It’s not new for the people that follow our work how much we love good extractions and Hashish. And of course, made without the use of any solvents. There are many techniques to obtain a good hash, DIY techniques to the most technological. You can make Ice water hash with coffee filters at the same time that companies work hard to develop machines that wash kilos and kilos of material at once.
Contrary to what many people think, some ways are easier than you think, and the results can boost that flower joint like nothing else. What a great adventure and nice activity to be able to make Hashish or other concentrates safely at home.
Hashish is nothing more than the cannabis trichomes separated mechanically from a plant, most of the times pressed together to make a brick. The trichomes are the richest part of cannabis in plant, they are filled with the cannabinoids.
Do you want to understand more about it and, in addition, to know some ways to make hash in the comfort of your home? We tell you all about it here!
ALERT: Be mindful on the dose of the extractions, there are high amounts of cannabinoids on it.
What is hashish
As we mentioned in the introduction, hashish is the concentrate of trichome heads, separated/ extracted directly from the plant. There are many types – from the most artisanal, such as charas, to the most complex, such as hash rosin, flower rosin, and full melt ice water hash which melts completely in the banger. There are many different ways to make hash. But don’t worry, you don’t need to have that much gear to be able to venture into the world of extractions.
An important announcement about hashish is: the material that comes in (and with good hands in the extraction technique) is what comes out. This means that if you make hash from a bad material, like almost no trichomes, or plants full of mold and bugs, you will not get the best result. Or even try to hash with immature plants, in which the trichomes are not even 100% formed – this will definitely not work.
One of the main goals about hash making is to separate tricome heads with the least contaminants possible. A good indicator that your hash is good is the color – it can range from brown, gold, red, and even white and also, depending on the hash, the way it burns or melts.A greener hash means there are a lot of contaminants (plant material in your hash)
Practice leads to perfection. Let’s look at these tutorials very quickly that we wrote for you all so you can venture yourself in the hashish world at home
Hash vs Kief
Until recently, trichomes were referred to as simply “kief”, which appears as a fine powder not unlike sand.
Hash is the byproduct of kief that’s been extracted from the cannabis plant and subjected to a variety of processes. There are numerous hash-making methods out there, which we will discuss in the next portion of this article, but generally, it involves heating and pressurisation, with the end result being either a pliable ball or a flat brick.
People who love their concentrates, but prefer an easy, affordable extraction option, use kief as their primary starting point. It is highly psychotropic and fairly easy to source.
Why Make Hash?
Making hash is a wonderful method of preserving resin long after cannabis has been harvested. Whether in the kitchen or in the lab, hash making is a process that is available to everyone. Using old school methods or new school techniques, the process is relatively straightforward — agitate to remove trichomes, collect the resin, sort the resin by size, dry the resin, smoke and enjoy!
What Are The Ways You Can Make Hash?
Water And Ice
Water and ice can be used to mechanically separate trichomes from the plant, and filters can concentrate the glands into unpressed or “loose” hash.
Side note You might also be interested in watching: WATER HASH 101: Plus 6 methods for DIY Water Hash
Further refinement using machinery and tighter control of temperature and humidity will yield the strongest nonsolvent concentrates.
Pressing unrefined hash into balls, cakes, or slabs creates hashish; all steps of the process are consumable, but making hashish is a two-step process: First, the glands are collected; second, the collected material is compressed into bricks or balls.
Pressing hash involves a combination of force and mild heat to condense the glands into a solid mass. The shape and size of hash varies depending on the pressing method. When hand pressed, hash is often ball-shaped. Flat-pressed hash may look like thin shale rock, with hardened shelf-like layers that chip along the creases. Mechanically pressed hash is usually a neat cake, like a bar of soap.
1. Shoe Hash Making Method
This pressing method lets you multitask. While you’re busy doing other things, the hash is being inconspicuously pressed within your shoe!
Shoe hash is a low-hassle way to press a small amount of kief or water hash. A few grams, usually 5 grams or less, are bagged in tightly wrapped cellophane or parchment paper wrapped around the material several times. A piece of tape stops it from unfolding. Punch a pinhole through the package to allow trapped air to escape. Don’t use a plastic bag because the hash sticks to it messily. It’s important for scientific as well as psychological reasons for the material to be securely sealed before it goes in your shoe.
Place the package inside the heel of your shoe. Hard-soled shoes or boots are better for pressing than soft-soled shoes, such as sports shoes, which take longer to process the kief.
The heel’s weight and pressure within the shoe, aided by body heat, presses the hash into a slab. The pressing takes 15 minutes to an hour of on-foot activity, but it benefits from additional wear.
2. Pressing Or Compressing Kief By Hand Method
Pressing by hand is a method for transforming kief into hashish a few grams at a time. Pressing by hand is convenient since it requires no additional equipment but it takes considerable energy and the results are better with a practiced technique. Those unaccustomed to hand pressing may find it difficult to make the material bind together. The considerable work it takes to get well-pressed hash can easily result in sore hands.
This method works best using freshly sieved medium to high-quality kief. If the kief contains a significant amount of vegetative material, it’s harder to mold into hash and may not stick together properly. To hand press, measure out a small mound of fresh kief that will fit comfortably in the hand, usually a few grams at the most. Work this material with one hand against the other until it begins to cohere into a solid piece. Then rub it between the palms, or between palm and thumb. After 10 minutes or more of working the material, it begins to change density. Dry, aged kief lacks some of its original stickiness and may take longer to stick together, but if it was stored properly, it should cooperate, though it may require more kneading. When a piece of hashish has not been pressed properly, it crumbles easily at room temperature.
If the kief is particularly stubborn and won’t stick together to form a mass, mildly heat it. Wrap the material in food-grade cellophane, ensuring that it is completely sealed and all the air is squeezed out. Wrap this package in several layers of thoroughly wetted newspaper, cloth or paper towels. Turning frequently, warm in a skillet that is set on the lowest heat. It doesn’t need to be heated as long as other methods because the only point of heating is to get the material to stick together so it can be kneaded into a solid piece.
Another method is to wrap it the same way and press it for a few seconds on each side with an iron that is set on a very low heat setting.
3. Hot Water Bottle Hash Making Method
The concept of using the hot water bottle method is similar to pressing by hand. However, more heat is applied to thoroughly melt the waxy cuticle of each trichome head. This method works with medium- to high-quality resin that is bone dry.
Place a pile of resin on the surface of either organic cellophane or parchment paper. Fold the paper in half. Bring water to a boil. Fill a wine bottle with the hot water. Allow the bottle to cool for 5 minutes. Place the hot wine bottle on the paper-covered resin and allow it to sit for 30 seconds.
Look through the bottle to the darkening stain of the warming resin. If the color is changing quickly, you have the sign that the resin will press very quickly. If the resin barely begins to change after 30 seconds, you will have to work the resin considerably more. Using a series of passes, roll the wine bottle over the resin using minimal pressure. Allow the heat to melt the material without forcing, using the pressure of your hand. Flip the paper over and do the same process in the other side.
By now, the resin should no longer be a mound, but flatter and more of a patty: If not completely so. With a swift flip of the wrist, open the paper. The resin should be sticky and have a nice sheen. Fold the resin in half and then again and begin to press once more. Repeat this process one more time before taking the warm resin into the palm of your hand.
To create a modern-day “temple ball,” roll the ball like a mass of clay. Roll it with firm pressure; compressing the resin together and pushing out any excess air. Resin that has lumps, lines and wrinkles need to be more thoroughly worked. Continue rolling the resin until you’re satisfied with the mass in your hand.
With very high-quality resin, the result will be a completely melted, shiny mass of resin ready for storage.
4. Machine-Press Hash Making Method
Making hash is a cinch with a mechanical press. Bookbinding presses, called nipping presses, can be used. Plans are available on the web for building a press using a hydraulic jack.
Hand-pumped hydraulic presses are a less expensive way to get a tight press. Another cost-effective method uses a vice grip, although it takes some adaptation.
For small amounts, a pollen press can be used in conjunction with a handheld kief collecting grinder. Kief is added to this small metal tube. The tension pin is placed in, and the pollen press is screwed shut. The next day, the kief has been pressed into a neat hash block. Many companies have similar presses now, including one made of stainless steel with a low-torque T-handle.