The water is passed through a fine mesh filter (‘bubble bags’), which collect the resin glands prior to air drying. Choose a THC-rich photoperiod or auto cannabis variety for best results. Making ‘bubble hash’, as it is known, does require some preparation and time.
It is sometimes called bubble hash because the trichomes settle in the bags and can form temporary wet ‘bubbles’ as they collect. This ice-water hash making technique is a solvent free process and produces excellent quality hash. If you are looking to make hash at home in reasonably high quantities then the ice water method is well worth considering. You can read a dedicated Dutch Passion blog on hash production with the ice/water method. You can buy it online for overnight delivery, or you can order it from pharmacies. Dry ice uses very low temperatures, fans claim this helps preserve a lot of the terpene content for extra flavour. The dry ice method involves mechanical agitation (shaking) of the buds/trim with dry ice to remove the resin glands.
These can be collected in the normal way and sieved with silk screens or hash bags (bubble bags). The trichomes drop through the holes in the bags according to their size. With no solvents, this is a fire-proof way to make hash but caution must be used when handling solid dry ice. Charas makers would roll fresh cannabis blooms between their palms. Some of the most prized charas is the pale Malana Cream products which are produced slowly with hours of effort for just a few grams. In contrast to hand-rolled cannabis (which can be done with dried and cured blooms), charas tends to be made from fresh (occasionally unripe) and uncured buds/blooms. Male cannabis plants are often discarded by home growers. They will pollinate your female plants turning the buds into seeds. Most of the cannabis seeds sold these days are feminized seeds. Usually they will grow into a crop of 95%+ female plants. But male cannabis plants do produce THC, just not as abundantly as female plants. Save male plants for your hash-making exploits and put them to good use. Hermaphrodite or ‘hermie' cannabis plants are those which show signs of both male and female sex. Often they are female plants which start to produce occasional male flowers. Some growers ‘pinch’ out the male flowers and monitor that plant carefully. If the hermie is producing too many male flowers the plant is usually discarded. But you can save the plant material for hash production. The older hermie plants usually have more resin glands than younger ones. Using the hair straightener method is probably the easiest way to make some rosin hash easily at home. But it’s not a great option if you need to make larger quantities. Some people prefer the traditional ice-water method of hash making. Much depends on your personal situation, how much hash you want to make and how much cash you have available for equipment. One of the disadvantages of hash is that it often contains small amounts plant material. And that prompted some people to look for alternative methods of creating THC-rich cannabis concentrates. Today there are lots of way to do this, and the result is that concentrates with around 50-80% THC can be routinely produced. That’s two to four times as potent as traditional hash.
However fans of traditional hash will claim the the original hash taste is far superior and richer to modern concentrates such as shatter. The modern ways to make cannabis concentrates usually involve grinding up the cannabis buds and washing them with a solvent to extract the cannabinoids and oils from the plant. Typical solvents include ethanol, butane, iso-propyl alcohol or super-critical carbon dioxide. Once the solvent is safely removed, the cannabis concentrate is ready to be enjoyed. Most people enjoy their cannabis concentrates in a vaporizer, but there are numerous ways to enjoy them, from eating to smoking. These were palm-sized hash balls, sometimes egg shaped. They were made in Nepal and were hugely popular in the 1960’s and 70’s as hash popularity boomed.
The cannabis was grown outdoors in the Nepali mountains and converted into hash balls by hand. The genetics that grew in the rugged mountain regions were typically indica dominant. Often the Temple Balls had a highly polished exterior thanks to the loving hand smoothing process.