Live Resin Sauce, also known as Terp Sauce or just “sauce,” is a cannabis concentrate increasingly popular among users looking for cannabis with a potent aroma and flavor granted by a high terpene content. Opening a jar of Sauce has no parallel when talking about the power of the smell.
Getting more into the matter, the term “live” means that cultivators made it from freshly harvested plant matter. In contrast, other common types of concentrates like Shatter and Wax come from plant material that's been dried and cured before processing.
The “Sauce” label comes from the product’s consistency, including a liquid portion and a solid portion. The liquid portion is a high terpene extract (HTE), and its focus is not necessarily on potency but the resin's delicious tastes and smells. At the same time, the solid part comprises THCa crystals, an inactive precursor form of THC that will become heat-activated during the dabbing process. Made from organic flower, check out some of our live resin offerings below.
What is Live Resin Diamond Sauce?
Precious as jewels, live resin diamonds forms when live resin separates from plant matter by gravity under certain conditions. Diamonds are the THCa crystals that begin to form on the bottom of the container, leaving a semi-viscous liquid layer on top, which is a high-terpene mix.
THCa diamonds are one the most fragrant and potent of all concentrate forms. Users dab diamonds with the high-terpene liquid mix spread over the top, resulting in a rich, aromatic concentrate like no other. There is a partial separation of terpenes and diamonds that happens, that is resin “sauce,” which is just a semi-separate mixture of viscous high-terpene mix and tiny THCa crystals.
Thus, liquid diamonds are sauce carts, but the making process employs specific procedures to ensure the separation is as slight as possible. As a result, you have “Liquid Diamonds,” which means that your resin carts deliver the typical resin diamond experience, but with a more convenient portable delivery method than a static dab rig.
How is Live Resin Sauce Made?
To make Live Resin Sauce, one needs either cured or fresh frozen flowers harvested from any cannabis strains. Still, it will generally have fewer terps when using cured flowers due to the drying during the curing process.
The sauce made from fresh frozen flowers is "live resin" with a more robust aroma and flavor profile. The sauce-making process seeks to allow the major cannabinoids, primarily THC, to crystallize and separate from the liquid terpenes mix. This makes the sauce quite different from other extracts.
Live resin sauce concentrate exhibits varying levels of uniformity while still having high strength and flavor, different from other extracts like shatter, budder, or wax. It keeps cannabinoids and terps fully integrated, resulting in uniform color, texture, and potency.
While making more common extracts like shatter typically involves purging most of the solvent for 24 to 72 hours, making live resin sauce takes a couple of days to a few weeks to remove the residual solvents. That's because rather than purging out all solvents at once, sauce producers purposefully leave solvent in the mixture for a longer time to allow THCa or CBDa compounds to crystallize so that you can have the diamonds and the viscous terpenes oil.
Can You Eat Live Resin Sauce?
Live Resin Sauce is terrific for making edibles, so enjoy yourself with it and live the fantastic experience this concentrate offers. To eat live resin sauce, it must go through a decarboxylation process. Here's how:
Step by step
Put your Live Resin Sauce in an oven-safe container, such as stainless steel and cast iron (avoid items with non-metal parts such as wooden or plastic handles). Heat it in the oven at about 240°F to convert THCa into digestible THC. Do so for about 20-45 minutes until the bubbles stop forming.
Now that you have digestible oil, you need to bind it to fat because THC isn’t water-soluble. Take a cooking pot, add a quarter of terp oil for every cup of coconut oil or butter, heat up for 30 minutes, and stir until it is even.
Now you have cannabis terp oil to do whatever you want, so look for your favorite edibles recipe (caps, cooking, etc.) and enjoy!
Is Full-Spectrum Sauce Live Resin?
The definition of “full-spectrum” is an interesting topic of debate. Still, an easy answer is that it refers to a cannabis extract that retains the original composition of compounds present in the plant’s trichomes, minus the fats, waxes, and lipids that hold them together.
Full-spectrum live resin is an exceptional product because most extraction processes remove some of these compounds. In contrast, full-spectrum methods leave all compounds intact, most notably, cannabinoids and terpenes.
However, full-spectrum sauce is not the same as live resin sauce because not all sauce processing successfully retains all compounds in the final product, so not all sauce is full-spectrum.
Is Terp Sauce Made from Live Rosin or Live Resin?
At a base level, live resin is a solvent-based concentrate. This means its processing needs to utilize chemical solvents to strip cannabis flowers of their highly potent resin glands.
In contrast, live rosin is a solventless concentrate. Live Resin and Live Rosin are extracted from fresh, flash-frozen plant matter, but Live Rosin requires an additional step. Producers create a complete melt bubble hash from that new plant matter before pressing it into the final product.
Terp sauce manufacturers use fresh flowers first to make Live Resin, preserving flavor and aroma at their maximum. The preservation of the original cannabis compounds and terpenes is why live resin makes for higher-quality terp sauce than regular cured buds. Live rosin would serve perfectly for this purpose, but it is still not as common as live resin.
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