"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:
- 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."