Essence of sauce
Sauce is a kind of cannabis concentrate that is characterized by high potency and rich flavor. It reminds of the sticky applesauce with small sugar crystals inside the mass. These crystals are cannabinoid isolates that are spread in the juicy mass of terp sauce.
What is the reason of popularity of this extract? The secret is in combination. Most concentrate products provide either high cannabinoid level (crystalline, shatter, crumble, etc.) with minimal terpenes amount or just the opposite. Sauce is the extract where potency and flavor stand together increasing both the pleasure and the high effect of consumption.
Sauce extracts are very much different from one another; you will never find two similar ones. First, the potency of each sample vary greatly because crystals distribute unevenly in the mass thus making the final high always a matter of luck. Secondly, the flavor differs depending on the cultivar; terpenes that are present in the initial plant material define the taste and aroma of the concentrate.
Terpenes: what`s the use?
Terpenes are the organic components of the plant material that are responsible for aromatic qualities and taste. There are plenty of different terpenes that provide natural scents of common objects around us: limonene (strong odor of fresh lemon), pinene (pine-tree rich aroma), alpha-bisabolol (chamomile scent), etc. In cannabis flower, there are more than a hundred different terpenes, so each and every portion of marijuana might have its unique taste and aroma.
Mind that terpenes are not only about flavor. They are proved to have therapeutic qualities. Each terpene has its unique medicinal value, the knowledge of which can be a significant bonus for both smokers and dabbers. Myrcene makes you feel relaxed and well-balanced, limonene has anti-depressant qualities, linalool fights anxiety, pinene is anti-bacterial, and beta-caryophyllene is analgesic. Learn more about the terpenes you get and select the necessary strain according to your flavor preferences and the goal you want to achieve.
It is interesting that all the listed medicinal qualities work best if combined with the other components of marijuana plant, primarily with cannabinoids. This rule is known as an entourage effect. Scientists have proved that the strongest high effect and the greatest medicinal value are achieved when certain kinds of cannabinoids combine with certain kinds of terpenes. For example, to fight inflammation, it is best to use a combination of CBD and myrcene.
Considering the above-mentioned facts, it is possible to conclude that sauce is not just another extract with high THC level. More than that, due to a rich terpene amount, it is a strong tool for making dabbing experience truly delicious.
Sauce consumption: typical ways
Sauce is so tasty-looking that unexperienced users often wonder whether they will get any effect if they simply eat this concentrate. Unfortunately, no. Oral consumption will get you nowhere. Just like the other concentrates, sauce has to be decarboxylated by heating to get you high. The most popular ways to do it are:
Vaporizing. It is the easiest method of sauce consuming. You might even use desktop or portable vaporizers to heat the material.
Smoking. If you prefer traditional joints and blunts to novelties, try to enliven the marijuana flower inside the roll with a bit of sauce on top.
Dabbing. This is the most popular way of consuming sauce. Get your dab rig and heat the nail by a torch. Use a dabbing tool to get the required amount of concentrate and place it on the nail. Enjoy the unique vapor!
How to make sauce?
Mind that the description of sauce making production is intended only for increasing consumer`s awareness. Manufacturing solvent-based concentrates at home is highly dangerous and illegitimate. All the manipulations are performed by instructed professionals in lab conditions.
As well as the other solvent-based concentrates, sauce is extracted with the help of chemical liquids: butane, propane, CO2 or ethanol. The whole process consists of two parts: the THC extraction process, and the diamond mining phase.
It includes the following actions:
drying and cooling the cannabis material;
placing it to the extraction loop — the tube gets filled until it is free of air;
introducing a previously cooled solvent to the tube;
extracting marijuana components at a temperature between −60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit;
removing the solvent by slow purging process;
using pressure to drop the extracted cannabinoids and terpenes.
1.THC extraction process.
This procedure is very much similar to the production of other solvent-based concentrates such as crumble, wax, shatter, etc. Nevertheless, sauce production has its specific characteristics. First, it is crucial to use cold materials, about −40 degrees Fahrenheit, both solvent and cannabis. Secondly, the solvent removal process is very much different from how it is with other extracts. To get the desired effect, solvent must be evaporated slowly, during few days or sometimes even weeks. Different temperature level is the factor that determines how large the crystals will be.
2. Diamond mining phase.
This stage is aimed at getting two separate products: isolated THC diamonds and terp sauce. These products might be used either separately or in combination. Diamonds that are extracted are tasteless pure cannabinoids valued for their potency. Terp sauce is a liquid that includes more than 50% of terpenes and still some amount of residual cannabinoids.
Live resin sauce and live rOsin sauce: find 5 differences
Sounds similar for newcomers, doesn`t it?
However, these terms mean two entirely different things. Live resin sauce is a solvent-based extract similar to the terp sauce, and a live rosin sauce is a solventless concentrate. They differ in the production method, cannabinoids amount, and pureness. Learn more about these two kinds of sauce:
Live resin sauce. This product is produced exactly the same way as the terp sauce with the only one difference. It requires using only a fresh-frozen cannabis, never the cured flower, while terp sauce production might accept both ways. That is why each and every live resin sauce is called a terp sauce, but a terp sauce is not always a live resin.
Why distinguish these two concentrates? Because of one slight detail. Among the terpenes present in live resin, there is phytol that has a repulsive taste of grass. Some consumers are not comfortable with it so they prefer a terp sauce where the flower material had previously been cured (phytol terpene is not resistant to curing).
Live rosin sauce. This concentrate is also made from fresh frozen marijuana, but it requires no use of chemicals to extract THC. Instead, a liquid nitrogen is used to make a dry sift out of a gathered cannabis, and the received product gets affected by pressure and low temperatures. When cannabinoids gather in crystals, sauce is ready. This product is very similar to terp sauce in appearance and flavor, but it usually is less potent. Despite this fact, as well as the other solventless products, live rosin sauce is valued for its purity. You can consume a delicious concentrate without worrying of residuals of dangerous chemicals.
Full spectrum sauce: what is it?
Full spectrum extract is the kind of concentrate where major compounds of marijuana flower remain unchanged. It includes all types of cannabinoids and terpenes found in the plant and excludes undesirable materials like fats, lipids, waxes, etc. It is a difficult task to preserve terpenes because they get easily destroyed by heating or curing. That is why full spectrum is the characteristic of high quality sauce.
Moreover, when the original chemical profile of the cultivar remains unchanged, the plant is proven to carry significant health benefits, the essence of which depend on the strain. When the balance gets destroyed, the effect decreases greatly.
There are two kinds of full spectrum extracts (FSE) which differ in composition and proportion of main constituents. If you set your sights on getting a highly psychoactive sauce, select HCFSE (High Cannabinoid Full Spectrum Extract), which looks like a dense sugary liquid with plenty of crystals inside. This product contains a minimum of 90% THC.
If your choice is getting the full benefit from terpenes, their flavor and therapeutic qualities, select HTFSE (High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract). A golden standard for this kind of sauce is a minimum of 40% THC and 40%+ terpene content. This extract is more liquid and sticky.
Sauce: main strengths and weaknesses
Still wondering whether sauce is a best fit for your needs? Check its strong and weak sides to make the right choice:
unique aroma and flavor due to high terpene content;
therapeutic qualities if properly selected;
high THC level (in HCFSE).
sauce inconsistency (a sticky marmalade-like product might unexpectedly turn into oily liquid with floating crystals and the opposite way);
irregular distribution of the main components;
danger of inhaling butane in low quality sauce.
Considering all the advantages and disadvantages of this popular extract, it would be best to recommend sauce to experienced consumers who are skillful in selecting high quality products and open to new experiments.