How to make hashish

Hashish (or Hash)

Hashish, and we also call it hash, is possibly the oldest marijuana concentrate we know, also can be made using none of any chemical solvents neither complicated machinery. It consists of trichomes, resin and oils. Take some frosty fresh buds, rub extensively with fingers, the substance left on your fingers is hashish. This way they do hashish in India, for example, they roll it into a big damn ball once scrabbed from hands, and keep it this way. Called charas.

In some countries, like in Kazakhstan, I heard, they make it for fun with a girlfriend running all over the cannabis field, it’s a sunny day and it’s hot, she sweats, and all top contents of the cannabis flowers (trichomes and resin) stick onto her body, and then — scrab and smoke.

Making Hash

Making hash is the extraction and preserving the psychoactive resin from the cannabis plant. This resin is HIGHly concentrated in the cannabis tops, in the buds, and is exactly the thing giving your nugs their “frosty” appearance. Smaller amounts of the psychoactive resin can be also found in the leaves and trim of both male and female plants, which makes the whole idea to learn how to make hashish HIGHly reasonable, to get the use of all parts the plant — extract hashish, we all love doing it, for real, an especially when it comes to consumption. In a long run, except of that it is the aromatic and the effective way to consume cannabis, it is also the HIGHly economic way to consume cannabis. And a re-use shake, leaves and stems, all remains of cannabis plants, yes, you make hash from it too, once extracted it’s same resin as good as that one from buds (of course shake contains less resin, yet in the other case we just throw it away, instead of having finest hashish, hm?)

Hashish is notable for having less smell (almost none) when you have it your pocket, may be important. Also less smell when smoking, and it is not that far famous smell, not all people know it, if compare to regular marijuana. Another great feature hashish is highlighting is small size, one finger tip block of hashish will last for couple of days, giving you less burning side products as you dub it, because of size of one hit. You can roll it with tobacco, or dub it, or use a small pipe, or use a can of Coca Cola, which is the best use for Coca Cola can, hahahaha )

Cold Method to extract Hashish at home

Fo this one we need a bucket or a smaller bowl (depending on how much harvest we want to “invest” into our hashish experiment, hahahaha), we put cold water into bucket, let’s make it half as we will need space for adding ice, so fill water wishice and then we drop the quantities of BUD. Then you use a blender or by spoon by hand, whatever you prefer, we crash this bud containing ice with blender until it turns to be crashed ice with bud in it, all way till the coctail-margarita state. Take away the remains of green plant material which keeps floating, and filter out the trichomes with screens. After drying it’s ready to use.

Don’t do anything to the buds before you put them into water. Crushing or grinding it in advance will only damage the trichomes, decreasing the potency. Stuff should be dry, may be frozen, you crash it already in water with ice.

This process is extremely clean and creates a pure, clean product, high in THC and extremely tasty with no chemicals. Freeze the buds in a fridge before you put them into ice, it’sll make the whole process even more smooth. Cold keeps trichomes brittle, so they separate easily.

For the very first experiments we suggest playing with small amounts before mastering to the bucket size full of kief. You may lose buds if anything goes wrong. Think about coctail shaker for the start.

Kief

Basically Kief is the Moroccan way for saying “hashish”, they call weed that way and they smoke weed in a form of hashish preferably. However technics go different, so we distinguish one hash from another, yet it’s nothing wrong to call all other hashish as kief and vice verca to refer kief as hashish — Names of Marijuana.

Moroccan Solventless Hash
This is how it appears, the Moroccan Solventless Hash, the image we’ve borrowed from a dispensary in Canada, delivering Moroccan hash: https://greenz.market

Kief is the most basic types of cannabis concentrates, counting the oldest history back into thousands years ago. It’s made of the dried trichomes, which are the glands of the cannabis plant and contain the highest share of thc.

Kief is light green or golden or brownish in color, depending on the original material, the strains it is made of, it appears as a sandy or very fine grain powder pressed into a solid piece. You smoke one small piece (like half a nail size) of it by a pipe or a bong and you’re already high, thse are pure trichomes. The cold method above in the end produces kief. Very tasty as soon as buds you use for the extraction also contain terpenes, and you get the terpenes well-densed in your kief, very pure, no oils inside neither plant tissue, mild in smoking and HIGH as hell.

In the standard weed grinder there is the third compatment, where the trichmes are collected as long as you use the grinder for grinding weed. It becomes dense there, the light green and yellow powder. This is kief.

Head image: The Dank Dutchess

★★★ Moroccan Hashish Candies, Alice Toklas’s Recipe

THC: Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol

What is THC in a simple explain. It is an abbreviation from: Delta Nine Tetra Hydro Cannabinol, often referred more shortly as Tetra-hydro-cannabinol, which is already better known as THC. Technically it is a chemical compound, and the main psycho-active component of marijuana, namely the very thing making you high. THC is delivered through trichomes — the holy grail for all home growers (and industrial too).

Below is the formula how the THC compound appears for a chemistry brainiac…

 Here —  the world famous formula of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, well recognised thanks to millions of t-shirts and touristic merchandise:

Psychoactive compound THC and its chemical formula in a doodle style infographics

How It Works

Everybody knows? You close your eyes, relax and imagine a green valley of goodness and a sunshine and a girl. If it goes easy then your mind is open and therefore it works, but the case if not much green or not a valley […] Anyway, this state of mind and body is frequently highlighted in all kinds of motion pictures, in attempt to translate someone’s feelings into graphics and sound, practically this is the definition of art, innit.

Like this one, for example:

South Park. Kenny's cheesing dream girl, the cartoon Steampunk Femme Fatal
Kenny’s Femme Fatale, Psychedelic Cheesing Dream
South Park series by SouthParkStudios.com

Wait,

We’d better wrap it up in a form of:

Frequently Asked Questions about THC:

#1 — Where it belongs

THC, the most valuable out of more than 100+ cannabinols in a regular plant of cannabis, is stored in (or delivered through) trichomes of a cannabis plant. The quantity and the condition of trichomes define the amount of THC in buds, and also by color of trichomes you understand when it’s time to harvest the ready bud. How erect them practically big: find in tutorials, and this is a strong reason why those trichomes are so “photogenic” all over internet. They are the fabric of THC.

Northern Lights Trichomes

These crystal monstrosities are thrichomes (on the picture), magnified, and they still can be seen with a bare eye on a bud of a good quality: trichomes makes bud look frosty. Thrichomes are glands of the plant, they are full of rosin (or resin) and full of thc, thca to be precise, anyway that one eventually making you high.

#2 — The chemistry when you make a puff

On temperature 220-235℉ (105-112℃) carbon dioxide gets rleased from the THC-acid, called decarboxylation, transforming it into THC, and then on more heat on temperature 350℉ (176℃) the THC evapourates: gets from solid condition into gas. This is how THC is delivered into body when you smoke weed.

On molecular low level the molecular of THC has a very proper structure (in that molecular low level) so that THC-particles may perfectly fit to and may interact with specific cannabinoid receptors in human brain, and these receptors are specially designed by nature to accept cannabinoids. These cannabinoid receptors form into groups to be a sort of sites, and these binding sites altogether are an endocannabinoid system (wiki), working 24×7 to exchange cannabinoids. It’s not exactly that human brain or body by itself produce ‘controllable substances’ and have a delivery system and this makes you high free of charge – not that but the idea is something like that. Let me just think that the full system of our body is compatible with THC by luck.

Then THC when achieves one’s brain cells it connects to the receptors of the endocannabinoid system and ignites the chemical processes and some of them finally change your behaviour along with way of thinking. The receptors concentrated in the parts of the brain responsible for movement, memory, and frontal cortex – the thing we think with. Obviously these three of your ‘properties’ are being altered when you bake. And it is individual if you loose part of memory or obtain new memorising capabilities for awhile: only remember that THC is not only component of a weed. Tons of them and they are all affect something on some chemical level. Stay reasonable and listen to your body carefully and no rush.

#3 — What is anandamide

Reading some random FAQ’es you often think is it a frequently asked question for real?

“Listen, iam shy to ask dont you know what is anandamide”

– come on it cannot be a very frequent question.

ANANDAMIDE:

The current study says this is how it works:

image source and a nice article about the subject

By some means, happiness and spirituality is the original purpose of this whole body system and those cells we only enable it working when getting stoned.

image source and an article about brain

#4 — How much of THC in a weed

Think 20-25% of thc is a very good quality for a very good recreational weed somewhere in Amsterdam or in the middle of Colorado. 8-12% of thc is still very good, for a wild weed or some street dunk, pressed into bricks like they do it in Paraguay. In some countries governments practice to deliver official weed into pharmacies with the really low decreased amount of thc, it may go as low as 1-2% like they do in Uruguay (and it is still the recreation is the purpose, hohoho). In hemp, or medical weed the thc in US may not be higher than 0.3% by law.

#5 — How THC has been discovered:

Professor Raphael Mechoulam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Mechoulam

The name of the hero is Professor Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist, born in Sofia (Bulgaria). He has done to THC science pretty everything: discovered, isolated, fully synthesized, as well as identified the anandamide.