As the cannabis industry grows, consumer education inevitably evolves, and once niche terms become trendy household names. The cannabis consumer is now more health-conscious than ever, and consumer product preferences have shifted towards concentrates and vaping. Entering the common cannabis lexicon is the term ‘High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract’ (or HTFSE), particularly in conversation with vape cartridges or disposables. HTFSE is often referenced by budtenders, and sales teams differentiate vape products with respect to their ‘purity’ or efficacy. In the aftermath of the numerous public cannabis vape-related incidents of tainted black market vape products and unsafe vape materials, many legal brands and cultivators have begun emphasizing their safety practices and commitment to ‘natural,’ clean cannabis products.
The term ‘full spectrum’ is used widely in the industry to describe cannabis products and essentially breaks down to product manufacturers taking measures to preserve as much of the natural cannabis compounds as possible, particularly the cannabinoids and terpenes. Pairing a ‘full spectrum’ array of cannabis compounds with the claim of ‘high terpenes” results in a higher quality product that elicits a more unique experience for consumers. Terpenes are cited with a more potent experience with cannabis consumption in this paper from the National Library of Medicine: The “Entourage Effect”: Terpenes Coupled with Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders. While the entourage effect is often brought up in relation to CBD / THC products, it is also the reason high terpene products are so highly sought after in cannabis products.
HTFSE has risen in popularity in vape cartridge products specifically as the term becomes more common among dispensaries and by cannabis users looking for more unique aroma and taste profiles from their cannabis products. The industry is paying attention to this consumer demand and marketing trend by focusing on the terpene quality of their products as opposed to cannabinoid contents. Some states, such as Nevada, have even begun requiring product manufacturers to disclose the top three terpene levels in their cannabis products as a result of these trends. In all, terpenes are becoming an increasingly important driver in consumer product purchasing preference.
As a first step in producing HTFSE products, many extraction labs produce cannabinoid-specific extracts and then recombine them with the small amounts of strain-specific terpenes yielded during hydro-carbon extraction methods. Through our innovative use of sealed chamber drying & heat pump-based terpene collection technology, Cann’s drying systems are able to collect the terpenes that would otherwise naturally be lost using industry-standard drying methods. The industry-standard drying method naturally separates terpenes via moisture loss from the cannabis flower and is typically pumped out of the dry room via HVAC systems. Cann’s novel terpene recapture system is simple to utilize and easily scalable as operations evolve and expand. Cann Drying Systems makes different chambers for cultivations of all sizes, whether you’re a small boutique grower or a large multi-state operator.
For more on our terpene recapture system available in all of our chambers, please contact us. We are here to help you worry less (about drying) and grow more.