What are THC-A Liquid Diamonds?

What are THC-A Liquid Diamonds?

If you've recently browsed our website or have even seen them in-store, you may have noticed that we started offering Live Resin THC-A Liquid Diamond Disposables.

But what exactly is THC-A? And what's the deal with this paradoxical term "liquid diamonds?" This brief guide to THC-A will answer all those questions and more.

What is THC-A?

Tangie Ghost Train Haze Cannabis Concentrate THCa

THC-A is short for "tetrahydrocannabinolic acid." It is a cannabinoid, meaning it is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis species, including hemp and marijuana. 

Experienced cannabis enthusiasts may recognize the first part of this cannabinoid's name, "THC." THC, often called "Delta-9," is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis. However, THC-A and THC are not the same compounds, nor are they isomers (molecules with the same type of atoms but a different arrangement). 

THC-A contains 22 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 4 oxygen atoms per molecule, while THC (along with CBD and Delta-8) contains 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. 

The easiest way to think of THC-A is that it's a predecessor to THC. Much like CBDA to CBD, THC-A will decarboxylate into THC when exposed to heat and light. Interestingly enough, THC-A is an isomer of CBDA. So basically, THC-A is "raw" THC" but isn't technically THC because of key molecular differences. 

What are THC-A Liquid Diamonds?

Close up of some Live Resin Diamonds

"Liquid diamonds" is a confusing name, but it makes sense once you know how cannabis processors make them. Both THC and THC-A can form crystalline bonds. To make diamonds out of THC-A, a producer will use specialized equipment to apply immense amounts of pressure on high concentrations of the cannabinoid along with terpenes (naturally occurring compounds that give plants their scent). 

This enormous pressure "pushes" the molecules into place, stacking them on top of one another, forming a solid crystal structure. The final result is a product unmatched in potency and purity. 

The Effects of THC-A Liquid Diamonds

THC-A by itself is not psychoactive. You need to heat it up to decarboxylate it into Delta-9 THC. If you are familiar with Delta-9 edibles, then you should be familiar with the effects of inhalable products with THC-A liquid diamonds in them. The effects of Delta-9 include:
  • Relaxation
  • Laughter
  • Creativity
  • Heightened senses
  • Aesthetic appreciation
Compared to Delta-9 edibles, on a milligram-to-milligram basis, the effects of THC-A liquid diamonds are milder and shorter-lasting. When you consume Delta-9 in an edible form, your body converts it into 11-hydroxy-THC. When you inhale a THC-A vape, you are inhaling Delta-9, and that is what bonds to your cannabinoid receptors. When you eat Delta-9, 11-hydroxy-THC is what binds to your receptors.

The Legality of THC-A Liquid Diamonds

As stated earlier, THC-A and Delta-9 are related but are entirely different cannabinoids with different molecular compositions and structures. According to the latest Farm Bill, hemp is cannabis with a 0.3% or lower concentration of Delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. Now, THC-A can degrade and become Delta-9 THC over time. However, the structure of THC-A liquid diamonds greatly deters and reduces this process. 

In general, the Farm Bill requires compliant hemp products to be tested for total THC content including THC-A, so always look for a product that has passed the potency test according to their COAs. However, you should also check with your state laws, as certain stipulations on specific cannabinoids may be in place. For example, Texas state law states that "THCa is technically legal to sell as long as it contains less than .3% delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. But like most things involving any form of cannabis in the Lone Star State, the legality of THCa products is far from clear cut."

Final Thoughts

Woman holding G13 Live Resin Disposable Vape

That just about wraps it up for what you need to know about THC-A liquid diamonds. In short, THC-A is the "raw" precursor to THC that converts into THC when heated/decarboxylated. THC-A liquid diamonds are the result of highly concentrated THC-A and terpenes being pressed into a solid form to create a pure, highly potent product that's ready for vaping. And THC-A is legal under the current Farm Bill and many state laws because they only account for the concentration of hemp-derived Delta-9 THC, not THC-A. 

If you're curious about trying products with THC-A in them, then we welcome you to try our selection of Live Resin THC-A Liquid Diamond Disposables available in: 

Amnesia Haze

Amnesia Haze Live Resin Disposable Vape

Type: Sativa-forward terpenes
Flavor Profile: Citrus, lime
Best For: Social occasions, mood-lifting

White Rhino

White Rhino Live Resin Disposable Vape

Type: Indica-forward terpenes
Flavor Profile: Earthy, woodsy
Best For: Evening walks, cozy nights in 

Pink Panther

Pink Panther Live Resin Disposable Vape
Type: Sativa-forward terpenes
Flavor Profile: Peach, pear
Best For: Outdoor days, mood-lifting

G13

G13 Live Resin Disposable Vape
Type: Indica-forward terpenes
Flavor Profile: Piney, woodsy
Best For: Relaxing at night, nighttime activities

We hope you came out of this blog with more knowledge regarding THC-A liquid diamonds and curiosity about this emerging cannabis product. Until next time, happy exploring and Mind Your Mind. 

FDA Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

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