Hash comes from the word hashish which means “grass” in Arabic. It is a concentrated form of cannabis that has existed for a long time. The Indians have known how to make hash for centuries. In fact, they massaged cannabis with their hands until friction and heat covered their hands with the resin of the plant. Then, they rolled the resin into balls called “charas”.
Nowadays most cannabis concentrates come in the form of solvent-based oils. Others are made by squeezing parts of cannabis between hot plates to make rosin extracts (better known as Rosin). However, old school connoisseurs still have a soft spot for some of the more traditional non-solvent hashes. The two ways to get them involved manually separate trichomes with dry extraction techniques and ice water.
How to make dry Sift Hash
Dry sieving is relatively simple. You only need screens of microns of weeds and different sizes.
However if you don’t have a box, you can simply use different sized screens. Make sure you have something like a large piece of paper to catch sieved materials. Fold the sheet of paper and move the sieved materials to the next screen or where you want.
Step 1: Run through the first hoop
Using stiff paper, you can brush the plant material back and forth until no more resin passes. The first screen is usually the largest so there will likely still be contaminants in the sieved material.
Step 2: Clean further
If you are using a box designed for dry sieving, there should be a second screen directly below the first. Remove the top screen and set it aside. Repeat step 1 until you get to the last screen. Each screen can be labeled with the screen size of the micron size used.
How to do Bubble Hash
Bubble hash uses ice, water and screen printing filters to separate the trichomes. The name derives from the fact that the concentrate will melt next to a flame instead of burning. Fresh frozen material tends to produce high quality hash.
Smoke wax (as it is called in jargon) made with freshly frozen gems can be pressed at low temperatures to produce live rosin. Rosin (Rosin) is one of the most prized on the cannabis concentrate market today. As a result, it is also one of the most difficult to find and most expensive per gram (usually above € 50).
Step 1: prepare the bucket
First line the bucket with the smallest micron filter you have. Continue to coat the remaining bags on top so that they gradually increase in size. The largest bag should be at the top and the first one that will start again.
You want to put all the ice you can, without things overflowing. Once the bottom of the bucket is covered with ice, you can start going back and forth by making layers of grass and ice until you reach the top of the bucket. Make sure the top layer is ice and not plant material.
Fill the bucket with water just below the lip so you can mix without making a mess.
Step 2: mix gently
Allow the water to settle and decrease the temperature. Some hashmakers like to put their bucket in the fridge for an hour before starting the shaking process. Once things have cooled down, use a large spoon to slowly mix the mixture. As the ice starts to melt, it will be easier to mix and you can increase your shaking speed a little. Stir for about (10-15) minutes.
Step 3: Strain & Repeat
The next step is to filter the liquid until nothing remains but the plant matter and ice. The smaller resin glands will have fallen through, into the bucket for further filtering.
As you move onto smaller screen bags, you will end up with a purer hash. Once you run out, you can fold each bag down to allow all the hash to build up. Keep them separate and label the size of the micron screen. Trying each one will help you understand the full spectrum flavors and potencies that a single hash strain can offer.
Final hit: how to make hash
Today, there are better tools you can use to make higher quality hashes with less effort than the enterprising hashmakers of the past. The quality of the final product will vary according to the starting materials used.