You are probably hearing it everywhere nowadays – live this, live that – but what does the term “live” mean in regards to cannabis, specifically rosin?
The term “live” means that the starting plant material was frozen immediately after harvest. This is often known as “fresh frozen” starting material, and is usually the entire plant, buds, trim, sugar leaf, and stems.
Live rosin is made using a solventless extraction method that involves pressing the resin from this fresh, frozen cannabis plant. The resulting product is a high-potency, sticky, sap-like substance that is rich in terpenes and cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. Live rosin is considered to be a premium product due to the high quality of the starting material and the solventless extraction process, which is believed to produce a more flavorful and aromatic concentrate compared to other methods that use solvents.

On the other hand, rosin is a general term that refers to any type of cannabis concentrate that is made using a solventless extraction method. This includes live rosin, as well as other types of rosin that are made using dried cannabis flowers or trim rather than fresh, frozen buds. You may hear terms such as “hash” rosin, or “flower” rosin, which can have their own meanings, or be combined with “live” starting material.

While live rosin is thought to be of higher quality due to the use of fresh, frozen buds, other types of rosin can also be high-quality products depending on the starting material and the extraction process used.
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Rosin quality is highly dependent on the quality of the starting material, and can vary both in “live” and “cured” process. Greet Dot Labs for example, have just released a line of cured rosin concentrates at a lower price point, where the quality still beats other live rosin on the market. On the other hand, a live process is usually more planned out, where cured could be an afterthought based on an excessive harvest.