Live Resin vs Live Rosin: What’s the Difference?

With so many different forms of concentrates to choose from, keeping track of them all can be difficult. One area that seems to confuse many dispensary customers is the difference between live resin and live rosin.

What is live resin? What is live rosin? These are questions that we hear quite often from our customers. While these two concentrates are quite similar, they differ from one another in a few key areas, and you may actually find that you prefer one over the other.

Here’s a quick breakdown of these two concentrates, the true meaning of “live,” and the difference between resin and rosin.

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What’s The Deal With ‘Live’?

Before we break down just what is live resin and what is live rosin, it’s probably a good idea to talk about what ‘live’ actually means. After all, resin and rosin are two concentrates that you may also find without ‘live’ attached to their names.

After harvest, the majority of cannabis flower undergoes a curing process that dries it out to facilitate smoking or vaping. Unfortunately, this curing process also results in the loss and degradation of terpenes, the compounds responsible for giving cannabis its flavor and aroma, as well as contributing to its overall therapeutic value.

Live extracts are made from “fresh-frozen” cannabis, meaning flower that has been frozen within 24-48 hours after harvest—omitting the curing process entirely. Fresh-freezing preserves the plant’s terpenes at their highest concentration and prevents their degradation, which ensures that the concentrate will have the maximum amount of flavor and aroma. Live material also gives customers the chance to experience terpene profiles that they normally could not with its dried counterpart, as many delicate terpenes are lost or degraded in the curing process.

live resin vs live rosin

What is Live Resin?

Live resin is simply a concentrate that has been extracted from fresh-frozen cannabis flower with a solvent, most commonly propane or butane (referred to as “hydrocarbon” extraction). Live resin extracted with propane or butane will normally have a translucent yellow color, a soft and sticky consistency (hence the term “resin”), and a pungent aroma that quickly fills the room. If you’re looking for a superbly flavorful and aromatic concentrate, you simply can’t go wrong with live resin.

What is Live Rosin?

Live rosin is a concentrate that has been produced without a solvent, via compressing “live bubble hash” (trichomes harvested from fresh-frozen flower) with a pneumatic or hydraulic press. Many cannabis consumers prefer rosin because it uses only heat and pressure for extraction, leaving the terpene content unaltered by solvents and guaranteed to be free from chemical residues. Live rosin can have many different colors and consistencies—it simply depends on the quality of the plant material, and the method the extractor used to press it.

live resin vs live rosin

Live Resin vs Live Rosin: Which to choose?

The biggest difference between the two is the extraction method used to produce them, which can result in varying consistencies, terpene levels, and aesthetics.

Live rosin is also very labor intensive to produce, and it’s extraction method has a much lower yield when compared to live resin. That translates to a higher price point for consumers, with a gram of live rosin being, on average, $20-$30 more expensive.

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No matter what kind of cannabis concentrate you’re looking for, there’s a pretty good chance we’ve got it. Stop by today or check out our online menu to shop a wide variety of resin and rosin cannabis concentrates to delight you!