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Where Cannabis Concentrates Originate

Feb 8

It was merely a matter of time until cannabis concentrates gained widespread acceptance. As marijuana legalization advances across the nation, people are becoming more tolerant of the many methods of cannabis ingestion. Concentrates, which have a long and storied history, were among the earliest methods of cannabis consumption. This blog post will examine the origins of cannabis concentrates and their evolution over time.

Early Type of Cannabis Extract

Trichomes are the resin glands on the stems, leaves, and flower buds of hemp or cannabis. They include an abundance of terpenes, flavonoids, cannabinoids, and other medicinal compounds. Multiple societies in India, Persia, and China have utilized hashish for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

Who Made Dabs?

Dabs, a highly concentrated cannabis extract, are commonly regarded as a recent development, yet they have been manufactured and used since at least the early 1970s, when a criminal organization known as The Brotherhood of Eternal Love began producing them.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a notorious network of LSD propagandists and cannabis smugglers flooded the country with acid and marijuana before being brought down by a flurry of arrests and trials.

When the Brotherhood of Eternal Love first began their smuggling operations in Afghanistan, the country was largely tranquil, and the earliest waves of "hippie tourists" from the United States and Europe were welcomed with open arms.

During the early years of the Brotherhood, emphasis was placed on hashish production, a longstanding local custom. The Brotherhood understood that low-quality hashish traded on Western markets, where high-quality cannabis was still scarce, commanded a premium. As the smuggling operation developed in size and complexity, they realized that further concentrating this hash before export would make it much easier to transport undetected.

The Ways of Cannabis Extraction

The DEA recognizes Ronald Stark, the chief scientist of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, as the inventor of butane hash oil and modern cannabis concentrates.

The Brotherhood had constant access to BHO from Kabul, Afghanistan. As a result of an explosion at one of its manufacturing plants, the group ceased producing BHO and terminated operations. At this time, THC concentrations in cannabis oil ranged from 10 to 30%.

Present Concentrates 

In 1999, Erowid, a popular science website devoted to providing information about psychoactive plants and chemicals, published the "Hash Honey Oil Technique" to explain the modern open-blasting extraction method. Numerous BHO experiments have exploded due to the amateur use of highly flammable butane. Despite this, many amateurs continue to employ this technique. As a result of open-blasting hydrocarbons such as propane and butane, a more sophisticated and advanced closed-loop extraction technology was created, in which the solvent is collected and recycled.

Rapidly, producers realized that combining some gases, such as butane and propane, might improve the extraction process by maintaining low pressures and improving output. This process produces a concentrate with more cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant, resulting in a more intense and pleasurable smoking experience. Additionally, solventless, pressure-driven extraction has been developed. In contrast to other extractors, the rosin extraction technique uses only pressure to extract plant matter concentrations.

To improve the appearance and color of extracts, manufacturers are also searching for novel methods of THC extraction from cannabis plants, such as color correction. Using a filtering column filled with a variety of filtration materials, impurities in the extract can be eliminated, resulting in a concentrate with a warm amber hue and great shelf appeal.

Final Reflections

As the demand for cannabis concentrates develops, a variety of methods are being developed to produce them. The production of these concentrates has a lengthy history, and the process is continually evolving. Given the huge variety of THC strengths and flavors, it is hardly unexpected that their popularity is growing. What innovative method do you expect being developed next?

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