On-screen TOS canon establishes that starships are fueled by anti-matter (matter/anti-matter annihilation), and that dilithium crystals are critical elements in matter/anti-matter engines. Also established on-screen in TNG, if not TOS, is that dilithium crystals degrade with use (cracking and "burning" are mentioned explicitly in dialog, but one might also infer erosion). Consistent within these earlier series is the understanding of anti-matter as fuel and dilithium as some sort of reaction mediator that has a finite life. Even when Spock observes unusual energy readings originating from Elaan's necklace (TOS:"Elaan of Troyius"), it could be explained in-canon as the crystals interacting with ambient energy, not that the crystals are themselves an energy source.
Dilithium is central to the ST:Discovery season 3 arc. Its treatment within the arc seems almost to redefine the nature of dilithium into an energy source in and of itself, rather than essential mediator.
Has Discovery departed from ST canon in this respect, or am I overlooking/misunderstanding something?