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A hash wrap is a thin, flat sheet of hash that resembles a rolling paper. In fact, hash wraps are made to replace traditional rolling papers. Instead of rolling your flower using a hemp or other plant-based fiber, why not use hash instead? Hash wraps will take your joints or cannagars to the next level!
Not only are hash wraps fun to make, and also gratifying (if not a bit tricky at first) to roll with, the smoke they deliver puts regular rolling papers to shame. The idea that the journey is better than the destination may play out here. Because the process of making hash wraps is actually as enjoyable as smoking them.
Hash wraps aren’t actually made with the most premium-grade hash, and that’s by design. While the best 6-star hash is all trichome heads, that’s not what hash wraps are all about. To make the hash wraps functional, it’s good to integrate not only trichome heads, but also some stalks and even a bit of plant material. That said, some mediocre hash or dry sift would be good material to repurpose for hash wraps.
Similar to washing bubble hash, pressing rosin, dry sifting, or any other solventless extraction techniques, hash wraps are simple enough to make from home. It’s a fun way for homegrown hobbyists to brand out and try new solventless products.
What Supplies Do You Need To Make Hash Wraps?
The grade of hash you’re working with is the key component to creating a functional hash wrap. Although dry sift is generally not thought of as “hash”, for the purpose of this article, we’ll consider dry sift as an acceptable form of hash. Both ice water hash (bubble hash) and dry sift will work for making hash wraps.
Dry sift made from dried, cured flower is actually the ideal material to use for making hash wraps.
While maximum terpene content is almost always the goal when making hash, excessive terpene content in hash that’s used for hash wraps can actually be a disadvantage. The reason is that hash with a terpene content over 1.5% can be unstable. It’s just a bit too gooey to work with.
Lesser-quality bubble hash or dry sift is the material we’re looking for.
Avoid dry sifting flower that’s over 1-year old. Fresh flower is better, and flower that’s especially high in THCA content is best, since THCA is a solid crystal at room temperature. This lends itself to a hash wrap that’s easier to handle.
Steps To Making Hash Wraps
The trick is to make a sheet of hash that’s sticky enough to hold together rather than crumbling apart, but not so gooey that it loses its form or binds to everything it touches.
Some cultivars are going to make good hash or dry sift for making hash wraps. And some aren't’. That’s just the way it goes, and you’ll find this with almost any solventless extraction process. With so many different variables, experimentation is key. Keeping a journal will maximize your learnings through experimentation.
The first step to making hash wraps is to make the right hash or dry sift. Then you press the hash to flatten it into a sheet that’s easy to work with.
1. Source the proper grade of hash. There’s no exact way to measure what this is, but it needs to have a balance of heads, stalks, and normally some plant material. 6-star, full melt hash is way too melty to use for making hash wraps. On the other end of the spectrum, too many non-trichome plant particles will lead to a hash wrap that crumbles apart when you’re trying to roll it. Hash that contains around 90% of trichome heads, with the rest being stalks and plant particles, is a good starting point.
2. Determine the size of hash wraps you want to make. Consider both the thickness and the length and width of each wrap. We use about 1.5 grams of hash to make a hash wrap that’s approximately 2x3 inches when laid flat. With under 2 grams of hash, you can make a hash wrap that’s almost paper thin.
3. Cut a piece of parchment paper that’s 6 inches long and 3.3 inches wide. Fold each end of the strip of parchment paper towards the middle, so the paper gets folded into thirds. Each side of the paper folds into the middle section, where the hash will go. The total area becomes 2 x 3.3 inches.
4. Fold along the open sides of this parchment paper, folding little guards, which will prevent the hash from spilling out from the parchment paper when it’s on the rosin press.
5. Place the hash in the middle of the parchment paper, and fold the two ends of the paper over it, making a pouch. Lock the hash inside with the folds of the paper. Evenly distribute the hash within the parchment paper, so it’s in a consistent, even layer. Hold the parchment up to a light to get a good visual.
6. Fold this pouch inside another piece of parchment paper. While hash may leak out of the pouch, this second piece of paper will keep it from getting onto your press plates.
7. Place the hash in your rosin press. The exact time, temperature, and pressure will vary depending on the overall quality of the hash, the cultivar you’re using, etc. This is not a science, it’s an art. Again, experimentation is key. The rule of thumb is that as the hash quality increases, the temperature and pressure required decrease. Inversely, as the hash quality decreases, the temperature and pressure you’ll need will generally increase. The pressure needed almost always stays under 500 PSI. Temperatures in the 120-170 degrees Fahrenheit range are sufficient. Experiment with the combination of heat and pressure.
8. Press the hash until you get a paper-thin layer within the parchment paper. As soon as this is achieved, remove the pouch from the press and put it onto a cold plate.
9. Remove the hash wrap from inside the pouch. Wrap the hash around a glass tip, to create a cone.
10. If the hash wrap cone is too melty and isn't’ holding its form, a cure will be beneficial. You can fill the cone with flower before or after the cure. Experiment and see which way you prefer.
When you’re smoking the hash wrap, it will become very soft, so don’t touch the hash once it’s lit. Hold the wrap at the glass tip only. Allow the ash to fall off on its own. It’s best to hold the wrap vertically as it’s burning, which helps prevent the wrap from slumping over as it heats up. Try hitting the wrap like a chillum, this normally works well.
Hash wraps offer a unique and enjoyable alternative to traditional rolling papers for cannabis enthusiasts. Not only are they fun to make, but they also deliver a smoking experience that surpasses regular rolling papers. The process of creating hash wraps is as gratifying as smoking them, allowing homegrown hobbyists to explore new solventless products and expand their skills.
When it comes to making hash wraps, the grade of hash or dry sift plays a crucial role. It's important to strike a balance between trichome heads, stalks, and plant material to create a functional wrap. Experimentation is key, as different cultivars and variables can affect the outcome. By pressing the hash into a flat sheet using a rosin press and parchment paper, a sticky yet manageable consistency is achieved. The resulting hash wrap can be shaped into a cone using a glass tip, offering a convenient and enjoyable way to consume cannabis.
In summary, hash wraps open up a world of possibilities for cannabis enthusiasts looking for a new and exciting way to consume their favorite herb. With the right materials and a bit of experimentation, anyone can create their own hash wraps at home. The process of making these wraps is just as enjoyable as smoking them, making it a worthwhile endeavor for those interested in exploring the world of solventless extraction techniques. So why not elevate your smoking experience and try making hash wraps for yourself?
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I use high-quality hash or dry sift to make hash wraps?
While high-quality hash with a high concentration of trichome heads is prized for its potency, it's not suitable for making hash wraps. Hash wraps require a balance of trichome heads, stalks, and plant material to maintain their form. Using lesser-quality bubble hash or dry sift, preferably made from fresh flower with high THCA content, will provide the desired consistency for a functional hash wrap.
What supplies do I need to make hash wraps?
To make hash wraps, you'll need mid-grade hash or dry sift, parchment paper, a cold plate, a rosin press, a glass tip for making pre-rolls, and nitrile gloves. These supplies will enable you to press the hash into a thin, flat sheet and shape it into a cone for a satisfying smoking experience.
Can I experiment with different sizes of hash wraps?
Absolutely! The size of hash wraps can be customized according to personal preference. You can determine the thickness and dimensions of each wrap based on the amount of hash used. For example, using around 1.5 grams of hash can create a hash wrap approximately 2x3 inches when laid flat, while using less hash can result in an almost paper-thin wrap.
Is it necessary to cure the hash wrap before smoking?
Curing the hash wrap can be beneficial if you find that the wrap is too melty and doesn't hold its form well. You can choose to fill the cone with flower either before or after the curing process, depending on your preference. Experimenting with different curing methods and techniques will help you find the ideal consistency and smoking experience.
How should I handle and smoke the hash wrap?
Once lit, the hash wrap will become soft, so it's best to avoid touching the hash itself. Instead, hold the wrap by the glass tip to prevent it from slumping over as it heats up. Allow the ash to fall off naturally, and you can hold the wrap vertically while smoking to enhance its burn. Treating it like a chillum and taking hits in that manner can provide a satisfying smoking experience.