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Terp sauce is being heralded as the holy grail of cannabis concentrates. Boasting a perfect blend of cannabinoids and terpenes, terp sauce is the extract that’s making dabbing delicious. We take a closer look to find out if it’s all hype, or the tastiest high ever.
THE SAUCY CONCENTRATES CRAZE
Just when you thought cannabis concentrates couldn’t get any better—all of sudden, terp sauce came along to change the game again. This danker and even more delicious dab has not only unstuck shatter from the top spot; it has purged traditional BHO extracts from their reign altogether. Budder, wax, and yes, even shatter have been relegated to the second division of cannabis concentrates. DIY artisan extracts that are all about maximum THC content (and really the same product, albeit in different consistencies) just can’t compete with full spectrum extracts.
HIGH TERPENE FULL SPECTRUM EXTRACTS
Terp sauce is a HTFSE. That clunky acronym probably doesn’t help. Maybe when we break it down into “High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract”? Nevermind. All you need to take note of is the “full spectrum” part. Genuine terp sauce preserves all of the molecules locked in every trichome for a more complete cannabinoid and terpene extract. This is not just another high-THC concentrate.
Terp sauce resembles applesauce with granules of sugar floating in it. The crystals are actually THCA and the syrupy liquid is rich in terpenes. Terp sauce is not something you can make at home, just like you can’t exactly make your own Heinz ketchup. The secret of the sauce is science. A lab, specialist equipment, high-quality dried flowers, and processing/purging know-how are all essential to make the magic happen.
Increased potency is owed to the “entourage effect”, as far more compounds are extracted, rather than just THC. Even the most talented extract artist can’t create a concentrate to match terp sauce. Not only does the full spectrum extraction process boost flavour, it also makes it smoother by filtering out all the unwanted lipids, waxes, etc. 13% or higher terpene content and 40%+ THC is the standard for HTFSE.
LIVE RESIN = HIGH TERPENE EXTRACTION (HTE)
Live resin extracts are another top-trending extract for 2018. Essentially, the main difference is the use of fresh, flash-frozen flowers as sticky green raw material. Technically, this means live resin is similar to terp sauce, but definitely not the same thing.
Sure, you get a high terpene content in your live resin extract, but it’s not nearly as potent, with THC levels typically peaking in the high teens. Moreover, many live resin extracts contain the rather unpleasant and grassy tasting terpene phytol. Terp sauce won’t be tainted by this particular terpene because the flowers were cured first.
INCONSISTENCIES WITH TERP SAUCE
The biggest problem with terp sauce is a lack of consistency. It’s all too easy to substitute terp sauce for a similarly runny, syrup-like cannabis concentrate. Ageing slabs of shatter that have been sitting in the coffeeshop or cannabis club too long will change consistency over time. Eventually, it begins to break down and look like sauce, especially during hot summer weather.
Worse still, the best dispensaries in the US can’t maintain a consistent product. Other full spectrum extracts like HCFSE or “High Cannabinoid Full Spectrum Extracts” can turn out looking more like terp sauce than the genuine article. Nobody really has a good explanation why sometimes a batch of perfect terp sauce can change from applesauce to iceberg crystals floating in oil and vice versa.
TO DAB? OR NOT TO DAB?
Cannabis concentrates don’t come cheap. Terp sauce is likely to be amongst the luxury-priced products on the menu of a cannabis club in Spain or coffeeshop in the Netherlands. That’s if you can find some at all. Furthermore, you will have to be far more cautious purchasing this concentrate in Europe than in a US dispensary as virtually every semi-liquid concentrate is called “sauce”, “sap”, “syrup”, “juice”, etc to cash in.
Terp sauce definitely makes the dabbing experience a whole lot tastier and more enjoyable overall. All things considered, the most economic way to enjoy the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes is to smoke or vape the whole flower. Terp sauce is unlikely to draw many new devotees to dabbing, but for those dedicated fire-breathers, it’s a tasty evolutionary leap forward.
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