When it comes to cananbis extracts, there are many forms to choose from — isolate, shatter, live resin, rosin, sugar, badder, etc. The differences between live rosin and live resin are easily confused due to their similar names and somewhat similar forms, but there are some stark contrasts between these two extracts.
Live Rosin vs Live Resin
Both live rosin and live resin are similar in their output — a potent extract that utilizes the natural resin found in the cannabis plant to create a connoisseur level concentrate experience.
Live resin, after it is extracted, is soft and pliable. It has a lovely amber color and a sugary texture, as seen below. It is incredibly potent, and it is often seen as a high-end product.
Extraction Method for Live Resin
The extraction process for live resin is complicated and requires a unique skill set. The whole plant is cryogenically frozen immediately after harvest. Later, the live resin is extracted using a light hydrocarbon solvent, like butane and/or propane, which is then removed from the finished product prior to consumption.
This process is more complex than other extractions, as it requires special cryogenic equipment as well as light hydrocarbon solvents which are highly flammable and requires special storage. We have explained the process of material preparation and how to make live resin in more detail in another article.
Live resin is beloved by cannabis and hemp experts because of its exquisite taste and color. Because of the cryogenic freezing process, the end product retains the plant’s natural terpenes and cannabinoids, which impart a strong flavor and color to the final product. It’s generally regarded as a superior product due to this flavor profile.
Live resin is the lower cost product to the end consumer. This is mainly due to the scale at which quality live resin outputs can be produced. Long lasting demand has created large scalable processes for mass producing this particular product.
When live rosin is skillfully crafted from proper material it creates an output product that rivals even the best solvent based cannabis extracts. The final consistency will be determined by how the rosin is finished. There are several variables that can be manipulated after the rosin is pressed to create the ideal consistency of your choice. Most producers will opt for the common “cold cure” finish that creates a “badder” style consistency, seen below.
Extraction Method for Live Rosin
Rosin is made by applying high heat and pressure to fresh buds, hash, or keif to release the resin from the plant. This resin contains high amounts of THC and CBD, making it a potent product.
Unlike live resin, there are no chemicals (butane) used in this process, and can be favored as a more all-natural alternative.
The taste of a live rosin product is directly related to the quality of the input material. If high quality hash is pressed utilizing the proper parameters, the output will mimic the exact aroma and flavor of the live plant in its final moments before harvest. If lower quality hash or flowers are utilized, a lower quality output product will result, ultimately diminishing the ability of the process to create a top tier level product.
Typically, live rosin is a more expensive option to the end consumer as the process requires far more labor than solvent based extracts. This, combined with the small batch artisanal style of many of the best hash brands results in a more expensive product.