So my buddy on the retail side gets inundated with hippies (it’s that kind of town) and they’ve sold him on this spagyrics stuff, and now he’s paying a premium for ‘spagyrically extracted distillate.’ Google has a bunch of info on the alchemy and spirituality of spagyrics, but practical application in regards to CBD seem harder to find.
So from my reading, a spagyric extract is an ethanol extract where the spent plant material is calcined, washed, filtered, and evaporated out until you’re left with the mineral salts of the plant, which is supposed to be potassium sorbate. This salt is returned to the original tincture.
The Wikipedia on Spagyrics plainly explains the mercury, sulphur, and salt symbology of this process:
- Mercury = water elements, representing the life essence of the plant, the very alcohol extract of the plant is the carrier of the life essence.
- Salt = earth element, representing the vegetable salts extracted from calcined ashes of plant body.
- Sulfur = fire element, virtue of plant, representing the volatile oil essence of the plant.
In this process, the mercury is ethanol, the sulfur is the concentrated oil, and the salt is the potassium sorbate we’re adding back to the tincture. Right?
But if you distill this, you’re also going to be distilling away the salt you added back, right? Making the whole process pointless? I mean, it sounds so simple when I write it down, but I thought I’d ask you alchemists for your perspective before I go cautioning my friend on his gullibility.