VAPEORGANIC OR CONVENIENTThere are times when a perfect combination of circumstances leads to the creation of something entirely new − something that’s a total game-changer. This being the case in the autumn of 2013, when an eager grower and hash-maker named William “Kind Bill” Fenger and businessman named Giddy Up joined forces and made hash history.
For the uninitiated, live resin refers to a concentrate produced using freshly harvested or immediately frozen plant material that does not undergo drying or curing.
The resulting concentrates, produced almost exclusively through hydrocarbon extraction, feature unrivalled quality – rich in terpenes with a resulting flavour profile that fully captures the essence of a given harvest. The most common criticism of live resin is that it has a less stable consistency than that made from dry plants, which can cause the BHO to transform quite a bit over time: from a shattery or sappy oil to a slightly cloudy, more granular “sugar” texture, then finally to a soft, sandy consistency that is mostly dry to the touch.

These differences in appearance and texture are due to the higher moisture and terpene content. While live resin production features lower yields because of water weight, impending supply increases from cultivation will favour the economics of live resin production versus distillate. 
The market is completely flooded with distillate, and the product is inferior for any educated consumer who has tried live resin. The price of trim continues to increase, while the price of distillate is plummeting. 
Live resin concentrates are on the rise becoming more popular and are an exciting way to consume cannabis.
The category includes everything from vaping cartridges to “dabs,” which are becoming less of a stigma and more that of a trend. For quality vape cartridges, live resin produced through hydrocarbon extraction is the only true representation of each strain’s unique cannabinoid and terpene profiles. There are various resin products on the market most commonly being, hash, butane hash oil, live resin, rosin and CO2 oil.
Judging by the live resin wave we’ve come across over the past few years, cannabis concentrates are clearly here to stay. The majority of distillate-based vape cartridges on the market are made from poor quality or even dirty trim which is later remediated.
When it comes to live resin though, you can’t fake it. Producers of distillate and distillate-based products are officially on notice. Cartridges outpace any other category of concentrates by a wide margin, and live resin cartridges will change the way we consume cannabis from vape pens. Why consume a basic, distillate-based, often adulterated product when you can experience the essence of the plant and your favourite strain through a live resin cartridge? Most distillate-based products feature harsh chemical fillers and “terpenes” from who-knows-where.
The South African strains have emerged to be of stronger medicinal benefit, generally speaking, than any other strains globally!
Your answer may be straight forward – you simply didn’t know any better or perhaps didn’t have the option. As consumers finally turn to live – distillate products might just take a dip in sales. It’s only a matter of time before live resin makes its way into topicals, tinctures, and other manufactured products.

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