What is Terp Sauce and how is it made?
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It doesn’t seem like a day can pass without a new invention being born out of the collective mind of the cannabis scene, rising to the forefront of attention and changing the game. With such a rapid pace of evolution and high stakes competition, products need to stand out in both their potency and unique qualities.
Terp sauce ticks all of these boxes, and has genuinely brought something new to the scene that is exciting, flavourful, medicinal, and just straight up cool. This dense source of terpenes is surely going to alter how these molecules are viewed, valued, and used in the future.
WHAT IS TERP SAUCE?
Terp sauce, or more accurately and scientifically known as High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract (HTFSE), is a high potency cannabis extract that is extremely high in aromatic terpenes. This potent sauce may contain over 60% more of these tasty and smelly molecules than standard shatter or wax products.
If you are a relatively experienced cannabis smoker, you will be very well aware that different strains of the herb offer varying tastes, smells, and sensory experiences. But why is this? Do different growers add different potions to their soil mixes? Does weed grown in different climates or altitudes end up having a better taste to it?
Well, the answer simply boils down to chemistry. Terpenes are plant-based compounds found all throughout the plant kingdom, and are largely responsible for the aromas emitted by certain species.
Ever been on a walk in the forest and been amazed by the stunning scent of a pine tree? Well, that’s produced by the terpene pinene. Do you appreciate the refreshing scent of freshly sliced lemon? That’s down to the terpene limonene. Have you ever been grateful for the powerful smell of eucalyptus that helps to clear the effects of a cold? That’s because of eucalyptol.
The stunning scents of many different cannabis strains are purely down to terpenes, with breeders focusing on these in order to bring out certain aromas or flavors. Myrcene is often responsible for the mango scent detected in some strains, whereas linalool contributes lavender aromas.
The creation of terp sauce has now made it possible for cannabis enthusiasts to double down upon the flavors that really make their cannabis ingesting experiences special for them. Every smoker has a strain that they enjoy more because of its terpene profile, and terp sauce allows for huge doses of them in a small time frame.
TERP SAUCE AND THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT
Terpenes aren’t only responsible for the delightful smell of Skunk, Diesel, Blueberry, Strawberry, and so on, but they can actually play a crucial role in altering the psychoactive high experienced from certain strains. And not only this, as many of them also come along with unique medicinal properties that range from anti-inflammatory, to antibacterial, to pain relieving.
The sheer potency of terp sauce offers cannabis users the opportunity to really get to know the terpenes that are responsible for the traits of their favorite cannabis strains. Plus, it also offers smokers to take advantage of the entourage effect in order to manipulate certain elements of their high and to take more control of it.
The entourage effect is basically a synergy that occurs between different chemicals within the cannabis plant. Research shows that synergy may occur between different cannabinoids and terpenes to boost medicinal value. For example, a synergy between limonene and CBD may be more effective in cancer cell apoptosis. Also, myrcene along with CBD may be more powerful at blocking inflammation.
Also, some terp sauce creations are full spectrum extracts, using strains higher in certain terpenes will enable users to start getting creative with their cannabinoid and terpenes combinations to achieve their desired outcomes.
WHAT’S THE CANNABINOID CONTENT?
So, terp sauce is an amazing source of medicinal and therapeutic compounds. But can it still get you high? Fear not, potheads. Just because the sauce is orientated around high amounts of terpenes, it can still contain large quantities of THC.
In fact, depending on the terpenes included, the high may be different or even stronger than those offered by other extracts. Some crafters out there estimate that their products may contain up to 40% THC, making them extremely potent.
Depending of the original plant material, terp sauce can also be made to contain high levels of medicinal CBD, making it an excellent choice for those wanting to introduce more terpenes into their health strategy.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER EXTRACTS?
Terp sauce is quite a unique extract. This is mainly due to its incredibly high quantity of terpenes in comparison to other products. Many extracts out there focus on sheer potency when it comes to the psychoactive high offered by THC or the medicinal relief offered by CBD.
Terp sauce offers large amounts of therapeutic terpenes, yet can be modified to contain high amounts of cannabinoids too, depending of the desired outcome.
HOW IS TERP SAUCE MADE?
Terp sauce is made using butane hash oil (BHO) extraction techniques. The process uses plant material in its fresh form, or that which was frozen quickly after harvest and is therefore still relatively fresh. Using fresh material like this has massive advantages, as the terpenes may begin to degrade quickly after harvest due to their volatile nature.
The BHO extraction method starts off with filling up an extraction tube with the plant material until the tube is air-free. A mesh screen or fine filter is then placed over one end of the tube. The tube is then held over a dish and butane is forced through it. The liquid that emerges on the other end and into the dish should have a gold quality to it.
Next up is the purging process, which is used to remove the valuable oils. Purging for terp sauce is done slightly differently and is often dubbed “diamond mining.” The gold liquid is placed within a cool and dark place for up to a couple of weeks.
During this resting phase, a separation occurs, with terpy diamonds rising to the top. The remaining liquid is then removed and purged separately using heat.
This liquid should be placed into a Pyrex dish and onto an electric heating pad with heat applied to it. If the liquid is still cloudy, then butane is still trapped within.
HOW TO CONSUME TERP SAUCE
Terp sauce can be consumed like many other extracts. Possibly the most popular way of ingesting terp sauce is to dab it. The sauce can also be consumed in a very discreet and easy manner through portable and desktop vaporizers.
If you like to keep things old-school and thoroughly enjoy sitting back and relaxing with a packed joint or blunt, why not add some terp sauce to the endeavor?
IS TERP SAUCE SAFE?
The consumption of terp sauce is most likely incredibly safe. Terpenes are associated with a plethora of health benefits that may positively affect various medical conditions and ailments.
Just because terp sauce is concentrated around terpenes does not mean that it is weak by any stretch of the imagination. Caution should be exercised when dabbing or vaping the sauce, especially if you are relatively new to smoking weed.
Perhaps the most sketchy aspect of terp sauce is making the stuff. The BHO extraction process uses highly flammable substances and should only be carried out by those who have the right tools, and are quite experienced and competent. Also, there is some concern about residual butane contaminating the extract if not purged properly.