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The following method is a simple method to how to make hash oil with alcohol and preserve and trim, clippings, or low quality marijuana that you might have otherwise thrown away.
How To Make Hash Oil With Alcohol-6 Steps
Buy some alcohol, yes, run to the liquor store!
We recommend using Everclear, high proof vodka, or rum. Everclear is the best to use if it is available in your area. Warning– Use extreme caution when using alcohol near an open flame. Alcohol is extremely flammable.
Grind the cannabis
By grinding the buds into small pieces, it makes it easier for the alcohol to be absorbed. This can be done using a grinder by hand, or by putting the buds in a blender and letting it run until it is all ground up.
Soak the ground marijuana in the alcohol
Place the ground marijuana in a jar that can be sealed tightly and pour the alcohol over it. You can put in as much alcohol as you want, covering the marijuana completely. Let the mixture sit for 24 hours. You will notice the alcohol has turned a green color. If you used very low-grade marijuana it may be a brownish color.
Filter out the plant fiber
Remove the plant matter by pouring the liquid through a coffee filter into another jar.
Let the alcohol evaporate
Pour the mixture into a bowl for at least another 24 hours. Allow the alcohol to evaporate.
Using the oil
Now the remaining mixture will be a green tar. There are a few ways to use it. The most popular method is to put it on top of some dried buds and smoke it in a pipe. Another method is to put the hash oil in a spoon. Heat the spoon and inhale the smoke through a tube.
Hash oil is a good way to get medicated with in a quick, efficient manor.
Hash oil is becoming very popular due to its ability to be easily transported and put into small e-pens that people can use often without people around them even knowing about.
You can use hash oil in different ways. Usually, hash oil is orally ingested, either in an infused or solid manner into your drink. You can also smoke hash oil using a pipe, bong, e-pen or vaporizer. Hash oil is also known as hashish. You can also use hash oil along with the usual cannabis flowers.
Melted Method For Hash
There are a wide assortment of hashish that can be melted enough using the dabbing method. When you are using this dabbing method with hashish or hash oil, you have to use a screen to get the best results. Why? Well hashish has some resins that will leave back residue that cannot be melted with the dabbing method.
To be aware of what hash oil is, you have to realize that it can be used dually, especially when a marijuana sativa plant is used. One of the most expensive marijuana products, Cannabis Caviar is commonly dipped in hash oil.
The marijuana plant has the kind of physical structure that is rich and fibrous, containing essential amino acids. For that reason, it has a whole lot of benefits to the user. The essence of the marijuana plant or the trichomes is both medicinal and aromatic and so it facilitates therapeutic capabilities for a relaxing experience.
Hash oil, when ingested or inhaled, gives that essence of the marijuana plant, which is the trichomes and not the plant itself. The essence of the marijuana plant (trichomes) is achieved as the resinous and ripe gland that line the surface of the female marijuana plant is divided and collected. This process has been around for centuries.
However, due to the ongoing legalization of marijuana in the western world, innovative methods like preparing hash oil is sweeping the cannabis market today.
The Origination of Hashish
Hashish is originated from Arabic countries where it is touted as ‘grass.' In A.D. 900, it was considered the most popular era of hashish. “Charas” is arguably the method used in ancient times by cannabis growers to collect resins.
Because of the exploration of hashish by the Europeans that wanted to take it into Africa, it became known to the western world around the nineteenth century.
For many years, doctors from Europe imported hash oil into Africa to do research. This resulted in the introduction of an assortment of extraction techniques, which allowed the doctors to refine their methods to make medicinal products such as medical marijuana and prescribed pills.
Once the twentieth century came around, marijuana extractions accounted for major pharmaceutical drugs. However, once the federal government put a halt on that, hashish products made its way to the black market.
The Revolution of Hashish
There are different types of hash oil once it reemerged from the black market in the 1960's and made its way into the cannabis industry.
Once this happened, countries like Afghanistan, Nepal and Morocco began to see an increase in the exporting of hashish because western tourists were showing an avid interest in marijuana.
During this time, an assortment of hash oil was being imported as hard-pressed solids created using pressure and heat. In the 1980's, the method of gland separation with the use of an extraction machine had been introduced in the west. The machine helped to separate the heads of the glands from the marijuana plant material.
Rising Popularity of Hash
Many master of marijuanas were experimenting by then with water extraction techniques, which we now call water hash. The machine used for extracting water hash became popular in 1997.
As years pass and marijuana becomes more legally accepted, hash oil and cannabis have merged into powerful products that are hitting the cannabis market like storm.
If you have questions about how to make hash oil with alcohol or would like to learn more ways to use cannabis, including advanced methods of extractions and tips from leading cannabis growers, enroll in CTU's cannabis extraction training program.
Hashish, or “hash” as it’s commonly known, has a history that goes back to the late 11th century in Persia and Arabia. Hash is essentially cannabis resin created from the sticky trichomes found on cannabis flowers.
In the earliest accounts of its use, it was eaten rather than smoked. Much later, in the 17th century, hashish use spread to Europe with the introduction of tobacco from the new world. At that time, it was then mixed with tobacco from the New World and smoked, which greatly increased its popularity.
The cultivation of hemp during the early history of the United States is well documented, and it’s well-known that George Washington grew the plant. What is less known is that cannabis also had widespread recreational use by early presidents.
Founding father Thomas Jefferson and early president James Monroe both served as U.S. ambassadors to France, where they are known to have been regular smokers of hash, which was very popular there at the time. Madison, in particular, was an ardent hash smoker and continued to use hash until his death at age 73.
Hash Use in Europe
By the 19th century, hashish had widespread medical use in Europe as well as the U.S., where it had applications to treat pain, migraines, depression, stomachache, loss of appetite, and other conditions. During the 20th century, medical use of hash ceased in favor of other drugs that were more widely accepted for these applications.
At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the hash used in Europe came from Kashmir, Afghanistan, Greece, Syria, Nepal, Turkey, Lebanon, and India.
By the 1960s, most hash was imported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Morocco. During that decade, Morocco emerged as the leading exporter of hash and was the source for huge international exportation and use.
During the 1990s and 2000s, Afghanistan became the main source for hash exports, producing product that was superior to that from Morocco.
Because of increases in high-quality marijuana production in the U.S., most hash from Afghanistan is imported to Europe. In 2013, 641 tons of hash were consumed in Europe, and Europeans remain the main consumers of hash today.
Historical Methods of Hash Creation
Middle Eastern hash has historically been made with Cannabis indica plants grown in the aforementioned countries. Throughout the nearly one thousand years of its recorded use, hash has been created in a variety of ways.
The most primitive and unrefined method to create hash results in a form sometimes referred to as “finger hash.” This form of hash results from rubbing human hands on the flowers of cannabis plants to remove the sticky, THC-rich trichomes on them.
The hands are then rubbed together to roll and remove the sticky residue on them to collect a very pure form of resin. Rolled into balls, finger hash is still created today, and should be something most cannabis growers and trimmers know well.
The resin from cannabis buds collects quickly on hands and trimming scissors. It makes a flavorful bowl topper on dried flower or when consumed in pure form on its own.
Mechanical means also have a long history of use in the creation of hashish in Afghanistan. When using historical mechanical means, “dry sieve” cannabis creation occurs by removing the trichomes from dried flowers by pushing them through a screen by hand or through the use of tumblers.
The powder that results from this process, known as “kief”—and still called that today in the modern American cannabis market—is then compressed with heat to form blocks of hash in a similar method used to create modern rosin from cannabis flowers.
The Moroccan and Lebanese method of hash creation was and is similar to that of Afghanistan but lacks the application of heat in the process. The compressed product from Afghanistan is moistened with water and heated, then rolled by hand to create balls of hash.
This ancient method of hash creation is a tedious, time-consuming process that results in a very pure form of hashish.
Foreign hash comes in a variety of colors, ranging from black and red to yellow (aka blond hash). These colors differences can be due to a variety of factors ranging from the methods used to create them, the manner in which their creators store them, and the material in which they are wrapped for transport and have contributed to a variety of names used to market them, such as “Lebanese red hash” and “Afghan blond hash.”
Modern Bubble Hash
Hash in today’s American market employs a dramatically different method of creation. Instead of employing heat and compression, freezing water is critical to the creation of what is known as “bubble hash.”
Creating bubble hash involves a process where a series of collection bags with varying levels of minute filtration are arranged, one within another, with the filtration bag having the largest-micron filter being the first bag and the smallest, most-minute filter the last.
Either dried flower or freshly harvested flower will work to make bubble hash. When using fresh flower, the resulting hash is sometimes referred to as “live hash.” Some people believe that the live hash terpene experience—the aroma and flavor of the hash—is superior to that of hash created with dried flower.
To make this hash, a bucket or large vessel containing the series of collection bags fits snuggly like a trash bag within a trash can filled with ice water. Then, the flower—either dried or fresh—is put in the ice water (some people choose to freeze the flower prior to placing it in the ice water).
Once allowed to sit for an hour or so, the water is agitated with a heavy spoon or paddle (some people use an electric cake mixer, using extreme caution not to let it get it fully emerged in water, for obvious reasons).
The water is mixed and agitated fully before being allowed to settle once again. This process allows the trichomes on the flowers to become nearly frozen, which causes them to fall off the flower and collect at the bottom of the bag.
When removing the first couple of bags, the plant material is strained out. The remaining bags include trichomes and residue that is collected and dried, resulting in hash of varying purity depending on which bag it came from.
Bubble hash remains one of the easiest and safest modern concentrates to make. The resulting hash can either be smoked by itself or combined with flower when smoked. It adds a potent kick to dried cannabis when smoked together.
Hash Use in the United States
Although well-known to most American cannabis consumers, hash has a less storied history in the U.S. than in other countries with widespread cannabis use.
With the increasing legalization of marijuana in the U.S., however, use of cannabis concentrates, including hash, is becoming more prevalent, so the general public will no doubt become increasingly aware of hash and related concentrates like shatter, wax, rosin, and crumble.
The aforementioned bubble hash is particularly appealing to some people because it lacks any trace solvents, and it’s aptly labeled a “solvent-less” concentrate.
Undoubtedly, hash use will continue to grow in popularity in the U.S., as it has in other countries.
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