What are THCA Diamonds?
No, you can’t wear them. THCA diamonds (sometimes called “THC diamonds”) are one of the many types of concentrates and extracts in the cannabis market named for its crystal-like form. But unlike other concentrates, diamonds are a nearly-pure form of the minor cannabinoid that offers potential therapeutic benefits of its own.
What are THCA diamonds?
THCA diamonds are one of the purest THC-dominant cannabis concentrates on the market, containing up to 99.9% THC when heated.
THCA diamonds are typically vaporized or “dabbed,” either in combination with flower, within a concentrate, or for those with very high tolerance, on their own. Before they’re exposed to heat, diamonds are composed of Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). THCA is the precursor to THC, the cannabinoid primarily responsible for the intoxicating feelings associated with cannabis, among its other therapeutic benefits like pain relief or appetite stimulation.
When heated, the THCA content converts to THC. The high levels of THC makes THCA diamonds among the most potent cannabis concentrates on the market.
Why THCA diamonds?
THCA diamonds are known for their purity and are sought after by many consumers for their high potency. The crystalline structure of THCA diamonds contains 99% refined THCA. Even a small THCA diamond can contain more THCA than a gram of cannabis flower.
While it’s a fact that high levels of THC do not always equate to more potent intoxication, the purity of THCA diamonds remains unmatched. Because of the extremely high levels of THCA in THCA diamonds, there is little to no room for terpenes and the other compounds in cannabis. This means consumers can incorporate THCA diamonds strategically in a way that helps them meet their goals. For example, someone who consumes high-THC products to help with chronic pain may find heightened relief from a product that is pure THCA.
What do THCA diamonds look like?
As the name suggests, THCA diamonds appear as solid structures that are semi-transparent and can look like gemstones. They are commonly seen in the extract known as sauce. Some dispensaries may carry diamonds on their own as isolated crystals, which can be consumed in combination with flower, with other concentrates, or on their own.
THC diamonds vs. THCA diamonds: Is there a difference?
No. The terms THCA diamonds and THC diamonds are synonyms that refer to crystalized forms of the acidic form of the cannabinoid.
Diamonds can be heated to the point of decarboxylation, at which point the THCA converts to THC. As a result, consuming THCA diamonds via vaporization or combustion generally results in consumers getting high levels of THC — not THCA. This is why people sometimes refer to this product as THC diamonds.
Where do THCA diamonds come from?
When creating THCA Diamonds, the primary goal is to ensure that the THCA does not convert to THC during or after the extraction process. To that end, manufacturers may use a few methods, including:
- Closed-loop extraction (CLE) separates THCA and terpenes from the plant material. The extract is then processed in a way that “forms” the diamonds.
- The crystalline method mixes THCA isolate with a solvent, then heat and pressure are added. During this process, THCA separates out of the solution and chemically bonds to other THCA molecules to form the “diamonds.”
- Diamond mining is a process used to harvest isolated THCA from sauce, a terpene-rich extract in which diamonds can be found.
How to consume THCA diamonds
If you want to convert the potent levels of THCA into intoxicating THC, diamonds could be used with vape or dab rig or simply sprinkled on top of your next bowl pack.
Consuming THCA diamonds with a dab rig
There are a few components to a dab rig, including the rig itself, a nail or “banger” (typically made of metal or quartz), and accessories such as a carb cap. The nail of a dab rig must be heated up with a torch first, and then the extract is “dabbed” onto it before inhalation. Read the Ethos guide to dabbing to learn more about how to dab.
Consuming THCA diamonds with an electronic vaporizer
Select electronic vaporizers can be used to consume concentrates, including diamonds. Some are “dual use” vaporizers designed to work with both flower and concentrates, while others are designed just to work with concentrates. Read the Ethos guide to concentrate devices to learn more about these options.
Consuming THCA diamonds with cannabis flower
THCA diamonds can be mixed in with cannabis flower to enhance its phytocannabinoid content. Similar to how one would consume kief, take the THCA diamond, crush it up, and sprinkle it in with dried flower. The crushed-up diamonds can be sprinkled directly on top of the flower for use with virtually any consumption device.
Trying THCA diamonds
THCA diamonds can be a little intimidating for new consumers. Whether you’re looking for an addition to your current routine or are just finding out about THCA diamonds now, Ethos associates are available to walk you through the ins and outs of incorporating this unique concentrate into your routine.
Check out the Ethos website to see your options at your local dispensary. And for more information on the growing variety of cannabis products available to you, check out the Ethos cannabis learning center for articles covering everything you want to know about cannabis.
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