The future in a pure, powerful and crystallized format.
In recent years, producers have taken concentrates far beyond possible. So much so that extractions could overtake the flowering market by 2020. We all know the recipe for Space cake we have already seen the Moonrock and the Sunrock, the preparations of butters Marrakech , the crystal spheres called Dragon Balls, there is no shortage of mining artist association. Now place ay THC Crystal.
The sky is the limit and when it comes to concentrates. Pure THC crystals are the newest and most exciting trend in extraction technology. With a power of 99,9%, it is not difficult to see why ...
THC crystals, more specifically known as crystalline THCA, are not a product for everyone but for people capable of handling a powerful experience. If a simple taff on a joint makes you leave, you might be better off from this one.
But, if that's exactly what you're looking for, then let's dig a little deeper into the details to find out about pure THC crystals, how they're made, and what euphoria looks like. Hang in there, it's going to be very powerful.
What are THC crystals?
Before a grower harvests or heals their crop, plants contain a slightly different set of cannabinoids than you might expect. Consumers like us are used to THC and CBD, but the fresh herb contains the acid-terminated cannabinoids. These are the precursors of CBD and THC. Instead of THC, the fresh bud containsTetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), and instead of CBD,cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). These two cannabinoids also have many medical benefits, but their properties are less well understood than those of THC and CBD. They are activated in a step called the decarboxylation.
Thanks to an advanced extraction process, producers can now extract the THCA which then crystallizes. Hence the name crystalline crystal, or THC crystal.
But we can already hear you whispering in confusion. “You just said THCA is different from THC, but are you talking about THC crystals?”
Technically, the product you'll find at your favorite drugstore is crystalline THCA. It is a clear to white rock, crystallized or in powder. It tends to look like a few more street drugs (cocaine, crack) and is therefore poorly packaged. But, it is the purest cannabinoid product you can get.
Crystalline THCA stays in its unstable form until subjected to high heat by the user. Incineration, induction or convention of THCA transforms the molecule and removes the “A”. This is the same process that occurs called decarboxylation. When the flower meets the flame, the THCA turns into THC. This transformation is the reason some companies call their products THC Crystal. When you smoke it, you are actually consuming THC, not THCA.
Interestingly, before turning on and heating the pure THCA crystals, they are not psychoactive. Although there are over a hundred cannabinoids known to date, only THC triggers a psychoactive experience.
What are the medical uses of THC crystals?
Due to their sometimes extreme potency, THC crystals are medically useful in many ways. It's like a supercharged tube of THC. Some companies have achieved up to 99,9% THCA, although most products on the market are around 80% potency. The extraction process removes most, if not all, of the other cannabinoids and terpenes. The product is generally tasteless and aroma free.
When you smoke crystalline THCA, the high comes almost immediately. Unlike edible foods, you won't have to wait hours to feel the effects. This immediacy is perfect for treating acute problems, such as sudden pain, inflammation and headaches. Pure THC is a great tool for treating pain, chronic illnesses, and certain mood disorders.
What is perhaps more exciting than the smoke, abraded or THC crystal capsule version is the benefits of oral ingestion. Since crystalline THCA is a crystal, it easily dissolves in foods. You can take it as a tincture or as a capsule. So far, very few studies have looked specifically at the benefits of THCA. However, preliminary research suggests the following medical possibilities:
With more research, there may well be huge potential for THCA as a therapeutic agent. Since it is difficult to find (and use) in other types of products, the sheer concentration found in THC crystals can make it a sought-after medicinal compound.
How is crystalline THC extracted?
According to most cannabis experts, the detailed process of producing a pure crystalline THC concentrate is a well-kept secret. Few companies do, and they don't want to reveal their trade secrets. But with that caveat, we do know a few things about the way it's made, even though we don't know the finer details.
The first step is the initial extraction. This is done using what we can assume to be standard extraction procedures that protect the sensitive THCA molecule. Most growers will use a tlow temperature technology, maybe the CO2, to do that.
After the first extract is obtained, it still contains a number of other compounds. Fats, cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. These are removed by a series of different washes, using specific solutions depending on the compound. For example, the process can include an acetate wash and a hexane wash.
A second step called “preparative chromatography” is then carried out. Which basically passes the clarified extract through different media, filters, to remove other compounds. Details are unclear here, but the preparative chromatography process rinses the extract at varying rates, through varying media until the desired concentration is reached.
After so much processing, the solution still contains some persistent contaminants. This last step of the treatment is necessary to "clean" the solution. This eliminates all chemicals that are unfit for human consumption. When finished, you have almost 100% pure THC crystal in your hands.
What is the feeling of High felt?
Pure THC crystal, when smoked, dabbed, vaporized or otherwise heated, can provide an intense experience. If you're not that inclined towards potent strains or dabs, you might want to take it easy. Too much THC leads to what some call
“Greening” (nausea and dizziness). This experience, while not dangerous, is certainly not fun. The high has to be an experience because it is an extremely potent high, unlike any you've ever had.
The standard descriptions people use when talking about a pure high THC crystal is that it is bright, fresh, and energetic. There are no disturbances caused by other cannabinoids, such as CBD or CBG. No influence of the effects of terpenes. Without flavor or aroma. Pure happiness, and a truly spectacular experience.
Of course, if you don't smoke, but ingest it orally without heat, there won't be any high at all. Remember that THCA compared to THC is a very different experience. THCA, as a non-psychoactive substance, will have no effect unless, of course, you count the potential medicinal benefits.
If you're a cannabis lover but haven't tried pure THC crystals yet, it's worth checking out the states. Given the advanced technology requirements for its production, it is offered at a higher price. But the investment is probably worth it. Look for lab-tested brands to avoid contamination. In most places today, the stringent testing requirements will rule out any problematic products.