WTF is Terp Sauce?

ABX University
March 23, 2022
A man smoking terp sauce in a dab rig

Otherwise known as HTE

If you’re like us, you’re always looking for a more flavorful way to enjoy cannabis. Terp sauce is a special cannabis concentrate that overwhelms the consumer with an outstanding aroma that can only be found in fresh cannabis plants. 

Keep reading to find out how terp sauce, or HTE, is made, and how it differs from other cannabis concentrates on the market today: 

What is HTE?

HTE, or high terpene extracts, are full-spectrum concentrates chock full of flavor. These extracts can be dabbed, added to joints, blunts, bowls, and bongs along with flower, or vaped. Terp sauce has a liquid, saucy, syrup-like texture and an amber-like coloring. This aromatic terpene-rich “sauce” contains anywhere between 30-40% THCa and a strain-specific blend of terpenes. 

How is Terp Sauce Made?

Terp sauce starts with high-quality cannabis. Fresh plants are harvested and immediately flash-frozen to be processed with a hydrocarbon solvent. Using fresh frozen flower skips the curing process, and provides a more flavorful end product, really preserving the strain’s natural expression. The extraction process results in a cannabis concentrate void of lipids, plant waxes, chlorophyll, and fats. 

Terp Sauce vs Live Resin vs Liquid Diamonds

The process of creating terp sauce, live resin, and liquid diamonds all begin with fresh frozen whole flower. 

Although the process for creating terp sauce and live resin are nearly identical, the difference comes down to curing, the process that occurs after transforming the flower into BHO. While live resin is ready to consume after the extraction process is complete, terp sauce is sealed and stored until THCa crystals form and separate from the terpene-rich liquid. When the sauce portion is poured off, you’re left with separated THCA diamonds and terp sauce. Try diamonds and terp sauce together in our ABX Live full-spectrum concentrates

Appearance and texture-wise, live resin will contain visible crystals and an almost gritty texture, where terp sauce has a cohesive, thick liquid texture. The more liquidy the sauce, the more terpenes it contains. Terp sauce is more potent and contains more terpenes than live resin, making it more flavorful, too. 

To make liquid diamonds, the diamonds are separated from the live resin and heated until they’re decarboxylated, when they become liquid again. When they’re liquified, they’re reintroduced to the live resin to create a potent liquid concentrate, available in our 100% live resin ABX Live cartridges. You can try high-potency liquid diamonds in our Loud + Clear Liquid Diamonds Cartridges.

Why Are Terpenes Important?

Not only do terpenes make your consumption experience more enjoyable, with delicious flavor and smell present in every hit, but they also serve a purpose in the overall effect experienced.

Terpenes, along with phytocannabinoids, contribute to a feeling called the entourage effect. This effect occurs as a result of the unique combination of compounds found in each strain being consumed at the same time, providing feelings specific to that individual cultivar. These feelings can range anywhere from feelings of calm, to feelings of focus, energy, sedation, and beyond.

Some popular terpenes found in cannabis include limonene, linalool, humulene, myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene, and terpinolene, along with so many others.

How to Enjoy ABX Terp Sauce

You can experience the beauty of terp sauce in our AbsoluteXtracts Live resin vape cartridge line, which contains a blend of liquid diamonds and strain-specific live resin HTE sauce. In strains like NYC Diesel, Lemon Haze, and Platinum OG, there’s an entourage experience for everyone.

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