Live Resin is a Superior Cannabis Concentrate
A cannabis dispensary offers a selection of cannabis concentrates that can stupify the novice cannabis user. Terms such as live resin, full-spectrum, and whole plant cannabis have subtle differences in meaning but can alter the consumer experience greatly. Understanding that there are differences in the quality and composition of different cannabis categories is the first step towards finding the ideal product. In particular, full-spectrum live resin concentrates are one such category rising in popularity due to the unique benefits they have to offer.
Traditional concentrates can end up being inferior to full-spectrum live resin concentrates because the extraction process used in their formulation typically requires a dry plant product. Many of the terpenes and therapeutic cannabis compounds can be destroyed in this drying process. Consequently, the consumer may not experience the full benefits offered by the synergistic interplay of compounds found in a particular strain. This research-backed concept is known as the Entourage Effect and supports the idea that all of these compounds come together to create a therapeutic effect that is greater than the sum of its isolated compounds alone.
It’s all in the Extraction
What sets live cannabis concentrate products apart from other concentrates is the way they are prepared. The live resin extraction process maintains the integrity of the terpene and cannabinoid profiles of the live plant. Keeping the plant structure intact is a benefit to any consumer seeking therapeutic results.
The live resin extraction method first originated in Colorado. Live resin concentrates are known for their high terpene levels, resulting in products with distinctively strong aromas. The live resin extraction process involves freezing fresh bud and processing it at a very low temperature. This technique leaves the terpenes behind so that they are able to interact with the cannabinoids, ultimately providing a much richer experience overall.
Live resin comes in a variety of different product types related to their respective viscosities. Sauce, sap, butter, wax, sugar, and shatter are all examples of live resin products that can be found at your local dispensary. These sticky, golden substances can be vaporized using oil cartridges or dab rigs, or they can mixed with regular flower for a more potent smoking experience. Even though live resin has the capacity to maintain the terpene profile of the cannabis plant, it is only as good as the marijuana it begins with. In addition, some live resin manufacturers preserve particular terpenes while letting the rest go to waste.
Full-Spectrum Live Resin Products for the Win
Full-spectrum extracts are one subset of live resin products that contain all of the terpenes and cannabinoids a particular strain has to offer. Full-spectrum products are extracted using the raw trichomes of the cannabis plant. Trichomes are tiny, glassy, bead-like formations on the cannabis bud. These resinous deposits are where terpenes and cannabinoids reside. Furthermore, utilizing them in their raw form maintains the whole composition of the plant. The full-spectrum extraction process separates these cannabis compounds from fats and lipids, leaving behind an ultra-clean medicinal arsenal of intact compounds.
Some full-spectrum products are produced using dry plant material, which can result in the loss of some terpenes. These products will be labeled full-spectrum whole-plant concentrates and are not to be confused with full-spectrum live resin concentrates.
Understanding that cannabis concentrates go through different extraction processes is an initial step towards knowing what to look for at your local dispensary. Finding products that celebrate the cannabis plant in its entirety is the goal. These will be labeled with the words live resin or full-spectrum. When in doubt, your budtender is always available to explain the nuances of each, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them for guidance.
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