Are there any health benefits to dabbing.
Besides amazing flavors, live resin, or commonly referred to as shatter, can offer a significant amount of medical benefits. This is why you should consider trying it.
Live resin or Shatter is a cannabis concentrate revered for its full flavor, but what is it and how is it made? Let’s take a close look to see the benefits of this expensive extract and why it’s a connoisseur favorite.
What is Shatter?
Shatter is a “dabable” extract, but the main thing that differentiates it from other types of cannabis concentrates is the plant material that’s used. Shatter uses entire plants that are frozen at critical temperatures soon after harvesting, meaning they aren’t cured. Then, the frozen plants are used to make a solvent extract, similar to BHO, but at much lower temperatures with chilled liquid butane. The resulting product has a much richer terpene profile than regular BHO and even than cured cannabis flowers. Not all extract producers use equal cannabis, cleanliness and quality. Try to always make sure you get a finished product that proudly mentions it is solvent and pesticides free.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are fragrant oils produced in the resin glands of cannabis flower alongside cannabinoids like THC and CBD. They give weed its aroma and taste and also contribute to the herb’s medical benefits and overall effects.
When cannabis is cured, 55 to 85 percent of the terpene content can be lost, according to a highly cited 1996 study from the University of Mississippi. Most cannabis concentrates, like BHO shatter, are not only made with cured weed but also end up burning most of the remaining terpenes in the extraction process. But that’s how live resin is different: more terpenes are retained than in any other form of cannabis.
Different Types of Terpenes
There are two types of terpenes that refer to the compounds’ actual, physical weight. There are monoterpenes, which are lighter, and there are sesquiterpenes, which are heavier. Many monoterpenes produce floral scents, and some popular ones include myrcene, limonene, and terpinolene. Sesquiterpenes, on the other hand, have a more pungent aroma and give weed more skunk and diesel-like odors. Some common sesquiterpenes include caryophyllene and humulene.
What that University of Mississippi study found was that many monoterpenes evaporate more quickly, due to their size, during the curing process than sesquiterpenes. Then, the heavier sesquiterpenes that remain have a greater influence on the aroma and flavor of cured buds, as well as its medical benefits.
Again, this is how shatter or live resin is different. Because it’s freshly frozen, it should retain much more of the terpene profile of the original, fresh cannabis plant. That includes more monoterpenes and terpenes in general.
Benefits of Live Resin
Shatter’s rich terpene profile not only gives it a superior flavor for dabbing but provides the maximum amount of medical benefits. That’s because many cannabis experts, including scientist Ethan Russo, believe terpenes actually account for much of cannabis’ medical properties and psychoactive effects. By providing more access to terpenes, live resin provides users more control over their experience and cannabis medicine.
Terpenes have an incredible array of potential medical value, from fighting cancer to providing anti-anxiety relief. For instance, studies have found the common terpene limonene to prevent cancer cell proliferation, and pinene is a bronchodilator that can help those with asthma. Check out our full coverage of cannabis terpenes here.
Live resin is especially beneficial to those who need fast relief from symptoms like nausea, migraines, tremors or suppressed appetites. Dabs provide a strong and potent effect without the need for actual combustion, and so can also be a good option for those who want to avoid smoking.
Again, shatter is only as good as the fresh flower it’s made from, so look out for cultivators you know and trust releasing limited batches. The only downside of live resin or shatters is the steeper price tag then other various concentrates. However, it’s incredible flavor and robust terpene profile is worth the extra change, on special occasions at least.