In the last decade, cannabis extractions have become more advanced than ever. From butane hash oil (BHO) to clear distillate, growers and extractors have learned out to transform cannabis into a sticky honey of pure resin. Now, however, extractors have taken things to the next level. The hottest new craze? THC-A crystalline, the strongest hash in the world.
What is THC-A crystalline?
Have you ever wondered if it is possible to create an extract containing pure tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)? Well, Southern Californian extractors have gotten as close as humanly possible, introducing 99.9 percent THC products onto the market. This purified resin is white in appearance and slightly powdery, like fine small rocks.
In contrast, most of the competing types of concentrate on the market tap out at about 80 percent. In terms of psychoactivity, THC-A crystalline is as potent as possible. Like other concentrate products, it’s recommended to dab or ingest THC-A crystalline.
THC-A crystalline does not actually contain THC. Rather, THC-A is the raw acid form of the molecule. In its raw form, THC-A is not psychoactive. To convert THC-A into the psychoactive THC, this product needs to be heated.
The THC-A crystalline experience
However, the experience that you’ll get from a pure THC concentrate will be quite different from what you’d get from smoking a bud or using a “lower potency” extraction.
The high from this stuff is much more clear headed and energetic, like a shot of some espresso or something spicy that hits the sinuses in a hurry.
It may have this more uplifting effect because it does not contain some of the beneficial plant materials found in other, less processed products. As a pure THC concentrate, crystalline does not contain the terpenoids or synergistic cannabinoids that other cannabis products contain.
Research suggests that it is the interaction between the different chemical compounds in the herb that determine the overall type of consumer experience.
Myrcene, the terpene responsible for the musky, mango aroma in some strains, for example, is thought to be partly responsible for the herb’s sedative effects. Others terpenes may hold anxiolytic and pain-relieving properties.
While both THC and CBD crystallines may each be considered extremely potent in some ways, they are less potent than more traditional cannabis products in others. Yet, there’s no denying. In terms of sheer psychoactive potential, you can bet that this stuff is pretty dang strong.
What can THC-A crystalline be used for?
As many might guess, this product has received some criticisms due to its appearance and potency. For many, THC-A crystalline looks a little too much like harder drugs that also come is a crystallized form, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.
While some may consider this extreme, this extract has a significant medical purpose. Pure THC-A crystalline allows for the careful dosage of THC.
Since the product is a nearly pure extraction, patients and enthusiasts can get a very precise dose of the cannabinoid by keeping the weight of the amount used in mind.
For example, crystalline allows you to know that you have consumed exactly one-eighth of a gram of THC. If you consume an eighth of a gram of shatter, there is still some variability in what you’re taking in with each dose. When it comes to medicinal products and consumer health, the more precision the better.
This product can also provide extremely fast relief to those who benefit from high-THC therapies. Edibles and skincare manufacturers may also appreciate the purity of crystalline, thanks to the ability to correctly dose cannabis-infused creations.