When it comes to cannabis products, even well before the legal, regulated market, edibles are nothing new. Though, it is true that cannabis edibles today are much different than they were in the past.
Before legalization, edible doses were often inconsistent in their dosages. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case, and now both seasoned and new consumers are easily able to find edibles tailored to their needs!
New innovations also continue to hit the market - one of which is live rosin edibles. As these new options are still emerging, many consumers may find themselves wondering what the benefits of live rosin edibles are and if these products are right for them.
If you’re one of them, keep reading!
- Edibles are often made with infused butters, oils, tinctures, or extracts. Live rosin edibles simply use live rosin concentrate instead.
- Live rosin is known for retaining many of the original elements of the cannabis plant, including a high terpene and cannabinoid profile.
- Live rosin edibles are praised for incorporating flavor and the full array of cannabis compounds into a product while offering an experience closely resembling that of the original strain.
How are Cannabis Edibles Made?
Many cannabis baked goods, like cookies or brownies, are made with cannabis-infused butters or oils. This involves added ground cannabis to an oil or butter and mixing, then later sifting out the excess plant matter.
Cannabis flower must be decarboxylated to ensure the cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, are activated and lead to the subsequent effects. This process involves a slow application of heat over time. In the case of cannabutters and oil, the THC and other cannabinoids cling to fat molecules in the butter or oil, effectively creating an infusion.
Some edible companies also opt to use distillate (a cannabis concentrate), other cannabis extracts, or tinctures for infusions.
What is Live Rosin?
Live rosin is a new cannabis concentrate seeing a rise in popularity. This may be due to the lack of solvents used in extraction, its high-quality flavor, array of cannabinoids, and ability to retain the original essence of the cannabis flower it’s made from.
Cured rosin and live rosin are both made using heat and pressure. This is appealing to many consumers in that the extract was never in contact with solvents, even though solvent-based concentrates must be purged of solvents before they are sold.
Live rosin, like live resin, is distinct in that the flower is freshly frozen following cultivation, rather than dried. This process retains many of those valuable cannabis compounds that may be lost through curing, including terpenes responsible for aroma and flavor and cannabinoids.
Leaving as many of these valuable compounds in the final product encourages the entourage effect, which deems that cannabis is most effective when it retains all compounds to synergistically work together. Research has affirmed that the effects of cannabis are more reliant on this effect, rather than THC potency.
What Are Live Rosin Edibles?
Live rosin edibles are simply cannabis-infused edibles that use live rosin, instead of infused oils, butters, tinctures, distillates, or other options. With live rosin edibles, consumers can typically expect to enjoy the same benefits they would as using live rosin by itself, namely the full array of cannabis compounds true to the original strain it originated from!
Live Rosin Edible Benefits
For the longest time, cannabis bakers and companies aimed to avoid the weedy taste in edibles, but live rosin often truly optimizes those original terpenes. Brands are also beginning to embrace that the flavors in cannabis can be used to enhance the flavor of edibles, rather than trying to hide them. Take a strain with limonene for example, a very citrusy terpene. Rather than avoiding the flavor altogether and potentially losing the benefits of retaining those terpenes, that flavor could go nicely with a citrus or fruit flavored edible.
Given the broader terpene and cannabinoid profile, and evidence surrounding the benefits of the entourage effect, live rosin tends to offer a more well-rounded, potent experience. Other materials used for edibles may not pack the same punch as live rosin given the curing, extraction process, and presence of (or lack of) terpenes, cannabinoids, and other compounds live rosin retains.
Finally, live rosin is considered to be a concentrate that most closely captures the effects and essence of the strain it came from. That means that consumers indulging in a live rosin edible can be more certain that they will get a similar experience that the original strain offers, rather than wondering what has been stripped or added to the infusion that may alter the experience.
Of course, we are lucky today to live in a world where cannabis edibles are regulated, accessible, and easily dosed. And while the many edible options available today are great, it bears repeating that live rosin edibles offer plenty of benefits that many consumers gravitate toward and see as most beneficial in their lives and wellness routines.
If you have yet to try out a live rosin edible, they are definitely worth the hype!