Thousands of years ago, the hashish revolution was born when humans learned that the marijuana plant’s sticky resin glands contain the highest concentration of its active ingredients, called cannabinoids.
Fast forward to 2004. Most of the world’s hashish is still manufactured using primitive methods that involve sieving or thrashing dried plants and collecting whatever falls off, but new processes and technologies have also developed.
In Holland during the last two decades, hashish heroine Mila created an automatic tumble-sieving device called the “Pollinator.” She also created a water-bag extraction method based on earlier discoveries by hashish researchers.
An enterprising Canadian, Bubbleman, visited Mila in Amsterdam. Intrigued by water extraction, he began making and marketing “bubblebags” that contain different pore sizes through which resin glands filter after marijuana is soaked in ice water. The resulting “bubblehash” is potent, and it often bubbles when flame is applied to it.
Another modern innovation is using alcohol, chloroform, butane and other solvents to chemically extract cannabinoids. The extracted cannabinoids are often called hashish, but they are not hashish in the traditional sense of the word ? they are “cannabis concentrates.”
Since the 1960’s, solvent-manufactured cannabis concentrates have been available as “honey oil,” “red oil,” “jelly-butane hash,” and similar concoctions. The cannabinoid percentage and purity of solvent-extracted products is almost always higher than that of hashish, but many solvent extract products are polluted by solvent residues. Also, making cannabis extracts with solvents can be a dangerous process.
The king of kind
A Canadian man named BudderKing has gone public with a bold claim: he says he has created a new, powerful and safe solvent-extract cannabis product.
“I make something called ‘Budder,’ and it’s the strongest, cleanest, stoniest stuff in the world,” BudderKing proclaimed when I met him at Da Kine cannabis caf? in Vancouver. “It’s virtually all THC. There’s nothing better than Budder.”
BudderKing isn’t the only person who claims to have created a uniquely potent new cannabis product. Tens of thousands of people manufacture solvent-extract cannabis products. Somewhere on earth, there could be a cannabis product that is stronger and purer than Budder. Still, people like Cannabis Culture editor Dana Larsen, who has sampled some of the best cannabis extracts from around the world, say Budder ranks at the top of the list.
“BudderKing gave me two hits at the ‘Beyond Prohibition’ conference in Vancouver, using his propane torch and hot knife in the parking lot on the hood of his car,” Larsen recalls. “It hit me real hard. It was the among the very highest pot highs I’ve ever had. It was very clean, but I also almost felt like I was on a psychedelic.”
In the Vancouver cannabis scene, quality imported and domestic hashish, waterhash, bubblehash, kif, and solvent-extracted products are always available, but Budder is causing a stir because of its appearance, taste, potency and superb high. The word on the street is that Budder is more potent than any other cannabis product.
According to Dr Paul Hornby, a chemist and plant analyst who runs a company (www.hedron.ca) that tests cannabis products for purity and potency, “Budder is the cleanest, most potent cannabis product I’ve ever tested.”
Marijuana contains various cannabinoids, Hornby explains, with THC usually predominant. Hemp has barely a percent or two of THC. The best dried marijuana bud generally maxes out at about 27% THC. Sieved hashish averages about 45% THC. Bubblehash averages about 53% THC. Solvent-extracted products usually have more THC than bud, water hash or sieved hash, but none have tested as high as Budder, and Hornby says Budder is further distinguished because it does not contain any heavy metals, radioactivity, or other markers associated with inferior fertilizers used on source bud.
“The top Budder sample was 99.6% pure,” Hornby explained, “which means if you had an ounce of it, only a tiny fraction of a gram would be anything other than cannabinoids. We also tested Budder for toxins, solvents, molds, diseases, heavy metals and other contaminants. There were none. It’s essentially just pure cannabinoids. I’ve tested a lot of cannabis materials, but this is the most impressive.”
Hornby’s tests also found Budder contains 80 to 90% of its cannabinoids as THC. It contains much smaller percentages of two other cannabinoids: cannabidiol and cannabinol. Of these two, cannabidiol (CBD) is most important because it has medicinal effects and moderates the stimulative effects of THC.
After Hornby’s Budder tests became public, some water-extract enthusiasts challenged his results, asserting that Hornby’s test equipment, expertise, and objectivity are flawed.
“They don’t know what they’re talking about,” Hornby said of his critics. “I’ve done test trials with other labs to check my results and calibrations, and my lab is spot on with other labs, including one of the biggest in the US. I test all kinds of plant products and provide specialized services that are respected by experts in industry, science, and medicine.”
Original Article by Cannabis Culture