This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows.
Move over, slime videos. There’s a more lit ASMR niche to fill.
Aside from the joys of actually getting high, the wave of marijuana legalization has also ushered in something almost as satisfying: dab melt videos. The golden, bubbly THC extracts are like psychedelic honey — watching a live resin dab light up will scratch your ASMR itch in such a satisfying way.
Dubbed “melt shots,” the videos feature live resin being heated up so they melt into a glorious gooey THC-laden dab. Whether you consume it through a bubbler or a bong, live resin has the potential to get you insanely ripped — so if you do dab, do so carefully.
Each cannabis leaf is coated in a waxy substance called trichomes, which contain cannabinoids — the THC and CBD — and terpenes that make up a well-rounded experience. The traditional weed harvesting method, which involves curing and drying the plant before it’s sent out for consumption, can strip the plant of many of the terpenes that give it flavor and aroma — and can compliment the cannabinoid’s psychological effects.
Live resin is unique because it’s extracted from fresh cannabis plants, instead of dried or cured ones, and flash frozen. This reportedly retains the terpenes. Freezing the plants also locks out moisture, which can get in the way of the purity of the extraction, according to Precision Extraction.
In a process similar to isolating water and vinegar, the resin is extracted with the aide of a solvent. It leaves behind a gorgeous, vibrant yellow liquid that’s then dried, hardened, and distributed in crystalline cubes.
The videos of people melting the live resin dabs are freaking satisfying. Here are a few dab melts for you to watch late at night when you should be sleeping instead.
Even if you aren’t ready to dab yourself, at least you can watch these sweet, sweet videos.