What Are THCA Diamonds?

Cannabis diamonds are a form of cannabis concentrate that you can smoke or vape. Just like its name suggests, THCA diamonds appear as solid crystalline structures that are semi-transparent and, well, look like diamonds.

While concentrates open up a whole new world of cannabis consumption, it can also be daunting for new users. This is largely due to two factors: 1.) consuming concentrates is a little bit of a learning curve especially if you're used to dried flower and 2.) the THC content in concentrates typically hovers between 70-95%! That’s at least 3 times higher than your average weed.

As you might expect, THCA diamonds are a bit more expensive by weight, but a little goes a long way. If you can master the method of concentrate usage and get a little guidance, you can enjoy your cannabis products much more efficiently and experience psychoactive effects like never before.

Plus, who doesn’t like enjoying a new cannabis format, especially when they look like diamonds? Burb is all about delivering exciting, innovative cannabis products to you in an accessible way so you never have a shortage of options.

While we’ve discussed a few different ways to consume cannabis concentrates and created a brief guide to shatter, this article will break down how diamonds are made, how to consumer them, and what makes diamonds so unique.

Photo of cannabis THCA diamonds against a black backdrop.

How Are Cannabis Diamonds Made?

Diamonds are interesting in that they are actually made from another kind of concentrate called sauce. Known for it’s runny and glossy appearance, sauce is created through a closed-loop process that adds solvent to cannabis, then removes it to achieve a solution (or concentrate). The sauce concentrate is then put through another process, also called diamond mining, where heat and pressure create crystalline structures called diamonds.

This step is key to obtaining quality raw cannabis extract, as it will contain the purest form of the plant’s cannabinoids like THC and others. The right extraction method also ensures that cannabis enthusiasts get the full range of phytochemicals available in the cannabis plant, including terpenes. That means a closed-loop extraction will give you all the best parts of potent cannabis flower, concentrated into a convenient format.

Once the sauce is obtained, the extraction process is over, but the production of crystals is not finished. Sauce is a thick and viscous substance that can be used on its own, but it’s often harder to implement, with a higher likelihood of wasting valuable material in the process.

The sauce concentrate is then put through another process, also called diamond mining, where heat and pressure create crystalline structures called diamonds. From start to finish, this process takes the best elements of high-tech extraction methods and turns the extract into something totally unique.


A photo of cannabis THCA diamonds in the palm of a hand.

Why THCA and Not THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is everyone’s favorite psychoactive cannabinoid and the one responsible for producing the most enjoyable effects of cannabis when consumed through any method of delivery. Knowing that, why does THCA get the spotlight when we talk about diamonds and many other concentrated cannabis products?

The reason is simple: THCA is a precursor to pure THC, and the conversion happens quickly when the material goes through the decarboxylation process. That means when you fire up your THCA crystalline substance, it quickly becomes standard THC through the reaction of heat, unlocking THC in its purest form the moment before it’s consumed.

In other words, THCA crystals are just the easiest way to formulate and capture THC in a concentrated format, but you get the benefits of pure THC when you bring heat into the equation. This crystalline method is common among various concentrates beyond just diamonds, as well.

However, with pure THCA diamonds, you get the advantage of a convenient, fun format that works well with all your favorite accessories and familiar rituals. Some cannabis users find that THCA diamonds are easier to store and make the dabbing process more clean and precise.

You can break off the exact amount of THCA crystal you want to use and weigh it for an extra level of precision before consumption. It’s also a highly versatile format and travels easily for you to take on the go.

Provided you use THCA diamonds responsibly, it can be a great companion on your next journey.

How Do You Consume Diamonds?

Just like any other concentrate, you’ll need to heat up diamonds before you get high.This concentrate can be consumed by smoking, vaping or dabbing. You’ll want to invest in some high-quality equipment to maximize your concentrate experience. We highly recommend grabbing a Puffco Peak, DaVinci IQ, or Pax 3 Kit. If you’d rather use a dab rig, check out our dabbing tutorial.

You can also add diamonds to your joint and smoke it. All you have to do is take a diamond, crush it up, and sprinkle it in with your dried flower — much like you would do with kief. Of course, THCA crystals are very potent and contain high amounts of delta-9 THC. Factor this into your equation when preparing a joint with dried flower and using supplementary THCA diamonds.

A photo close up of cannabis diamonds outside a container.


Also, remember that we’re dealing with pure THCA crystals, so the decarb process is essential to tap into the effects of THC when using diamonds or other concentrate formats. Simply eating THCA crystals would be a waste and not deliver the psychoactive results that you want from this type of cannabis product.

If you want to enjoy an edible form of THC and still experience the high, look for specific edible products like gummies or tinctures that you can take sublingually. Burb has all the accessories and expert guidance you need to correctly use THCA diamonds and other concentrates while clearing up any confusion you might have around these types of products.

We’re here to make your experience as smooth as possible, so don’t wait to reach out and let us help you figure it all out.

Legal Market vs. Grey Market Diamonds

With most concentrates, there’s a huge difference between grey market and legal market diamonds - products from the legacy market don’t go through the same strenuous process to remove impurities. This results in products that contain traces of propane, hexane, and other dangerous materials which are extremely harmful to the human body. If you're still interested in grabbing your cannabis diamonds from the legacy market, ask your supplier if they can provide test results to ensure cleanliness.Otherwise, stop by your local Burb or get your products delivered - everything is clean, safe, and tested for the dabbing peace of mind.

With a product like diamonds, we recommend sticking with your trusted dispensary so you know you’re getting a proven, tested extraction method and the highest-quality crystals. Today’s processors are more high-tech, with cleaner extractions and fewer impurities.

The last thing you want in your concentrate is lingering solvents like butane, and a clean source is always preferred no matter how you consume cannabis. That’s the big advantage of going to a dispensary like Burb — we only sell the best quality products with the cleanest, approved production methods.

How Do Cannabis Diamonds Differ From Other Concentrates?

THCA diamonds are the most potent concentrate and can contain up to 99.9% THC when heated up. That's a massive difference from other concentrates that have a general THC potency of 70-90%.

The good news is that as concentrates and distillates become more advanced and regulated, we’ll likely see different formulas emerge with more precise concentration measurements. It won’t be long until we see cannabis concentrates with lower amounts of THC and higher ratios of CBD for more soothing, relaxing effects.

In the meantime, keep an eye on those labels and make sure you’re getting the right fit for your needs and maximum enjoyment. No matter where you find THCA diamonds, you’ll always want to start small and gauge the potency yourself with regard to your tolerance and personal preferences. As always, consume responsibly.


What’s the Best Way To Get Started With Cannabis Diamonds?

It might take a couple of tries before you get fully comfortable using cannabis diamonds or other concentrate products, but practice makes perfect. The best way to get started is by selecting a quality product vetted by your local dispensary like Burb.

We’ll help you choose the best product for your needs and give you all the tips and tricks you need to know upfront. You may also find that THCA diamonds are your first entry point into the broader world of cannabis concentrates like shatter, butter, and sauce.

With so many options, we encourage you to try them all and find the ones that fit best with your setup. You might discover that THCA diamonds are your new favorite way to use cannabis, or maybe you end up preferring an old-school format or edibles — it’s all part of the journey, and there’s no rush to find your perfect arrangement.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to try THCA diamonds for yourself and see what the hype is all about. Take it from Burb — you won’t be disappointed.


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By Nadia Bortolazzo
Nadia is an MA graduate and a Digital Marketing Specialist at Burb. Her writing is guided by her interest in challenging and expanding the ideologies surrounding cannabis culture.
Instagram: @nadiabortolazzo.