Created by the team over at Guild Extracts, this is an extract composed of 99.997% THCA. Most extracts today will have around 50-80% purity. As the first team to successfully do this, it’s claimed to be the strongest hash in the world. And with a 0.003% margin, it will be hard to improve upon. It has gained extreme popularity due to its uniqueness and purity. And this can be observed with its prices, reaching as high as €170 a gram.
When exposed to heat, Crystalline is quite potent, though the body may not experience the full effect of this Extract, as it lacks the terpenes found in flower and other concentrates. Terpenes help provide the unique flavors, aromas, and other effects of each high associated with different cultivars. Without these terpenes, Crystalline isn’t able to provide the same health benefits attributed to the entourage effect. Terpene removal is part of the crystalline production process and the resulting cannabinoids in the final crystalline product are the same, regardless of the starting plant material. For example, if a Crystalline manufacturer used Durban Poison cultivar for one batch of THCA crystals, and Northern Lights cultivar for a separate batch of THCA crystals, the final products would produce the same effects. The THCA crystals from one strain are identical to those from another. Dispensaries won’t carry strain-specific crystals; they simply don’t exist because Crystalline has no terpenes that give each cultivar its unique characteristics.
When dealing with such a pure substance, precision is one of the main advantages. Never before could a patient be so sure of his/her THC intake. When dealing with flower and even other extracts, it’s extremely hard to know the exact THC percentage it contains. The error margins are relatively large. With THCA crystalline, the patient can continuously assess results based on the dosage, knowing that it will always be consistent.
Edible companies will now have access to an extract that will allow for more precise dosing of products. This is an extract that will also act extremely fast, which is a great advantage, especially considering the time an edible can take to hit. This can be crucial for certain conditions treatable with THC.
Another great advantage is that, when ingested without being decarboxylated, THCA will have no psychoactive effects, but will still present various medical applications. This is great news for patients in need of THC, but who don’t enjoy the high it gives. When there is no heat or pressure applied, THCA can be placed in a drink or meal with no alteration in mental functioning.
Crystalline can be ingested orally, either added to a recipe when making Edibles, or dissolving in oil to create a Tincture-like product. For homemade Edibles, crystals can be dissolved in cooking oil or butter, and used as an ingredient in recipes. Olive oil and coconut oil are the most popular for dissolving crystal to make a Tincture-like product.
Crystalline can be smoked, or dabbed, using a dab rig. A dab rig is a type of smoking apparatus, similar to a small water bong, that vaporizes heated Crystalline to be inhaled in single, measured dosages. Dabbing CBD or CBDA Crystalline allows users to feel non-intoxicating effects quickly, but dabbing THCA will produce the intoxicating effects of THC.
To dab Crystalline, preheat a “nail” at one end of the dab rig device using a handheld butane torch. Once the nail reaches the correct temperature, use the spoon-shaped end of a dabber to scoop and pour the appropriate dosage of Crystalline on the nail. The crystals will instantly heat and vaporize on the heated nail. While inhaling the vapor through the mouthpiece end of the rig, place a cap on the nail to catch as much vapor as possible.
THCA Crystalline can also be combined with other cannabis Concentrates, like Live Resin Shatter, to increase their potency. Mixing crystals with concentrates that have terpenes and other cannabinoids may aid the uptake of the THCA, CBDA or CBD into the body.