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What is Terp Sauce?

Terp sauce

If you’re as fascinated by terpenes as we are, then you’re in the right place. Terpene sauce–more commonly referred to as “Terp Sauce”–puts terpenes front and center for cannabis consumers to enjoy. In this guide, we’ll share everything we know about this unique product, including:

  • What Is Terp Sauce? 
  • How Is Terp Sauce Made?
  • Are There Different Types Of Terp Sauce?
  • What Are The Differences Between Terp Sauce And Other Concentrates?
  • How Do You Consume Terp Sauce?

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What Is Terp Sauce?

Terp sauce, named for both its terpenes and its thick, jelly-like appearance, is a cannabis concentrate that mixes cannabinoids, including THCA, and terpenes together. This results in a flavorful, aromatic product that when heated—which converts the THCA into THC—offers the psychoactive effects people associate with cannabis consumption. 

While “live resin sauce,” “terp sauce” and “sauce” are the most commonly used names for this product, you may also see terp sauce referred to by its more formal names—a high terpene, full-spectrum extract (HTFSE) or just a high terpene extract (HTE). 

Have you heard of live resin and rosin but have no idea what the differences are? Check out our guide to the difference between live resin and rosin today. 


How Is Terp Sauce Made?

Terp sauce uses a solvent-based extraction technique, similar to the one used to create marijuana wax, that forces a solvent through the flower after it has been flash frozen. This preserves the terpenes and releases the resin in the flower, a cannabinoid and terpene-rich substance that can be further processed. The processing of this extract is essential to removing the solvent.

Then, you wait…And wait...And wait.

Terp sauce requires a lot of patience (approximately three weeks of patience) as the extract is allowed to settle in a glass jar so the THCA can crystalize and sink to the bottom of the glass. Conversely, the terpenes rise to the top. As if you haven’t been patient enough, once this happens, you have to separate the THCA crystals from the terpenes and purge the whole extraction. This can take as long as a week to accomplish, but what you’re left with is a terp sauce rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. 

Remember, while you can attempt to make this at home, we always recommend purchasing cannabis products from a state-licensed dispensary!

Are There Different Types of Terp Sauce?

There are multiple variations of terp sauce available on the market today–most commonly, you will find different percentages of cannabinoids versus terpenes in the product. Some people feel that higher terpene percentages create an unpleasant experience because the aroma is too strong. Ultimately, it comes down to your preferences. 

You can also find liquid terpene extracts for sale in state-licensed dispensaries. These can be combined with THCA or a THC distillate which means you won’t have all the cannabinoids you’d get in a pure terp sauce. For some cannabis enthusiasts, this is fine. Others prefer to have all the cannabinoids present to fully experience the entourage effect.

That being said, as with most cannabis products, as long as you know what to look for, and ask for, you won’t end up with the wrong product. 

What Are the Differences Between Terp Sauce and Other Concentrates?

Terp sauce is unique from other concentrates, and specifically, extracts, because the cannabinoids and terpenes are allowed to separate. This creates a much different texture, consistency, aroma, and even potency, when compared to other extracts and certainly other concentrates. Terp sauce also takes significantly longer to make than other types of concentrates and extracts. For example, shatter only needs a couple days. Terp sauce can take weeks. 

Here is how terp sauce compares to other concentrates on the market:

Terp Sauce vs. Distillate

The key difference in terp sauce versus distillate is in how and why they’re made. Distillate is a marijuana product that suspends a single cannabinoid—THC—in oil through a solvent-based extraction process. Because of this, there are no terpenes in THC distillate. 

Terp sauce is created to preserve all cannabinoids and terpenes, so it contains a variety of both. 

Terp Sauce vs. Live Resin

Terp sauce and live resin are actually very similar. Both come from flash frozen cannabis. Both involve a solvent-based extraction technique. Both try to preserve the cannabinoids and terpenes. 

So what’s the difference between live resin and terp sauce? It’s all in the processing. Technically, terp sauce is a type of live resin sauce. Depending on how live resin is processed, it can create anything from terp sauce to batter, diamonds, and sugar. Terp sauce simply prioritizes terpenes with the cannabinoids. 

Terp Sauce vs. Live Rosin 

While there are a few differences between terp sauce and live rosin, the key difference is that terp sauce requires a solvent-based extraction technique. Live rosin is made with only heat and pressure—no solvents necessary. 

Both terp sauce and live rosin preserve cannabinoids and terpenes, but live rosin tends to be a more wax-like substance whereas terp sauce is wet and sauce-like.

How Do You Consume Terp Sauce?

While there are many ways to consume terp sauce, the two most common ways we encounter are vaping and dabbing. This allows cannabis enthusiasts to still enjoy the flavors and aromas of the terp sauce. 

Purchasing Terp Sauce

If you’re interested in trying a terp sauce, head to your local dispensary. The budtenders can help you find the right sauce with the right blend to fit your needs. 

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