Just a quick summary…
THCa can be crystallized, THC without the acid (carboxyl) group can not be AFAWK
The acid group adds mass, making it favorable economically. Also, if we were able to crystallize distilled THC we could possibly achieve greater purity than if we had only distilled. (I can see this being beneficial for already decarbed material)
The goal is then to reintroduce the carboxyl group, for which the following suggestions have been made:
-“Attach a sugar onto the free alcohol”
I have gone down long and deep wormholes on this topic, to little avail… But perhaps this will be a more helpful lead for someone other than I
Ive been informed this specific method will not work, but there is some promising literature down this line of thinking.
A side note, @DrJosh this is the second time I’ve seen you jump into a conversation to claim “I can do it, no problem” and then proceed to offer zero proof to back up your claim. This is far from helpful and slightly annoying. Pictures or it didn’t happen.