Terpenes – Cannabinoids – Trichomes -
…a new school world of butane honey oil extraction
Not often, but every once in a ‘blue moon’ – we see mankind making quantum leaps forward. Times when North becomes South… and East – West; a paradigm shift in all that we have known. Either through invention or innovations an idea occurs that permanently changes the fabric of our world: electricity, air-conditioning, and indoor plumbing – in the weed world the list of innovations would look something like this: the development or discovery of the Hindu Kush strain, grinders, glass bongs and more recently the portable concentrate vaporizing pens like the “G Pen”.
As we sit perched… poised at the edge of time, staring into the abyss of December 22nd, and the projected Apocalypse; the fast-growing medical marijuana movement has made quantum leaps forward in their constant quest for extracting the best cannabinoids, from the finest flowers… all while making the dopest modern-day hash you have ever seen.
As the new school toolkit in for the modern-day Stoner has received a bit of a makeover lately, I hardly think Cheech or Chong would recognize today’s tools. Out… is the paraphernalia of old days – in are the new. Throw out your rolling papers and put down the hookah. Today’s Stoner is going to be cart’n around ‘Map gas’ blowtorches and other intimidating looking tools… which appear as though they should be in a dentist’s office, or ‘B’ grade horror movie. While I’m sure that every Stoner over the age of 19 – is quite clear on the reference of 420, I’m equally assure that most of the old schoolers have no clue as to the reference of 710. When turned upside down… 710 becomes OIL.
As I’m sure most remember back in the day, you essentially had two different choices if you wanted to get high: the Bud or hash — that was it. If you wanted to smoke Bud, that was pretty simple – everyone understood what needed to be accomplished. However hash was still a bit of a mystery. There were a couple of different ways back in the day that someone could make their hash. More often than not, it was accomplished by shaking the trichomes loose from the marijuana plant matter. Either icewater, pounding, tumbling, or rubbing was the most common ways of removing the trichomes and collecting the residue. This newly captured residue would then be tightly compressed and mixed with some type of oil (more often than not from the human hand) and is then pressed into small bricks, blocks or balls; often referred to as hash balls.
Now in the 21st century we have a slightly updated technology for removing the trichomes from the flower of the marijuana plant. This new technique known as extraction, or “blowing” is also great for retaining all of the terpenes that have recently been found to have monumental health benefits. The new technique primarily deploys a highly pressurized solvent or gas… For example nitrogen, oxygen or as I have seen most commonly used 7 x refined butane. The solvent or gas is then blown over the marijuana contained inside of a tube (glass, aluminum, PVC). The resulting liquid is then captured in glass Pyrex and allowed to evaporate. The gooey substance is then scraped up and put into a purge chamber. Once properly purged of any leftover solvent, today’s marijuana patient – is left with what is known as butane honey oil.
I’ve got news for the old school stoners. The BHO crowd are coming up fast, and taking over many of the collectives shelves – with high-grade, mind blowing concentrates. The likes of “Hard-core OG“, and Paris are quickly becoming the smoke of choice for many medical marijuana aficionados across this great medicated country.