Cannabis concentrates are often named or described by their textures or consistencies: some are hard and brittle, like shatter; some waxy; and some like sauce. Live resin is a more malleable concentrate, sitting somewhere between a wax and a sauce—not quite like taffy yet not too wet.
It is typically dark yellow in color but can vary from light yellow to white. Like all cannabis concentrates, it is extremely sticky, so you’ll need a dab tool to handle it.
Live resins tend to be potent with a lot of THC, and consumers love it because of its intense flavors and aromas which carry over from the original plant.
Dabbers love live resins because they are more flavorful and “terpy” than other concentrates. In preserving trichomes and terpenes, they retain the flavor profile of the original plant. Preserving trichomes also keeps cannabinoids intact, and live resins are also known to be potent.
But how do I consume live resin?
Most people dab live resin. To do so, you’ll need a dab rig, torch, and nail, or an e-nail. You’ll also need a dab tool to handle the concentrate and place it in the nail, most likely something with a scoop on it, given live resin’s goopy consistency.
You’ll want to dab at a low temperature to preserve terpenes and flavors without scorching the concentrate—somewhere around 530°F.
Vaping with a dab pen
You can also put live resin in a dab pen, a device similar to a vape pen, except for concentrates.
Be sure to use a dabber tool to get the live resin into the oven or bowl of the dab pen. Then just adjust the temperature, press the button, and inhale.
You can also put some live resin on top of a bowl, joint, or blunt for an added kick.