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This increasingly popular method preserves all the best parts of cannabis

From classic hash to delicate wax, humans have been making cannabis extracts for centuries, but live resin is a relative newcomer. The technique traces back to the early 2010s, when a small group of Colorado growers thought of a way to distill cannabis while still preserving every beneficial plant compound—including terpenes, which can be extremely fragile.

No matter the technique, cannabis extracts are after resin. It’s what puts the “sticky” in “sticky-icky,” and it’s where all the good smells, tastes, and buzz live in the cannabis plant. But quality extracts require a delicate balance, because the same processes that…

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