The Difference in Terpene Content Between Raw and Live Resin

Resin, whether in raw or live form, has been a long-time favorite way of consumption for cannabis connoisseurs. The main reason for this is that resin products retain a larger percentage of the total cannabis terpene content, offering a more holistic experience for the eclectic user. However, due to the delicate nature of the cannabis plant, terpenes are easy to destroy if mishandled. And this is precisely why concentrates are the optimal choice when it comes to sensitive palates: when it comes to live and raw resin all cannabinoids are perfectly preserved in the end product.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds that give different strains of marijuana their distinct smell and taste. Although they are not psychoactive like THC, they can affect the user experience through what is called the “entourage effect.” This theory claims that all cannabinoids work in synergy and that terpene content is the key to influencing the potency and taste of a particular strain. But is there a difference in the terpene content between raw and live resin?

Raw Resin Concentrates

Cannabis resin has been consumed by humans since the dawn of time. All the way from the Nepalese mountains and the arid Moroccan lands, people rubbed freshly cut cannabis buds in their hands and scraped off the sticky trichomes (not to be confused with the drykief). What remained in their hand was then consumed what is widely known as “hash.” Of course, the times have changed, and although raw cannabis resin isn’t produced that way, hash byproducts (like charas) are among the most sought after in the community.

Live Resin Concentrates

Live resin extracts are produced in a much more sophisticated way that doesn’t compare to the “primal” hand rubbing of the Moroccan or Afghani hash. Instead, live resin producers freeze the freshly cut biomass and then run it under chilled liquid butane. The whole process is practically unattainable in a home environment and specialized equipment is needed for live resin extraction. That way, the terpene and cannabinoid content comes to the user with minimal losses along the way.

So, Which One Has the Most Terpenes?

Both live and raw resin concentrates come from freshly cut cannabis plants. The fact that they have not been through the process of drying or curing means that they retain a much bigger part of their original cannabinoid content. However, neither one seems to be radically different regarding terpene concentration.

Yes, this is a story where everyone’s a winner: Research has shown that the total amount of terpenes found in raw resin extracts is very similar to live resin. However, it looks like live resin has a slightly higher concentration of monoterpenes (such as myrcene, alpha-pinene, limonene and terpinolene). But then again, only by a little!

Due to the nature of these products, there is little difference in terpene content among different types of cannabis resin extracts. However, it should be noted that the content is equally high, so they will both offer a high-quality experience to the user, depending on the occasion!

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