Different types of marijuana concentrates – hash and hash oils

Marijuana Concentrates

So we’ve all smoked weed and sure it is fun and all but why smoke buds when you can smoke a concentrated version of it? Most people sure as hell aren’t smoking salvia leaves, they go for the extract, so why should cannabis consumption be any different? Welcome to the world of concentrates.

To start off we’ll have to distinguish between the two main types of hashish, which are further broken down into more categorie

s. There are also some definitions you’ll need to know. You have hashish and you have hash oil. Both are made by separating the cannabis resin from the plant material however the hash oil is done so using a solvent.

Types:

Hash

Handrub or finger hash
Sieved hash
Bubblehash
Rosin

Oil

Hash Oil
Butane Hash Oil (BHO)
Honey Oil
Quick Wash Iso Hash (QWISO)

Definitions

Trichomes

Don’t worry about the weird words, all you have to know is that everything you want to get at is inside that big trichome head. The res

t of the plant is pretty much useless for getting high. That resin head contains the cannabinoids (primarily THC) and various other chemicals… the terpenes and terpenoids are there, as are the flavonoids.

If you are a new student to the school of concentrates, make sure you understand this: all you want are those resin heads.

Resin

Resin = oily substance = the oils found in the trichome head = slang. Yeah.

Kif

Kif

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also known as dry sift, kief, powder, crystals, and a bunch of others. Kif, kief, or dry sift is fine thank you. This refers to raw resins heads, although you can be certain that there will be impurities in there. That is, unless you know Sam the Skunkman because he has managed to get 99.9% pure dry sift:

Cannabinoids

tich

Cannabinoids are a bunch of chemicals that are similar to THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that gets you high. THC is great and all but you must remember that the rest of the cannabinoids are useless to a recreational user. They act as THC antagonists. Hashish tends to have a higher CBD content, especially import from some regions such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Turpenes/Turpenoids

Let’s just call them terpenes for simplicity. These guys are more important than you probably would have thought. Of course they are largely responsible for the flavour and aroma of the cannabis, varying between strains across a profile of dozens if not hundreds of turpenes. But they are also responsible for altering the high you receive from the THC. They are found in many things beyond cannabis, such as Limonene which is found in my pot and your lemons.

Hashish

Handrub or finger hash

finger-hash

This is the most basic form of hash and is most likely the earliest form of it. It is also has the lowest purity. Basically you take cannabis colas (the large primary buds on the plants) and jerk them off, building up a nice layer of resin on your hands that you can roll up into a ball for your own homemade handrub hash. “Scissor hash”, hash you can collect off scissors after trimming, would fall under this category, as would other hashes you get by recovering resin that has stuck to something.

Sieved hash

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This is the form that most import hash takes and is also use most commonly across the West. That kif/dry sift you’ve collected in your grinder or screen box is sieved hash, although the form most people are familiar seeing it in is after it has been pressed. The process is simple enough, you just take your buds, grind them up over a screen of an appropriate size, and collect the kif that falls through. For higher quality kif, abandon the step of grinding your bud and use multiple screens of varying sizes. The target screen size varies by strain and even the maturity of the trichomes, but generally most strains are within 70-120 microns.

Bubblehash

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This is a technique for making hash that was developed within the last 30 years and has become very popular in the West as it is one of the easier ways to get a fairly high quality product from a large amount of product at once. What you do is throw the bud in a big bucket of water … yes, water … and then some ice … yes, ice … then stir it for a certain amount of time (off the top of my head 30 minutes or so). Finally, strain the water through specially made bags that have various screen sizes on it, for a process quite similar to sieved hash. What has happened is the cold water freezed the parts of the bud you don’t want while the stirring has knocked off the resin heads into the water, which you then strain out.

Rosin

rosin

Rosin is a solventless ‘hash oil’ that I have not had a chance to try yet. However, I might have to give it a shot soon. You take dry sift or good hash and slowly rub it on a hot Pyrex plate or similar, building a film (the rosin) that you then scrap off with a razor and vape.

Oil

Hash Oil

Oil is hash that has been made with a solvent, used to dissolve the resin heads off the bud and then seperated. Many different solvents can be used, including isopropyl alcohol, butane, and acetone. The quality of oil can vary quite a bit, most comparable to sieved hash. However, while it is easier to achieve a high quality product with hash oil, sieved hash still has the potential to be better.

Using solvents may be illegal where you are! The Netherlands is one such place and if anyone knows further locations please let me know and I’ll add it up here.

Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

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Take a stainless-steel turkey baster, throw in some buds (do not grind for higher quality), secure a coffee filter over the end, and spray butane through it, collecting it on a Pyrex dish. Purge out the butane and you’re done. That is the basics of it, which I’ll expand on soon.

Important: do not make BHO inside and do not make it with any old can of butane. Do not make BHO inside and do not make it with any old can of butane. Make it outdoors and use a highly refined brand, such as Vector or Colibri.

Quick Wash Iso Hash (QWISO)

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Also known as iso hash, QWISO is hash oil made using isopropyl alcohol as the solvent. It is cheaper than BHO and easier when making larger batches, however the quality of the product is going to be lower. To make your own, put the cannabis in a jar and pour in some iso alcohol. Shake it up for a shorter period of time then you might think (10-20s or even less for top quality oil). Strain and purge out the isopropyl.

Honey Oil

honey-oil-hash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Usually from BHO although you can get golden QWISO too, honey oil is another name for top quality oil. This is oil that is golden, fairly clear, and often goes hard at room temperature (hence the nickname ‘shatter’).

Budder

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Budder was “created” by a guy who calls himself BudderKing out in BC. He claims to have a secret method for making it and says it is the highest quality cannabis product available. Don’t believe the hype. Budder is simply BHO that has air whipped into it, turning it a lighter colour and changing the consistency. I don’t like it because the air leads to inconsistent hits and I prefer working with oil when dabbing. A lot of the special concentrates in California are actually just Budder. If you know of any, shout out the name it goes under and at what dispensary and we can even make a list.

Hash Bean can teach you to make budder