What is THC Isolate
THC isolate is a crystalline substance consisting of 99% pure THC-A. Understanding the difference between the two compounds is important.
THC-A is the acidic form of THC. It’s possible to consume THC-A and benefit from it, but it remains non-psychoactive in its acid form. This makes it a great choice for medical users who don’t want to get high.
THC-A needs a heat source before it becomes THC. This is why people cannot simply eat cannabis buds to get high.
While the sky-high potency may scare some away. When smoked or cooked Crystalline provides a surprisingly clean, focused, and inspired high. Plus, health nuts can rest easy knowing that THC-A Crystalline is completely free of any chemical inputs (think butane), But if eaten and never heated you won’t get high and you can feel the great therapeutic effects of this wonderful medicine.
Crystalline hash is the latest craze in the hash community, and everyone wants a taste. The demand is so high that THC-A Crystalline is going for $200 a gram in southern California dispensaries.
Testing in at an astonishing 99.9% THC-A, Crystalline is officially the strongest hash on the market or planet. Other concentrates such as ice hash, rosin, and BHO range from 50-80% THC.
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THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is a cannabis compound that is beginning to demonstrate therapeutic potential despite the infancy of its research. You’ve heard of THC, and while they may sound similar, THCA has very different properties. Unlike THC, THCA is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in raw and live cannabis. As the plant dries, THCA slowly converts to THC. Heat expedites this conversion in a process known as decarboxylation, a fancy word that describes what happens when you smoke or vaporize flower.
What Is Decarboxylation, and Why Does Your Cannabis Need It? While THCA is a more accurate label for the flower that hasn’t been decarboxylated, they essentially mean the same thing if you assume the consumer intends on smoking, vaporizing, or heating the product in some way. But what are THCA’s properties if it isn’t converted to THC?
Until decarboxylation and the conversion of THC-A to THC occurs, cannabis delivers no euphoria. Likewise, those who eat raw cannabis in hopes of getting high will always be frustrated. However, despite providing no psychoactive effect, THC-A is highly therapeutic. Like its cousin THC, it provides ready relief for a variety of conditions and ailments.
The conditions for which THC-A provides relief include insomnia, muscle spasms and seizures, and nausea/vomiting, making it very effective for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It also relieves pain, acts as an appetite stimulant (perfect for wasting syndromes), and—possibly of most value—is believed to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. A 2013 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that THC-A may be especially effective in fighting prostate cancer.
THC-A also provides neuroprotective benefits, meaning it may help sufferers of multiple sclerosis, dystonia, and epilepsy. A 2012 study revealed that THC-A provides neuroprotective properties for certain brain cells, giving it tremendous potential for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This precursor to THC can also modulate the immune system, meaning it has the ability to suppress or enhance to achieve the necessary effect and help the body reach homeostasis (balance). In addition, THC-A effectively reduces inflammation, making it well suited to treat arthritis and lupus.
Some products are marketed specifically for their THCA content such as transdermal patches. Products like these deliver THCA’s benefits without the risk of psychoactive effects, and as THCA gains traction, we’re likely to find more products like this emerging.