How To Make Hash?
Before the fancy concentrate-production methods were discovered, hashish (or hash) was the only method of extraction that existed. It doesn’t require lab-grade machines or complicated solvents. Hash only needs buds, trims, and hands. Producing a THC-rich substance used until today. Here’s how to make hash!
How To Make Hash?
1. Prepare the materials needed.
To produce kief out of trichomes, prepare the materials needed. You should have the buds, trims, and mesh trays with you. Using the buds and trims will produce a better yield compared to using only buds. Make sure that the plant matter has been dried and cured according to your preference. The mesh trays should have varying micron sizes. It is important to filter out the plant matter and impurities from the buds and trims to extract only pure kief.
2. Crush the buds and trims.
Reduce the buds and trims into smaller pieces by crushing them with your fingers. It is best to scale them down to a size similar to how tiny buds are in joints or blunts. If ever some of the trichomes stick on your fingers, dust them off on the mesh trays to make sure nothing goes to waste. Be careful not to crush them too fine, or they’ll end up passing through the mesh tray without the impurities filtered out.
3. Sift the cannabis plant.
Begin the dry-sifting process by starting with the mesh tray with the coarsest holes. It is called a top-shelf tray, and its goal is to filter out big pieces of plant matter. That includes tiny branches and stems. Continue sifting the buds and trims until the last mesh tray. At this point, the fine particles you see are called kief.
4. Repeat the process.
Take the kief and re-sift it using the smallest-holed mesh tray to filter out the impurities missed by the first sifting cycle. There might still be a lot of plant matter in there that was too small to be filtered out. That’s the last thing you would want in a kief because plant matter alters hash taste when smoked or dabbed.
5. Compress the collected kief using a press.
The kief can be used as is without having to compact it using the press. However, for the complete experience, proceed to compress the weed with a press. The process breaks the resin glands, further releasing oils that contain cannabinoids and terpenes. Depending on the yield produced, you can do either the physical or mechanical pressing.
What Is Hash?
Hash is a cannabis concentrate made out of isolated trichomes from a cannabis plant. By turning trichomes into kief, hash makes a potent-rich substance that delivers an impactful high with its THC concentration. Others continue the process of making hash by compressing the extracted kief into hash blocks.
What Are The Types Of Hash?
The types of hash are determined according to the process used in making them. Dry-sifted hash is the most common among the types of hash. Both bubble and dry ice hash utilize lower temperatures to harness the trichomes. However, bubble hash uses iced-water, while dry ice hash uses dry ice to agitate the resin glands.
Dry-sifting is a method of allowing trichomes to separate from the trimmings through a wire mesh tray using vibration. It does not require anything other than a sift with varying micron sizes. Micron sifting trays should have varying sizes to ensure that all the impurities get filtered out to produce only the purest kief.
Ice Water (Bubble) Hash
Ice water (bubble) hash is a type of hashish produced by submerging marijuana buds in ice-cold water to agitate them. The lower temperature causes the trichomes to break off for easier collection. It is a type of solventless extraction method because it does not require any flammable ingredient or chemical reaction to produce. Bubble hash is a safe concentrate to ingest directly due to the absence of solvents that usually needs to be vaporized. Unlike other concentrates, the production of this hash makes use of trimmings, too. In return, it produces a bigger yield.
Dry Ice Hash
Dry ice hash is made out of cannabis plants agitated with dry ice. The process is simple because you only need to shake the cannabis plant with dry ice to extract its trichomes. Unlike the ice water method, you don’t need to dry the hash after it freezes because of the dry ice. Dry ice doesn’t melt, but it sublimates. It turns into a gas from its solid state.
How To Use Hash?
Traditionally, a hash can be taken orally. It can be in its solid form or infused with drinks like India’s bhang. But of course, it can also be used to accompany regular cannabis buds for smoking.
If you’re using it with regular weed, a hash can be sprinkled on top of a bed of buds before closing up its roll. Although it doesn’t seem like it, hash doesn’t burn well on its own. That’s why a bed of buds underneath is needed to provide that fire to turn it into smoke. Expect to get higher than you usually would when combining hash with buds. Remember that hash is made up mostly of cannabinoids and terpenes. It means that its THC concentration is higher than usual. Hence, the higher feeling.
In using a hash with a dab, you can either use a standard dab nail or an e-nail. However, there are times wherein hash does not respond or vaporize through dab rigs. In that case, turn your hash into rosin, another type of concentrate, first to use it as a dab. After it becomes rosin, heat up your dab rig or vaporizer between 350F (177C) to 450F (232C), drop in the dab, and inhale as soon as it vaporizes.
What are the health effects of hash?
The effects of hash, much like other concentrates, are short-term. It includes problems with memory, perception, and coordination. Other cases show increased heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Since THC is soluble in fat, THC concentrations in fatty organ tissues are detected a few days after hash consumption through a urine test. But since THC concentration is cumulative, chronic concentrate users tend to have traces even weeks after their last consumption.
Is hash addictive?
A drug is considered addictive if it causes a compulsive, uncontrollable drug craving, seeking, and use. Not everyone gets addicted to THC, per se. However, there is also a chance where a chronic user may depend on the drug.
Chronic marijuana users develop a high tolerance for the drug. Tolerance means the need for more doses as the regular dose does not provide the same effects anymore. Through frequent use, chronic users may need to double their cannabis intake to get high.
Long-term marijuana users may develop withdrawal and addiction problems. It can include symptoms like irritability, trouble sleeping, decreased appetite, anxiety, and cravings. As of writing, there is no available medicine to treat marijuana use disorder. However, behavioral support is a great start to help. Consult a doctor if needed!
How to store hash?
The hash must be stored in an air-tight container to ensure longer shelf life. It may be a silicone or a glass container. The vessel must also be light-proof and stored in a cool, dry place. Factors like moisture, oxygen, light, and heat can affect the concentrate’s potency and taste.