Trimming off some leaves with your cannabis plants is somehow beneficial to clean out your cannabis plants and successively, improve the growth in order to keep it well-nourished and healthy. However, these trimmings are often unusable and unutilized for human consumption. That is why most of it is just thrown around as compost or to bio-degradable trash bins in order to help in some way the environment through adding organic matter. But then, most marijuana smokers never realize that these leaves could be utilized exclusively as a hash. If you’re quite confused or interested with this, then let this article be your guide in relation to that.
What is a Cannabis Hash?
Often denoted as hashish, this cannabis product is made up of resins. These are compressed resin glands that are basically trichrome for which are commonly denoted as clear and white particles in the marijuana. Like marijuana, this could be smoke out, vaporize, and inhaled through pipes, bongs, vaporize and even could be orally taken directly. As compared to medical marijuana, this reportedly contains more content of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), and other important cannabinoids.
Hash has varying characteristics and properties. Similarly to marijuana, hash differs with potency, texture, and even color. Most hash appears black, brown, and reddish. Additionally, it could be hard, brittle, or soft in texture.
Additionally, hash has been used by people in cooking as part of ingredients because of its high solubility to fatty materials like butter, cream, or oils.
The Origins of Hash
Most people associates hash emergence in South Asia specifically India, Pakistan, or Afghanistan. In Pakistan, the hash is called ‘Charas’ by people and are used because of its medicinal benefits. There are also records and residues found in the Arabia region regarding its utilization. Well, in fact, the name of this resin comes from an Arabic word which means grass.
By 1800s, hash has spread towards Europe and has been using by a lot of people because of its potency and medicinal effects. Starting from that period, the continuous expansion of hash goes beyond to America where it was carefully studied and soon banned out because of its narcotic tendencies.
How to Make Homemade Hash using Trimmings?
Trimmings not just includes leaves but also stems and buds. Trichrome are the key component in order to make hash and you need to remember that trichrome spread around the body of the cannabis plant. But nonetheless, there are a lot of methods that could employ upon making hash. It is up to you on deciding what you will use these methods and for which is convenient for your utilization.
#1 Dry Sieving
- Preparation of Materials and Tools
You need to get ready always. Gather out the things that you need when making hash. The following materials and tools include;
- Cannabis trimmings
- Baking paper
- Credit Card
- Putting Baking Paper over the Silk Screen
It should be remembered that the baking paper should be larger than the silk screen because it will serve as the basin and container upon sieving. Thus, place the silkscreen on a clean flat surface and put carefully your baking paper below the silk paper. Make sure to enclose the whole silk screen area with the baking paper to improve efficiency and assure that everything is caught after sieving.
- Sieving the Trimmings
Gently put the trimmings above the silkscreen and move it carefully around it. You will notice that kief, the resinous trichrome that stick upon your baking paper. Continue sieving until you obtain about one-tenth of the trimmings that you’ve used at the start of the process.
- Pressing Down the Kief
Carefully collect the kief and transfer it to another sheet of baking paper through a credit card. Make sure to arrange it in such a way that it is easier to press down. Using a hash block, compress the kief obtain as needed. To get the hash, store it in a refrigerator at a cool temperature before utilization.
#2. Mixing with Ice
- Preparation of Materials and Tools
For this method, you will use the following materials that are available in the use of various household items and tools. Respectively, this includes;
- Cannabis Trimmings
- Ice Water
- Coffee Filter
- Large Jar
- Blending the ingredients
Mix out the trimmings, ice, and water into a blender. Make sure to put a lot of ice and water until it covers everything. Shake it until a frothy and thick mixture is obtained.
- Sieving the Mixture
Filter the mixture into a strainer or silkscreen and put it in a large transparent glass or container. Leave the mixture for 30 minutes and allow it to settle. The particles that settle in the bottom of the glass is relatively the hash.
- Collecting the Hash
In order to get the hash, you need to drain about two-thirds of the water inside the jar. Ensure that you will not include the hash that is settled below. Fill again the jar with ice water and then, make the solution settle down. Then, drain it again and repeat the same process until you will disintegrate the hash closest to the upper plant layer.
- Straining in a Coffee Filter
Any additional water that could be drain should be done. Then filter out the remaining hash mixture through a coffee filter. Seal it carefully and twist it out carefully to eliminate supplementary water on it.
- Storage of Hash
Dry out the cold hash in the coffee filter bag. Store and refrigerate it to restore potency and for further utilization.
#3. A Mechanical Drum
- Purchase of a Mechanical Drum
A mechanical drum strains out cannabis kief automatically without tiring yourself to a silk screen as needed. You could buy out this mechanical drum for 350 Euros online or to any local stores.
- Preparation of Materials
All you need to gather out for this method is the mechanical drum and your trimmed cannabis.
- Operating the Machine
To carry on the machine, just put the trimmings into the drum and turn it on. The drum will spin and get sifted through a silkscreen in order to obtain the kief.
- Pressing the Kief
Likewise, compress the kief through a hash block. After then, you could store and refrigerate the hash that you’ve obtained to restore the potency before utilization.
Other Things that You Could do with the Trimmings
Aside from hash, you could create and innovate out things with your trimmings. It includes the following;
-This could be used as an alternative to butter that could be used for making brownies, biscuits, and even cakes.
- Cannabis Milk
-You could use this through your coffee, milkshakes, and smoothies to create a smooth and flavorful cannabis aroma.
- Cooking Oil
-A cannabis flavored cooking oil that will make you energetic and high.