D Gold, author of Cannabis Alchemy

How many of ya’ll remember this?

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When I professionally retired in 2005 and started my research into Medical Cannabis as a hobby, one of the best books I found on cannabis alchemy, was Cannabis Alchemy, by D. Gold.

It was the basis for much of my experimentation, so imagine my joy and amazement more than a decade later, when the books author, D. Gold contact us’ns at the Pharm to share amenities and chit chat.

Hee, hee, hee, it gets better!  After exchanging secret handshakes, and comparing secret decoder rings, D Gold agreed to share his observations with us, regarding the changes he’s witnessed since he became involved with cannabis.

Given that he published Cannabis Alchemy in 1971, we may infer that he did previous research before writing it, sooooo his experience ostensibly dates to before a large percent of this forum’s readership was born (present company excluded) .

To put it in perspective, even his book was published more than thirty years before I was doing anything more more technical with cannabis than making tricky little sneaker pipes or rolling joints.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by redturtle984 on November 8, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Here is some interesting annabis alchemy. I boiled off ten percent of the dispensary extract, removing most of the pinene. This step now requires boiling in rubbing alcohol. The RA boil often helps seperate components of extract but behaves very different from batch to batch. I am making red oil and this is a refining process.

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  2. D. Gold… Thanks for your reply. Hearing your oral history is inspiring!! I have a good friendship with his previous wife, who came out with a book a few years ago ‘Owsley and me, my LSD family’….

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  3. Posted by Madhu Zugsmith on September 27, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    What a gem of a post! Such a rich history! (I am curious about the GD connect…. I think I know!) Wall of sound?

    Thanks D. Gold!! Thanks Skunk Pharm!

    On Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 4:51 PM, Skunk Pharm Research LLC wrote:

    > Skunk Pharm Research,LLC posted: “How many of ya’ll remember this? When I > professionally retired in 2005 and started my research into Medical > Cannabis as a hobby, one of the best books I found on cannabis alchemy, was > Cannabis Alchemy, by D. Gold. It was the basis for much of my” >

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    • Posted by D. Gold on September 29, 2016 at 10:18 AM

      Not the gentleman you are referring to. Wish it was. He had attained iconic, godlike status by 1967 or so. The Dead were highly loved in SF, but they sure were not the massive international draw they later became. They were one of the scene’s four “house bands”, along with the Airplane, Quicksilver, and Big Brother. All these bands played all the time, often for free. I know of many people who went to Dead shows just to get a fulfilling and inspiring glance at the crazy guy who was running around adjusting and tweaking all the sound equipment … working at his “other” job.

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  4. Posted by Kim Rowland on September 26, 2016 at 5:28 AM

    He and I led parallel lives! And I still get the best results with a Soxhlet Extractor and Ethanol.

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