Smoking Diamonds

You may or may not have heard of “Cannabis Diamonds” yet, but these bad boys are the very top of the high-end hash market - packing in at 5 times more potent than cannabis buds.

The big, beautiful crystals that are pure THCA and enjoyed by means of “dabbing” in special water-pipes, which is said to give an intense euphoria, and not surprisingly at a price you would expect from “diamond” labeled cannabis - $60 per gram.

Extracts are often made by blasting cannabis buds with a solvent—most commonly butane—to dissolve the plant’s psychoactive resins and oils. The resulting liquid is then purged with low heat and vacuum pressure to reclaim the butane, leaving a pure extract behind.

“Fresh-frozen” cannabis makes for more aromatic hash than flower buds that have been dried and cured for weeks. (Elise McDonough for Leafly)

The process starts by freezing the plants after harvesting which preserves a much larger percentage of the plant’s aroma—it’s terpenes—and these frozen clumps of grass get broken up and stuffed into “the machine” ten pounds at a time.

“The Beest” eats 10 pounds of fresh frozen cannabis and spits out cannabis oil for processing. (Elise McDonough for Leafly)

Known as a Bizzy Bee Mega Beest Hex Rack—or simply The Beest—this machine is a conglomeration of silver canisters, hoses, and dials that basically eats weed, uses pressurized gas to digest it, and then spits out a slurry of weed’s best stuff: cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. It’s a closed-loop process, meaning the gas is separated from the slurry and reused for multiple runs, but the slurry still needs to slowly purge in a vacuum oven until all of the residual solvents evaporate out of the batch. The super-aromatic, potent goop left over is called “live resin”.

Creating those highly coveted diamonds takes even longer, involving extra steps to isolate the THCA so it crystallizes. For THCA,

The process of crystallization takes at least two weeks, sometimes a month, but such patience is rewarded. The resulting diamonds—composed of isolated, homogeneous molecules—test at 95 to 98% pure THCA. Vacuum ovens are then used to purify the solvent hash.

Within the sauce, a viscous mix of THC, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds such as plant polyphenols serves to compliment the pure THCA, adding flavor, aroma and modulating the high.

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