your stash that much easier to get your hands on. If you are an expert when it comes to weed, it might be a good time for you to give cannabis concentrates a try. We hope you enjoy. 

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