Hashish, hash, cannabis, marijuana, Maryjane, whatever you call it, has been around for as far back in history as anyone can remember. Its use began in the Far East in countries such as India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Turkey and Morocco and was made by rubbing the plant in one’s hands until the unfertilized female part of the plant could be extracted and was known as Charras. Today, there are a variety of ways to produce and use it, including creating an oil or wax by using a closed loop butane extractor.
The use of marijuana for a variety of purposes can be found in the US as far back as the 1600s. At that time, the Virginia Assembly passed legislation requiring every farmer in the state to grow hemp. In addition, hemp was allowed to be exchanged as legal tender in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.
Domestic production continued to flourish until after the Civil War when other materials began to replace hemp for many purposes. Then, in the late nineteenth century, marijuana became a popular ingredient in many medicinal products and was sold openly in public pharmacies.
Knowing that it had an opioid effect and needing to play with the dosing, doctors and pharmacists of the 1800s used the resin extracts of the cannabis plant to treat anything and everything including neuralgia, gout, rheumatism, tetanus, epidemic cholera, convulsions, hysteria, mental depression, insanity, and uterine hemorrhage. Furthermore, they also gave it to women during labor in order to increase contractions.
At that time, Arab men would run through the fields and purposely bump into the plants to try to separate the resin from the rest of the plant. They would then scrape it off their clothes, bundle it together and sell it at market. Once the bundles made it to America, it was then boiled in alcohol until it dissolved. It was then given a water bath and left out to dry. Some tried pouring the boiling alcohol onto the plant and then evaporating the condensed liquid in order to obtain a pure product. This could be said to be the precursor to the butane extractors that many use today.
Marijuana remained a popular medical remedy until the Great Depression. At that time, since jobs and money were scarce, many people turned on each other. One of the biggest scapegoats of the time was that of the Mexican immigrants. They were said to have brought recreational use to the forefront in America, and along with it, violence, crime, and other socially deviant behaviors. By 1931, 29 states had outlawed its use in any capacity.
During World War II, the government asked farmers to grow hemp for use in making equipment for the fighting troops. Between the 1950s and the 1990s, many laws were passed to curb drug use, including that of marijuana. However, since the turn of the century, several states have passed laws to allow its use for both medical and recreational purposes.
This led to an increased amount of people being able to grow the plant and a backlog of sales. In order to preserve their product, many turned to the use of BHO extractors. This not only preserved the product, but also gave the users a higher high using less product.