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. Most longtime cannabis enthusiasts who have made the switch to dabbing, say “terp juice” is among the most potent forms of cannabis on the market. Yes, the oil is packed with THC, but the added potency also comes from terpenes and cannabinoids added to the final product.
Have you ever wondered why different cannabis strains have different tastes and aromas? Some are skunky and pungent while others are sweet and floral. The culprits behind these differences are flavor molecules known as terpenes. Terpenes are plant-based compounds found in sappy resins. Each marijuana strain has its own distinct terpenoid profile.
Terpenes are compounds found in the resin of cannabis that provides the aroma and flavor of the plant. Each type — or strain — of cannabis has its own unique terpene profile.
“Terp juice” is an extremely potent cannabis concentrate containing high levels of terpenes. In fact, terp juice can contain up to 60% more flavor molecules than your standard shatter or wax. For the cannaisseurs out there, the terpene-rich resin packs a flavorful punch. A well-done terp juice is one of the most flavor-intense marijuana products out there, really highlighting the distinct aromatic differences between strains.
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.
How is terp juice made?
Terp juice is made via standard butane hash oil (BHO) extraction methods, but it uses material that has either been freshly cut or flash frozen. Terpenes and cannabinoids begin to degrade immediately after the plant is harvested. Going straight from garden to extraction machine allows you to take advantage of the high terpene content found in fresh flower before it begins to break down and disappear. Similarly, quickly freezing your flower right after cutting it also preserves some of the terpene quality.
Products similar to terp juice include “live resin”, “holy water”, and “terp sap”.
Why care about terpenes?
As we become more educated about the marijuana plant, the importance of terpenes becomes increasingly apparent. We often associate cannabinoids with having specific effects on our bodies, but terpenes also influence our body chemistry and have medical value. When combined with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes can amplify the cannabis plant’s medicinal properties. Here are few popular examples:
Myrcene: This is one of the most common terpenes in marijuana resin, and it contributes to a musky, mango-like aroma. Myrcene is also found in lemon balm and has natural analgesic and sedative properties.
Linalool: Responsible for the floral, lavender aroma in strains like LA Confidential, Linalool has demonstrated anticonvulsant properties when combined with various cannabinoids. It can amplify these properties in THC, CBD, THCV, and CBDV.
Caryophyllene: This terpene has a spicy, peppery aroma. Research from 2008 has found that this terpene can act as a cannabinoid in animal models, activating some of the same cell receptor sites that THC does. Because of this trait, caryophyllene is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Not only does terp juice contain high amounts of THC, but its rich terpene content makes it one of the most potent marijuana products on the market. There’s no doubt that it will give you a strong, solid high. But, the sheer density and variety of plant volatiles (plant molecules) present in terp juice make it one of the highest quality marijuana extracts out there. If you’re lucky enough to stumble upon it in a dispensary, it’s definitely worth a splurge.
How To Consume It?
Terp sauce is consumed by dabbing, a method of receiving highly potent cannabis via vaporization. Dabs are concentrated doses — typically about the size of a Tic-Tac breath mint — of marijuana. Dabs are manufactured by extracting THC, most commonly by using a solvent such as butane.
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.
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.