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Where Do Cannabis Concentrates Come From?

Feb 8

It was simply a matter of time before cannabis extracts were utilized extensively. As marijuana legalization advances across the country, individuals are becoming more tolerant of the various cannabis ingestion ways. Concentrates, which have a long and storied history, were one of the oldest ways to consume cannabis. In this blog post, we will investigate the origins of cannabis concentrates and how they have evolved through time.

Primitive Type of Cannabis Extract

The resin glands on the stems, leaves, and flower buds of hemp or cannabis are referred to as trichomes. They have a high concentration of terpenes, flavonoids, cannabinoids, and other medicinal compounds. Multiple societies in India, Iran, and China have utilized hashish for therapeutic and religious purposes.

Who Made Dabs?

Dabs, a highly concentrated cannabis extract, are commonly seen 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 to produce 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 Process 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%.

Recent Concentrates

The contemporary open-blasting extraction technique was first described to the public in 1999, when Erowid, a popular scientific website devoted to providing information about psychoactive plants and chemicals, released the "Hash Honey Oil Technique." Amateurs' use of highly flammable butane has caused the explosion of numerous BHO facilities. Despite this, numerous amateurs continue to employ this strategy. As a result of open-blasting hydrocarbons such as propane and butane, a more complex 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, may improve the extraction process by maintaining low pressures and improving output. This process produces a concentrate that is richer in cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant, resulting in a more intense and pleasurable smoking experience. In addition, solvent-free extraction powered by pressure has been developed. The rosin extraction process uses only pressure, as opposed to other extractors, to extract plant-based substances.

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

Closing Ideas

As the demand for cannabis concentrates rises, a variety of methods for their production are being explored. These concentrations have a long and storied past, and the extraction method is continually evolving. Given the huge variety of THC dosages and flavors, it is hardly surprising that their popularity is increasing. What new method do you believe will be developed next?

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