Resin is the sticky, brown substance which can be found all over marijuana flower. They’re excreted through trichomes, so marijuana strains which are high in trichomes often produce higher levels of resin. Resin is where you’ll find most of the THC in marijuana. In other words, it’s the part which gives you marijuana’s potent psychoactive effects.

In nature in general, resin is defined as a sticky, flammable, organic substance that is insoluble in water and exuded by some trees and other plants, such as fir and pine.

What’s Live Resin?

live resin

Not to be confused with regular resin, Live Resin is a highly potent kind of cannabis concentrate involving a complicated extraction process. Before Live Resin can be extracted, marijuana buds are frozen to retain the cannabinoid and terpenoid content. It comes in a soft and pliable amber form, making it easy to scoop up and use in a vaporizer, add to a joint or use with a dab rig.

Live Resin is extracted from these frozen plants using specialist lab equipment, resulting in one of the strongest concentrates on the market. The benefit of Live Resin is that it retains much more of the cannabinoids and terpenes than other kinds of concentrates. Not only are these concentrates incredibly strong, but they also pack a ton of flavor.

Products that are tagged as live resins can often differ in viscosity, ranging anywhere between saps to jellies, butters, sugars and even more solid shatters. While terpene concentration can play an effect on viscosity, oftentimes products are mechanically modified post-extraction, such as when viscous saps are “whipped” into butters.            

3 Ways that Weed Resin is Used

For people that prefer to use weed resin, there are a few different methods. However, you’ll notice that each method has some serious drawbacks – that’s due largely to several of resin’s less than desirable properties:

1. Joint

joint with resin

Because a resin joint is far more compact and slow-burning than a traditional joint, don’t expect good airflow or a steady supply of quality smoke.

2. Vaporizer


Resin requires a very high temperature to burn, much higher than standard THC, so your vaporizer will be under serious demand – you’ll run the risk of putting your pricey device under damaging stress.

3. Pipe

marijuana pipe

A pipe can slightly decrease the harshness of the resin smoke, but you still won’t be experiencing the smooth, relaxing clouds that you would with quality flower.


Resin is an overall pleasurable consumption procedure. Cannabis consumers who focus on terpenes and their medical efficacy gravitate toward live resin because it preserves the terpene profile of the plant. Other processes, such as CO2 and BHO, typically result in the loss of many or most of the terpenes because of the heat involved.