March 15, 2018

Live Rosin v. Live Resin

March 15, 2018
Image of vapor from live rosin or live resin.

As legal medical and recreational (adult-use) marijuana markets expand across the country, a wide array of cannabis products have emerged and increased in availability. While cannabis enthusiasts are thrilled, many new cannabis consumers are left confused with the product variance and option paralysis. Cannabis concentrates such as live resin and live rosin have dramatically increased in popularity, but what is the difference between resin and rosin? Can one letter represent such a significant contrast? Find out what sets these two concentrates apart by reading our breakdown. 

It's difficult (making live resin) like the diamonds seen in this picture here from your home.

When comparing live resin vs. rosin, there are many similarities, as well as significant differences. Both marijuana concentrates are extracted from the cannabis plant using extreme temperatures, yet it is the extraction process that varies between the two. Rosin is extracted using heat and pressure without a solvent, while live resin is extracted cryogenically using the solvent, butane, and temperatures below -292° F. As you can imagine, creating cannabis rosin under such conditions requires a sophisticated laboratory with highly trained professionals.

What Is Live Rosin?

(Live rosin) is a cannabis concentrate extracted from fresh, frozen cannabis.

Live rosin is a cannabis concentrate extracted from fresh, frozen marijuana flowers or trim. If you’re wondering how to make live rosin, ice wax must be made first, then it must be dried and pressed using a live rosin press. Interestingly, a hair straightener can be used to make rosin, but it can’t be used to make live rosin because the heat would cause the water in the frozen cannabis flowers to boil. Live Rosin is often preferable to other concentrates among cannabis consumers as it preserves terpenes which give cannabis strains their individual aroma and flavor. 

How is Live Resin Made?

The live resin process involves freezing newly harvested marijuana plants in a lab to extract concentrated THC. This extracted cannabis material is called (live resin).

Live resin is one of the latest forms of cannabis concentrates available in legal markets. Newly harvested plants are frozen below -292°F, and concentrated THC is extracted from the plants using a live resin press and the solvent butane, which is later removed for safety and health measures. Because of the added difficulty from the solvent and the expensive laboratory equipment required to properly extract live resin, you should avoid using DIY methods of creating this terpene-rich, cannabis concentrate.  

Is Live Resin Worth It?

While it's more expensive, (live resin) is worth the cost because it more accurately reflects the flavor and aroma of the cannabis strain of which it was extracted compared to rosin and (live rosin).

Live resin is certainly worth its cost. While it’s more expensive than other concentrates, it reflects the most accurate taste and aroma of the cannabis strain from which it was extracted due to preserving the cannabis plant’s terpenes. Live resin extraction requires lab production and trained technicians which drive up live resin prices, but they also enable this cannabis concentrate to be flavorful and extremely potent as well as crafted by experts. You don’t necessarily need to learn how to make live resin because its extraction process can be dangerous and requires a lab and trained professionals. 

Can You Make Rosin with Fresh Bud?

Rosin THC can be extracted from fresh cannabis buds as long as the bud is cured and dried. Rosin is versatile and can be made from hash, kief, or cannabis flower (buds). Rosin production doesn’t require a solvent, so it can be safely produced at home by pressing your dry marijuana flowers with a hair straightener. Some California dispensaries are even offering on-site presses for consumers to make their own rosin as well. Whether you make kief rosin or cannabis flower rosin, your results will be the same: a highly potent cannabis concentrate.   

How Much Terpenes To Add To Rosin?

To insure (Rosin potency), a single drop of cannabis terpenes should be applied to each gram of rosin concentrate.

Generally speaking, you should add a single drop of cannabis terpenes per gram of rosin cannabis concentrate. This will increase the rosin price as you will need to purchase the terpenes. However, the addition of terpenes will dramatically increase the rosin concentrate’s flavor and aroma as well as creating a more vivid and viscous texture, which will allow for easy vaping. 

Rosin Benefits

Rosin has several benefits including the absence of butane during rosin production.
  • Rosin won’t have residual solvents like butane.
  • Rosin is safer to produce than butane extractions such as live resin.
  • The process to make rosin is simple.
  • Producing rosin is cheap.
  • Rosin is a significantly more potent form of pot compared to cannabis flower.
  • Rosin is versatile. 

Rosin vs. resin, which is better? That is the question. Now that pot is legal in over half of the United States, cannabis connoisseurs will no longer resort to frantically scraping that smelly black mass, formerly known as “resin,” out of their favorite smoking device when out of weed. Only properly processed cannabis concentrates loaded with significant amounts of THC should be labeled as resin from now on.       

Live Rosin Vs. Live Resin FAQs

Is live resin better than distillate?

While distillate usually has a higher THC content than live resin, it does not mean it will necessarily produce a stronger high. Unlike distillate, live resin retains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant in the final product which combine to make a more potent effect. Distillate, however, is preferred when making edibles because the THC has already been activated, or converted from THCA, when heated during the production process. The cannabis in edibles must be heated prior to infusion in order for consumers to feel the effects of the THC. 

Is rosin better than shatter?

If rosin and shatter are made correctly, there won’t be much difference in potency or THC content. However, shatter production and consumption can be more dangerous than rosin because shatter requires the solvent, butane. Butane is flammable and can cause explosions during shatter production, and residual butane not properly removed can cause health problems for consumers. 

How much is a gram of rosin?

Depending on regional pricing, a gram of rosin is usually between $40-$55, with an average of $45 nationwide. Rosin generally costs about $5-$10 more than shatter or wax. Unlike rosin, Shatter utilizes butane, a chemical solvent, in its extraction process which makes it more costly.  

Is live resin the same as wax?

Live resin vs wax? They are significantly different. Because live resin is produced without decarboxylating the cannabis with heat, the resulting concentrate retains a fuller terpene profile than wax which uses heat in its production. Terpenes create the cannabis plant’s flavor and aroma; therefore, live resin concentrates will produce a taste and smell more like the cannabis strain in which it was extracted compared to wax. 


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