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June 26, 2018

The World's Most Potent Cannabis Product - THCa Crystals

It's not all about THC and CBD - learn about the myriad cannabinoids out there.

Cannabinoids are a common name for a class of chemical compounds that are a part of the cannabis plant. They are formed and found in trichomes, those sticky glands of the plant. The chemical compounds are divided into "phyto-cannabinoids" and "exo-cannabinoids", which act differently.

The most famous and popular are Δ9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC produces the famous euphoric effects and stimulates an influx of dopamine. It is used to treat centrally mediated pain and painful spasms. CBD is widely used for medicinal purposes, helping with arthritis, migraines, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and spasms. Big Pharma has long taken note of CBD in the research and development of prescription medications for treatments of recalcitrant epilepsy, Dravet's syndrome, and involuntary muscular contractions, and has since moved from opposition to the approval of cannabis based pharmaceuticals.

What other cannabinoids does marijuana contain?

THCA and CBDA are the most common cannabinoids. The remaining cannabinoid acids CBGA, THCA, CBDA and CBCA usually have much lower levels. In addition, there is an equal number of corresponding "V" compounds with slightly shorter chemical structures: CBGVA, THCVA, CBDVA and CBCVA.

Why is THCA valued among marijuana consumers?

"Diamonds" or THCA crystals have been gaining popularity within the cannabis concentrate community over the last couple of years. Until recently, isolated THCA has been hard to find. Now, they are available in an isolated form or more commonly drenched with terpenes in jars labeled “sauce.” Let’s go over everything you need to know about THCA crystalline.

What Is THCA?

THCA stands for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. Raw and live cannabis have the largest concentrations of it. THCA low converts to THC as a plant dries. Heating cannabis speeds the process up. In most cases, THCA may be preferable instead of THC due to the lack of psychoactive effects. Fresh cannabis, which is not heated and has not been aged, hardly contains any THC. Instead, the cannabinoid is present in the cannabis plant as THCA. THCA has no euphoric effect, which means that it does not cause any "high" when you consume or inhale marijuana.

What is THCA good for?

THCA demonstrated a wide range of positive effects on the endocannabinoid system (ECS), even more than those of THC and CBD. Some of these roles include antispasmodic effects, anticonvulsant effects, effects against insomnia and immune support. THCA significantly reduces nausea and vomiting, in part because of the CB1 cannabinoids’ effect on receptors, which is greater than that of THC.

THCA has a huge potential in the following areas:

  • Anti-cancer
  • Insecticide
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Neuroprotective antioxidant
  • Anti-emetic
  • Analgesic

THCA crystalline has been the latest trend among new products.

Unlike most other extracts THCA crystals are the result of the release of THCA from a cannabis plant, which means there is no fine terpene content. This is why the terpene extracts are again reintroduced into the crystals to make "sauce." If the psychoactive effects of THC cause you to panic, you're better off opting for THCA in a powder or pill form, i.e. not heated. For those looking for new sensations, dabbing THCA will do the trick.

How clear is the THCA crystalline and what are its contents?

It is an extract consisting of 99.997% THCA. Most extracts today will have 50-80% purity, it's claimed to be the strongest hash in the world. It has gained great popularity due to its uniqueness and purity. This purified cannabinoid came to change the game for all those in need of potent, medical THC.

How is THCA crystalline obtained?

This all starts with your usual cannabis extract derived from cannabis plant material. This extract is then mixed with hexane and acetic acid. These are two chemicals that, together, will help further separate the plant material form the THC. This happens by dissolving the plant matter, but keeping the good stuff untouched. This solution is then placed through a filter so that more plant matter can be removed. The remaining liquid is then placed in a rotary evaporator after which we get tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. Then we add sephadex-LH20, dichloromethane, and chloroform and then additionally purify it by placing the crystals back into the evaporator. To make the crystals even clearer we add methanol. The resulting mixture is run through a filter to remove impurities and once again placed into the rotary evaporator to get rid of the methanol. Once again, we add a dissolvent to purify the mixture to the unbelievable 99.997% and we are almost done. The final touch - one more run in the evaporator to remove the solvent and here we are. Pure THCA crystalline.

THCa crystals available for sale.

To date, not all concentrate manufacturers have the appropriate technology to produce such a unique product as THCA crystals. The technology for obtaining this extract is quite complex, and perfecting is an art not everyone has mastered, and most dispensaries are not ready to stock this new product but you can find it at Silver Stem, since we want our customers to have access to the best. Our budtenders will be happy to consult you on the proper use of the amazing THCA crystals.

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