Posted by lahar9jhadav on April 24, 2007
The cultivation of marijuana and the refinement of its preparations has concerned alchemists and hedonists on this planet for centuries. Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are both powerful allies. The body of the plant itself serves as a link between the physical plane and a host of Spirits of exceptional wisdom and subtlety. When the plant is ingested these qualities manifest in the mind of the worshipper, unlocking the storehouse of wisdom within and revealing the hidden springs of pleasure. Smoking or eating the leaves or flowers is usually sufficient to bring about the desired state, although it seems inherent in the nature of Man to search for more concentrated forms of the drug which are stronger, more pleasant to ingest, or are more desirable in some other way. Thus it is that in every culture the technology of that period is applied to the work of the transmutation. As technology has evolved, so have the outward trappings of the operation, even though the principles underlying the operation remain constant throughout time and cultural differences. In primitive situations the refinement is carried on manually, the flowers being separated from the less psychoactive seeds, stems and leaves. Resins are extracted by simply rubbing the plant with the hands and then scraping the resin from the hands with the fingers. Water extractions are accomplished by boiling the plant parts in water, letting the water evaporate in the sun, and then collecting the residue. In cultures advanced to the state of mechanical technology, devices are used to this end. This might involve sifting the dried resin through mesh cloth, or mechanically pressing the resin into slabs. In cultures where the ingestion of the plant is accepted and desirable, these techniques become the formulae of power, and hashmakers are revered as Priests of the Holy Sacrament. In other situations their work is misunderstood, and they are branded as criminals to be persecuted. Yet their work continues.
from, Canabis Alchemy, 1973.
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