What are THCA Liquid Diamonds?

What are THCA Liquid Diamonds?

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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 THCA? And what's the deal with this paradoxical term "liquid diamonds?" This brief guide to THCA will answer all those questions and more.

What is THCA?

Tangie Ghost Train Haze Cannabis Concentrate THCa

THCA 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, THCA and THC are not the same compounds, nor are they isomers (molecules with the same type of atoms but a different arrangement). 

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

What are THCA 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 THCA can form crystalline bonds. To make diamonds out of THCA, 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 THCA Liquid Diamonds

THCA 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 THCA 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 THCA 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 THCA 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 THCA Liquid Diamonds

As stated earlier, THCA 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, THCA can degrade and become Delta-9 THC over time. However, the structure of THCA 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 THCA, 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 THCA liquid diamonds. In short, THCA is the "raw" precursor to THC that converts into THC when heated/decarboxylated. THCA liquid diamonds are the result of highly concentrated THCA and terpenes being pressed into a solid form to create a pure, highly potent product that's ready for vaping. And THCA 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 THCA. 

If you're curious about trying products with THCA in them, then we welcome you to try our selection of Live Resin THCA 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 Live Resin Disposable Vape
  • Type: Indica-forward terpenes
  • Flavor Profile: Earthy, woodsy
  • Best For: Evening walks, cozy nights in 
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 THCA 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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