If you’re familiar with the cannabis industry or perhaps you are an avid cannabis lover yourself, you’ve probably heard the word THC diamonds tossed around. It sounds flashy and exciting due to its name, but what are THC diamonds? You most likely know what they are without even realizing it.
Read along and learn more about THC diamonds and exactly what they are and even learn how they are made.
Let’s Talk About THC Diamonds
THC diamonds are crystalline structures, coined by the cannabis industry, that describe something called THCA and can be developed into extracts or isolated from the flower. THCA is known as pure tetrahyrdocannabinolic acid (THCA) crystalline that can be developed by introducing a terpene-rich solution.
One thing to note is that diamonds are all crystalline structures with pure THCA, even though it is commonly referred to as THC diamonds. Something important to be aware of is that THCA is non-intoxicating by itself; however, it becomes active THC and psychoactive once it is subjected to heat through a process known as decarboxylation.
So how do you get high from THCA diamonds then? Well, you would vaporize the diamonds through a dab rig, e-rig, or vaporizer and that’s when the THCA decarboxylates into active THC. This is where the THC can then bind to the receptors in your endocannabinoid system and get you high.
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More Interesting Facts About THC Diamonds
THC diamonds are formed in a jar or container of sauce that forms at the bottom of the container as crystalline structures. If you are a cannabis enthusiast you are probably familiar with sauce carts or vape cartridges. The THC diamonds are what is leftover from the terpene-rich sauce that has been removed.
So in essence, THC diamonds are pure crystalline THCA that’s been isolated from the refined oil. They are inaccurately referred to as THC diamonds but are actually a pure crystalline THCA form or THCA diamonds.
So you may be wondering, does the appearance of the THCA diamonds effect the high? You’ll be pleased to know that the size and shape do not reflect the quality of the materials. The size and shape are influenced by several different factors during the extraction process, including:
- Chemical Impurities.
The size of the diamonds can range from large to small chunks. THCA can crystallize into multiple different forms when acted upon by different variables, like the ones listed above. Although there are factors that can affect the size and shape of the THCA diamonds, it does not necessarily indicate the purity of the diamond.
How Are THCA Diamonds Made?
THCA diamonds can be formed by one of two different processes. The first process is known as a closed-loop system. The second process utilizes a multi-step process to make the pure cannabinoid crystalline.
The closed-loop system uses a liquid solvent to separate the active compounds from the trichome to obtain a solution. This solution is a mixture of the solvent used and the desired compounds from the cannabis. From this point, the solvent must be removed from the solution.
Now, when making sauce and diamonds, you do not want to remove the solvent too quickly. Instead of immediately removing it from the system and getting rid of the unwanted solvents, a certain percentage of the solvent is left behind creating a solution overly saturated by THCA. This can be a lengthy process, taking anywhere from two days to several weeks.
The crystalline method requires the mixture of a highly refined cannabis concentrate— where all the terpenes and lipids have been removed—and a solvent to create an overly saturated solution. The next step is to apply heat and pressure which causes the solvent to evaporate, setting the stage for crystals to form. All the THCA formed will be found at the bottom of the vessel or container being utilized.
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Now You Know
Hopefully, you have a better understanding of what THC diamonds are and the process by which they are made. THC diamonds are another option for cannabis lovers to get high, aside from smoking the bud produced by the plant or consuming edibles.
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to cannabis. Some people are die-hard for flower or bud while some people swear by the concentrates or diamonds. Everyone has a preferred method for smoking, but sometimes it can be fun to experiment with different methods from time to time.