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Hemp Beer....Dude

Updated on July 17, 2011

Alcohol and Cannabis ....

.... are mankind's earliest intoxicant and religious sacraments. Where and when fermentation had originated is too sketchy, but the mind­ altering­ properties of Cannabis were first reported in India and China. As stated in '100 Years of Brewing' (Chicago & New York: H.S. Rich & Co., 1905), literature of ancient Indians and Persians mentions bhang, an intoxicating beverage which was prepared from Cannabis leaves and are less powerful than the preparations using the Cannabis flower tops as the brewers of beers and makers of drinks use today.

The recipe for bhang calls for 220 grams of Cannabis, adding 20 oz of milk, along with varying amounts of sugar, poppy seed, pepper, ginger, caraway seeds, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, cucumber seed, almonds, nutmeg and rosebuds, all boiled together and then steeped like tea preparations.

To date there are many brewers of Cannabis Porter and Sixth Quarter Porter. Some are brewing legally in the states and other countries that allow it either for medical purposes or for recreation. The beer is described as having a 'pretty dry barley wine' taste. After a ten­ day fermentation, the Cannabis blossoms were added directly to the beer, where they remained for two weeks. One brewer used about a quarter ounce of Cannabis per five gallons. The beer came out "mellow and awesome," she says, but had little THC kick. So for the follow­up batch the dose was increased to half an ounce of Cannabis per five gallons. "Drinking a bottle from this batch was like eating a hash brownie," she recalled, still smiling.

In some parts of Europe, mainly Germany, it is legal for Hemp Beer to contain up to 0.3 mg of THC, so for this beer they use the flower tops. For the countries that haven't broke out of the mold as yet, use sterilized hemp seeds in their brewing preparation. These beers taste like the 'real thing' but aren't. They don't have the bhang, or bang, that the connisuer of fine 'Canna-beers' can appreciate.

Ya-no Yur Stoner ~when ya only buy alcohol for your tinctures.


In the news:

The Yanghai Tombs, a vast ancient cemetery situated in the Turfan district of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, have revealed the 2700-year-old grave of a shaman. He is thought to have belonged to the Jushi culture recorded in the area centuries later in the Hanshu, Chap 96B. Near the head and foot of the shaman was a large leather basket and wooden bowl filled with 789g of cannabis, superbly preserved by climatic and burial conditions. An international team demonstrated that this material contained tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis. The cannabis was presumably employed by this culture as a medicinal or psychoactive agent, or an aid to divination. This is the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent.


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