THCA crystalline is one of the most complicated forms of cannabis to make, but the final product is one that is coveted by many for its extremely high THCA content.
The end product itself has many benefits, especially for those looking to solely reap the benefits of THCA without any extra compounds present. Its neutral taste, sugar-like appearance, and non-psychoactive properties (as long as not heated) make it appealing for many medicinal cannabis users.
Let’s dive into the process of making THCA crystalline, as well as some of the benefits and drawbacks of the product.
THCA crystalline is cannabis which has been refined until it is in the form of crystals. It resembles coarse sugar in its appearance. It’s widely regarded as the most potent form of marijuana, as it contains ~99.96% THCA.
To make THCA crystalline, you start with a cannabis extract. That extract is then combined with acetic acid and hexane, which serve as solvents and dissolve away the plant compounds, such as terpenes, fats, lipids, and other cannabinoids. This step separates all those unwanted compounds from the THCA.
The next part of the process utilizes machinery, such as a rotary vessel or reactionary vessel. By using pressure, motion, and heat, the solvent is evaporated, leaving behind Δ9 tetrahydrocannabinolic acid.
This solution still contains a variety of unwanted compounds that can be removed through a process called chromatography. During chromatography, more chemicals are added to the mix to remove any unwanted compounds, and then the solution is once again put through the rotary or reactionary vessel to separate the THCA from the unwanted solvents and compounds.
By this point, the THCA molecules have chemically bonded to one another, forming a crystalline structure.
THCA crystalline can be incorporated into food using a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Remember that THCA becomes THC once it’s heated, so if you include this in food items that are exposed to heat, you will experience the psychoactive effects THC gives.
Others choose to dab the product in order to experience a high, while some consume it in powder form in pill capsules for easy ingestion.