More than a thousand viewers from around the globe gather religiously for Hash Church on the Bubbleman’s World YouTube channel every Sunday at 9 a.m. Each episode features a panel of regular and rotating experts like author and filmmaker Todd McCormick; hash and extraction experts Tony Verzura, Horatio Delbert, and Chimera; and Bubbleman himself, Marcus Richardson, founder of Fresh Headies and inventor of the Bubble Bag filtration system. Attendance grows each week, especially in the well-attended chat room, which is filled with nationally known industry leaders, newbies, and hobbyists, asking questions and discussing the topic alongside the panelists.
“This is about people learning as much about cannabis as they can,” Bubbleman says on the January 17 episode. Church wanders through various topics ranging from the fact that we are genetic mutations, so variation is to be expected in the cannabis genome, to how using systemic crop protection chemicals affects the end products created through the extractions made from these plants.
Today, panelist and chemist Dr. Mark Scialdone, Ph.D., is worried about insect control products, like Guardian. “These are systemic and will be in any extract if they are put on the plants during flowering,” Scialdone says. “They are not metabolized in the plant. When it fully degrades, they will turn to goo and tar on the nail. It is supposedly low in toxicity, but there is data that says otherwise. I think if you are putting this stuff on your flower, it is a mistake, as it is going nowhere but into your extract.”
Cannabis advocacy was not always as organized or accessible and has been long spread across a diaspora of people. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), founded in 1970, had obvious logistical issues at the start—number one being the challenge of getting the word out to as many supporters as possible. Still, the original cannabis pioneers bravely paved the way through countless hurdles and are largely responsible for many of the freedoms we enjoy today.
Hash Church aims to equalize the spread of information to the masses with a common fight and a cause, as well as this open forum to gather thoughts, share stories, communicate, and educate. It is just the type of all-inclusive and collective “coming out of the closet” that is necessary for real change, where unity plays a pivotal role. Bubbleman, while not a priest in a typical sense, has built a metaphoric sanctuary. Every Sunday morning, its doors open to whoever wants to attend. Since its beginning in 2014, this global grassroots phenomenon has been quickly and consistently growing in strength and numbers. In a recent episode, Bubbleman opened with the news that Hash Church was now in 205 of YouTube’s current 218 countries around the world. Special guests have included Harvard’s Dr. Lester Grinspoon, author Robert Connell Clarke, and cannabis marketing guru Amber E. Senter.
Hash Church is preaching pure medicines today, and Dr. Scialdone is discussing the realities of safe processes. “We live in a microbial world,” he says in this episode. “The best thing you can do before you handle your hash is wash your hands. Producers should be using sterilized nitrile gloves and working in a sterile environment.” Panelist Etienne Fontan, director at Berkeley Patients Group, agrees. “When we started testing, we saw a number of vendors fail,” he says. “We have to teach others that there are standards that they have to fall under and adhere to. The new California medical marijuana regulations will give the end users more information.” Horatio Delbert supports efforts to make pure medicines, while lamenting the attention given to chemical cleaners rather than to steaming distilling equipment, which works well and keeps the end products clean.
When today’s Hash Church turns to a talk of patents, Bubbleman’s passion shows. He is emphatic that this is about freely sharing ideas in order to help the community grow as a whole. “What I share on Hash Church will open a dialog, because of the way it is shared,” he says. “Then, it comes come back full circle to me, with a piece of information added to it that will help me.” Bubbleman makes it clear that Hash Church is for sharing, and by this, we will all grow. Check it out every Sunday at youtube.com/bcbubbleman.