How To Make Hash At Home: A Step-By-Step Guide
Hash is easily one of the most iconic forms of cannabis concentrate and has a deep history that dates back thousands of years. Unfortunately, it isn't as popular as other types of concentrates (like shatter and waxes) and can be hard to get your hands on.
In this article, we take an in-depth look at hash and where it comes from and also share 2 simple methods for making it at home. To order hash and other types of cannabis straight to your door, sign up to greenRush today for fast, discreet cannabis delivery in less than 1 hour.
What Is Hash?
Hash is one of the oldest forms of cannabis concentrate. Its exact origins are unknown, but there is a general consensus that it originated from the Middle East as well as parts of the Indian Subcontinent.
The word hashish comes from the Arabic word for grass. Some authors (such as Franz Rosenthal, Professor of Semitic Languages and expert on Islamic civilization at Yale) believe it has been used in Islamic society since the 9th century AD.
Hash is generally made by separating the trichomes from dried cannabis flowers to make kief, a fine powder consisting of mostly cannabis trichomes.
These trichomes are the small “crystals” found on cannabis flowers and contain the highest concentrations of THC and other cannabinoids in the plant.
The kief is then usually pressed and heated into blocks which tend to be brown or almost black in color.
However, hash isn’t just unique to the Islamic cultures of the Middle East. It has also been used in India, Nepal, Tibet, and Pakistan, for thousands of years.
In fact, an article published in the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine suggests that a cannabis concentrate similar to hash was used in these regions as far back as 1000 BCE.
In these areas, hash is often referred to as “charas” and unlike the hash from Morocco or Afghanistan, is made using live cannabis flowers.
Instead of using dried flowers, charas is made by taking live cannabis buds and gently rolling them between the fingers and palms. This produces a thick, sticky resin which begins to build up along the hands.
This build up is eventually scrapped from the hands and then rolled into balls or tubes. It can then be smoked in a joint or pipe just like regular hash but tends to have a much smoother, almost chocolate-like texture.
Hashish is believed to have been imported to Europe in the 18th century, where it is still very popular to this day. In North America, new types of hash like BHO tend to dominate the concentrates market.
BHO, or Butane Hash Oil, is made using liquid butane which serves as a solvent to help separate trichomes from cannabis flowers.
The mixture of butane and trichomes is then generally cooked or heated slowly to remove as much of the solvent as possible. Depending on the consistency of the BHO, it is then marketed as shatter, wax, or budder.
But despite the popularity of BHO and other new concentrates, hash is still highly sought-after by both medical and recreational cannabis users who treasure it for its unique flavors and potency.
Whereas regular cannabis flowers tend to contain THC levels of roughly 20%, high-quality hash can contain up to 65%. Some types of BHO may even contain up to 95% THC.
Hash also boasts a noticeably different taste to cannabis flavors as well as a smooth smoking experience and a very clear “high.”
2 Simple Ways To Make Hash At Home
Hash is available at dispensaries across legal states in the US. However, it is also really easy to make at home.
If you have a decent quantity of dried flower, try one of the following methods for making it at home. If you cultivate or have access to live cannabis buds, jump straight to the second method to try your hand at making traditional charas.
1. The Dry-Sieving Method
This method uses dry cannabis flowers and a drive sieving method to separate the trichomes from the marijuana buds to make kief.
The process is as simple as taking some buds and gently moving them around a sieve. Then gather the kief, press and heat it and you’ve got yourself some very fine homemade hash.
What You’ll Need:
Clean, flat surface to catch resin.
What To Do:
- Place the silkscreen over your clean, flat surface. Place your cannabis buds on top of the screen and begin gently moving them around with your hands. The gentle friction will help break the trichomes from the buds and pass through the screen onto the surface below.
- Stop once you have enough kief to make up roughly 10-20% of the amount of buds you used. For example, If you used 10 grams of trimmings, you should only create about 1 gram of kief.
- Take the kief, wrap it up in cellophane tape, and seal the package with tape. Place the package in a preheated oven at 340°F (175°C or gas mark 3) for 10-15 minutes to allow the resin to melt and combine.
- Remove the package from the oven and press it with the rolling pin. Make sure to press the hash evenly. You can repeat this step 2 or 3 times for a smoother final product.
- Place the rolled hash into a refrigerator to cool off. Once cooled, remove it from the package and enjoy.
The Final Product
- Following the above instructions, you should end up with a relatively firm block of hash with a consistency similar to wet sand. You can take this and use it in a vaporizer, dab rig, or enjoy it in a bong or joint. When smoking hash, you may want to mix it with some dried flower to ensure it burns evenly.
2. The Hand-Rolling Method
This method is similar to the traditional method used to make charas. It involves taking live flowers and rubbing them in the palms of your hands until you're left with a thick, sticky resin.
This method takes a lot of patience but is well worth the wait; homemade charas is a delicacy treasured by both medical and recreational users.
What You’ll Need:
Non-cured cannabis buds from a mature plant.
What To Do:
- Before you start, remember to thoroughly wash your hand.
- Take 1-2 cannabis buds in your hand and gently rub them back and forth between your palms. Do not apply extra pressure to the bud. Instead, let it move relatively freely between your hands.
- After some time, you’ll notice a thick build up of resin on your hands. You can continue rolling your buds to extract more resin from them. Traditional charas can take hours to make, so be patient.
- Scrape the black resin from your hands and press together to create one block or ball.
The Final Product
You’ll be left with a black or dark brown final product similar to licorice. Like other types of hash, you can use this in a vaporizer, pipe, bong or joint. For the latter 2 options, try mixing it with some dry flower for a better burn.
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