Terp juice has quickly become one of the most sought-after forms of cannabis extract due to its rich aroma and flavor. As the name suggests, “terp” refers to terpenes, which play a crucial role in the sensory experience of cannabis.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the world of terp juice, exploring its extraction process, similarities to live resin, and the abundance of terpenes it offers.
What is Terp Juice?
Terp juice is a cannabis extract known for its high terpene content, which contributes to its delightful taste and aroma. It belongs to the category of live resin extracts, meaning it is extracted from fresh, undried cannabis flowers. Sometimes, the cannabis is flash-frozen before extraction to preserve its aromatic properties.
Terp Juice vs. Standard Live Resin
Terp juice is often considered synonymous with live resin, and the distinction between the two can be blurry. Both share a similar texture—sugary, sappy, and slightly runny. Some extract artists may use the terms “HolyWater” or “Terp Sap” to describe the same type of extract, possibly with subtle differences in their extraction techniques.
The Aromatic Promise of Terp Juice
Despite the potential confusion with names, terp juice delivers on its aromatic promise. Whether referred to as terp juice, Terp Sap, HolyWater, or live resin, this extraction process results in concentrates with significantly higher terpene content compared to other types of cannabis concentrates. The use of fresh, undried cannabis and flash-freezing prior to extraction further elevates the terpene levels.
Maximizing Terpene Content for Growers
For growers aiming to maximize terpene content in their cannabis plants, various techniques can be employed. These include light spectrum manipulation, adjusting relative humidity levels, and selecting strains known for their exceptional fragrance. Check out our recent post, “How To Maximize Your Terpenes – The Basic Steps,” and check out part 2, where we delve into advanced techniques.
Laboratory Testing and Terpene Levels
When comparing terp juice and live resin to concentrates made from dried cannabis, the difference in terpene content is striking. Extracts from dried cannabis typically contain 0.5-4% total terpenes and terpenoids, whereas terp juice extracts, such as HolyWater, consistently register 10-20% total terpenes, as reported by the team at Steep Hill Halent labs.
The Debate on Terpene Content
Interestingly, a High Times article from 2016 investigating terpene content found that live resin did not have the highest terpene levels. Instead, budder and shatter extracts took the top spots. The article suggested that although live resin retains a unique fragrance similar to fresh cannabis, its terpene content might be lower than top-tier BHO made from cured herb. Nevertheless, terp juice remains an excellent choice for those seeking a delightful burst of fruity, flowery aromas.
Terp juice stands out as a flavorful and aromatic cannabis extract, thanks to its high terpene content. While its name may be synonymous with live resin, it offers a distinct sensory experience that appeals to cannabis enthusiasts. With ongoing advancements in extraction techniques and cannabis cultivation practices, terp juice continues to be a delightful option for those seeking a terpene-rich experience.