You can also make cannabutter using ground marijuana flower. This is done by applying heat and pressure in order to fuse powdery kief into a more solid block. To make hash at home using kief, you will want to carefully place your kief in a folded piece of parchment paper.
Try to get all your kief together in a pile so that it fuses together completely. Then press the parchment paper with a hair flat iron or clothes iron, being careful not to overheat the hash or parchment paper. Because the process to make kief hash bursts the oil-filled glands, hash is usually darker and stickier than kief. Whether you prefer to smoke kief vs hash will likely be a personal decision. Marijuana is legal in some capacity in more than half of U.S. 33 states have legalized medical marijuana , while 11 have passed laws permitting marijuana for recreational purposes. You can find more information about the marijuana laws where you live , or learn how to grow your own weed , how to make homemade rosin, and how to make a gravity bong by visiting our Cannabis 101 page . A concentrate created through the accumulation of trichome glands from cured cannabis .
Dry sift, also called kief , is the least expensive type of concentrate to produce, but one of the hardest to make. It is made by sifting cannabis through dry sift screens that vary in size, depending on how large or small the trichomes are. Dry sift can be used on its own, mixed with tobacco, or mixed with cannabis buds for additional potency. “What’s the best method for making a full melt dry sift?” “I prefer dry sift to other types of hash.” What Is Dry Sift? Dry sift is a concentrate made up of trichome glands characterized by its soft-sand texture and appearance. It is not considered an extract because the trichome glands that make up dry sift are mechanically removed from the plant material without the use of solvents. Dry sift can be made at home by sifting and sieving plant material over a screen. Commercial dry sift manufacturers employ the use of vibratory sieves in order to process industrial amounts of cannabis. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Trichome glands are the small appendages on the plants surface that produce the terpenes and cannabinoids . You can think of the trichome glands on cured plant material like ripe apples on trees. The easiest way to remove those apples would be to shake the entire tree and to help the fruits fall off. By shaking the tree, you would apply mechanical energy, which would allow the apples to break off the tree and fall to the ground. If you shake the tree hard enough to get most the apples off, it’s likely that some branches might fall off as well. If you were to catch all material falling from the tree using a screen with holes the size of the apples, you would catch any “contaminants” that fell off the tree and ensure that only ripe apples were filtered through. Plant material is agitated over a screen with sizes that correspond with the size of trichome glands; allowing trichomes to fall through the screen while holding back any plant material that would reduce the purity of the sift. Trichome glands are in diameters of 20 to 120 microns, which correspond with the most commonly used screens. The larger micron sizes capture the entire capillary-stalked trichomes (90- 120 microns), while the smaller micron sizes (20-40 microns) isolate the glands from the stalks. The purity of dry sift largely depends on the size of the sifting screens, the technique employed throughout the process, and the moisture content of the plant material. Dry sift can be further refined by “carding,” or gently rubbing the sift with a card over smaller screens; or even pressing the lower-melt sift into rosin . Like every form of cannabis concentrates, dry sift has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the biggest advantages of dry sift is that it’s made through a solventless process, which keeps the entire trichome gland in tact and yields a full-spectrum concentrate. The startup cost for making dry sift at home is also relatively inexpensive. But while dry sift is relatively cheap to make, it’s also labor- and time-intensive.
It may also contain larger amounts of plant contaminants than solvent-based extracts.
These contaminants are not harmful, but they do reduce the likelihood of producing a dabbable concentrate. The method that is used to consume dry sift is typically associated to its star rating. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) It’s fairly easy to press a 5-star or 6-star kief into a dabbable hash by placing it in between two pieces of parchment paper and pressing with your hand. Three- to 4-star dry sift is great for sprinkling on a bowl of flower, or lacing in a joint or blunt. If you like smoking hookah, dry sift can also be added to hookah coals for a big boost in flavor and effect.