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What Is Terp Sauce And How To Make It At Home

Are you a cannabis flavor fanatic? Then you need to get a taste of terp sauce. Find out how to make your own at home!
12 September 2022
9 min read
What Is Terp Sauce And How To Make It At Home

  • 1. What is terp sauce?
  • 2. What are terpenes precisely?
  • 3. Entourage effect and terp sauce
  • 4. Will terp sauce get you high?
  • 5. How to make terp sauce at home?
  • 6. How to consume your terp sauce
  • 7. In conclusion

At the moment, we human beings are living the days where constant new discoveries in every field became a normal everyday thing. This applies specifically to the cannabis field, which for the past decade has been expanding exponentially due to new research and investigations taking place. But hence the pace of these new findings is extremely fast, we may risk the chance of missing amazing new findings that could become overshadowed by even newer ones. It all became a competition of what product stands out from the rest in innovation and quality

This is the case for concentrates, which started off as raw creations and have been becoming increasingly popular, evolving into pure, high-level substances. Given there's a big variety of concentrates, few achieve to catch the public's eye and remain used only by those who are digging deep into the cannabis field. 


Cannabis concentrates and extracts

Cannabis concentrates and extracts.

However, terp sauce, one of the latest findings, has made it all the way till the end of the race due to its great characteristics, meeting both the innovation and quality requirements, and that's the reason why we're going to talk about it today. 

1. What is Terp Sauce?

Terp sauce is a new strong-flavored form of marijuana consumption that consists of a dense mass of terpenes, the aromatic components in cannabis plants, and can be mixed with any cannabis extract. This concentrate, known for its scientific name of High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract, HTFSE, is one of the strongest, high-power marijuana extracts. This new member of the cannabis solvent concentrates category contains more than 60% of these aromatic molecules than other concentrates such as shatter or wax. 

2. What are terpenes precisely?

Think of absolutely all of the plants, trees, and even fruits you know. If you think of their scent, you'll realize how each different variety counts with a particular smell. This is what terpenes are responsible for in nature.

Can you recognize the scent of pine trees in the woods? That's produced by pinene, pine tree's terpenes. Eucalyptus? Its terpene eucalyptol is the one helping you recover from a cold. Cannabis terpenes are produced inside the famous trichomes, the shiny hairs located all over the surface of the plant's leaves and stems. These molecules constitute a huge part of the resin -that sticky thing in cannabis plants- and they are generated in the same glands where other well-known components of cannabis buds, such as THC and CBD, are produced. 


A macro photo of cannabis' trichomes.

An ultra macro photo of cannabis' trichomes.

Marijuana smoking affectionates understand the importance of flavor in weed consumption, paying good attention to different strain varieties and how they stand out from each other in taste, smell, and sensory experience. Every strain gains its characteristics not only through their biological aspects but by the influences the growing method has on them and the medium in which they grow too.

While terpenes are indeed the cause of the flowers' aroma, taste and color this isn't the only thing they're responsible for. Along with the cannabinoids, terpenes also play a major part in the effects we get from cannabis consumption. The most common cannabis terpenes include:


CaryophylleneEarthy, citrus spicy, pepperPain management; anti-inflammatory. The only terpene acting on the endocannabinoid system regulating several physiological processes.
HumuleneHerbal, spicy, woody.Anti-inflammatory; reduces appetite.
LimoneneCitrus (orange), fresh spiceAcid reflux treatment; improves mood; antioxidant; anti-cancer; anxiety and depression treatment; aids indigestion.
LinaloolFlowers, lavender, fresh spice, citrus. Analgesic; sedative; anti-cancer; antibacterial and antifungal; anti-seizure.
MyrcenePungent, earth, flowers.Analgesic; antibiotic; anti-inflammatory. Depending on the concentration, energizing effects, or effective insomnia treatment.
PinenePine, herbal, earthy, spicy. Anti-inflammatory; antibacterial; improves memory; promotes focus; acts as a bronchodilator
TerpinoleneLime, floral, herbal, woody. Sedative, anti-cancer, antioxidant 


These compounds mesh with the receptors within the Endocannabinoid System on our brains, which is the one in charge of a wide variety of physiological processes, drawing out determined responses according to each strain combination as well as several medical properties. 

Some secondary terpenes are:

  • Sabinene;
  • Phellandrene;
  • Borneol;
  • Isoborneol;
  • And phytol.

3. Entourage Effect and Terp Sauce

First of all, let us explain what the entourage effect is.

"The entourage effect refers to a proposed mechanism by which cannabis compounds other than CBD and THC, and their derivatives, act synergistically with it to modulate the overall psychoactive effects of the plant."1,2

In simpler words, the entourage effect is the process by which the combination of several merged cannabinoids, cooperating produces specific psychoactive or medical effects. It's an orchestra of cannabis compounds working to create beautiful music. When it comes to terpenes, the synergy created when combined with other cannabinoids has shown to boost their medical effects. For instance, a synergy between myrcene and CBD provides a stronger inflammation treatment than CBD alone. A combination of limonene along with CBD as well could be more efficient in cancer cell apoptosis. 

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Some terp sauce recipes are made of a wide spectrum of extracts. By using strains with certain terpenes dominance, users can experiment with the different cannabinoids and terpenes blends to obtain diverse results. 

4. Will Terp Sauce Get You High?

Our dear potheads, don't be discouraged when you see terp sauce has all these medical and therapeutic benefits. This doesn't mean that this new concentrate won't get you high, in fact, quite the opposite.  

Terp sauce is usually added to high THC extracts to make them stronger. When we say terp sauce contains high amounts of terpenes, this doesn't necessarily mean it can't contain huge quantities of THC. It all depends on the terpenes included in the mix, if chosen right, the high effect could be slightly different but even stronger than the one provided by other concentrates and extracts. 


Will terp sauce get you high?

Will terp sauce get you high?

Some terp sauce chefs out there registered products with up to 40% of THC, so you wanted to get high huh? However, if you were hoping for a strict medical use for terp sauce, and getting high is not in your bucket list, you can also make a CBD dominant terp sauce to ensure you only enjoy the medical benefits of cannabis. 

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5. How to Make Terp Sauce at Home?

Now that the science lesson is over we can move forward to gastronomy class or perhaps more sort of chemistry. The first thing you'll need to make your own terp sauce at home is high-quality strain buds, so if you plan to turn your cannabis plants into terp sauce purchase some premium autoflowering seeds and take care of them rigorously during the growing process to get the best quality possible. Concentrate manufacturers usually use hydrocarbons, such as butane, propane, or a combination of both as a solvent along with closed-loop equipment.


 How to make terp sauce

How to make terp sauce.

For terp sauce the most common method is the butane hash oil -BHO- extraction technique, also known as 'diamond mining'. Many concentrate crafters believe that BHO extraction produces larger diamonds due to their larger runs. Real professional terp sauce makers will use fresh buds to make live resin in the first place, a gourmet-level extract known for its aroma and flavor conserving properties. This butane extraction method is employed to separate the therapeutic cannabinoids and terpenes and get rid of the inactive plant material. Another common technique is flash freezing your buds right after harvesting to preserve their freshness.

We need such fresh material to indulge the terpenes' advantages as much as possible. When not stored correctly terpenes will begin to evaporate quickly after harvest given they have a highly volatile nature. 


Flash frozen cannabis buds

Flash frozen cannabis buds work best for terp sauce.

To do the BHO extraction method, fill up an extraction tube with cannabis until the tube is air-free. Then, with a mesh screen or fine filter over one end of the tube, hold the tube over a dish and the butane will be forced through it. The liquid coming through should have a gold aspect

The next step is the purging process, which you'll need to do to remove the valuable oils. Take the gold liquid and with gentle heat off-gas the solvent. Then, while the extract is still viscous, pour it into a mason jar and store it in a dark environment for 2 or 3 weeks. During this resting phase period, the separation will occur. Pressure will start to build inside the jar, and THCA crystals will begin to form and sink to the bottom of the jar while the terpenes will rise and transform into a gluey, sticky layer on top. 


This is what THCA diamonds look like.

No diamonds are shinier than THCA diamonds!

Once this process has taken place, separate the terpenes and crystals and purge them with heat. Remove the remaining liquid and place it in a Pyrex dish over a heating pad or low heat stove. Purge until the liquid is no longer cloudy, if it does look cloudy it means butane is still trapped within. Store the crystals and the terp sauce into UV-proof containers to preserve their properties. These concentrated could measure between 30-50% cannabinoid content so beware when consuming them!

6. How To Consume Your Terp Sauce

So far we have gone over the full process of producing your delicious terp sauce, and all the aspects to keep in mind. But, what about actually using it? Should you smoke it? Dab it? Add it to edibles? The choice is up to you. Terp sauce can be used really in any way you like, but there are a few common ways that people usually ingest it - through a dab rig, a tabletop, or pen vaporizer, as an additive to increase the flavor of certain edibles. It can also be used to help increase the medicinal value of your current regime, thanks to the terpenes being isolated.

Hopefully, by this point, you are all up to date with dabbing. If not, it involves using a bong-like water pipe (known as a dab rig) to vaporize a wide range of extracts and concentrates. The only real difference between your everyday bong and a dab rig is that the bowl is replaced with a “banger” or “nail” (these names are interchangeable and you will hear both depending on who you ask). The banger can be made from a wide range of materials, but most rigs will use a glass or metal option.


How to consume your terp sauce.

Terp sauce is more commonly consumed in dab rigs.

This is heated to a certain point (usually anywhere between 250 to 380 ℃). If you have a classic banger then you will need a torch flame to heat it up. Some rigs will have an e-nail, which is electrically controlled. Once up to temp the terp sauce is then dabbed onto the banger or nail which allows the extract to be vaporized and inhaled. Remember - terp sauce is split into the sauce itself and the THC crystals, so be sure to scoop up a little of both for a full spectrum hit. Play around with the temps a little to find the sweet spot for optimal vaporization.

Another option is to add it to a vape cartridge and plug it into your pen battery. Although we recommend using a dab rig, this is still a viable option - just be wary of accidentally overheating it. Always start off at the lowest temperature option and slowly increase until the sauce starts to vaporize. Vape pens are a perfect option for those among us needing a discreet and easy way to consume terp sauce in a range of social situations, and they do a pretty good job if used correctly.


How to consume your terp sauce.

Make sure to use the proper dab tool!

If you are looking to add a bit of an extra flavor kick to your batch of cannabutter or cannabis-infused coconut oil, then terp sauce may be the right option. The process of making terp sauce means that the cannabinoid content is captured in the “diamonds”, with the sauce capturing the majority of the terpenes. This means that the liquid can be used as a flavor addition without increasing the cannabinoid content of the butter or oil infusion. As mentioned in the table above, certain terpenes offer different medicinal benefits. Terp sauce offers users the opportunity to really dial in the effects they are looking for thanks to the fact the terpenes are isolated and separated from the cannabinoids. This area of expertise is one of the newer avenues of research, and we expect to see huge leaps and bounds in the coming months and years - exciting times indeed.

7. In Conclusion

The innovative terp sauce is an amazing high power concentrate and engaging in the process of making it can be complicated but nevertheless fun! It's great to see that you're willing to challenge yourself, who ever said learning and gaining experiences should always be easy?

Take out your white apron and start experimenting with terp sauce! And don't forget to comment and tell us everything about the final results!


This content is for educational purposes only. The information provided is derived from research gathered from external sources.


  1. "Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects" Ethan B Russo, 2011 -
  2. "Cannabis, from plant to pill" Christopher P. L. Grof, 2018 -
12 September 2022