The following is taken from Red Eye Express, issue nine.
MAKING SOAP BAR IN YORKSHIRE
While reading Robert Connell Clarke’s excellent book, Hashish, we came across a section on low-grade export quality Moroccan hash, known in the UK as Soap Bar.
It seems that soap is made from only a very small percentage of resin glands (referred to as pollen), and up to 90% non-resin cannabis plant material which is bound together with beeswax or pine resin and condensed milk, as the mixture is too dry and powdery to be bound any other way.
As the mixture is very green due to the high percentage of plant material, it is then coloured with instant coffee or henna to give it that sandy brown colour! In order to give it a slightly resinous look, turpentine is then added, which also disguises the taste!
Well, as growers with an abundance of leaf material left over from a crop, we couldn’t help ourselves. We had to give it a try!
We sieved off 10 grams of resin glands (pollen), crushed up 200 grams of dried leaf and ran it through a sieve to reduce it to a very fine powder. We then heated this mixture in a bowl over boiling water and added 5 grams of beeswax, five teaspoons of condensed milk powder, one teaspoon of turpentine, and a couple of pinches of instant coffee powder for colour.
We continued to knead the heated mixture into a dough-like form, then pressed it under pressure and allowed it to cool. It bonded well into rock hard lumps, just like Soap Bar! To our delight, when we tested it with a flame, immediately we were treated with that old familiar smell of grade ‘A’ genuine Soap Bar! Crumpled like it too! Although there was virtually no resin glands in this so-called hash, we gave some to a friend and he had no complaints!!
We have heard of many other substances that have been added to boost profits, help the bonding, increase the ‘effect’. Change the colour etc, and most are far worse than those added above. They include ground up aspirin, tranquillisers and other pills, glues, benzene, toluene and other carcinogenic solvents, boot polish, dye, ketamine and other dangerous drugs, animal excrement, other vegetable matter – a nightmare of dangerous compounds.
The soft so-called Pakistani or Afghanis hash (“Squidgy black”, “Affy”, “Pakki Black”) can be even worse.
These versions of cannabis do not appear on the markets of Holland or Switzerland, where there is plenty of good quality grass and bud, or in Germany or Scandinavia where people pay more for better quality.
Think about it – “soap” is now cheaper than it has been since the seventies, at least in kilo prices – it is available in bulk for less that ?1.5 a gram (less than ?3 a teenth). So not only are buyers being ripped off in terms if quality but also the dealers must be doubling their money!
The solution to this situation, brought about by GREEDY DEALERS under PROHIBITION, is to spread this message and stop buying it.