The big debate
What’s on your dabber? We’re kicking off the first post in our education series with a quick write up about the differences between live resin and live rosin.
LIVE RESIN: An extract created using whole plant fresh frozen and hydrocarbons like butane. The ‘live’ in live resin means that the starting material is harvested and placed directly into freezers without drying or curing. The resin is then chemically separated from the plant using a variety of hydrocarbons. After this, the hydrocarbons are purged from the resin and sometimes cured to crystallize to varying degrees. The results of this process creates dry crumbles to wet sauces with big diamonds and everything in between. One of live resin’s key differences from live rosin is the fact that it’s shelf-stable at room temperature. More on this below…
LIVE ROSIN: An extract created using whole plant fresh frozen, ice water, heat, and gravity. This process utilizes icy water as the solvent in place of hydrocarbons. Instead of chemically separating the resin from the plant, icy water mechanically separates the whole resin glands without dissolving the outer cell wall. Once the heads are separated, the resulting ‘water hash’ is placed in filtered bags and pressed between two warm plates to burst the heads and extract the resin. The end product can be served fresh off the press or cured to create a wide range of consistencies. Live rosin is a lot less stable at room temperature than live resin. Cold cure has mitigated this issue to some degree, but it can still dry out over long periods of time. We keep all of our live rosin refrigerated at all times just to be safe.
Why is most live rosin so expensive? The list could go on for paragraphs… but here are the two main reasons. Live rosin requires you to grow really clean resin from the get-go. The starting material needs to be top-notch. Live rosin is also an extremely low-yield product in comparison to its hydrocarbon counterpart.
Just a few things to keep in mind when you’re buying your next gram!
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