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Diamond mining

Alana Rossi
August 19, 2023

Diamond mining refers to advanced techniques used to intentionally precipitate and form large pure tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) or cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) crystals from cannabis extracts through precise manipulations during post-processing. Raw diamond-like crystalline formations will naturally nucleate and crystallize out of certain extracts as they cure over time when conditions allow. For example, live resin’s exceptionally high terpene content makes it more prone to nucleation, whereby THCA molecules migrate, aggregate, and form orderly crystalline structures while terpenes simultaneously separate into liquid terp sauce. By carefully controlling variables like temperature, humidity, solvent levels, etc., this natural diamond formation process can be induced and accelerated. Isolating these sought-after cannabinoid crystals provides extract consumers with very accurately dosed THCA or CBDA compounds in their purest possible form. However, extensive diamond mining strips away most or all accompanying terpenes in the process, inevitably altering effects profiles compared to full spectrum extracts. So this purification compromise does carry tradeoffs that each user will weigh differently when selecting extracts.

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