As the cannabis market continues to mature across the United States, new technologies and processes
are producing a constant barrage of new products. With so much competition, manufacturers are
always looking for the next greatest discovery or innovation in order to impress the consumer. Cannabis
consumers today are more sophisticated and demand higher standards, so manufacturers are seeking
new ways to achieve higher levels of potency without hindering flavor.
Marijuana concentrates are not a new concept. People have been consuming hashish for thousands of
years, while hash oil extracts and tinctures have been around for decades. “Dabbing” honey oil has been
around for the better part of 40 years depending on who you ask. However, new processes and better
means of refinement have caused these products to evolve over time. Where wax and shatter were
once considered premium cannabis extracts, newer products like live resin, distillates, and now, terp
sauce have taken the lead for cannabis connoisseurs in legal markets.
Terp Sauce is Different from Other Extracts
Terpenes are what give the plant it’s aroma and taste, as well as, interact with the other cannabinoids to
produce the various effects of cannabis. Some manufacturing processes of making cannabis extracts can
dilute or destroy the terpene content of the plant material essentially stripping the flavors and muting
the full benefits of the plant.
If ever there was any truth to the phrase, “You’ll get high on flavor alone,” then this is the product.
For example, the process of making distillates generally destroys the natural terpenes of the plant,
unless extra precautions are taken to preserve them and add them back in after distillation is complete.
While the product can end up being more than 90% pure THC, distillates have little flavor after the
terpenes have been removed. Some manufacturers do take care to preserve the original terpenes, while
others will add artificial or foreign terpenes from other sources to provide flavors like orange, blueberry,
strawberry, or even cotton candy.
However, extracting and isolating individual cannabinoids can take away from the Entourage Effect. Terp
sauce, also known as, marijuana sauce, weed sauce, or just sauce corrects this problem by preserving
and concentrating the terpenes as well. The product left behind is highly potent, highly flavorful, and
So, How’s It Made
Essentially, terp sauce is cured, or aged, live resin. This process starts with a live plant. Rather than
drying and curing the plant for weeks, it is either flash frozen or kept in refrigeration to preserve the
most terpenes possible. After a typical BHO extraction process, the extract is set aside to age.
As the product ages a process called “nucleation” occurs, and the cannabinoid starts to grow into
crystals. Often called “diamond mining,” because THCA naturally forms into crystals and it can start to
look like tiny diamonds. As the crystals form, the terpenes, on the other hand, are pushed-out into a
soupy liquid called “mother liquor.” This liquid is ran through the extraction process one more time
resulting in a highly potent product with up to 60% or more terpene content, however anything above 40%
is usually considered unpleasant. The diamond-like solid particles of the extract are called
“High Cannabinoid Full Spectrum Extracts”,
supplying anywhere from 90 to 99 percent THC/a content.
Consumers Should Consider Tolerance
In addition, thanks to research regarding the Entourage Effect, we also know terpenes play a significant
role in the effect we get from cannabis. While these types of extracts are extra flavorful, they are also
extra potent. New cannabis consumers and patients should approach these products with caution. Since
terp sauce does have higher level of cannabinoid content, as well as, elevated levels of terpenes, the
effects can be quite intense for those with a lower tolerance. While consuming too much THC is never
fatal, it can be uncomfortable.
If low-dose cannabis products are working for you, there’s really no need to make the jump into higher-
potency products. However, for patients with chronic and persistent conditions, terp sauce can be a
valuable asset in their medicine cabinet. This full-spectrum extract can provide a strong effect with a
very quick onset, relieving pain, anxiety, and other conditions within minutes.