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Making real hash requires the tedious collection of resin glands from several pounds of fresh female cannabis flowers and is a rare delicacy in most parts of this country In most cities low-grade unpalatable cannabis is the only available form of THC I decided I wanted to turn the available low-grade stuff into a high quality end product using simple solvent extraction methods The methods I used are efficient with a few ounces or less of any quality cannabis Delta-nine-tetrahydracannibinol is the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis from which we obtain the high feeling Julien 202 This chemical is not soluble or able to be dissolved in water but does dissolve readily in alcohol fatty substances and other non-polar solvents Polarity is a relatively nebulous idea of the general solubility characteristics of solvents Polar solvents dissolve water soluble substances but not oily substances and non-polar solvents dissolve oily substances like THC but not water soluble substances Moderately polar solvents have a tendency to dissolve both types of substances For creating American hash high quality isopropyl alcohol rubbing alcohol of at least a ninety percent concentration is a suitable moderately polar solvent After letting about 12 ounce of finely ground cheap marijuana steep in a Tupperware container for a week the alcohol had turned a beautiful emerald green The dark color does not connote potency however Rather it signifies quite the opposite the presence of non-psychoactive chlorophyll found in all plants This occurred because alcohol is not a terribly selective solvent when used to extract cannabinoids the multitude of psychoactive agents occurring in cannabis including THC Now that I had this alcohol based tincture I needed to convert it into a solid smokeable substance I poured the mixture through a clean T-shirt to filter the larger chunks of weed out and squeezed the dark green liquid into a shallow stainless steel pot Wary of the high flammability of alcohol fumes I opted to
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