Hashishin “Users/eaters of Hashish” Words by Frenchy

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“There are 200,000 species of wild flowering plants on the planet, a majority in the plant kingdom and the source of all modern crops. There are only a few thousand of these plants that are eaten by humans, a few hundred of these have been  “domesticated” but provide minor food supplements. Merely a dozen of these wild flowering plants account for 80% of modern food production and more than half the calories consumed by the world’s human population today”.

Those numbers are amazing by themselves, a testimony to our ancestors’ incredible botanical knowledge and to the complexity of the oral traditions that transmitted such a vast amount of “data” to generation after generation; the fact that no major new food plant has been discovered since 13,000 BC brings those facts to another dimension altogether. This instinctive awareness of the flora is the source of the Hashishin’s unconscious but deep understanding of the potential of the Cannabis resin glands as transmitted through oral traditions since the Dawn of Humanity. One of the oldest known techniques to collect high quality dry resin described by Robert C. Clarke in his book “Hashish”, is simply to let the plants dry in a windless room, raised on rack over a clean woven material, the drying resin heads will fall by themselves.

This type of collecting resin may seem ridiculous and primitive; it may not be the most efficient but it is far from being ridiculous when you realize that a trichome is like a fruit, “custom made” by nature to fall by itself at maturity as described in the following quote by Paul G. Mahlberg and Eun Soo Kim in their research on Cannabis resin glands: “An abscission zone develops at the base of the (resin) head where the stipe cells attach to the disc cells resulting in abscission of glands upon attaining maturity”.

Today’s preferred technique of sub-freezing trims to promote the fall of mature resin glands by making the stock of the gland brittle may seem like a cutting edge technique but it is actually redundant according to science. This example embodies perfectly the need to learn from the past and the necessity to validate traditions with science. A Hashishin has the privilege to work with the most amazing compounds found on Earth, the cannabinoids, simple chemical structures made of two molecules common in the plant kingdom but unique to the Cannabis plant resin glands.

The creation of the cannabinoids compounds occurs through a biosynthetic transformation of terpenes and phenols by UV rays in the resin glands. The precise enzymes involved and the entire organic process of the cannabinoids synthesis has yet to be discovered. Today this privilege should come with responsibilities; Cannabis resin is much more than a psychoactive and recreational drug; it is a “natural medicine that taps into how we work biologically on a very deep level”.

A Western Hashishin today needs to learn from traditions and science to hold these responsibilities. We have to question and deeply study every step of traditional and modern techniques with available modern science to improve and progress. A deep knowledge of all aspects of the resin glands, their composition and the chemistry behind the formation of the cannabinoids is mandatory to this progress.

We have in California cutting edge labs that are used mainly to determine potency and cleanliness when there are so many controversial techniques and unsubstantiated claims that should be analyzed and scientifically tested.

My next series of articles “The Science Behind” will be dedicated to this quest for factual knowledge. SC Labs, a recognized leader in quality assurance and safety testing for the Medical Cannabis industry in California, will do the supporting testing and analyses.

References

1 Lewis, Bernard (1967), The Assassins: a Radical Sect of Islam, pp 30-31,

Oxford University Press

2 Encyclopedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin S. Ali – Appendix III

”Origin Of The Word Assassins”

3 Encyclopedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin S. Ali – Appendix VI

“Legend Of Paradise In Alamut”

4 Rosenthal, Franz (1971), Haschish Versus Medieval Muslim Society, E.J.

Brill, Leiden, Netherlands

5 Excavations of prehistoric sites by Louis Dupree and others archeologist

suggest that early humans were living in what is now Afghanistan at least

52,000 years ago

6 Shroder, John Ford (2006). “Afghanistan Archived”, Regents Professor of

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7 Mahlberg, Paul G. and Kim, Eun Soo, THC (TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL)

ACCUMULATION IN GLANDS OF CANNABIS (CANNABACEAE),

Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN USA; and

Department of Biology, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea

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Societies, W.W.Norton & Co.

9 Clark, Robert C. (1998), Hashish, Red Eye Press, page 74

10 Mahlberg, Paul G. and Kim, Eun Soo, THC

(TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL) ACCUMULATION IN GLANDS OF

CANNABIS (CANNABACEAE), Department of Biology, Indiana University,

Bloomington, IN USA; and Department of Biology, Konkuk University, Seoul,

Korea

11 Mahlberg, Paul G. and Kim, Eun Soo, THC

(TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL) ACCUMULATION IN GLANDS OF

CANNABIS (CANNABACEAE), Department of Biology, Indiana University,

Bloomington, IN USA; and Department of Biology, Konkuk University, Seoul,

Korea

12 The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System, The National Institute on

Drug Abuse inadvertently facilitated a series of major discoveries about the

workings of the human brain. By Martin A. Lee http://www.beyondthc.com/

wp-content/uploads/2012/07/eCBSystemLee.pdf

Words by Frenchy – Photos by Kim Sallaway

Originally published in Weed World Magazine issue 116 

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