You have probably heard the terms live rosin and rosin and you may have seen videos of people making rosin by pressing cannabis nugs. In the ever-changing world of cannabis, it can be hard to keep track on what the new trends are. Well, rosin seems to be one those new trends exploding right now. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two.
Firstly, What Is Rosin?
Rosin is a cannabis concentrate. To make rosin you just need heat and pressure to squeeze the resinous sap from your cannabis buds or from cannabis kief. After pressing your buds you will have a golden-colored liquid which looks much like tree sap. You can even make rosin yourself at home simply with a pair of hair straighteners.
People choose rosin because it is made without things like alcohol, butane and propane which are harsh chemicals and can leave a rather nasty flavor behind if not fully processed correctly.
What Is Live Rosin And What Is The Difference?
Cannabis connoisseurs claim that live rosin contains more terpenes including higher amounts of monoterpenes which give a more flavourful experience. In addition to having a more fresh and fruity flavor, live rosin also looks quite different. It is generally darker in color and is more opaque, resembling bee’s wax.
So before you spend your hard-earned money on live rosin, what is the difference. Other cannabis concentrates such as shatter and wax are usually made with flowers that have been dried first. Live rosin is extracted from cannabis flower that has never been cured or dried. It is created from fresh (usually frozen) cannabis and it’s a bit more expensive to make so it comes at a premium price. Also with live rosin manufacturing, we move back towards adding solvents again.
The key difference in processing is that it needs an additional solvent. The solvent needs to be properly removed afterward or the taste will be ruined. It’s a more scientific extraction method, which takes more time and more money to manufacture. Really you should only buy live rosin from a reputable manufacturer to make sure the product was processed correctly. The extra steps to make live rosin, make it a more valuable commodity.
So Which Is Better?
Cannabis connoisseurs will scream from the rooftops that everyone has to try live rosin as the flavors are out of this world. It has a rich taste and offers a clean high. For many people, it represents the best you can possibly buy.
On the downside with live rosin your back to adding and removing solvents and other harsh chemicals. We do not recommend making live rosin at home because it can be very dangerous.
In favor of traditional rosin, it’s usually cheaper, safer and you can make it at home. There are no harsh chemicals to worry about and it’s fun to crush some nugs, especially with the purchase of a rosin press.
Both rosin and live rosin are great options if you like dabbing concentrates and you really cannot go wrong with either. It’s mostly about personal preference, flavor, quality, quantity and price. These are all factors to consider when buying or making cannabis concentrates.