Live Resin Extracts
Cannabis consumption isn’t as simple as it used to be. It’s no longer just about getting your pipe or papers ready and grabbing your lighter. Now there are dozens of new THC products on the market and almost as many new ways to consume them. If you find the new world of cannabis terms and products to be confusing, you’re not alone. In order to take advantage of the new generation of cannabis products, some education is necessary — and that’s where we can help.
Desert Extracts was established as a way to offer cannabis enthusiasts with high-potency products that are prized for their quality and safety, ensuring an elevated experience and a clean high. Live resin concentrates are our specialty, and once you try them, you’ll notice the difference. But what if you’re new to cannabis concentrates, especially live resin extracts? No worries — we’ll explain what live resin is, how it’s made, and what makes this type of concentrate so special.
What is Live Resin?
People have been smoking marijuana for thousands of years, so why is there all of a sudden the influx of new products and consumption methods? The answer is evolution. This doesn’t mean that marijuana plants have magically morphed into some of the new favorite substances like sugar, wax, and shatter, it means that the entire marijuana industry has evolved by applying science to this long-running pastime and prized natural medicine.
Marijuana isn’t just for smoking anymore, and there is an increasing number of benefits that are now being recognized beyond the well-known chill factor. In order to capture and optimize these benefits, scientists have been working to create better, more effective cannabis products, and live resin extracts are one of them.
Live resin extracts are a type of cannabis concentrate that are prized for their high level of terpene content. Compared to other extracts and concentrates, live resin preserves more of the terpene content found in the fresh plant through a unique freezing and extraction process. Because of the chemistry and highly specialized equipment needed, it’s more difficult and more expensive for manufacturers to make.
Benefits of Live Resin Extracts
- Contains More of the Complete Plant
- Higher Concentration of Terpenes
- More Complex, Fuller Flavor
- Stronger Aroma
- Captures the Complete Chemical Profile
- Improved Therapeutic Benefits
- Increased Synergistic Effect
It’s All About the Terpenes
If the point of live resin extracts is to preserve terpene content, you might be wondering, “What are terpenes, and why do we want more of them?” Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give cannabis plants their distinctive flavors and aromas. Just like a fingerprint, each plant has its own unique combination of terpenes. When you consider that there are over 100 different kinds of terpenes, and there are many factors that determine how they develop within a particular plant, you can start to see how the possibilities for variation could be endless.
While many people are familiar with the cannabis compounds of THC and CBD, there isn’t as much familiarity with terpenes. However, terpenes are thought to have a significant impact on the therapeutic use of cannabis. In essence, different types of terpenes are thought to be responsible for having different medicinal benefits such as pain relief, relief from anxiety, depression, and even epilepsy.
In addition to the numerous proposed medicinal benefits terpenes have on their own, it is also suggested that terpenes and other cannabinoids like THC and CBD work together synergistically, actually magnifying the effects of the individual components.
When Did Live Resin First Appear on the Market?
If you’ve never heard of live resin extract, or just learned of it recently, there’s a good reason why. Live resin manufacturing originated less than 10 years ago in a small lab in Colorado. Since then, they have become much more accessible and have gained a loyal following from those who desire more from their cannabis experience.
How is Live Resin Made?
The process of making live resin is what makes it so special. Unlike growing and harvesting your own plants, extracting live resin requires a great deal of knowledge and specialized equipment — it’s not something you can just plan to make in your own home after reading a quick start guide and watching a YouTube video. Since terpene preservation is the key focus of live resin extraction, each step of the process is designed to maintain every part of the plant and avoid damage or degradation as much as possible.
The process of making the live resin starts with freshly harvested cannabis. This is where the similarities between live resin and other concentrates end. Traditional concentrates allow the plant to go through a drying and curing process which has a significant impact on the degradation of terpenes. With live resin extraction, however, only fresh, uncured plants are used. Because live resin extraction starts with fresh plants that haven’t been subjected to drying and heat, there will be less terpene loss.
Once the plants are harvested, it’s critical to process them as quickly as possible. If plants are allowed to sit for extended periods, moisture can accumulate, plants can dry out, or they can be exposed to excess light and heat. All of these things are bad for finished product quality and for preserving terpenes. That’s why during the process of making live resin extracts the freshly harvested cannabis is flash-frozen to subcritical temperatures almost immediately after harvesting. Freezing not only stops the metabolic processes but it allows for maximum retention of all of the desirable components of a plant.
Once the plants are frozen, they are ready for the extraction process. Again, in an effort to retain maximum terpene content, chilled solvents are used to extract the live resin. Extraction is performed with specialized equipment, and butane is often used as the solvent. It starts by passing the solvent into the first tank where it is pushed through the plant materials under pressure. This extracts the desirable components (THC, CBD, terpenes, and other cannabinoids) and leaves behind nothing but spent plant materials.
The next, and final step is the distillation process. During this stage, the solvent containing the concentrate is passed through yet another chamber that purifies the solution, removing unwanted fats and waxes, leaving behind just a pure, concentrated oil. This step is vital for giving live resin extracts their full flavor and aroma while eliminating any of the unwanted elements that can negatively affect your experience.
Live resin extraction employs scientific concepts and processes to create the highest quality end product possible. Great care is taken to protect the plants from exposure to heat, oxygen, and light — factors that all play a role in the degradation of terpenes. While terpene content and variety will vary from plant to plant, the process of live resin extraction is one way to ensure the existing terpene content is preserved.
Concentrates vs. Extracts
In the current world of cannabis consumption, there are dozens of products, terms, and jargon that wasn’t around even 10 years ago, and the market for new and higher-quality items continues to expand. Therefore, it’s not surprising that many people are confused about what it means when someone refers to cannabis concentrates or cannabis extracts. These terms are often used interchangeably. But are they really the same?
Concentrates refer to any number of products that are made from cannabis and processed into a concentrated form. That means products like vape oil, dabs, CBD oil, capsules, tinctures, wax, sugar, and shatter are all types of concentrates. But not all concentrates are extracts.
Extracts take the process one step further. Instead of just concentrating everything in the cannabis plant, which can result in both desirable and undesirable products in the finished concentrate, extraction is a type of concentrate whereby the most desirable components are pulled out of the plant through a chemical process and then the chemical extract is refined. Extraction gives consumers a concentrated version of everything they want while removing the chemicals that they don’t want.
How is Live Resin Different From Other Concentrates?
You can find cannabis concentrates in many forms: sugar, shatter, crumble, butter, wax, and so forth, but not all concentrates are made with live resin. This means that when you purchase concentrates made through the traditional drying, curing, and extraction process, you’ll likely be getting a product that contains a lower terpene content. For cannabis enthusiasts who value flavor and aroma, they could be missing out — since it’s the terpenes that give different cannabis products their unique sensory qualities. Even more critical is the possibility of getting a product that isn’t as potent in both the amount of total terpene content and the overall effectiveness as a result of reduced synergies between terpenes and other cannabinoids.
If you’re looking for a supreme experience and potential to capture the most therapeutic benefits, live resin extract is the way to go.
How Live Resin is Used
The number of cannabis-based products on the market has exploded over the past decade. Before the turn of the millennium, smoking was the preferred method — primarily because there were few, if any, alternatives. All of that changed roughly five to 10 years ago when there was a shift to cannabis concentrates and extracts. Now, these products are widely available in a variety of forms.
Like other concentrates, live resin extracts can vary by viscosity, thereby creating products that can be used for different types of consumption. Now you can find live resin extracts available as sugars, shatter, butters, jellies, and crumble, to name just a few. If you’re interested in enjoying a more elevated experience that is closest to consuming the pure essence of the plant, try any one of the products made with live resin extract.
Why Choose Live Resin Extracts Over Smoking Bud
If you’ve been a longtime supporter of good, old-fashioned bud in its traditional, smokable form, you might be curious why so many people are switching to these new products. After all, cannabis and simplicity seem to go hand in hand — so why make it more complicated than it needs to be?
While you can certainly choose to keep smoking that unrefined bud, we want to warn you that you could be missing out. Live resin extracts provide a clean, intense experience that you just can’t get with traditional smoking. Because the desirable ingredients have been extracted and concentrated, you’ll be able to get a stronger effect with less product and it will take less time to achieve the desired outcome.
Not only will you enjoy an increase in desired effects, but you’ll also notice a decrease in some of those unwanted side effects. This is because live resin extracts go through a distilling process, removing the undesirable components like certain fats and waxes. With an end product that is clean and refined, you’ll enjoy distinct flavors and aromas and a smooth inhale when vaping.
Why Choose Slow Burn Concentrates
If you own a dispensary in Oklahoma and you’d like to offer the highest-quality live resin extracts to your customers, contact Desert Extracts. We work with dispensaries all over the state and would like to be your trusted source for the extracts that cannabis customers ask for by name. Our Slow Burn concentrates are known for providing a consistent and potent experience for consumers looking for a safe way to tap into the power of mother nature.
Desert Extracts doesn’t just source Slow Burn, we manufacture it in our own facility. This allows us to maintain strict control over the extraction process and the finished quality of our products. If you want to provide your customers with one of the most popular products available, contact Desert Extracts to find out how you can stock our product in your dispensary.
Looking to source more exceptional products for your store? Desert Extracts also has an exclusive agreement with award-winning cannabis-infused topicals from Mary Jane’s Medicinals of Colorado. Mary Jane’s Medicinals are made by hand in small batches and use only the highest-quality organic ingredients. Their THC-containing topicals are non-psychoactive but have been shown to be very effective for pain management, relaxation, and healing of injuries.
Do you have additional questions about Desert Extracts or any of the Slow Burn or Mary Jane’s Medicinals products we sell? Contact us today and we will be happy to answer your questions or explain how you can become a retail source of our products.