Where these methods differ from other extraction processes is in the amount of time harvested cannabis plants are allowed to dry and cure before the extraction.
The drying and curing process that a cannabis plant typically undergoes can have a devastating impact on terpenes, the flavorful factory molecules present within the trichomes that line virtually every corner of a mature cannabis flower and its surrounding foliage.
Technological development plays a very important role in modern cannabis cultivation. Growth lights are becoming more efficient, innovative fertilization solutions help optimize yields, and breeders are doing an excellent job of creating strains that are specifically tailored to individual needs. Even the ways in which concentrates are produced benefit from the march forward in science and technology. As we begin to understand more about cannabis and its characteristics, we discover new and interesting methods to make the most of our outbreak. This article provides information on one of these exciting new forms of concentrate: live resin.
LIVE RESIN, TERPENES, AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY
There are many different ways to extract the desired components from cannabis. When it comes to concentrates, butane hash oil (BHO) is the most common form. Live Resin Cannabis Concentrates is actually a form of BHO, but more than a connoisseur grade that focuses on maintaining a strong and pure flavor profile. Although the BHO production process is relatively simple, the production of live resin is much more complex.
Live resin is produced in a very similar way to BHO, but with a fresh, quick-frozen bud, unlike the bud that has dried and cured. Cryogenic freezing of fresh, non-dried cannabis flowers helps extract a wider range of cannabinoids and terpenes but requires highly specialized equipment.
With cured concentrates, the cannabis plant is allowed a certain amount of time to wick itself of moisture and chlorophyll before the extraction occurs.
During this time, trichomes are subjected to conditions not conducive to terpene preservation. Interactions such as increased exposure to heat, oxygen, physical agitation, and light all play a role in degrading terpenes.