Cannabis concentrates are more popular than ever, everywhere you look there are new cannabis companies that are promoting new extractions for making the increasingly superior cannabis concentrates. Recently, two of the most popular are live resin and THC distillate. Of course, the search for potent cannabis concentrate products can be a little bit overwhelming.
Concentrates will give you all the effects of cannabis that you have come to know and love but in a far more concentrated and highly potent form. So, what is the difference between live resin and distillate? How are they similar and how are they different? Find out through this information post, and from our online dispensary.
Live Resin and Distillate Explained
Both live resin and distillate are potent concentrates extracted from cannabis. They both have an appearance similar to oil, but there are some distinct differences. First, we should start by identifying them both.
Cannabis live resin is derived from freshly squeezing the juice from the whole cannabis plant. Live resin refers to the freshness of the cannabis from which it is made. It is fresh because it is flash-frozen right at the moment of harvest.
Flash freezing at the point of harvest preserves the THC and other cannabinoids. It also preserves the terpenes to the degree that you’d find in a full-spectrum concentrate, adding flavour and aroma. Many feel that live resin provides more flavour than other concentrates. In addition to being made from the entire plant, there are some specific preparations that need to be adhered to for the product to be able to be considered live resin, like the flash-freezing process and the evaporation of the ethanol.
As the name indicates, the extraction process includes distillation. The cannabinoid is turned into an odourless distillate that produces potent effects. This distillate is either a pure isolated THC or CBD.
Unlike live resin, there is no holistic effect that results from the combination of various cannabinoids and terpenes, referred to as the “entourage effect,” just pure THC or CBD. Terpenes are added once the pure oil is tested for THC or CBD content.
Extraction is one of the main distinctions between live resin and distillates. Extraction is the process of removing cannabis compounds from plant matter. With live resin, the flash-freezing process is used to retain all that will be extracted from the plant. To extract live resin cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBN, and terpenes from the plant matter, a solvent like ethanol is used. Since a vacuum and not heat removes the ethanol via evaporation, the live resin will have a lower THC level than distillates because of the lack of heat, preventing the decarboxylation process. Live resin will, however, retain the entourage effect.
A distillate is created when THC is extracted from cannabis using heat and solvent. The non-THC cannabinoids are removed by decarboxylation. For this reason, distillates are then enriched, or the terpenes and other flavours are added back in. Because the distillate has gone through decarboxylation it can now be used in edibles, tinctures, and vape pens.
So, both live resin and distillates are made from extracting cannabinoids and are both very potent. But they contain very different components in very different ratios.