What is Live Rosin and How Does it Compare to Rosin?
Rosin is the term used to describe the extraction process which creates a concentrate that is similar to shatter.
The concentrate is made using heat and pressure and it is easy for people to do this at home as a DIY project. Rosin can be made with flower, or with hash and kief, and it is a solvent-free concentrate. Many people prefer it to shatter or wax, because the presence of residual solvent in these concentrates can sometimes change the flavor, taste and quality.
What is Live Rosin?
Live rosin will not have any butane, propane or alcohol left in it, so it will taste much better, and there is no need to worry about the potential impact that solvents may have on your health. Rosin is extracted from dried flower, kief or hash. In contrast, live rosin is extracted from a fresh flower, or a frozen flower that was not dried or cured. This means that it will have monoterpenes in it.
There are many who believe that live rosin has a much better taste because it is so fresh, and that’s the key to the question “what is live rosin”?
The monoterpenes have a strong flavor attached to them. In addition, live rosin has a more grainy, wax-like texture, which can make it a little harder to work with. Those who prefer live rosin believe that it is worth the trouble, however, because it gives a clean high. In addition, since there is already excess liquid in the cannabis, there is no need to add solvents. Live rosin can cost between $20 and $70 per gram because it is more complicated to make. The price will depend on the strain and the area you live in. It is fairly easy to make rosin for yourself, but making live rosin is a little more complicated.
Live Rosin is a New Concept
Historically, you could get rosin, or resin, and there was something called live resin but no such thing as live rosin. Manufacturing techniques both evolve, though, and now the definition of live has been expanded to include any materials which have been frozen after harvest to preserve the terpenes. When live rosin is made properly and filtered, it can come out at 75-85 percent cannabinoid, and 4-15 percent turpenes, with minimal pesticides, and no solvents cluttering up the mix.
Full melt extracts have always been popular, but live rosin takes the benefits of a full melt hash and adds to it by making it lighter in colour (so more visually appealing), and by ensuring that you’re getting the best hash with the freshest turpenes. If you are going to buy it rather than try to make it yourself, try to choose a source that is known to be reliable. Many makers will provide lab testing at each stage (flower, sift and rosin) to show that the product that they are selling is safe, that it has the potency that you would expect, and that it is full of flavour.