What is THCA Diamonds?
Let’s break it down. THCA Diamonds is THC acid, the precursor to THC, the most abundant and intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. When exposed to heat, non-intoxicating THCA converts to intoxicating THC and produces that classic cannabis high. Diamonds are another term for the crystalline structures that form in sauce, a cannabis concentrate with high levels of terpenes and a runny texture. Put two and two together and you get a term for the THCA-rich crystals that form in sauce.
Sauce is made using a closed-loop system (explained in further detail below) that allows the resulting solution to settle under various pressures and temperatures. This environment promotes the natural separation of the major cannabinoids, including THCA in the form of diamonds (or THC diamonds as they’re sometimes erroneously called), from the terpene-rich, liquid portion.
The difference between terp sauce and crystalline
Concentrate enthusiasts will be familiar with sauce carts, or vape cartridges loaded with terpene-heavy sauce. Cannabis diamonds may also refer to the crystalline structures left over after terp sauce has been removed from the initial sauce mixture. These diamonds are usually coated in residual terp sauce. Diamonds can also refer to pure crystalline THCA that has been isolated from refined oil.
The central difference between these types of diamonds is the way they’re extracted and further processed. Whether presented as a saucy, high-terpene extract or packaged as isolated THCA, diamonds are always crystalline structures of pure THCA. Remember, these diamonds may be inaccurately referred to as pure THC, but in reality, they come in the form of pure THCA.
What THCA diamonds look like
The size and shape of diamonds don’t necessarily reflect the quality of input materials. Temperature, moisture, chemical impurities, and solvents used in the extraction process can all influence the size and shape of diamonds.
Diamonds range in size from very small to large chunks. THCA can crystallize into multiple forms but only when acted upon by variables such as temperature, moisture, and chemical impurities. Sterols, lipids, and even terpenes can impurify and alter the course of crystallization.
Similar to the way chemical variables interfere with sugar crystallization to create molasses, terpenes and other intruding compounds disrupt THCA crystallization to varying degrees, which has an effect on the diamond’s structure. Unique terpene profiles that are dependent on the cannabis variety being used can alter the size and composition of the diamonds created in an unrefined cannabis extract.
The final size and shape are also influenced by the solvents used during the extraction process. However, different shapes and sizes don’t necessarily mean different levels of purity. A diamond’s physical attributes are more a record of its path to crystallization than an indicator of how pure the diamond is.
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.