This book deals with the process of turning regular everyday herb into both hash oil and hashish. It is very detailed and practical. As such it is geared only to those interested in undertaking such a process. The process Gold describes in it DOES WORK and the potency increaces between 6 times (for pure crude extract) and 32 times (for acetated and isomerized extract) are in the opinion of this author accurate.
As helpful as this book is however, it is incomplete without its compendium: Dr. ATomic┤s Marijuana Multiplier.The reason for this is that unless the reader is a chemist, Canabis Alchemy is very difficult to follow. Even thought the diagrams in it are well illustrated, understanding some of the simple alchemy reactions described in them is very difficult to the lay person - if not impossible.This is where Dr. Atomic┤s Marijuana Multiplier comes in. It is akin to an Idiots Guide to Canabis Alchemy. Its chapter layout is almost identical to Canabis ALchemy. Best of all, it┤s written in a cartioonish fashion with words that the reader can easily follow (instead of chemical symbols). It even describes how to make the edible fomrs of hash that really work!
As mentioned above, when read together the process mentioned in both books works and a reader (with basic HS education) can figure out how to go about the 28 hour alchemy / isomerization process to obtain very potent oil / hash with a potency of about 6 to 12 times stronger on the Adams scale than regular everyday Mary Jane! As simple as the process is however, it is unlikely that a non-chemist could make the very high acetate rotaional herb oil (13 to 32 times more potent) that Gold explains in his book. This is because this final step involves an artificial atmosphere to be created behind a blast proof plexi glass cage. I would not recommend this to anyone who does not have a ton of experience in chemistry labs.
Finally, the process described in both books results in a yeild (by vloume) of between 25%-30% of extracted THC / pulp canabidiol from regular Mary Jane. In other words, 10 grams of herb would give you between 2.5 and 3 grams of consumable decadence. As for the supplies needed, almost all the ones mentioned in both books can be acquired pretty easily. The only drawback is that the entire process is VERY labor intensive. For some really incredible smoke expect about 30 hours of pretty well continous work. The benefits are the increase in potency, the far less toxins ingested and some incredible bragging right :)
# Paperback: 109 pages
# Publisher: Ronin Publishing; Rep Sub edition (March 8, 1993)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0914171402
# ISBN-13: 978-0914171409
# Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches