For the cannabis connoisseurs, plus the novice cannabis users, you’ve probably heard about live rosin, and how it’s become so popular.
In this article, we will examine the different kinds of rosin, which are regular rosin and live rosin, as well as the other types of concentrates such as resin, live resin, wax/oils.
Cannabis consumers can grow very confused, as was I when doing my research. There is plenty of content comparing one concentrate to another, ways they are made, live versus not live, resin versus rosin, and more!
There is no need to feel overwhelmed because I will break it down for you.
Let’s start with four basic cannabis concentrates.
We have resin, live resin, rosin, and live rosin – which is the emphasis of the article. Let’s explain the differences without going into so much detail that you come away confused and not knowing what to purchase.
By the way, if you’re not sure how to smoke concentrates, don’t worry, we’ve got it covered.
Resin vs Rosin
Basic Resin (usually referred to as Resin)
Also called weed tar and/or reclaim. I’m referring to the black tar-like substance that sits on the bottom of your water pipe, bowl, or dab rig, after smoking. It was smoked back during the Woodstock days of the 1960s (and probably your high school days where it was a bit more difficult to get weed), but nowadays, it is rarely used.
It is hard to get “high” when consuming resin because it doesn’t contain much THC, compared to other preparations.
I do not recommend anyone smoke cannabis resin. Because it contains ash and tar, unlike other cannabis preparations, and is, therefore, impure. There can be harmful cannabis resin side effects, such as headache, severe sore throat, and difficulty breathing.
Recently, live resin has gained much popularity. It contains the word “resin” because it involves the resin extracted from the cannabis plant. It has nothing to do with the substance described above, besides the fact that it also comes from a cannabis plant.
Live resin concentrates are produced with the use of solvents, such as ethanol, butane, and carbon dioxide. What makes live resin different from the other concentrates such as wax and oil, is the use of freshly frozen bud during processing. The harvested bud leaves are immediately frozen and sent out for processing; thus, they are sometimes referred to as “fresh frozen flowers.”
Using this fresh frozen flower enables the product to retain more of the terpenes, compared to other hydrocarbon extracts that use dried and processed cannabis. Terpenes, also referred to as terpenoids and terps, are the naturally occurring chemical compounds that make certain strains of cannabis smell or taste different from others. It essentially gives the cannabis strain its aroma and scent. Since more of the terpenes are retained, it creates a much more pleasurable user experience, compared to the other hydrocarbon-based oils/waxes.
Rosin & Live Rosin
There are two types of rosin: rosin and live rosin.
Rosin and live rosin differ from live resin, and other concentrates such as wax/oils, in that they are solvent-less concentrates. This means that rosin is a natural and pure concentrate, produced using heat and pressure, instead of hydrocarbons (solvents) used in resin and other waxes/oils.
So how do rosin and live rosin differ? Live rosin, like live resin but unlike regular rosin, uses fresh frozen flower (bud). The other versions, that are not live, use flower that is dried and processed.
So, as you can see above, there are differences among the four types. For the purposes of this paper, we will stick to our discussion of live rosin.
So, if you’re still with me I’ll summarize: waxes, oils, and live resin use chemicals to produce the extract. Rosin is more natural, in that no chemicals are used to produce the extract. When we see the word “live,” we know that fresh frozen bud was used to make the extract.
The Popularity of Live Rosin
Live rosin is well known as the “top-shelf” concentrate available, due to its potent aromas. There are also many positives, such as being safer to produce (since there are no solvents involved), higher potency, and already mentioned, more aroma for the user.
Since there are no chemicals in live rosin, there are many ways it can be consumed, such as with edibles, water pipes, vaporizers, etc.
Since live flowers are used, some consumers claim to experience the marvelous aroma and flavors, that were present at harvest.
Live rosin also contains more terpenes than live resin, since there is no chemical extraction.
So, why would you pick live rosin over live resin, if both are using fresh frozen flowers? The answer is that since chemicals are not used on the live rosin, it is a more natural concentrate. If you’ve noticed the trend anywhere you go, especially in supermarkets, everyone wants products and produce labeled “fresh” or “no chemicals added.” From the surging popularity of organic food, which is made naturally, to the continued popularity of American Spirit cigarettes, which have no added chemicals, there is a remarkable consumer trend for something that feels more fresh, natural, and wholesome.
Consider the analogy that live rosin is to live resin, as organic food is to regular food that uses chemicals. Given the trend that everyone wants what is natural, we can see the popularity of live rosin.
With such high demand, live rosin tends to be more expensive than live resin.
What are the prices of live resin?
Well, it varies, but the general prices are listed below.
Prices on Rosin
Live resin is sold for $50 to $120 per gram (gm) and can be purchased in 1 gm or ½ gm containers.
Live rosin also ranges from $50 to $120 per gm, but it tends to generally be more expensive, than live resin.
It is sold in ½ gm, 1gm, and even up to 8 gm at once – see the rosin specials on our website.
These prices, for live rosin and live resin, are much more compared to the $10 to $20 for basic wax and shatter (a cannabis extract that has a translucent appearance, as if it could be “shattered” like glass).