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How To Smoke Live Resin

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Smoking live resin has gained increasing popularity due to its extreme flavors and potency. Live resin is named after all of the live cannabinoids and terpenes that are preserved through its extraction process. 

Bursting in immense flavor and cannabinoid content, learning how to smoke live resin first means choosing from a variety of consumption methods. There are plenty of options when it comes to smoking live resin. Its versatility makes this powerfully potent and flavorful cannabis concentrate highly favored among dabbing connoisseurs.

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What is Live Resin?

Live resin is a cannabis concentrate made using the entire plant matter of cannabis. During the extraction process, all of the flavors and aromas are preserved. Live resin is typically a dark yellow shade in appearance, with a runny and sticky consistency. However, the exact texture and color of live resin differs depending on the extraction technique.

The final product of live resin is a potent concentrate that can be smoked or vaporized. Live resin is popular among cannabis smokers because of its high terpene content. Since the entire cannabis plant is extracted to create live resin, those who smoke it can taste all of the rich terpenes and cannabinoids in each dose. 

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What is the Purpose of Live Resin? 

Live resin is a potent concentrate with a large number of cannabinoids and compounds since it’s made by extracting the entire cannabis plant. Depending on the plant used, the THC levels in the live resin can range anywhere from 20% – 50%. 

Live resin has gained popularity from stoners for its rich, full-bodied flavor. The terpenes and cannabinoids in live resin concentrates are abundantly more flavorful than other concentrates because the full plant is extracted. Because of this, many users prefer live resin for its extreme flavor profile.  

How To Consume Live Resin 

There are multiple ways you can enjoy live resin. 


The most common way to smoke live resin is dabbing from a glass dab rig. In order to dab live resin, you will need a dab rig, nail or e-nail, and torch. Using a dab tool, scoop the desired amount of live resin and place it on the dab nail. Keep in mind the gooey consistency of live resin is sticky to handle!  

When smoking live resin dabs, keep in mind to heat up the concentrate at a low temperature so you can taste all the terpenes and flavors. The average temperature to heat up live resin to smoke is around 530° Fahrenheit. 

Don’t have a dab rig? Dab pens are an alternative option, similar to a vape pen but for cannabis concentrates! To use a dab pen for smoking live resin, put your desired dose into the bowl of the dab pen, adjust the temperature to heat up, inhale and enjoy!

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Vaping Live Resin Cartridges 

Similar to dabbing, you can also smoke live resin through a vaporizer or dab pen. Many dispensaries and cannabis brands offer live resin vape cartridges, which has become another popular way to smoke. Live resin cartridges can be used discreetly and will give users a quick onset high. 

Compared to other cannabis concentrate cartridges, live resin cartridges preserve all the delicious terpenes and flavors that typical cannabis oils do not have. To smoke live resin with a vape cartridge, simply screw the cartridge onto your battery or vaporizer device, activate to heat up, and inhale through the mouthpiece. 

Live Resin Diamonds 

If you’re looking to enhance your live resin experience even further, live resin diamonds are unique and insanely potent. In cannabis terms, diamonds the crystalline structure and glossy appearance that develops in cannabis concentrates. 

Diamonds, also known as THCA diamonds, are a product during a live resin extraction. THCA is the prototype of THC, which is the intoxicating and psycoactive cannabinoid in cannabis. When THCA is heated, it converts to THC and gives that euphoric and psychoactive high effect. When the process of live resin extraction occurs, the crystalline structures are separated from the other cannabinoid in the plant and form concentrated crystal diamonds full of THCA. 

Considering the connection between THCA and THC,  live resin THCA diamonds can be intoxicating and potent when activated by heat. Live resin diamonds are commonly smoked as a dab or through a vape pen. 

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Live Resin in Joints and Bowls 

With its gooey consistency, live resin can also be the perfect addition to any joint or bowl. If you’re looking to add a little flavor to your joint, carefully coat a bit of live resin around your joint or blunt. You can also try topping off your packed bowl with a sprinkle of live resin for a more flavorful experience. 

Final Take 

If you are searching for an enhanced smoking experience, live resin is definitely worth the try! Between smoking live resin through dabbing, vape pens and cartridges, or topping off your joint or bowl…the options are endless.