At this point, the average cannabis consumer who has been to a few dispensaries is familiar with the term BHO. Despite this, products extracted with BHO range in their names. From wax to shatter, batter to crumble; cannabis extracts go by many names. The most recent extract to make headlines is referred to as Live Resin. Since live resin is also extracted using BHO, many consumers ask themselves, “What’s the difference?”.
Live resin is extracted using the usual butane equipment and methods. The product differs from the usual butane extraction in the start product. Live resin is extracted using fresh, frozen cannabis flowers before they’re dried or cured. That gives the end product, or live resin, a more robust, bountiful terpene content which makes it attractive to those who prefer to dab. Every day that flowers are cured and dried they lose terpene content. Live resin was first extracted with this in mind, giving the extractor flowers freshly plucked from the plant.
Connoisseurs and new dabbers all agree that live resin packs a more flavorful punch than a BHO extraction pulled with dried, cured flowers. It was recently discovered that BHO extracted from cured flowers contains 2% fewer monoterpenes than live resin extracts. Monoterpenes are said to be more fruity; flavors that are commonly associated with live resins.
This type of cannabis extraction also creates a more saucy type of wax, sometimes referred to as ‘terp sauce’. It is usually a very bright, golden color with more of a gooey, granular consistency. This does make the extraction more difficult to handle, making it ideal for more experienced dabbers. Live resin’s flavorful profile is probably why it continues to grow in popularity with customers throughout the US.