The difference between terp sauce and crystalline
Diamonds are the crystalline structures that develop in sauce, a cannabis concentrate known for its glossy, runny texture.
What are THCA diamonds?
Let’s break it down. THCA is THC acid, the precursor to THC, the most abundant and intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. When exposed to heat, non-intoxicating THCA converts to intoxicating THC and produces that classic cannabis high. Diamonds are another term for the crystalline structures that form in sauce, a cannabis concentrate with high levels of terpenes and a runny texture. Put two and two together and you get a term for the THCA-rich crystals that form in sauce.
Sauce is made using a closed-loop system (explained in further detail below) that allows the resulting solution to settle under various pressures and temperatures. This environment promotes the natural separation of the major cannabinoids, including THCA in the form of diamonds (or THC diamonds as they’re sometimes erroneously called), from the terpene-rich, liquid portion.
The resulting sauce can contain a mixture of both terpene-rich liquid and THCA diamonds. Further processing can also separate the THCA diamonds and refine them into crystalline THCA, a powdery concentrate comprised almost purely of the cannabinoid acid.
Depending on the size of the diamonds and overall consistency of the solution, the crystals can be harvested and removed from the concentrate. This process of diamond mining should result in the production of two different products — pure crystalline diamonds and a “terp sauce.”