Drug War

"Imagine 10, 20, or 30 individuals running or riding naked in a field of wild marijuana"


In a piece about the Kyrgyz and Kazakh residents of Chu Valley, where some of the world's best hash comes from, Radio Free Europe reminds us that the war on drugs is often a war on cultural pastimes:

It begins with a freshly showered person riding naked for hours on a clean, washed horse inside a two-meter-high "forest" of marijuana.

Afterwards, the human body and that of the horse are covered with a thick layer of resin mixed with sweat.

This produces a substance that is usually dark brown in color, which is then thoroughly scraped off the human and horse's bodies.

The mixture is subsequently pressed, molded into bars, and dried.

The "plastilin" that results from this process effectively comprises very concentrated marijuana bars.

A couple of small, pinhead-sized pieces from one of these bars added to a regular cigarette is enough to make the smoker happy.

This sort of marijuana is also very easy to carry or stash and is therefore very popular among drug users.

But it is a lot harder to produce this form of the drug because you need more time to make it.

Imagine 10, 20, or 30 individuals running or riding naked in a field of wild marijuana. It goes without saying that they are more exposed and it is easier to catch them. Nonetheless, people do it and they have been doing it since time immemorial.

Some Twitter users are questioning the veracity of Radio Free Europe's story. Former Reason intern Stephen Smith tweets back: Resin + pressure/heat = hash. People in the US put it in their shoe. This is what they do in Russia:

H/t Mark Hemingway

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  1. I want to smoke Danyris’ hash. Yeah, I have nothing to really say other than cool story bro.

    OT: Anyone here play Shadowrun? Or the new Deus Ex?

    1. Need 3 for Farmville barn-raising. PM me pls.

      1. I’m talking about dystopian futures within worlds exploding with tech. You’re talking about Farmville. And Shadowrun is a tabletop RPG. Get off the FB crack habit Hank.

    2. Played the new Deus Ex. Mostly good, except the boss fights and the entire ending area. Go for it.

  2. This really loses its allure when you realize that the hot, nubile women running freshly showered through the fields you envisioned are really pasty, pickled Russkie dudes.

    1. I’m dubious about such claims. As we now know, all of the propaganda about Eastern European women being fat men with bosoms was a total CIA plot.

      1. I suspect doughy douchebags running through weed ironically.

        1. Fucking Russian hipsters.

      2. Indeed it was. Fineass Commie-bloc porn star women took the Western World by storm with their superior faces and bodies.

        1. Yes, possibly the biggest deception in human history. Shit, they’re selling their excess attractive women now, seemingly without end.

    2. envision it as young nubile russian hotties running –it helps

      1. I’ll be in my bunk

  3. Every November, the hash oil man would come to town, a filthy gallon jug of it in a ragged backpack. He sold a cap of it for $5. We coat cigarettes or just chase the dragon off of some aluminum foil.

    The hash oil man meant that winter was upon us. But the hash oil meant that we didn’t care quite so much as before.

  4. “Imagine 10, 20, or 30 individuals running or riding naked in a field of wild marijuana. It goes without saying that they are more exposed and it is easier to catch them. Nonetheless, people do it and they have been doing it since time immemorial.”

    How high is this author?

    1. “Imagine 10, 20, or 30 individuals running or riding naked in a field of wild marijuana. It goes without saying that they are more exposed and it is easier to catch them. Nonetheless, people do it and they have been doing it since time immemorial.”

      Shit…I thought White Indian was done here?!

  5. Marijuana use brings on all kinds of preversions.

    1. You sticky horse fucking degenerates…

      1. I’ve been considering horse sex. Change is always scary, but the rewards can be enormous.

        1. Watch out for the horse syphilis.

          1. ** golf CLAP **

        2. Unnnnnhhhhhh!!! UNh! UNNNNHHHH!!!!

  6. This is a total lie.

    1. The horse fucking?

      1. The use of horses/nakedness in making hash.

        1. I suppose you think it happens by fairies riding unicorns through fluffy cannabis clouds in the sky.

  7. I am guessing that they look for fat people for more body surface. I will volunteer.

    1. Wait, is this the hash story or the syphilis story?

    2. more surface area, but sweatier. Always a trade-off.

      1. And slower moving.

  8. OT: Update on the union misunderstanding in Washington.

    Union poster boy goes on rant.

    1. PR 101 there: How to make your union look good…

    2. There is a lot more to this union action than meets the eye.

      The Longview port is also a coal terminal. Right now, the coal is on hold for a permit paperwork violation.

      While the Longview coal terminal is on hold, SSA, the company that is protesting the grain shipments from Longview, are pushing hard for a terminal of their own in Whatcom County, in a special economic zone that will have little to no local oversight. That terminal will be a “Gateway” terminal. In case you aren’t familiar with Gateways, they are part of the UN Agenda 21 Wildlands project. They are also what Patty Murray’s bill, S.942 are intended to fund. You know, the multi-modal infrastructure projects that Obama keeps saying that we need? Anyway, the only real profit on coal is in the terminals and SSA wants it all.

      SSA is fully owned by CARRIX, the largest cargo handling company in the world. Goldman Sachs is the majority stockholder of CARRIX. The rail company that will carry the cargo to the Gateway terminal is BNSF, Warren Buffet’s company and the coal is owned by Peabody, from the Powder River Basin. It’s sub-bituminous coal supposedly headed to China, except that China says that no one should count on them for any long term purchase contracts.

      The pressure to build this terminal has come straight from the White House. Richard Trumka, as the former head of the United Mine Workers, wants this badly, but the project may be running into some problems.

      Oh, and did I mention that the husband of the WA State Senator, Patty Murray, has been a life time employee of SSA?

      There is so much more to this story than what I have written here. It has torn the Democrat party in two, the unions vs the environmentalists and has caused problems for the GOP, who were tight with the Building and Industry people and were supporting a Democrat project for the alleged jobs.

      1. The Patty Murray bill is S. 942. Her husband is a lifetime employee of SSA, the longshoremen company that is involved in the protest, as well as the company that hopes to build and operate the coal terminal in Whatcom County.

        Murray not only the head of fund raising for the Congressional Democrats, but also the head of Obama’s super committee on jobs and the deficit.

      2. Shit, I can’t tell whether I stopped playing Deus Ex.

    3. How do y ou know that guy was a longshoreman? You’re passing judgement before all the facts are in.

    4. I like how the guy who helped vandalize a place while holding the guards at bay (presumably with the threat of violence) suggests that media guys should be worried about trespassing charges.

  9. I remember the one summer when alllll we could get was opiated hash – no weed anywhere. But we had a 1/4 POUND of opiated hash.

    I never thought I would get tired of smoking opiated hash, but I did. I just wanted some weed after a while.

    No horses or naked persons were harmed making this blogpost.

    1. Some of the most pleasant times I’ve ever spent have been because of opiated hash. Mmmmmmm…relaxed.

    2. We had that in the army, Germany.
      We called it black and white.

    3. Did it really have opium in it? My old ass neighbor talks wistfully of his navy days involving ‘opianated hash’ and I always thought he was severely mistaken… Why would anyone ruin good hash by putting opium in it? Yeah – traditional hash makes you sleepy because it’s strong and is made with indica plants – but I don’t think it has opium in it.

      1. I think it was invented as a way to cut opium and make it easier to smoke.

  10. You would have to be an idiot to report this urban legend as truth. You would have to be even more of an idiot to believe it after reading this article.

    1. Which is precisely why, any time now, I expect someone to pass a law banning it.

    2. I don’t know. It sounds plausible. Do you have some particular reason for thinking this is false?

  11. “Former Reason intern Stephen Smith”


    1. *ears twitch and turn towards snickering sound*

  12. I read about this harvest method over 40 years ago. It was in the World Book Encyclopedia.

    1. To be clear, there was no mention of horses, just men running shirtless.

  13. I hear they make “bath salts” by boiling down mimes.

    1. Hey, at least you don’t have to hear their screams.

      1. Climb up that rope all you want, Frenchie, but you ain’t getting out of that kettle!

    2. There’s a great video / Art piece at the Minneahaha light rail station.

      It’s a woman mime who is telling a story about being hired by a large corporation to go to Tokyo to greet a delegation of Japanese business people. So she’s in the airport and a different group of Japanese people see her. They are frightened by her and quickly begin to distance themselves from her. She moves towards them and they be gin to run. She says, “I wanted the yell out to them that they had nothing to fear. Nothing. Bbut I couldn’t. It’s in the rules.”

      1. She’s a mime, BTW.


      2. The Japanese are a wise people. Everyone should run from mimes. Everyone.

        1. Incorrect, my insulin-less friend. Hunting them down, one by one, is the only respectable response.

          Out of respect, I use a silencer.

          1. Can you picture Godzilla wearing white facepaint and treading silently through Tokyo? Scary.

      3. Learn the words.

  14. See, this is just one reason why I don’t do drugs. You don’t know what kind of nasty crap someone has put in there. You might find a short, coarse, squiggly hair in your little hash bar from the sweaty pot paste some guy scraped off his nutsack.

    I am reminded of the scene in the Austin Powers movie where he drinks a cup of Fat Bastard’s shit, thinking it’s a cup of coffee. “Mmm! Nutty.”

    1. Gotta take the good with the bad.

    2. I would never pee on your peaches, se?or.

    3. As long as I’m smoking it, Kazakh nutsack contamination isn’t going to hurt me.

  15. “Imagine 10, 20, or 30 individuals running or riding naked in a field of wild marijuana”

    Wow, man. I can actually see them!

  16. Imagine naked horseman,
    It’s easy if you try.
    They’re racing through wild pot fields,
    Just to get you high.

  17. Best headline since dodgy innuendo


  19. Great info and very much enjoyed the comment by Acer.

    MARG Swarnabhoomi, the Special Economic Zone in India

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