When I started using cannabis at 18, all we had access to in my friend group was marijuana flower products.
Once I got to college, that selection grew to hashish.
Back then it was black brick hash which tasted bad. For years I avoided cannabis concentrates because I didn’t know anything about them. That changed one day when my friend let me try cannabis distillate oil. I remember it was significant because a friend in California mailed it to him and he was waiting on it for weeks. When I first tried the cannabis distillate oil, I was blown away by the effects. It was strong like hashish, but the high was much more focused and felt “clean” by comparison. Once I had experienced a quality marijuana concentrate, I was eager to experience others. As cannabis slowly became legal for medical use in my state, cannabis concentrates were available before smokable marijuana flower products. We had access to solvent extracts like shatter, crumble, and wax right away. It took two years before I started to see solventless extracts like live rosin. Rosin is created from either heating plant matter or sifted trichomes that break off freshly harvested or dried cannabis flower buds. If the rosin is created with freshly harvested cannabis, it’s given the “live” moniker to denote that you have plant terpenes present at the moment the plant is cut from its roots. As cannabis dries, many of these terpenes are lost. With live rosin, you have a product with a terpene level that is impossible with any other form of cannabis. Usually the THC content in live rosin is between 60% and 90%.