Concentrates 101: Terp Sauce

What is Terp Sauce?

Terp sauce is a potent, aromatic cannabis concentrate that preserves high levels of terpenes, also known as a high terpene full-spectrum extract (HTFSE).   This concentrate features varying sizes of diamond clusters within a puddle of a terpene-rich liquid. Derived from fresh frozen material and extracted using light hydrocarbons, this concentrate has a higher ratio of terpenes to THCA. Cannabis connoisseurs favor terp sauce due to its highly concentrated and flavorful terpene profile, making it one of the purest extracts on the market.

Flavor Profile: Lemon, Pine, or Skunk

Method of Use: Dabbing or Vaporizing

Optimal Dabbing Temperature: 500 – 530°F

What are Terpenes?

 

Terpenes are naturally occurring plant compounds responsible for the flavors and aromas found in cannabis. Not only do terpenes make marijuana taste and smell good, but they also contribute to the therapeutic effects associated with cannabis.

The influence terpenes have on a cannabis high is called the “ensemble effect”. It determines if a strain is going to cause a stimulating and creative high,  or a more mellow and relaxing high. In short, when cannabis is consumed the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes in the plant act in symphony, ultimately allowing the plant to have greater therapeutic value. Terp sauce is often used by medicinal patients due to its ability to provide relief from pain, anxiety, stress, and more.

What are THCA Diamonds?

 

THCA is the natural, root form of THC. Once THC is reduced to its purest state, crystallization occurs, creating a substance favored by smokers who desire to experience a new potency level. 

Unlike hash and other concentrates, THCA diamonds are not ready to be used in edibles or tinctures. The only thing separating THCA from THC is heat. THCA is the precursor to THC. Once THCA has been heated above 200°C it will decarbonate into THC. Making the preferable method of usage dabbing or vaporizing. 

These THCA crystals (diamonds) are made with the same process used to create our terp sauce. The biggest difference being time. In order to achieve the larger size crystals, more time must be given to allow the crystal lattice to achieve its full potential. Pressure and surface area also play an important factor. Once the crystallization is complete we can fraction off the liquid terpenes from the crystals, or alternatively leave them separated. I.e (terp diamond and the liquid terpenes used in our famous caviar cartridge).

With close to 95% THC content, smokers favor diamonds due to their potency and medicinal properties. However, the flavorless substance is often preferred in a terpene-rich liquid, aka pairing incredible potency with equally stunning terpene profiles. 

How is Terp Sauce Made?

 

Terp sauce is made by cyro-freezing fresh frozen flowers which are pulverized before the oil is extracted. The more THCA and terpenes present in the starting material, the more potent the end product will be.

The extract is then sealed in a pressure vessel, this allows for the remaining solvent in the extracted oil to evaporate. As the solvent begins to evaporate, pressure begins to build, causing the THCA to “crash” or sink to the bottom of the jar, while the terpenes rise and form a gooey layer on the top. The terpenes and crystals are then separated and purged. Once all the solvent has been removed, the crystals and terpenes are reunited and the result is a terpene-rich sauce possessing a cannabinoid content ranging between 65- 85%.

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