Making hash is a very rewarding process when you get down to it. Better yet, you can make it at home, using 5 simple methods.
Of course, hash doesn’t come out of the blue. It needs to be sourced from something — in this case, trichomes are the base material you’re going to work with.
In this article, we’ll share a few quick facts on making hash, the oldest and most widely used forms of cannabis concentrate around.
But before we dig deeper into making hash, let’s make sure that you know exactly what hash is and why it has such a long history of use in different parts of the world.
What is Hash?
Hash is the abbreviation for hashish, a concentrated form of cannabis that’s made from the marijuana pollen that users collect after grinding dry marijuana flowers.
Hash can be molded into different shapes and sizes, but most commonly, people either roll it into balls or press it into sticky brown blocks.
Important note: hash isn’t the same as marijuana. Although marijuana plants are involved in the production of hashish, these are two completely different products.
First, marijuana flowers are less potent than hash. The average THC content in today’s weed strains is about 18%, with some varieties peaking at 35% of this psychoactive cannabinoid.
Hash, on the other hand, can have anywhere between 40–80% of THC depending on the source strain, the amount of collected trichomes, and extraction method.
Because of that, consuming hash calls for a certain dose of caution so that you don’t experience unwanted reactions from ingesting too much THC at a time.
What Parts of the Plant Should You Use for Making Hash?
Flowers are the preferred part, as they contain the highest concentrations of trichomes.
Trichomes are the crystal-like glands on the surface of marijuana flowers, where the majority of cannabinoids and terpenes are secreted — these two classes of compounds are responsible for all effects of cannabis.
Additionally, you can use cannabis trim or shake if you want to go zero-waste. Even stems have a small amount of trichomes of them.
However, if you’re aiming for the best-quality hash, the buds are the way to go.
How to Maximize Your Trichome Collection for Making Hash
Commercially manufactured hash is made with special sieves and shakers for separating the trichomes from the plant material. But, since you want to make hash at home, you need to use other means.
The best way to maximize your trichome collection for making hash is to buy a grinder that comes with a screen and a kief catcher, which collects all of your kief together in a special chamber at the bottom of your grinder.
Some people like to throw a coin into their grinders, touting this method for getting even more kief from their weed. The coin creates extra friction in the grinder, allowing for more trichomes to shake off the bud.
If you want to get the most out of your trichome collection, transfer your grinder to a freezer for a few minutes. This should make it easier for you to neatly scrape all the kief from your device.
The Best Methods for Making Hash at Home
Okay, so you’re familiar with what hash is and how is it made in general. But did you know you can also make your own hash at home?
The process is actually pretty easy and doesn’t require any high-tech equipment. In fact, one of the methods of making hash involves only hands.
Continue to the next section and learn how to mold your own sticky-icky bricks.
Often a byproduct of harvesting a cannabis plant or carrying a large amount of weed, hand-rolling is the simplest way to make hash.
As the weed is handled, resin and trichomes stick to the skin, getting pretty gunky. Finger hash is made by rubbing your hands or fingers together when they leave this resinous coating.
The body heat of your hand, combined with the pressure of rubbing your fingers together, can produce a low-grade hashish. That’s because all the dirt, sweat, and oil on your hands are also incorporated into the end product.
2. Dry Sifting
This one is another easy method of making hash. It requires you to sift cannabis trimming or buds through a fine sieve in order to create potent kief which you later press into a block.
For best results, experts recommend freezing cannabis first in a ziplock bag overnight so that it easily separates the trichomes from the plant material.
Don’t know what else to do with your blender? Here’s a tip — go and make some hash with it.
This method involves combining cannabis trim, water, and ice in a blender. When you switch on the machine, the force of the motion separates the trichomes from the plant matter, allowing them to fall at the bottom when the blender stops working.
The plant matter is removed from the extract, leaving only water and trichomes. Then it’s good to get rid of about two-thirds of the water and place the jar in a freezer. After that time, the trichomes will be ready for the final filtration through the coffee paper before pressing it into hash.
4. Making Bubble Hash
Bubble hash is arguably one of the most high-end forms of this product. The bubble hash method basically combines all of the methods described above. Using a bucket of ice-cold water, plant material and trichomes are run through a series of finer mesh bags, producing a highly pure end product.
5. Using a Mechanical Drum
The mechanical drum method is the best choice for those looking for an easy ride when making hash. All you need to do is buy a mechanical drum, place your weed inside of it, and let it roll so that cannabis buds get agitated and start losing the trichomes. Your bounty will be waiting for you after a couple of hours.
Final Thoughts on Making Hash
There are a few reasons why hash is so popular among cannabis consumers.
For one, it can be a smooth transition between flowers and BHO concentrates because it’s not as potent as wax, budder, or shatter.
Moreover, hash is easy to make at home. You don’t even need specialized equipment to make your own brown brick of the THC-infused goodness. In fact, you can do it by hand if you don’t mind infusing a little bit of yourself into the end product.
Last but not least, hash is the creme de la creme of all natural cannabis concentrates. It’s made without solvents and doesn’t call for using as high temperatures as with BHO extractions. This makes it superior to other extracts when it comes to its aroma and flavor profile.
Do you like hash? What’s your favorite method of making it?