Hash is a versatile and potent cannabis concentrate that can be made using a variety of methods. The most common methods involve using ice water or heat and pressure. Whatever method you choose, the goal is to separate the trichomes (the resin glands that contain THC and other cannabinoids) from the plant material.
The finished product can be used in a number of ways, including smoking, vaporizing, or even cooking. If you want to learn how to make hash, read on for step-by-step instructions.
What You’ll Need:
Cannabis trim or bud
Bubble bags or cheesecloth
A clean, dry space to work
Method 1: Ice Water Extraction
This method is also known as “dry ice hash” or “bubble hash.” It’s one of the most popular methods for making hash because it’s relatively simple and the finished product is typically very high quality.
To get started, you’ll need to gather your trim or bud and grind it up into small pieces. Then, add the cannabis to a bubble bag or cheesecloth and tie it closed.
Next, fill a large container with ice water and place the bag of cannabis into the water. Let it soak for a few minutes, then agitate the bag to release the trichomes.
Continue agitating the bag for 5-10 minutes, then remove it from the water and let it drain. Once the water has drained, open the bag and remove the wet cannabis. Place it on a clean, dry surface to dry.
Once the cannabis is dry, you can collect the trichomes using a variety of methods. One popular method is to use a credit card or other flat object to scrape the trichomes off the surface of the cannabis.
Once you’ve collected all the trichomes, you can press them into a hash puck or store them in a jar for later use.
Method 2: Heat and Pressure Extraction
This method is also known as “rosin tech” and it’s becoming increasingly popular due to its simplicity and the fact that it doesn’t require any solvents or other chemicals.
To get started, you’ll need to gather your trim or bud and grind it up into small pieces. Then, add the cannabis to a piece of parchment paper and fold it over to create a little packet.
Next, use a hair straightener or other heat source to apply heat and pressure to the parchment paper. The heat will cause the trichomes to melt and flow out of the cannabis.
After a few minutes, remove the parchment paper and let it cool. Once it’s cooled, you can use a razor blade or other sharp object to scrape the hash off the parchment paper.
Once you’ve collected all the hash, you can press it into a hash puck or store it in a jar for later use.
How to Use Hash
Now that you know how to make hash, it’s time to learn how to use it. Hash can be used in a number of ways, including smoking, vaporizing, and cooking.
The most popular way to use hash is to smoke it. Hash can be smoked on its own or added to cannabis flower in a joint, blunt, or bowl.
If you’re smoking hash on its own, it’s best to use a pipe or bong. Place a small piece of hash in the bowl and light it with a lighter. Inhale slowly and evenly until the hash is fully burned.
If you’re smoking hash with cannabis flower, it’s best to add it to the bowl after the cannabis is already packed. This will help prevent the hash from melting and sticking to the sides of the bowl.
Another popular way to use hash is to vaporize it. Hash can be vaporized using a number of different devices, including a vape pen, e-nail, or tabletop vaporizer.
If you’re using a vape pen, it’s best to add the hash to the chamber after the pen is already heated up. This will help prevent the hash from melting and sticking to the sides of the chamber.
If you’re using an e-nail or tabletop vaporizer, you can add the hash to the chamber before or after you turn on the heat. Just be sure to start with a low temperature and gradually increase the heat until you find the sweet spot.
Cooking with Hash
Hash can also be used to make cannabis-infused edibles. The most popular way to do this is to make cannabutter or hash oil.
Cannabutter is simply butter that has been infused with hash. To make it, you’ll need to melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Then, add the hash and stir until it’s fully dissolved.
Once the hash is fully dissolved, you can remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool. Once it’s cooled, you can use it in any recipe that calls for butter.
Hash oil is made by dissolving hash in a solvent, such as olive oil or coconut oil. The solvent will extract the THC and other cannabinoids from the hash, leaving behind a potent oil that can be used in a variety of recipes.
To make hash oil, simply add the hash and solvent to a saucepan and heat it over low heat. Stir until the hash is fully dissolved, then remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool.
Once it’s cooled, you can use the hash oil in any recipe that calls for oil. Just be sure to use it sparingly, as a little goes a long way.
Now that you know how to make and use hash, you can experiment with different methods and find the one that works best for you. Just remember to start with a small amount and take it slow until you know how it will affect you.