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// June 03, 2024 //

a comprehensive guide to smoking live resin safely

Nowadays there are so many different ways to smoke your cannabis products. Gone are the days when you had to use a bowl, a bong, or a joint to enjoy your stuff. Life has become so much more convenient and discreet thanks to the technology available.

Now, we’re not knocking the cannabis connoisseurs who prefer to use the traditional methods. There certainly is nothing wrong with those if they are your preference. But it’s also nice to know the modern methods and use them too.

In this guide, we will share how to smoke live resin. As one of the most popular cannabis plant concentrates on the market, learning how to use it properly is pretty important. We will share tips for the best results, safety help, and more below. Check it out!

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do you know what live resin is?

It’s always important to start at the basics. Some people will come to this guide considering live resin but may not fully understand it either. So we will start here. If you’re already familiar with what live resin is, maybe you will learn something new. Or you can just scroll to the next section. It’s your call!

Live resin is a very specific type of cannabis concentrate and there are very few others like it out there. It’s one of the most potent and natural choices you can find. Most extraction methods use some sort of drying and curing process. But that is not the live resin process. Instead, they take the freshly harvested cannabis buds and freeze them right away.

After the flash-freezing process, the producers will use a solvent-based extraction method to pull out the finest details of the cannabis strain. The freezing process is a preservation step. By freezing right away, it preserves all of the natural elements at their freshest potential. They don’t get better than that. It also means it preserves the cannabinoid and terpene content at that moment.

So then when the producer extracts, they can pull out those fresh, natural elements and retain them in the final concentrate. It’s pretty neat, really. The result of all of that is a concentrate that is very potent and also very flavorful. It’s as close to smoking the plant in a fresh form as you’re going to get, really.

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safety first!

Alright, so let’s talk safety. You do need to be aware of some things that will help keep you safe but will also help ensure you have the best possible experience. We will talk about some best practices, too, so you know exactly what steps to take.

quality matters

First of all, quality really does matter. If you’re buying some cheap live resin that you know nothing about, that could be bad. You need high-quality stuff and that means it came from high-quality plants, followed a high-quality resin extraction process, and was purged to get as pure as possible cannabis extracts.

Choose products that come from trustworthy and reputable providers to keep yourself safe. You can tell the difference between a cheap head shop creation and a company that obviously prioritizes quality. A great way to be aware is to look for third-party lab testing. Most of the reputable companies have testing results for purity, potency, and potential contaminants.

These are things to look for as quality assurance.

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consume responsibly

When you’re having a great time, it’s easy to get out of control and fast. Remember that live resin is highly potent with THC levels that are close to 90% and possibly more. That means a little bit goes a long way.

If you’re taking hit after hit, you’re likely going to have some crazy side effects. Give a hit time to take effect and then determine if you’re good or if you need more. Figuring out how to dose live resin is incredibly important. When you overconsume, you can face things like paranoia, dizziness, and more.

We will talk more about how to consume and how slowly to take it in this guide. As a rule of thumb, consume low and slow, and be careful not to overindulge.

don’t forget proper storage

Did you know there is a right and wrong way to store your goods? If you have live resin, maintaining the quality depends on proper storage. If you use a vape pen or a dab, you need to store those properly, too.

For example, if you leave a vape pen sitting in the hot car all day, there is a good chance your product will be ruined. Not only is it bad for the pen, but the heat can affect the quality of your product, too. The next time you use that vape pen, you might find weird alterations to the flavor as well as the potency.

Proper storage is so much better and you will certainly enjoy your live resin more, too. So what does proper storage look like? Listen, it doesn’t have to be fancy. There are basically two points to remember. Don’t store your cartridges or your tools in direct sunlight and don’t store them in extreme heat.

We recommend a cool, dark place. A box, cabinet, drawer, really anything like this will work just fine. Just protect your concentrate so it will still be good when you use it. If you have free-flowing live resin that isn’t in a cartridge or container, then you need to store it in an airtight container.

clean your equipment

When was the last time you cleaned your stuff, ya nasty? We don’t care what you’re using to smoke or partake, but you gotta clean it. Bongs, dabs, vape pens, resin carts, pipes – you name it. If it isn’t disposable then it needs to be cleaned. It’s pretty simple.

Proper cleaning and maintenance are what will help ensure you get the best effects from smoking live resin. If your vape pen has burnt-on residue, it’s going to change your experience. Keep your tools clean, disinfect them from time to time, and don’t forget to change the coils if you have them.

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how to smoke live resin

Our preferred method for smoking live resin is a vape pen. Using something like a resin vape cart, live resin vape pen, or even just a vape pen with a live resin cartridge is the best possible choice. This type of device is convenient, it works really well, and it is also discreet. Most people won’t even know you’re smoking marijuana unless they can smell it.

Start by choosing your equipment. Whether you choose a dab tool, vape cartridges, dab rigs, or something else is totally up to your personal preference. Just make sure you are using quality equipment that you can control the settings and ensure you get the experience that you need or want.

Here is the best possible tip we can give you. Keep the temperature low, take it slow, and adjust as needed to find the optimal temperature. Remember that live resin is very potent so you need to take it slow.

Turning up the heat will increase the potency, but it also might negatively affect the flavor aspect. You can play around with it and see what you like best. Just don’t start with your settings as high as they will go or inhaling every few seconds. That could end with a poor experience.

Low temperatures help to preserve the terpenes that are in the live resin. That’s where your flavor and aroma come from. While the potency will be impacted by higher temperatures more, live resin is still very potent even at the low temperatures that allow you to just enjoy the flavorful experience, too.

cannabis live resin dripping from a spoon

Dosing is a bit more challenging, but you need to try to be mindful. Really, a little bit does go a long way because of the potency. Try taking a hit and waiting a minimum of 15 minutes.

Gauge how you feel and decide if you need more. You may be good from that one hit for quite a while. Play around while you figure out your tolerance and your preferences. But start small and then adjust as needed.

We highly recommend that you take breaks and pace yourself. Pay attention to how it makes you feel and whether you have any negative side effects.

And last, but definitely not least, make sure you’re hydrating. Live resin can dehydrate your body and smoking it also dehydrates you. You should purposefully drink plenty of water during, before, and after you smoke live resin. We don’t recommend drinking alcohol while enjoying live resin. It simply takes the control factor away from you for dosing and effects.

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Discovering how to smoke live resin will heavily depend on what you want to experience when you are smoking. If you remember to take it low and slow and then adjust until you find your sweet spot, you will be good to go. F

rom there, it’s really all about your needs. Don’t be afraid to play around and see what you like. Just remember not to overconsume, which is where taking it slow comes in!

We have plenty of live resin products to choose from. Check them out today and start creating your optimal experience!

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