If you’ve seen the letters HTFSCE or HTFSE on our site (or any Brand X cannabis site) and wondered what the heck they mean, you aren’t alone. The first thing to note is that they both refer to different types of full spectrum extract.
It’s all there in the acronyms: HTFSE stands for High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract. HTFSCE stands for High Terpene Full Spectrum Crystallized Extract. These terms refer to two different methods of extraction, but are basically two sides of the same delicious coin. Full-spectrum is the champagne of extracts!
And here’s why. Let’s start with the trichome. A cannabis trichome is, speaking simply, the hair or fuzz of the cannabis bud, where you’ll find the highest concentration of cannabinoids (the bio-chemicals that make cannabis different from, say, a tomato). The trichomes don’t just contain cannabinoids, of course. They’re made of regular plant material: cellulose, chlorophyll, waxes, lipids and fats. Many of these aren’t useful to the cannabis experience, either as potency or as flavour. Full spectrum extracts leave the useless plant materials behind, preserving only the full range of cannabinoids for your enjoyment!
Full spectrum extracts contain the broadest range of terpenes — complex oil molecules naturally occurring in cannabis. Terpenes greatly affect flavour depth — they’re responsible for the smell and taste differences of all the different strains of cannabis. The presence or absence of certain terpenes leads to unique, delicious flavour combinations.
Increasingly, creators of full spectrum extracts are artisans of their trades, as serious about flavour and innovation as any craft beer brewer, winemaker or whisky distiller. Some modern concentrate producers are known for their terp sauce — an admittedly ugly name for fascinating new breed of concentrate, based on full spectrum extraction methods. In terp sauce, terpenes are shifted, combined and ‘remixed’ from different cannabis strains to achieve truly unique flavour and psychoactive effects.
In any form, full spectrum extracts provide a clean, tasty, and highly effective next level dabbing experience. For a more detailed look at the extraction process, check out WeedMaps’ video here:
While HTFSE is a heavy hitter all on its own, you can take things to the next level with HTFSCE — crystallized extract. Specifically these crystals are THCa crystals (note the letter ‘a’ there!), also known as THC diamonds among aficionados. THCa crystals are formed naturally by the cannabis plant, and is typically converted to plain old THC by the heat of extraction, smoking or vaping. But the original form of THCa is a worthy cannabis component on its own, with some unique therapeutic properties.
The heatless full-spectrum extraction of HTFSCE preserves the cannabis’s natural THCa crystals, and the thick resin helps slow their decarboxylation (conversion to THC) at room temperature, so you can get the full enjoyment of the crystals in whatever way you choose to consume them. (We recommend refrigerating your extracts to slow the conversion process further and keep your concentrates fresh!)
If you’re ready to begin exploring the world of full-spectrum extracts, check out ZenLeaf’s concentrate sales, running for the third week of every month. Save 15% on these intense new flavours while supplies last!