- (Old School) Manual Method: Using a spoon or rubber spatula and hand mixing for a while.
- Pros: Cheapest method, needs the least amount of tools.
- Cons: The most physical work and the least efficient.
- Mixer Method: Using a hand mixer with beaters attached, or a hand drill with a paint-mixer or similar tool attached.
- Pros: Many people have most of the tools needed. This method is much easier then hand-mixing and more efficient.
- Cons: Still need a drill or mixer plus a good mixing attachment that’s also long.
- A hash-washing machine (mini washing machines)
- Pros: Easiest method since you don’t have to mix. Also, the most efficient method since all the material is constantly mixed while the machine is on.
- Cons: High initial cost since you have to buy the machine (
by Sirius Fourside
Bubble hash refers to collecting hash from your weed (or trim) by submerging the weed in ice-cold water and agitating it. This causes trichomes to break off so you can collect them.
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Making hash with a drill, mixer or by hand-mixing is the same process as with a washing machine. The only difference is that you will agitate everything with a power tool (or by hand) and pre-filter your hash-water with a 220-micron bag before filtering out your hash.
Don’t have a washer? Want to make bubble hash by hand? Learn how below!
Whenever you hear the word ‘hash’, it’s just referring to the extracted resin glands (trichomes, the sticky sparkly stuff) of a cannabis plant. The ‘bubble’ part refers to the method of using cold water and agitation to extract that resin.
Alright, let’s make some bubble hash!
The cornerstone of making bubble hash is mixing up your weed, water and ice. All three of these methods produce the same quality of bubble hash. It’s the efficiency and amount of work that varies.
Bubble hash is made by putting weed (or trim) in ice-cold water and agitating it. This causes trichomes to break off the cannabis so you can collect them.
Yes, one easy way called ‘dry sifting’ allows you to make hash without water. A device called a Pollinator tumbles your dry buds inside a tube. The trichomes are mechanically loosened and fall off the buds. Again this requires the buds (or leaf material) to be well shredded in order to allow the trichome removal. It’s quick, easy and convenient to make hash using the dry sift technique. And the equipment is available in a range of sizes to automate the production process. The trichomes are shaken free from the plant material and collected as a fine light powder which can be rolled into a ball if required.
With capacities upwards of a Kilogram of plant material, many automatic hash making machines make large scale hash production very convenient. Many coffee shops, social clubs, and dispensaries report that hash is coming back in fashion. This is probably due to the overall increase in popularity for cannabis concentrates. These auto hash making machines resemble top-loading washing machines, and they take all the hard work out of hash production. These automatic devices contain the hash bags and agitate the plant/water/ice mixture with jets of bubbles from the side. If you make serious amounts of hash then a Bubbleator machine makes life much easier. Simply adjust the settings for the amount of agitation and the length of the wash, sit back and relax. At the end, the bags are easily removed from the machine, and the wet hash particles can be scraped off and dried. Modern techniques for drying the wet hash includes freeze drying and the use of vacuum chambers for accelerated drying.
When cannabis buds, leaves, and harvest trim are churned around in ice-cold water the resin glands drop off the plant material into the water. From there they can be collected in special hash bags. It’s important that the whole process is conducted at low temperatures. The water should contain plenty of ice, ideally, it should be around 0ºC. The water and ice mixture is prepared in a large container, often a clean plastic tub or clean plastic bin. Inside the bin, you need to place your hash bags. One of the original Dutch hash bag brands is called the Ice-O-Lator series. They come in various sizes, for personal or larger scale hash production. The hash bags contain mesh nets with specific size gaps in the net e.g. 160, 120, 73 and 25 microns.
Hash is a generic term used for the compressed resin glands which have been removed from the cannabis plant. Anyone that has grown cannabis will be familiar with ‘scissor hash’ which accumulates on the scissors during harvest. Cannabis is coated with oily trichome resin glands which contain the cannabinoids. One simple way of making hash is to roll buds between your hands. Your hands become sticky as the resin glands transfer from the buds to your skin. This resin can be scraped off the hands and rolled into a ball of hash. It’s not the most efficient use of your buds though, and there are some more modern and effective ways to convert buds into hash.
The plant material should also ideally be pre-frozen. The higher the quality of the starting material, the more hash you will make. If you start with good quality shredded buds you will make more hash than you could make from poor quality trimmings. It’s important that the plant material is well shredded before you put it in the ice-cold water bath. Otherwise, the resin glands are not all available for removal. Some people peel buds open with their fingers to expose the inner layers. Others use scissors.
The heaviest hash yields will often come from the hash bags with larger diameter gaps in the mesh netting. As the trichome resin glands are separated from the plant material they settle progressively and fall through from one hash bag to the next. These ‘hash particles’ settle progressively through each hash bag according to the size of the netting. The larger particles are collected in the initial 160 and 120-micron bags. Only the smallest trichomes reach the finest mesh 25-micron bag for collection. These finest grades of the hash are often very light in colour due to the absence of stray pieces of leaf material. The ‘lower’ grades of hash, collected from the 160 and 120-micron bags are still joyously potent but may be a slightly darker color due to the relatively higher amounts of green plant material which sneaked through the larger hash bag nets.
As the ice mixture of plant matter is stirred/agitated, the trichomes fall off and fall through the various nets in the hash bags. As the illustrations show, each bag collects its own grade of hash. For most hashish connoisseurs, it is the hash from the finest mesh, usually the 25-micron hash bag, which is most highly prized. That’s because only the smallest trichome heads are able to pass through the previous hash bags and reach the final bag. This means very little plant /leaf material gets through. Under magnification, the hash looks like a massive collection of trichomes all squashed together.
Hash is a real treat for most cannabis lovers. Hashish is a cannabis concentrate which delivers a rich intoxicating smell and a blissfully indulgent effect. For some people, there is nothing quite like it. A small lump of hash is delicious on its own in a bong. Or you can add some hashish to a joint to turbo-charge the effects. There are lots of ways to make hashish, or other cannabis concentrates. But one of the simplest and most natural ways to make hash is simply using ice and water. The only special equipment required is a set of hash bags which can be bought online. You put these over a bucket and add ice, water, leaf/buds, and stir.
Most people simply scoop the slurry of wet hash particles from each hash bag and scrape it off onto a sheet of greaseproof paper or silicone pad to dry slowly over a couple of days. This allows the water to evaporate naturally, leaving behind the powdered hash particles. Hash connoisseurs often label the hash, according to the size of the mesh used to produce it and the cannabis seed variety used. Avoid exposing your hash to high temperatures, it easily gets sticky and squishy.
Some people like their hash in powdered form, this makes it easy to sprinkle into a joint or vaporizer. Other people love to roll their hash into a traditional ball. Some people roll hash into thin tubes which they lay inside a joint. This will sizzle and supercharge the potency as well as giving a penetrating hashy scent when the joint is lit.
Read on to find how hash can be made simply by stirring your buds/trim with ice and water. You just need hash bags and an explanation of the techniques used