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What Are Live Resin Carts?

What Are Live Resin Carts?

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Marijuana can come in many forms now and over the years we’ve seen more and more ways to consume our favorite herb and get high faster. 

In this article, we’ll discuss live resin carts. It seems that not enough persons know about this way to consume marijuana so we thought we’d bring it to your attention.

In doing so, we’ll highlight what are live resin carts, the right way to use them, where you can find them and also give you an idea of prices and a few recommendations to make your first time a blast. Sounds good? Then let’s get started.

What are live resin carts/cartridges?

To understand what live resin carts are, you’ll first need to unlock what live resins are.

What are live resins?

Live resins are a form of concentrated cannabis. That means they’re super strong, or in other words, potent.  This potency comes from the way they are “manufactured”. 

What happens with live resin is that the cannabis forgoes the typical drying and curing process when it is harvested and is instead flash-frozen to very low temperatures before it is extracted. 

This means that the fresh buds are kept at freezing temperatures throughout the extraction process and are protected from the damage to the trichomes that usually happens during harvest

The trichomes are what protect the plant against animals and insects while it is growing, prevents the growth of fungus and protects the plant from harsh winds. Trichomes also produce cannabinoids and terpenes that give cannabis the effect they have on humans.

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This process keeps the true essence of the plant, meaning all the flavors and odors are there, along with all the oils that are responsible for the many wonderful benefits of marijuana!

Look at it this way, live resin is like a cold press of a fruit or seed. Nothing is taken away or added and you get to enjoy all the flavors and benefit from its nutrients. What you get is pure juice or oil and not something watered down, refined or diminished. Surely you can tell the difference between freshly squeezed orange juice versus one made from concentrate. That friends are the difference between live resin and regular dried cannabis that you’d roll up in a joint or blunt.

What does live resin look like?

Live resin can come in different forms and its physical appearance and effects all depend on the strain from which it is made. 

Since live resin has more terpenes than much other marijuana concentrates, you’ll find that it’s runnier and more malleable (meaning you can press it with your finger or an object and it wouldn’t break or fall apart). 

 It has a warm color, which ranges from a light gold color to deep amber and is comprised of crystals(THC) and liquid (terpenes). 

What are live resin carts?

 So now, the carts. The carts or cartridges are basically the housing for the live resin that is in oil form. On the outside, they may look similar to regular vape cartridges but when you use it you’ll be able to tell the difference right away.

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 Live resin cartridges have a more pronounced terpene profile and what you will get from this type of cartridge are a more pungent aroma and an overall enhanced experience. 

How to use live resin carts

You use live resin cartridges just like you would use any vape pen  and it’s pretty much the same concept.

If you already have a vape pen, make sure the cart you get is compatible since not all manufacturers make them the same way. If you’re allowed to test for fit at the store, that’s great but your vendor can likely tell from a quick inspection.

 When ordering your live resin cart online, the specs are normally there so you can do your checks before buying a cartridge. 

Loading the cartridge

Most carts come with something that looks like a screw on the bottom. This is where you will connect the cart to the battery for the pen to work. 

Make sure it is screwed in tightly or else it won’t work. If it can’t be screwed and unscrewed easily, that’s an indication that the cartridge may be incompatible. 

Once you’ve loaded the cartridge, it is time to use it. There’s no wait time or further preparation. 

Using the pen

If you already have a pen then it’s likely that you already know how to use it, but if this is your first time, you need to figure out how it is activated.

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If you see a button on the side, then it’s likely a push-button pen, meaning you have to push the button to turn it on or off. Some push-button pens require one push for on or off, while some you have to push three or even up to five times in a row to turn it on. Other push-button models require you to hold down the button while you use it and let go when you wish to turn it off.

If you don’t see a button then it’s most likely a draw-activated pen. You don’t need to do anything to turn it on except take a draw, and when you stop it automatically turns off. 

If it doesn’t come on, then try charging your pen to full power and clicking the button or drawing again. If it still doesn’t work, perhaps the cartridge is not connected properly. Try removing it and putting it back in. Still no luck? Then maybe the cartridge is incompatible. Worst case scenario, your pen may be defective. 

Once you got that part down, you can move on to actually enjoying your live resin cart. Start slow, since it is potent and the effects may creep up on you slowly. If the pen has different voltage settings, start at the lowest and work your way up. 

After some time you’ll find that you get less vapor, and that just means the oil is running out. This means that it’s time to get a new one or have it refilled. 

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Where to find them

If you live near a dispensary, you can call in or visit the store to find out if they have any live resin carts in stock. 

If they don’t, you can always purchase online from a trusted online weed vendor. Purchasing on e-commerce platforms like Amazon or eBay can be riskier in terms of getting the quality advertised so be sure to read the reviews to find out if the product displayed is what you’re looking for.


The prices of live resin carts will vary depending on the seller and the quality of the live resin since they aren’t made the same. 

At the cheaper end of the price range, you can get live resin for as low as $30/g but some vendors have them for sale as high as $100/g

8 tips that will get you the most out of your live resin carts

Live resin isn’t cheap and you need to get your money’s worth whenever you buy a live resin cart. Here are 8 tips that will help you to use it more efficiently and effectively:

1. Don’t overdo it

When using your live resin cart, try not to overdo it since they aren’t cheap. You may be tempted to do the vape tricks you see online but this is a waste of precious oil. 

If you find yourself taking hits every few minutes, you may be using it incorrectly because a few good hits are all you will need. 

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2. Inhale into your lungs, not your mouth

The trick to smoking/vaping is not to leave the smoke/vapor in the mouth, but to drag it down to the lungs. This way you are more efficient and will feel all the effects.

Your inhale should be slow and smooth like taking a deep breath, and not like sucking down a thick milkshake through a straw. If you inhale too much, you’ll cough your lungs out!

Don’t just exhale either. Let it sit there for at least 3 seconds so that the THC/CBD can get absorbed properly.

3. Bear temperature in mind

If your vape pen has adjustable temperature settings, don’t go for the highest setting right away. If it’s too high, the pen might give you way more vapor that you can manage and it can become uncomfortable easily. 

Start at the lowest setting and work your way up to YOUR ideal temperature or sweet spot. 

4. Remove the cart from the pen when it’s not in use

 If you only have one cartridge, you might be tempted to leave it in the pen so that you won’t have to load and unload it whenever you’re ready to vape again. Don’t do this. 

If you leave the cartridge in the pen while it’s in your pocket or backpack where it can get accidentally activated, you risk the oil heating and evaporating. Leaving the cartridge in the pen also puts it at greater risk of breaking if you’re clumsy. 

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5. Watch where you store it

If you have multiple cartridges, you need to be mindful of how you store them. It’s always better to store your live resin cart in a cool, dry place like a drawer or cupboard if it didn’t come with a holding case.

Don’t leave your cartridge lying around on a sofa where someone can accidentally sit on it or on a window sill where the oil can evaporate. 

6. Look out for leaks

Leaks can happen, especially when the cartridge is not stored properly. Always inspect your cartridge before use to avoid wastage. 

If the cartridge is leaking, have it replaced and clean your pen immediately else the oil that drains into the pen will damage it.

7. Try not to drop it

Your cartridge will feel firm, but it can break if you aren’t careful, so try not to drop it.

This means no fiddling around with it, tossing it in the air because you’re bored, or tossing it on your dresser because you’re too lazy to get up and walk over there. Be gentle with your cart. 

8. Clean your pen and cartridge

Clean your pen and cartridge to avoid obstructions in the connection and to prevent damage. If you share your pen with others, clean the mouthpiece with antibacterial wipes or a cotton ball and some alcohol. This will kill germs and remove any residue. 

Final word

Live resin carts are a good buy for anyone interested in something more potent or if you’re just curious to know what all the hype is about. 

When you use your live resin cart for the first time, remember to bear all these tips in mind to get the best possible experience. Then, share this with your friends so they can benefit too!


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