Cannabis concentrates are quickly becoming some of the most popular products on the cannabis market. One of the biggest reasons for this is because they’re some of the most potent products available. If you’ve heard of them before, you’ve likely heard names such as shatter, budder, crumble, and wax tossed around from time to time. One concentrate you might not be familiar with (but should be) is live resin sauce. Here, we’ll take a look at what this incredible product has to offer.
What Is Live Resin Sauce?
Live resin sauce goes by a few different names, including terp sauce and sauce. It’s one of several live resin products. “Live resin” refers to concentrates made from flowers that haven’t been dried and cured. Instead, they come from buds that were picked and immediately frozen after harvest. The word “sauce” refers to the runny, sap-like consistency of the product.
How It’s Made
As mentioned above, live resin sauce requires fresh frozen buds to make. The best products come from high-quality flowers frozen when their terpene levels are the highest. The freezing process preserves these flavorful terpenes, which eventually translate to the final product.
Frozen buds undergo butane extraction, a process that pulls valuable cannabinoids and flavorful terpenes from the plant. Next, extractors purge the extraction with gentle heat to off-gas the solvent. The liquid then goes into jars, which get sealed and stored in an area just slightly warmer than room temperature.
During storage, pressure builds inside the jars, and THCA crystals begin to form. These crystals sink to the bottom while terpenes rise, forming a gooey layer at the top. The entire process takes two to three weeks to complete.
After storage, extractors separate the terpenes from the THCA crystals. Each undergoes another purging to remove any remaining solvent. The process takes several hours to complete, generally 60 hours for terpenes and 72 hours for the crystals. Finally, the two products are reunited before getting packaged for sale.
Experience Flavorful and Potent Highs
One of the biggest draws of concentrates is that they’re more potent than their original flowers. Most buds have THC contents of up to 30%. Concentrates can reach potency levels of 90% or more. Live resin sauce isn’t the strongest concentrate on the market, but it’s still quite potent. THC concentrations generally range from 30% to 50%.
Creating a concentrate from flash-frozen buds also creates a flavor experience unlike any other. Where curing and drying result in terpene loss, immediately freezing the buds preserves the most terpenes possible. Concentrates from these buds have significantly higher concentrations of terpenes as a result. When you smoke, vape, or dab live resin sauce, you get more than the higher concentration of cannabinoids. You also get the complex flavors of the original plant.
Live resin sauce is more than just another cannabis concentrate. In addition to the potent kick of cannabinoids, you also get to enjoy the incredible, nuanced flavors of the buds from which they were extracted. If you’re interested in giving it a shot for yourself, check out the selection at your local dispensary. When choosing a product, make sure the label says “live resin sauce” so that you can be assured you’re getting the most flavorful experience possible.