To completely understand the cannabis plant, all of us should take the time to read up on it’s less famous sub-compounds. By now, everyone knows the ins and outs of THC and CBD as there’s a fair amount of research at your fingertips.  

But what if we told you that there’s a white, crystal rock on the market that’s one of the purest concentrated forms available and not many people have heard of it?

No, not cocaine, crystal meth or any other murky substance.

We’re talking about THC-A Crystalline, a highly concentrated form of cannabis that typically reaches the 99.9997 percent purity. 

Also referred to as “THC crystals”, “crystals” or “diamonds”, this powerful compound is ready to revolutionize how people view and use cannabis. 

But without a doubt, there’s a lack of information around the lesser advertised cannabinoids like this one available to the public. 

For those seeking new remedies, we’re going to go over what is THC-A Crystalline and the effects of this glittery, sugary-looking substance.




What is THC-A Crystalline?

THC-A Crystalline is the crystal form of THC-A, also known as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. 

THC-A crystals are one of the purest extracts in the world. Incredibly, pure THC-A won’t make you high and doesn’t have terpenes either (so it’s flavourless and odourless). This makes it perfect for being able to treat many different ailments from physical pain to neurological conditions. 

To make THC-A psychoactive, it has to turn into THC which only can be done by a process called decarboxylation

How to Make THCA Crystalline

There are many steps in the process to isolate the Crystalline form of THC-A from a cannabis flower. outlines the process as follows:

First, the most common way to extract cannabinoids from a high THC-A flower is to blast it with either butane or CO2. 

Viscous oil is then obtained, which contains many unwanted lipids, so it is mixed with solvents, acetic acid, and hexane. 

This method will purify the oil by dissolving the plant matter, and a rotary evaporator is used to remove the two solvents gently. 

Further purification is achieved by mixing the oil with Sephadex-LH20, dichloromethane, and chloroform. 

This process is called chromatography – adding different chemicals to a mixture to separate out its components. The rotary evaporators are used again to remove these chemicals, and the extract crystallizes during this process. 

To make the crystals as pure as possible, they are filtered twice more with chromatography: once with methanol and once with pentane as the chemical additives.

Even though this extraction technique uses a lot of chemicals, the rotary evaporator ensures that they are all removed, so don’t worry – the THC-A Crystalline is safe for consumption.

By the end of this process, the cannabinoid purity within the THC-A crystals is almost 100 percent.

How is THC-A Crystalline Best Consumed?

For recreational use, THC-A Crystalline can be dabbed. 

However, as the crystals are almost pure cannabinoids and the heating process will convert the crystals into THC, this will provide a powerful high. This is much more intense than your typical joint and so only smoke it if you’re fairly experienced.

To avoid the psychoactive effects of THC, and still experience the health benefits of THC-A, the best way is through ingestion. It can easily be added to a variety of dishes, such as salads and dressings or a garnish to any meal.  

Find a deeper breakdown of how to use THC-A here




How Much THC-A Crystalline Should I Dab?

If you’ve never used THC-A Crystalline before you should start with a small dose, around the size of a grain of rice. Then you slowly build up as you feel comfortable.

THC-A Crystalline is also used recreationally to get an intense high. Even though it’s non-psychoactive, it is highly concentrated and will convert into THC when heated or smoked. 

So, by all means, “dabbing” is a good way to inhale it. Or you can add a little bit of THC-A to your joint. 

Always start with a very tiny amount. It is a very potent extract that is much stronger than most extracts such as shatter or budder.

What is THC-A Crystalline Used For

Although still in the early stages of development, recent findings have shown that THC-A Crystalline has far-reaching medicinal and therapeutic benefits when consumed without heating. 

It’s popular among those who are looking to treat ailments such as:

  • depression, stress
  • gastrointestinal issues
  •  pain (e.g., arthritis or fibromyalgia)
  • epilepsy
  • seizures
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • dementia

Harnessing the Healing Powers of Cannabis

For years, cannabis was seen as the laid back drug that made teens skip school, and adults eat a week’s worth of food in one sitting. 

This is now far from the case and for good reasons. More information on non-psychoactive compounds such as THC-A Crystalline is pouring in daily, so hopefully, it can shed some light on the subject. 

I'm a writer and editor for Herb Approach News, dedicated to providing insight about everything in the new, emerging cannabis space. How exciting it is! Before focusing on cannabis, I spent several years freelancing, and before that, I spent a handful of years finishing my Masters Degree in Publishing and Creative Writing.