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Bubble hash is one of the most spectacular forms of cannabis and possibly the most coveted type of solventless extract. Bubble hash can be used to make edibles, pressed into rosin, or consumed by itself. It’s rare to find true 6-star bubble hash in dispensaries, because the best of the best doesn’t normally stray too far from the extractors who are skilled enough to produce it!
While a 1 or 2-star hash is great for edibles, and a 3 or 4-star hash is good for pressing rosin, the premium product is normally smoked in its unmodified form.
Learn more about the different grades of bubble hash in How Bubble Hash Is Rated.
So what will you do when you come across some truly superb bubble hash? If it's a 5 or 6-star hash, probably the best way to enjoy it is on its own. Most people want to experience hash of this caliber in a way that allows its unique characteristics to shine through unblemished. Rather than using it as starting material for rosin or edible infusions, hash can be smoked in a variety of ways.
Bubble hash is normally kept in a grainy, sand-like consistency, a multitude of cannabis trichomes loosely held together. Another way bubble hash is kept is in a heated, pressed, and rolled form referred to as a Temple Ball.
In both the loose, sandy form or Temple Ball form, bubble hash is not as easy to handle and smoke as cannabis flowers, but there are some unique approaches to enjoying bubble hash that give consumers a few options to choose from.
Let’s look at some of the most common ways to smoke bubble hash.
Mixed with Flower and Rolled into a Joint
An easy way to smoke hash without any extra accessories or equipment is to roll it into a joint with cannabis flower. Flower helps the hash to burn evenly whereas a joint rolled completely with bubble hash is hard to keep lit. The hash provides that extra punch in a joint, adding both flavor and potency.
Bowl or Bong Topper
A great way to enjoy a small amount of hash is to sprinkle it on top of flower that’s packed into a bowl (glass spoon) or bong. Once the bowl is mostly full, top it off with a bit of bubble hash and smoke as you normally would.
Note on Flames: butane can taint the flavor or both flower and bubble hash, so use a hemp wick to burn the hash. Just light the wick and then use the flame from the wick to light the hash. The glass wand is another great solution if you’re smoking the hash by itself.
On a Metal Screen
You can also smoke hash in a bowl or bong without mixing it with flower, but you need something to keep the tiny grains of hash from pulling through the bottom of the bowl. Pick up a tiny metal screen at a smoke shop and place it at the bottom of the bowl or bong, then sprinkle the hash onto the screen. The screen provides a great surface to allow the hash to burn without being pulled into the bowl or bong while you inhale.
A chillum is a conical pipe traditionally made with clay that is similar in function to a bowl. Chillums are thought to have originated in India and they’ve been used for centuries (if not millenia) to smoke cannabis. You can use a chillum to smoke either flower or bubble hash, or both mixed together as you would with a bowl.
5 and 6-star bubble hash can be dabbed just like rosin. You can use a traditional dab rig and quartz banger, or something mobile and electric like a Puffco if you want to avoid the use of a torch. As far as the mechanics of dabbing bubble hash, you can do it just like you would with rosin. Read more in How To Dab Rosin.
Hash Pipe with Heating Wand
A hash pipe looks like a regular glass spoon but it has 3 holes in the side of the bowl as opposed to one hole at the very bottom. These holes are situated around the upper rim of the bowl, positioned above the level of the bubble hash that nests into the very bottom of the bowl. This solves the problem of bubble hash getting pulled through the hole at the bottom of a traditional glass bowl.
Instead of lighting the hash with a flame, use a glass wand designed for smoking hash. Load the bubble hash into a hash pipe, then use your dabbing torch to heat the round end of the glass wand. Once it’s hot, place it into the bottom of the pipe to vaporize the bubble hash.
Bubble hash is a versatile cannabis concentrate that can be used as starting material for edibles or rosin. But the highest quality bubble hash is best enjoyed on its own, and there are several ways to smoke it. Whether you want to mix it with flower or take a nice dab, it’s great to have options. If you have enough bubble hash, you can experiment with every approach and find out what you prefer.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you smoke bubble hash?
There are a variety of ways to smoke bubble hash, from mixing it with cannabis flower and rolling into a joint, to topping a bowl of flower with bubble hash, to dabbing, to using a hash pipe and glass heating wand.
Can you smoke bubble hash by itself?
Yes, you can smoke bubble hash by itself. It doesn’t burn like cannabis flower does, so it’s best to dab it or use a hash pipe and heating wand.
How do you light bubble hash?
The best way to light hash is with a heating wand or to drop it into a quartz banger for dabs. You can also use a hemp wick to light it. It’s best to avoid regular butane lighters, as butane will taint the flavor of the hash.
What is a hash pipe?
A hash pipe looks like a regular glass spoon but it has 3 holes along the uppers inside of the bowl as opposed to one hole at the very bottom. This solves the problem of bubble hash getting pulled through the hole at the bottom of a traditional glass bowl.
What is a glass heating wand for bubble hash?
Glass heating wands are used to heat bubble hash for smoking. Use a dab torch to heat the end of the wand, then touch the wand to bubble hash. The high heat will cause the bubble hash to vaporize.