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A TREASURY OF HASHISH
Dr Alexander Sumach, THC
Aside from this wonderful book being entirely hand lettered . every page has a clever drawing rare photo or antique map to make the reading it a delight. What we have here is a complete history of hashish from prehistory right up to the classic hippy era after which real hashish sort of disappeared over the horizon This is a story that had never been told . Dr Sumach did the research and finally told it.
The main lesson we learn is that hashish is a concentrated resin taken from carefully cultivated cannabis plants, selected by lineage with all the care of breeding racehorses by people who know what they are doing
Real hashish is not your Dad’s marijuana, Not by a long shot . Hashish is something unique and specially prepared. Hence its great cost and rarity , even in the olden days. This is because the secrets of growing the finest pedigree cannabis plants under optimal conditions, select ing the best specimens and preparing them for hashish requires a master chefs eye for quality. Making real hash is more an art than a science. It can be done, and you can do it too, but you have to pay attention
Hashish had been a specialty confection of the people of Central Asia for a very long time. Nobody really knows how long, but Central Asia is where Cannabis plants originate. Millennia of mindful selection had let these ancient plantsmen distinguish the hempish fibre positive plants as very different from the demure resinous hashish strains,. From the latter the highly desirable waxy dream grease was collected in season like the rare vintage it was. The very best hashish was commandeered by the local dignitaries and only a little of this primo grade hashish ever left the region where it was made . The very finest hash was collected from high altitude plants and was worth… its weight in gold
This legendary hashish from the Himalayas was sought after by kings and princes who prized the high energy effects of this, the finest hashish in the world superior in in every way to anything most modern day pot fanciers could cobble together from a novelty strain of marijuana from their basement light garden But with careful attention to detail and an eye for excellence ,some semblance of this wonderful old style hashish can still be made at home, in small batches for the occasional special occasions.
This is not marijuana, this is real hashish.
We also learn from Dr Sumach’s Treasury of Hashish that the ancient golden age societies of China, Greece and Rome were familiar with high end hashish and valued the imported article as a powerful medicine and aid to the work of imagination management. Real hashish has always been the plaything of kings and whom he was friendly..: the artists and poets at his court, But we learn, hashish could also be wielded asca terrible tool of tyrants-
The traveller Marco Polo wrote the story of the “ Old Man of the Mountain” - a prototype Taliban Commander in what is today, modern Syria… Marco Polo describes how the Old Man, in his mountain lair used hashish to indoctrinate a stealth army of Assassins to wage a devastating guerrilla war to destroy the enemy occupiers in his country : one family at a time .
Dr Sumach shares that the French General Napoleon brought hashish back from Egypt in the early 19th Century . At first, this curious Arab drug was a salon novelty to induce fanciful frolics but a French Empire hashish craze soon spread to their own artists and poets writers and scientists. Some of the most ambitious ideas novels, plays and inventions of that century came about during hashish inspired jam sessions. Paris was awash in hashish once the students got wind of it. The intellectual overdrive associated with Hashsih soon gave way to old fashioned debauchery,