Starfighter THC Diamonds
Starfighter Strain Description
Starfighter is a slightly indica dominant hybrid (60% indica/40% sativa) strain created as a cross of the infamous Alien Tahoe OG X Lemon Alien Dawg strains. With a powerful pungent lemony aroma and strong cerebral effects with a high THC level of up to 20%, Starfighter is one all-around perfect bud. The taste of Starfighter is incredibly memorable, with a delicately sweet earthy lavender onset that has a sharp pungent lemony pine aftertaste upon exhale that can linger for hours after just one toke. This bud has small to medium-sized super airy and round grape-shaped forest green nugs with dark purple leaves, bright fiery orange hairs, and a fine layer of visible sticky resin and sparse white sandy trichomes. The Starfighter high hits you hard and fast in the front of your head and behind your eyes with a cerebral uplifted effect that quickly fades into a heady stone. Your mind will be fuzzy and hazy, leaving you incredibly spacey and distant at times. A powerful body stone will slowly overtake you in warming waves, leaving you completely couch-locked and in a state of absolute laziness. Due to these heavy mind and body effects, Starfighter is often used to treat chronic pain, mild to moderate cases of depression, inflammation, and chronic stress or anxiety.
What are Diamonds?
These things are a bit complex! Essentially, weed diamonds are crystals created by extracting the live resin from a cannabis plant using a cold-extraction method and then applying pressure to that oil by means of a chromatography machine until it takes its signature crystalline form.
This temperature part of the extraction is key, because unlike THC, THCA is what’s known as an inactive cannabinoid. THCA, which stands for “THC acid,” is basically just the same THC we know and love with a few extra atoms attached. Those extra acid atoms means THCA will not provide the psychoactive properties that consumers expect from ingesting THC — unless it is activated with heat. This process is known as decarboxylation.
As for the name “diamonds,” it’s pretty self-evident once one sees what crystalline THCA actually looks like. Rarely larger than a few millimeters across, these diamonds are 99 percent THCA, with the remaining 1 percent consisting of other terpenes and cannabinoids. Weed diamonds thus represent the purest form of the plant’s most famous cannabinoid available today.
The key to unlocking the THC from THCA is to smoke or vaporize these crystals. However, it’s important to remember that diamonds are essentially the Everclear of cannabis. The THCA potency of commercial flower is often around 25 percent, while concentrates regularly test anywhere between 70 and 90 percent. Diamonds, by contrast, are just a hair shy of 100 percent THC, which is why even experienced consumers often treat THCA crystals as a heady sesh supplement as opposed to an entree.
Consumption of diamonds often includes “capping” another, less potent concentrate such as wax or shatter by topping it off with some bits of THCA crystals. Remember: Diamonds have the potential to be four times stronger than hitting a joint.