You may have noticed a new trend in concentrates as you view the options available at your local dispensary: diamonds.

These crystalline formations of isolated THCA (or CBDA) are the latest product craze to shake up the concentrate world. On top of being extremely potent, THCA diamonds are visually stunning and to see them form is truly enthralling.

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Commonly isolated from live resin extracts, these faceted formations can command top dollar. They often come soaked in a bath of native, strain-specific terpenes which makes serving up your own ratios of flavor and potency simple and enjoyable.

To get a sneak peek at how these diamonds form, I reached out to my friend Joshua Zeise, lead extractor at DabX in Oak Harbor, Washington. He invited me up to show off all the diamonds he’s been mining in their lab, so I tapped photographer Julia Sumpter to help me capture the beauty of these THCA diamonds as they form.

After a quick, scenic drive, we arrived in the small harbor town on Whidbey Island that hosts the DabX and Bad Ass Grass facility. Once inside, Josh showed us all the exciting creations he’s been producing. Take a peek for yourself!

THCA crystals from DabX Image #1: THCA crystallization
Formations of THCA ‘diamonds’ stacking and covering the entire base of a jar. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

THCA crystals from DabX Image #2: How to make thca crystals
A large faceted formation standouts amongst a field of THCA crystals. These diamonds were formed from a Grease Monkey extraction. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

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THCA crystals from DabX Image #3: How to make thca crystals
Small grains of THCA sit suspended in a live resin extract. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

Chunks of THCA crystallizing in a Live Resin extract

Here you see nucleation taking place, the very start of a THCA crystal beginning to form. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

 

A puck of crystalline THCA after it has been removed from the jar. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

THCA diamonds separated and forming within the liquid, high-terpene extract. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

THCA crystalizes into faceted formations as it is isolated.

THCA crystals from DabX Image #4: How to make thca crystals
Pouring off the high-terpene extract to expose the isolated THCA formations at the base of the jar. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

THCA crystals from DabX Image #5: How to make thca crystals
Crystalline THCA diamonds soaking a GG4 terpene bath. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

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THCA crystals from DabX Image #6: How to make thca crystals
Using subtle oxidization techniques DabX extractor Joshua Zeise is able to tint and manipulate the color of the THCA isolate. Here you see diamonds tinted with a pink hue. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

THCA crystals from DabX Image #7: thca crystallization
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THCA crystals from DabX Image #8: thca crystallization
Elsewhere in the DabX laboratory, other extractions are taking place. This cannabis flower is being steam distilled for its strain-specific terpene profile. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

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