The checklist of dwelling resin producers in Canada is small however rising
Gone are the days when packing a bowl or rolling a joint were the few ways to use weed. If you were the Martha Stewart type, you might have poured butter in and baked them into brownies. But with Legalization 2.0 now happening in Canada for the second time, there are more products than ever to get you going, from tonics to gums to blobs.
And while cultivators, scientists, and even brewers have been busy behind the scenes developing and stocking new items on pharmacy shelves, one of the most emerging but underrepresented categories remains living resin.
Live resin is a tasty, fast-acting, and powerful product made from a fresh cannabis plant that was flash frozen when it was in bloom.
High in THC, high in terps
“When THC-based vape oil is like orange juice made from concentrate, living resin is like freshly squeezed orange juice. It has more flavor, more aroma, and represents the entire plant better than their lower-cost alternatives, ”said Geoff Hoover, CEO of Greybeard, an Ontario artisan cultivator.
However, extracting living resin requires skill, time, and patience. Where traditional distillates use dried flowers, living resin uses cannabis that has been harvested and flash frozen before extraction.
While the process of each cultivator is slightly different, and the texture of the final product can vary from mushy and honey-like to crumbly or crystallized, living resins typically have a much higher terpene content than a concentrate extracted from dried cannabis. This is because the drying step used to make other types of concentrates causes a significant loss of terpenes which is consistent with the taste.
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Premium 5 is currently wearing his Caviar mixture in certain parts of the country, including New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. It also has other new offerings, like his Lemon Skitz Crumble, in progress. Premium 5’s product can be used in a traditional swab device or in its portable concentrate vape pen.
Another option: San Rafael ’71 recently launched live resin OG Chemdawg, a sticky and strong sativa-dominant concentrate that is currently available across Ontario. They also have plans to continue expanding across the country soon.
Currently, Greybeard products, including Terp Slush (swabs) and Live Resin Vape Cartridges (that thread on 510 batteries) are available in stores in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Expansion into Alberta and other parts of the country is planned. Their vape carts contain between 79% and 89% THC and 11% to 16% terpene content. This is compared to the 1% to 3% terpenes you would get from dried flowers.
As with many new types of products that got the green light last year, it is taking longer than expected for a wide variety of options to hit the market. Given what a clean, tasty, fast-acting high live resin offers, it’s only a matter of time before more LPs throw their hats in the ring.
Lisa Felepchuk is a seasoned lifestyle editor, writer, and digital nomad based in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.
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