THC-A Crystalline: The Strongest Hash in the World?

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There’s a new kid on the block; her name is Crystalline, and she’s from the Hash Family.

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, Crystalline is officially the strongest hash on the market. Other concentrates such as ice hash, rosin, and BHO range from 50-80% THC.

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Macro image of THC Crystalline. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Cannabis concentrates are known for their variety of textures and forms, from shatter to wax to crumble, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. What many extract lovers don’t realize is that these various textures develop from the solvent used to make the concentrate and the methods of purging the solvent out of the final product. However, when THC is reduced to its purest state, it crystallizes, creating crystal ‘rocks’ which look very different than any other marijuana concentrate on the market.

thccrystalline-3Crystalline turns many people off just because of its looks. The internet is filled with scornful reviews of its meth-like appearance, and this criticism is entirely valid.  But don’t judge a book by its cover because cannabis crystalline is the purest form of THC and provides sufficient relief for many patients suffering from debilitating and fatal illnesses. And hey, it’s not THC’s fault that it’s a compound with a crystal structure.

Guild Extracts, a Southern California extraction company, is the current leader of crystalline production. Their crystallizing process is kept under lock and key, but they claim the ability to make THC-A Crystalline out of any starting material ranging from hydrocarbon extract, CO2 extract, and ice water concentrate. One thing Guild Extracts has made clear is that they are not using a solvent to create this hash, rather, they are extracting pure THC from their starting materials.

You may be wondering, what exactly is THC-A Crystalline? Well, before THC is combusted (lit on fire or vaporized) it sits in its raw acidic form, also known as THC-A. THC-A by itself is completely inactive, meaning if it is ingested it will not get you high (but it does have an extraordinary amount of medicinal benefits). When THC-A is activated through heat in a process called decarboxylation, the acidic carbon atom (the “A” in THC-A) is removed leaving behind the psychoactive THC that so many of us know and love.

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Macro image of THC Crystalline produced by Atom Labs. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Now remember, this pure THC does not contain terpenes (the magical compounds that give cannabis strains their distinctive aroma and flavor profiles while contributing to their therapeutic effects). To make up for the lack of flavor, Guild Extracts has become famous for the “dip n dab,” dipping the crystalline concentrate into terpenes extracted from strains like Goji OG, Tangie, and Sherbert.

While the sky-high potency may scare some away, THC-A 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).

About Author

Allie is a NW-based content curator for Marijuana.com and an organic farmer at TKO Reserve. She has been a professional in the marijuana industry since she was 18 years old, spending the first five years of her career working for Dope Magazine as lead photographer. Allie has worked on mainstream projects such as Idiot's Guide: Growing Marijuana, Branding Bud: The Consumerization of Cannabis and her own self-published book, As The Grass Grows.

16 Comments

  1. There definitely is solvent used in an acidic separation. Great stuff as long as it’s clean. But usually it has ppb of naaaaasty solvent.

  2. You do realize he was referencing parts per billion, a common measure of contaminants, while you are referencing parts per thousand (0.01%), a level of contaminants you do not want to be ingesting, right??

  3. It’s actually not that powerful in the sense of getting high. Its similar to a distillate and BHO concentrate. Just because its 99.9%THCA doesnt mean it gets you high. The decarb process strips probably 20-25% THC. Thus its similar in strength and may be even weaker at times than a regular dab. Please stop spreading this bs info spread by the guild.

  4. Hey Matt
    Absolutely correct. These companies are going to try stuff end if they get a slight buzz, BAMM.
    NEW NAME, NEW CONCEPT,
    UNFORTUNATLEY SAME
    BULLSHIT. I’ be tried Guilds famous
    Crystalline. Since the shop would not refund my gram of $200.00.
    I still have 9/10 of a gram. Do you think Guilds would refund me. NOPE. Hand the collectives get stuck with this crap, because of a witty quick talking bamboozled. They don’t even smoke the crap.
    Long live honest people end fuck all you crystalline smoking nuts.
    Its many targeted for stupid rich people with money to burn. End pretend to be loads with all their, superficial friends ?

  5. Concerned Citizen #420 on

    “Well, before THC is combusted (lit on fire or vaporized) ” Combustion doesn’t occur when it is vaporised, combustion and vaporisation are two different processes.

    “When THC-A is activated through heat in a process called decarboxylation, the acidic carbon atom (the “A” in THC-A) is removed” Haha what the hell is an acidic carbon atom? The OH functional group on the carboxylic acid (COOH) is what makes it an acid and the A stands for COOH. Stop smoking so much weed while you’re writing if you can’t get simple research correct.

  6. a lot of folks pontificating about the irrelevant and nit picking responses . Yeah everyone is top notch authority and of course proper grammar mixed with wit makes the answer much more accurate and trust worthy. When you don’t know what your talking about sometimes it’s better to STFU. nobody is confusing combustion , a process in play for over 100 years, with vaping….you have nothing to contribute like most of the other jack azsez but like to see your own posts. i digress as the rest of us struggle to navigate the sea of assholes, arrogance and ignorance.

  7. Here in Canada, concentrates are all the rage. We see new dispensaries, new brands opening almost daily. I guess it remains to be seen if this is ultimately a good thing or a dangerous thing to have THC in such high concentrations.

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