As a recent convert to mostly cannabis concentrates, it’s a subject that is most interesting to me. ‘Live resin’ and other hash oils feel much easier on the body than the massive amounts of bubble hash and herb I was smoking before.
That said, there seems to be a major philosophical and energetic stumbling block regarding cannabis concentrates, and many share the same feeling.
When users blast cannabis in co2, butane or any other solvent and rip those cell walls apart, it is effectively releasing the constituents inside, changing the formula from one that God and/or millions of years of evolution created, to a product that, though extremely pure, is no longer whole. Humans made this stuff, not nature.
There are many real examples of situations where man has taken something that was whole and breaks it down into it’s individual parts, (reductionist science), and usually it produces products of substantially lower quality. Sometimes it ends in disaster.
So unless cannabis is an anomaly, and somehow avoids this fate, extracting and processing cannabis with solvents might not be a great idea in the long run.
Take corn for example…
Modern processing rips it apart, turning it into a thousand different products, all of which are lower quality and inferior to what the person would have gotten had they just eaten the whole corn, ex. (http://www.academia.edu/10852704/Corn_Flours_The_Nutritional_Evaluation_of_Processed_Whole_Corn_Flours).
The vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that is made from corn is mostly un-useable by the human body – you wind up peeing most of it out as really yellow pee. This is because there are other co-factors, rutins, etc. in the whole product that are lost in the isolated ingredient, and this makes it much less effective. The end result is a less healthy human and a less healthy planet.
Look at commercial agriculture. They have basically taken the whole product (some manure for example) and broken it down into it’s individual constituents (synthetic nitrogen and fertilizers.) The end result? Sick people and dead soil. (Editor’s note:: Read here ~ True Living Organics growing method – maximize beneficial soil microbiology)
There are similar examples all throughout modern agriculture, which leads one to think: What unintended consequences could society be looking at from turning cannabis from something whole, as we evolved with for millennia, into something that is no longer whole?
What subtle energetic effects could be happening as a result of purging our medicine in butane or other solvents? Even if it is medical grade butane!
Let me suggest one possible example that concerns me. Ever notice no one seems to get cancer from smoking herb? It turns out there are built in anti-cancer compounds in (whole) cannabis. So even though pot smoke contains many of the same carcinogens as in cigarette smoke, we don’t get cancer from smoking it, ex. (https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/01/11282/marijuana-shown-be-less-damaging-lungs-tobacco).
What if this mechanism was somehow defeated when the product is no longer consumed whole?
This might not be as farfetched as it seems.
I am writing this article to start a conversation. [Please write your thoughts in the comments below 😉]
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