In 2013, the grower William Finger and the extraction expert Jason Emo teamed up to revolutionize the cannabis world: they extracted the aroma and taste of freshly-harvested weed. Their research result is Live Resin, a high concentration liquid that preserves the essence of fresh cannabis flowers, their cannabinoids, and terpenes.
Because this is a relatively new cannabis form, many users stills don’t know how to use it properly. But don’t worry, we got you! This article will teach you how to smoke live resin so you can enjoy the tasty effects of this precious concentrate.
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Best Way to Smoke Live Resin
Live Resin is a highly concentrated cannabis extract whose aspect, color, and texture reminds us of honey. Its fluidity has earned it the nickname of “sauce.” And honey, or sauce, is not something we easily imagine smoking. So, how to smoke live resin sauce?
There are many forms of smoking concentrates: the classic oil or dab rig, the dab pen, nectar collectors, and e-nails. This style of inhaling cannabinoids is also called dabbing and is considered the best way of smoking it. You can also use a multipurpose vaporizer to smoke a concentrate or apply a light coat on your joints or bowls for something extra.
Rigs, pens, and other devices use high temperatures to vaporize the concentrates so you can inhale the smoke. However, too high temperatures can ruin the flavors and aromas from the resin, and low temperatures will fail to activate the cannabinoids in there, so the ideal temperature to enjoy them better can be tricky to find.
Remember that the care you give to your resin is crucial for your future enjoyment. Keep it in a cool, dark, and dry place. Additionally, store the container with its lid in an upside position and try to use silicone containers since resin sticks to glass, and you will not be able to use it all.
Your refrigerator is the ideal place to store live resin since it will keep it fresh and preserve its terpenes and cannabinoid for a longer time.
While a dab rig may look quite similar to a glass bong, its material is way more resistant. The flat-bottomed bowl that will receive the live resin, its nail, has to withstand higher temperatures than a bong, so we need it to be safe for use.
To light the nail, using a butane torch will do the work safely, but you need to achieve a specific temperature range, between 315°F and 400°F. If you overheat the nail, you will damage the cannabinoid molecules, and if you don’t heat it enough, the terpenes and cannabinoids will not activate properly.
Practice makes perfect, so you will learn to get the middle ground and make the most of your smoking session through thorough experimentation.
Live Resin Cartridges
Cartridges are portable, easy to use, and allow you to experiment with different strains and presentations. Already pre-filled cartridges, like our Delta-8 THC one, are a desirable option for people on the go.
To use a cartridge, you only need to attach it to a specialized battery or a suitable device. The battery will provide the necessary heat to vaporize the resin, and you will be able to inhale it without any fuss.
The workings of a dab pen are very similar to those of a regular vape pen, minus the toxic effects of nicotine. Use a spoon-shaped dabber to deposit a drop of live resin inside the pen’s coil receptacle and fire away! Dab pens are an excellent option for smoking live resin since the temperature control comes pre-programmed, and the internal heater minimizes the burn risk from handling torches.
The inspiration for these fantastic devices comes from the tongues of bees and butterflies. The nectar collector works in the same way that the hollow proboscis of these nectar-eating insects sucks the inner chalices of flowers. Drop a bit of resin in the collector container with the dabber tool. After heating the tip of the collector with a torch, submerge it into the liquid and inhale.
These versions of the classic nail of the oil rig use an external electronic device to heat it instead of the butane torch. Electronic nails, or e-nails, are safer to use than regular ones and have better temperature control.
Despite being easier to use, we do not recommend it to beginners learning how to smoke live resin since they can be expensive and cumbersome. Moreover, e-nails need a connection into an electric outlet to work, so what they gain in safety and precision, they lose in portability.
Vaping and Topping
After this review of dabbing devices, the inevitable question remains: Can I use other methods to smoke live resin? The answer is yes. With minor temperature adjustments, you can use multipurpose vaping pens to smoke live resin. The downside is that this concentrate sticks too much to the vaping chamber and can be too difficult to clean.
You can also use your live resin as a seasoning for dry herb smoking. Sprinkle your joint or blunt with a layer of resin and smoke it as always. If you prefer smoking on a bong or pipe, fill the bowl with your selected ground strain and top it with a drop of live resin. The effects of this combination can be powerful enough to knock you out, so if this is your first time, start slow and keep an eye on your dosing.
Difference Between Live Resin and Rosin
Live resin vs. live rosin, what is the difference? While the live resin is a cannabis concentrate, rosin is one of the many processes used to extract concentrates from cannabis. In this case, manufacturers use hot plates to apply high pressure on the plant material and let it ooze out oil.
Rosin is considered one of the purest extraction methods since it does not use any solvents, and the process gives us oil that will get more processing done, turning it into shatter, wax, and other concentrates.
Other methods are BHO, PHO, CO2. Butane Hash Oil (BHO) and Propane Hash Oil (PHO). While BHO gives a variety of textures in the resulting concentrate, PHO gives out almost always a buttery resin. Most of the commercial pre-filled cartridges are processed using CO2, which many consider a cleaner method.
Can You Eat Live Resin?
Not every cannabis concentrate is apt for human ingestion, and this is effectively the case for live resin. If you try to eat it, the acidic forms of the cannabinoids, THCA and CBDA will not have a noticeable effect on you, and you would have wasted some expensive resin for nothing. If you are looking for edible extracts, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) might be what you need. RSO is a concentrate whose primary use is for ingestion, although you can also smoke it.
Cooking is an entirely different matter. You can add a dab of live resin to your oil, butter, or ghee and use it to cook your daily meals or drop it directly into the mix to obtain some tasty edibles. The heat of the cooking process will activate the acid cannabinoids and turn them into molecules that our bodies know how to absorb.
Furthermore, Rosin extracts, which result from treatment with heat, do not need to be cooked again, so you can add them to cold preparations and still enjoy their effects.
Can You Put Live Resin in a Cartridge?
The design of most commercial cartridges points to the use of cannabis oil. However, live resin works perfectly fine with them. You can even get refillable cartridges which you can use with both oil and live resin.