Doing diamonds today.
From what I understand, THCA can form a lattice structure. Generally its just the molecules arranging themselves according to subtle charges within it, much like two magnets will rearrange when in close proximity of each other. It’s a process that happens over time. Environmental conditions (like heat) or external stimuli (like high frequency vibration) can catalyze the process, surely other methods exist. There’s an expanse of post production treatments available here, so I’m not exactly sure what process was used to form these diamonds.
I believe the average person uses this type of product with a dab rig, or concentrate pen, something to deliver the purity of taste. You could also mix this product with dried flower, or even other concentrates, if your lust for life runs on overdrive.
My sentiments on the product are favourable. Compared to rosin, vaporization is more complete with diamonds, leaving less residue. Compared to distillate or honey oil, I think this offers a bit more taste. Drawback is expense, it’s one of the higher priced concentrates available.
Moving on from the product subject, this derivation is cultivar specific. These diamonds were derived from an Afghan Skunk called Albert Walker.
Couple things to mention on old Albert.
Afghan Skunk is like saying cardboard box, gives you a general idea, but not exact. So it’s a skunk cross, likely stabilized by the Afghani inclusion. Someone worked Albert Walker, it exhibits a fairly unique composition of electric lemons and rotten funk. I couldn’t track it to an original breeder but there are a ton of AW hybrids out there. It appears to me as old school and well known.
As far as I could tell, Albert Walker isn’t related to cannabis. Rather, Albert was a Canadian banker and a fraudster. Later on, he became an imposter, a murderer, and then, prison inmate. It’s not unheard of for a cannabis cultivar to be named after someone who maybe committed a crime or two, but the nature usually differs from what AW was up to, so I’m keeping an ear out for another interpretation.
Thanks for joining me for the review today. Here’s what I wrote:
This product is a mix of smaller translucent crystals and a beige gel. Colour saturation ranges, from high, where the crystals have aggregated with the gel, to very light, where the mixture is more like a slurry.
The mixture is dry to the touch, it can be worked with by hand. The individual crystals are sticky, a few will cling to the fingers. There is less waste in using a metallic instrument for transfer.
Compared to the dried flower I usually review; the scents are very prominent. Every aspect of the profile seems pronounced in high magnitude. A collection of skunk funk is present in the midrange, rugged, with coarse pepper, making the composition seem frayed. Sharp citrus tops the profile, somewhat sweetened, very zesty, which participates with the midrange peppers.
The citrus aspect smooths out to create the frontage of this profile, although it has a sweet size, the zesty side sticks proud; it’s closer to the juice from the rind than it is actual orange. The skunk funk presents on the low end, benign with herbal spices, remaining somewhat polite. Not sulphurous, merely sulphur suggestive. The profile has less of a curvature with an onset, and more of an on/off switch, it’s either there in full projection, or it is not.
Price on this gram of live diamonds was $85. Being that this is the first review of a live diamond product, and a concentrate product, I am unable to qualify this price point.
I tried using this product multiple ways. I rolled it with weed in a joint or I added it with a bit of weed in the vaporizer. I used it in a dab rig, filtered through water. By far, the best way to use it was with a small concentrate pen, with a tiny amount of product. Using less to achieve the same effects is one of the possibilities this product presents, which I thought is added benefit, especially when on the go or when time is a factor. I hesitate to call it covert, loading requires a tool.