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Live resin is a form of cannabis concentrate that is created using methods that require freshly cropped cannabis that is frozen to subzero temperatures prior to extraction. Specifically, the buds used for live resin cannot be cured, as the curing and drying process allows for the degradation of many precious terpenes and cannabinoids. This creates an end product or concentrates that retains the true terpene profile of each individual strain, preserving the original flavours and aromas associated with each strain or phenotype. Elite Elevation offers live resin as one of their AAAA+ top of the line concentrates that range from shatter, Terp Diamonds and even straight-up Terp Sauce. Not only does Elite Elevation Live Resin present more robust flavours, or intricate terpene profiles, it also offers a more psychoactive and full-spectrum experience through the interactions of specific terpenes with cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.
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What is Live Resin?
Live resin is a cannabis concentrate that gets its name from the freshness of the cannabis plant from which it’s made. Unlike the majority of cannabis products, Live resin extract is made from plant material that hasn’t been dried or cured. The starting plant material used for live resin includes fresh flower buds and sugar leaves; the large fan leaves and stems are excluded. The flash-freezing process helps preserve the most desirable compounds and retain the full flavour of the originating cannabis plant. Concentrate enthusiasts tend to gravitate toward live resin for its more flavorful and aromatic dabbing experience.
When producing live resin, the primary goal is to capture the massive essence and aroma of the live cannabis plant. Products extracted using the live resin process — flash-freezing the cannabis plant material, then extracting it — are associated with high-quality and flavorful concentrates. Bypassing the typical drying and curing processes allows for a greater proportion of essential oils. These essential oils, technically called terpenes, are the compounds responsible for the distinctive flavours and aromas in cannabis, and other characteristics to be expressed in the final product.
How do we consume Live Resin?
You consume Live Resin by “dabbing.” Dabbing uses a particular type of water pipe called a dab rig, or simply “rig,” as well as a flat bowl called a nail. Nails are produced from materials that can withstand higher temperatures than glass bowls used for smoking flower.
For live resin, use a dabber with a spoon-shaped tip, as opposed to a flat-tipped dabber that’s used for most other extracts. To take a dab, preheat the nail with a gas-powered torch — typically butane. The temperature of your nail is important. A nail that’s too hot means you may be combusting the delicious flavour and positive effects. A nail that’s too cold means you’re not vaporizing your live resin or not activating the cannabinoids or terpenes adequately. The optimal temperature range for dabbing live resin is between 315 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit (about 157 to 204 degrees Celsius). It’s recommended to err on the side of caution and heat your nail toward the lower end of that range to really maximize the flavour potential of your live resin.
Once the nail reaches the correct temperature, turn off the torch and safely set it aside. Use the spoon-style dabber to drop your live resin onto the nail. When the live resin comes in contact with the hot nail, the extract quickly vaporizes. As the vapour emerges from the nail, inhale through an opening on the opposite end of the rig.
Live resin can also be sprinkled on a packed bowl of flowers in a glass pipe or wrapped around a joint or blunt. The combination of the cured flower and live resin extract gives you a heightened experienced, as well as a flavour with extra zest.