Hash is a cannabis product produced from the plant’s trichomes. Trichomes are tiny growths on plants containing sticky resin on them. They appear to be translucent hairs with a knob on the end. Hash comes from the term hashish and means marijuana in bed lingo. It refers to marijuana that has been compressed and processed, as well as any other buds used in other types of cannabis.” Simply said, it is the filtered resin from the marijuana plant.
Hashish is a solid block of cannabis trichomes (resin glands) that have been concentrated and compressed. Hash also includes terpenes, as well as tiny amounts of plant material, which contribute to the hash taste. Many people smoke it in a pipe or bong. Others make a thin ‘sausage’ of hash and put it in a joint to enhance its potency. Some individuals break off little pieces of hash and vaporize them using a vaporiser; others prefer to cook with it. Hash is an extremely potent cannabis concentrate that goes far!
Hash, or hashish, has been used for thousands of years since the first people noticed the sticky by-product from the cannabis plant. Hash can be smoked, utilized in cooking/edibles, and is typically high in THC with higher levels of CBD than normal marijuana. The amount of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids will vary based on the cannabis strains, growing conditions, and hash manufacturing processes. Here’s a link to learn more about hash types. For some people, the rich fragrant scent and taste make hash a distinctive pleasure. It’s simple to store, transport, and consume.
In the 1980s, hash from some of the major production areas (Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) would be exported with a distinct seal imprinted on the block of hash and frequently wrapped in red or gold packaging before export. It is simple to grow your own homegrown marijuana, so you may make your own hash at home if you choose. Traditional hash imports from countries like Afghanistan, Nepal, and Morocco are still available today.
What are the health effects of hashish use?
The acute effects of hashish abuse include memory and learning difficulties, altered sight (sight, sound, time, touch), difficulty in thinking and problem solving, balance loss, and increased heart rate and anxiety. The effects may be more potent owing to the high THC concentration in hashish and other concentrates.
THC is very well distributed throughout fatty tissues in the body’s various organs. THC may generally be detected by standard urine testing methods several days after smoking due to traces of THC remaining in fatty tissues. Traces of cannabis or its concentrates can sometimes be found for weeks after stopping usage in heavy chronic users.
THC in hashish is many times more powerful than the amount of THC found in ordinary marijuana. The quantity of THC in marijuana has increased dramatically over the previous two decades. According to DEA testings, the proportion of THC in marijuana has gone from around 4% to roughly 15.5% between 1998 and 2018.
The long-term effects of hashish or marijuana concentrate consumption are unknown; however, marijuana plant usage has been investigated over time.
- Paranoid reactions, anxiety, panic attacks, and hallucinations are all examples of psychological effects.
- Changes in heart rate and blood pressure are possible.
- THC users are prone to the same respiratory issues as cigarette smokers. These individuals might experience chronic bronchitis and chronic cough and phlegm, as well as increased chest colds. They’re more likely to get lung infections like pneumonia because of their breathing problems. Marijuana smoke may contain carcinogenic compounds in the same quantities as cigarette smoke (toxins and tar).
How to Make Hash: 5 Easy Ways
There are a variety of ways to make hash at home, but the most effective for your abilities and available equipment is chosen first. These procedures are simple to start with.
Ice and Water
Ice hash, also known as the “bubble” approach, is a method that mixes ice and water. Ice hash may be made from trimmings with ease. You’ll need a bucket of ice water, which you should continuously stir while adding the marijuana to make ice hash. This can be done using trimmings or buds; however, buds will create higher-quality hash.
When you blend the marijuana and ice water, the resin glands break off into the weed. Pour everything straight through a bubble bag, which is a fine mesh strainer bag. The resin glands will be caught in the bag. Bubble hash tips are produced by this method.
The dry ice method
- Combine the plant material with around 40% dry ice. Dry ice is 5°F colder than ordinary ice, with a temperature of -109°F. The super-cold temperatures along with the shaking caused by the bag will shatter the trichomes from their stems and fall into the collection vessel beneath.
- The longer we shake, the more plant material will break up and flow through the screen, polluting your kief. This is why old-fashioned hash-making techniques are as much an art as they are a science.
- It takes time to get acquainted with various strings in order to know when to stop. You want to increase yield without sacrificing quality.
- When satisfied with the shake, it’s time to collect.
You can see the difference in quality between these two techniques: The dry sift has a beautiful golden color, whereas the dry ice is green because it has been touched by some plant matter.
Turning kief into hash
- Fill the hash press with kief (the traditional way is to wrap the kief in plastic and then in layers of wet newspaper, heating and rolling it for hours).
- Jack it up like you’re changing a tire, and in just a few minutes, you’re done.
- The trichomes have melted together, as can be seen by the dark and glossy surface.
We see the gooey Play-Doh consistency and the lovely golden brown color we’re searching for once we smash it open.
The dry sifting process begins by freezing and fully curing your marijuana. Make sure it’s as cold as possible; the more frozen, the easier those resin glands (trichomes) will break away. Place the cannabis on a screen and spread it out. Break up the cannabis until it is finely crushed.
Put the weed in a silkscreen and shake it around to distribute it. You should either place the screen in a box or surround it with a raised frame to prevent losing those precious fragments. The hash will pass through the screen, which you may then gather.
The dry sift screen method
- Start with properly frozen material. It’s critical to keep your temperature as low as possible because trichomes on frozen buds will break off from the plant more readily.
- Once you’ve covered the screen with material, start breaking it down and distributing it around. Wax on, wax off—that’s how you do it.
- A screen sifter is a delicate procedure. You’re not looking for quantity; you’re seeking for quality, and you anticipate a minimal return. It should be quite high-quality as long as you exercise caution.
Using a Tumbler
Instead of sieving dry trimmings or buds, consider using a tumbler to shake them. A tumbler is an electrical gadget that spins your trimmings and filters them through a fine screen. You will get a finely filtered hash collection without having to do the dry sifting technique by hand.
However, if you are only creating little amounts of hash, it may not be worth the expense of a tumbler; it is simpler to do and clean up after using the conventional screen method. Tumblers are most effective for trimmings in big quantities.
If you have a blender and any trimmings or buds, try chopping things in the blender. Fill the blender halfway with plant matter first. Then fill it with ice and water. Blend for 45 seconds at full power, then let it rest for a few minutes. Repeat this process a handful of times more to improve hash yield.
Using a sieve, pour the mixture into a large bowl. This will remove the majority of plant debris, but not all of it. Then, get a coffee filter and fill the jar with the remaining contents, about 65% full. Pour in more water through the filter to fill the jar; allow the solid particles on the bottom to collect for an hour. Remove it after an hour and carefully pour off 65 percent of the top to retain matter at bottom while removing extra water.
Fill a second jar halfway with the remaining mixture through a funnel and a coffee filter, little by little. The goal is to get as much of the hash from the coffee filters as possible. If you dry it on the filter before removing it with a spoon or credit card, it may be easier.
Rolling blunts is simple but effective. First, wash and dry your hands thoroughly. As you harvest the plants, roll them between your palms. After a while, the hash gets caught on your hands. You may now scrape it off with a spoon into a container. Squish the material into a tiny ball (or a huge one if you have a lot of buds to gather).
Top Tips for Making Hash
When making hash at home, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, be sure to freeze the plant material completely. Plant material that is merely cold but not frozen will not work when creating hash.
Second, while your plants are still growing or blooming, you may collect more plant material by utilizing a sifting screen. To collect any trichomes that fall from the plants, set up a sifting screen below them. The resin is collected by rubbing plant matter on the screen.
Third, if you grow cannabis often, consider allowing plant matter to accumulate over time. This is especially true if you’ve been pruning your plants as they develop. Collect the plant material and store it somewhere, but don’t turn it into hash just yet. Wait until the end of the growth season (or year, depending on how much you intend to produce) before turning everything into hash in one go. This will create the most hash while being the most efficient method possible.
Finally, to produce the highest quality hash possible, rerun it through a screen at 90 microns and then again at 73 microns. This should be done separately. The plant materials will be separated from the hash by this process, resulting in a more pure product.