“Hashish is a psychoactive drug prepared from the resin glands of the female (pistillate) Cannabis plant. […]The idea is to isolate (and thus concentrate) the THC-containing resin in order to make hashish.”
“Primarily, [preparation] makes resin powder a more easily transported and marketed commodity. Secondly, since early-smokers lacked metal pipe screens that could contain raw resin powder during smoking, they made the loose powder into solid pieces, convenient for smoking.”
Regardless, we’ll stand by that statement, and we’re confident that by the end of this article you’ll be itching to try making some dry ice hash. And we’re even more confident that once you do try making it, you won’t go back to any other method unless someone invents ‘Resin Teleportation™’.
Making hash with dry ice is the easiest, fastest, and (more importantly) the most efficient means of extracting resin from your cannabis. In short, it’s our collective opinion (all 2 of us) that Dry Ice Hash is the best means of making hash…period!
This is the 220 Micron dry ice hash
Although not all hash is the same, many types of hash are pretty darn close. Water hash – also called ice hash, bubble hash, gravity(Gumby) hash, and dry ice hash all produce forms of the same product: isolated resin glands. The difference between methods comes down to how the resin is taken off the plant, and how the hash comes out afterward.
- It’s faster than other methods.
- You can finish making dry ice hash in about 1/25th of the total time it takes to make gravity hash! Although that example is extreme, it only takes a few minutes to make dry ice hash and is much faster than other methods.
- It’s insanely easy
- And that ease translates to it being quickly gratifying. You get top grade hash at the cost of shaking a bucket and a bag for a combined total of less than 15 minutes.
- There’s no moisture!
- That means the resin is ready as soon as it’s shaken loose!
You’ve got your materials together and you know how to handle dry ice… let’s have some fun!
We know that collecting the resin is easy with this method, but what about preparation? Let’s go back to ‘Hashish!’ one more time to see why we need ‘resin preparation’:
How To Make Dry Ice Hash from Buds/Trim Let’s get straight to it: Making hash with dry ice is the easiest, fastest, and (more importantly) the most efficient means of extracting resin
Dry ice is a fast way to make hash. Once you have your plant material in a clean bucket with the dry ice it takes just a few minutes to make your hash which you can enjoy immediately. If you make hash with the more traditional ice/water method then you could be waiting a couple of days until the hash has dried out. During the drying of ice/water hash some of the tasty terpenes are lost. With dry-ice hash no drying is required and no terpenes are lost, you can enjoy it immediately if you wish. If you want hash with the richest, darkest and most appealing flavor you should try hash made with the dry ice method.
Dry ice hash has an extra deep and rich taste which is adored by hash connoisseurs. Some hash connoisseurs claim that traditional water/ice hash method loses some of the flavor and terpenes in the water. With dry-ice hash there is no loss of flavor at all, and the ultra low temperatures preserve the full delicious hash taste. If you haven’t tried hash made with dry ice, you have been missing out!
As soon as the dry ice touches the resin glands, the extreme low temperatures lock in all the terpenes and other aromatics. With the traditional water/ice method some of these aromatic compounds and terpenes are inevitably washed away and lost to the water. That’s why many of the most serious hash lovers prefer to make their own hash.
If you have want to know more about making hash with dry ice (carbon dioxide pellets) then read on! Historically, many people have made hashish with the water/ice method. One disadvantage of that method is the fact that your hash is produced as a wet slurry which needs drying over a couple of days. When you make hash with dry ice, you get fast and easy hash production process which you can enjoy immediately. Whats more, many hash connoisseurs say that the dry ice retains more of the taste and flavor, meaning that dry-ice hash is the best quality you can get. So is the extra hassle of using dry-ice worth the quality improvement?
Dry ice is simply solidified carbon dioxide, or CO2. It is non-flammable and can be bought from local pharmacies. It can also be bought online and is usually delivered in special polystyrene containers which keep it cool enough to survive the overnight shipping process. Dry ice has a temperature of around -78ºC (-109ºF). It will cause severe skin damage, so wear goggles and thick gloves. Oven gloves, or similar are best, don’t expect latex gloves to protect you from such extreme temperatures.
To make your own dry ice hash you will need the following materials:
- Shredded/ground-up cannabis buds/leaves
- A clean bucket
- A well ventilated room to work in.
- Some hash bags/bubble bags
- Some heavy duty oven gloves, safety glasses and long sleeve clothing
- Dry ice, often around 1Kg of dry ice (2-3 pounds) is used for a home extraction.
- A flat, clean surface to shake your hash bags onto.
- A scraping tool (e.g. paint scraper) to collect the resin glands when you empty the hash bags.
Put the dry ice and shredded buds/trim in the bucket. Add the dry ice pellets, put the hash bags on the bucket and shake. The dry ice rapidly cools the buds and freezes any sticky resin glands on the plant material. At these ultra low temperatures, the trichomes become brittle and glass-like. The mechanical shaking removes them, and by tipping your bucket upside down you collect the resin glands in the hash bags. The hash bags can be removed and the collected contents are tipped onto your clean work surface and scraped up. To ensure that you have extracted all the hash, repeat the process until no more is hash is removed. You can add extra CO2 pellets if necessary. You can choose whether to keep your product as loose, powdery ‘kief’ or to compress it into a ball of hash.
Hash is simply the collected resin glands from the cannabis plant. Some people like to vape or smoke the non-compressed resin glands. This is called Kief. Other hash fans love to compress the resin glands to make a sticky, shiny ball of hash (cannabis resin). Usually hash has a light brown color but this varies according to the purity and type of hash. The larger the size of the ‘holes’ in the collection bags the more hash you will collect and the more leaf/green material also. However, the smaller micron sizes (e.g. the 73μ collection bag) will contain less leaf material, but a higher percentage of resin glands. The smaller the micron rating of the bag, the less chance of any green leaf material making it into your hash.
Read on if you want to know how to make hashish with dry ice. Find out the advantages of dry ice hash compared to other hash making methods.