Last Updated on April 14, 2021 by Kyle Catron
Full-spectrum extracts are gaining popularity because they can replicate the aroma and flavor of the actual plant while also providing the entourage effect, which leads to a long-lasting high. There are two types of full-spectrum extracts: HTFSE and HCFSE. The first is high in terpene and the second high in cannabinoid. HTFSE provides you a long-lasting high even though it doesn’t have as much THCA as HCFSE does. Both extracts can be used recreationally and medically, it all depends on what you prefer.
HTFSE stands for High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract. This term describes one of the two portions formed when making a full-spectrum extract from the cannabis plant. In this case, HTFSE contains more terpenes than the other portion of the extract, which contains more cannabinoid (HCFSE). High terpene full-spectrum extracts usually have about 50 percent of THCA and 13 to 40 percent terpenes.
Terpenes vs. Cannabinoids
HTFSE and HCFSE differ in the way the two are extracted and separated. HTFSE looks more like a gritty liquid or a sauce-like substance, while HCFSE looks like sugar or diamonds. HCFSE contains about 90 percent of THCA. While high cannabinoid full-spectrum extracts contain more THCA, this does not mean that it will be beneficial in terms of therapeutic effect and intoxication. When you have a lower level of THCA but higher amounts of compounds like terpenes, you will be able to get more of a high.
Benefits of HTFSE
The full spectrum extraction technique which allows all compounds to work together has been found to be the most effective in treatments using cannabis. “The Entourage Effect” allows all of the compounds of the cannabis plant to work together, which allows you to have a longer-lasting high than if you were to consume just THC or CBD.
Furthermore, HTFSE can help with a variety of disorders such as gastrointestinal issues, ADD and ADHD, and other illnesses both mental and physical. In some cases, cannabis compounds along with other medicines have even been able to treat Parkinson’s, ALS, and even Alzheimer’s. Additionally, terpenes have anti-inflammatory benefits that can help with insomnia and pain relief.
Overall, high terpene full-spectrum extracts are a great option for both medical and recreational use of cannabis. The extract allows you to get more of a long-lasting high with the entourage effect because it contains a variety of compounds from the plant. Furthermore, the fact that the extract has less THCA in comparison to HCFSE does not mean that it is less potent. It really depends on your preferences when it comes to choosing HTFSE over HCFSE. The first will give you a better high while the other will give you more therapeutic benefits.