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Temple Balls are objects of hash-making lore, originating long before modern methods of ice water extraction and bubble bags. The first temple balls were made from hand-collected cannabis trichomes (which is known as charas), or from dry sift made by separating trichomes from the plant using screens. Temple balls are the original solventless cannabis concentrate.
Temple balls give hash makers a way to store and preserve precious trichome heads for the long-term. Frenchy Cannoli has helped bring temple balls into the spotlight in recent years, teaching us how to create these beautiful and practical forms of bubble hash.
Simply put, temple balls are a collection of trichome heads, isolated from the plant using the ice water extraction method, gathered together and hand-rolled into a spherical mass. Traditionally, temple balls were made by hand-rubbing ripe cannabis flowers and collecting the trichomes that stuck to the skin. Now, ice water extraction has become the standard, blending the old and the new.
What Are the Benefits of Making a Bubble Hash Temple Ball?
Two main benefits of forming temple balls with your bubble hash include preservation and decarboxylation (activation).
The outer layer of a temple ball creates a protective crust around the trichomes heads in the center of the sphere. This outer layer of protection keeps oxidation inside to a minimum, thereby maintaining the color, consistency, and potency of the resin wrapped inside the ball.
Preparing the temple ball involves exposing the hash to heat, which causes decarboxylation to occur. This is a chemical process that transforms cannabinoids like THC from their acid form into a non-acid form. It’s this non-acid form that unlocks the therapeutic effects of cannabis, so exposure to heat gives temple balls exceptional medicinal efficacy.
How To Make a Bubble Hash Temple Ball
The way to make a great temple ball is to start with great bubble hash. Learn how to wash bubble hash here.
Ensure the bubble hash is dried. Moisture can be a big problem in hash preservation, so don’t rush a proper drying process.
You’ll need plastic wrapping (turkey bags work great), a wine bottle with cork, hot water, and the bubble hash.
Place the hash in between two layers of plastic, and fill the wine bottle with hot water. Seal the bottle. Using your open palms, roll the bottle over the hash, thinning it out into a pancake shape. Move back and forth over the hash, thinning it out as you go. Turn the hash around and do the same on the other side.
Next, remove the hash from plastic, fold it in half, and roll again. Once it’s been rolled a couple times on both sides, take the hash out of the plastic. Using gloves during this process is helpful!
Fold this sheet of hash multiple times in the palm of your hand until it’s in a cube shape. Squeeze firmly either side of the cube and rotate between the fingers, removing any air pockets and folds on the surface. This is the time to work out most of the inconsistencies in the material.
Clasp your hands together and roll the cube back and forth between the palms. Continue this rolling until the cube is transformed into a glistening ball. Behold, your temple ball!
Temple balls give extractors an elegant and effective way to preserve the trichome heads we work so hard to isolate and collect. Their soft and luscious interior is truly a thing of beauty. Their glistening surface seems mystical.
Temple balls represent a blending of the old and the new, with modern solventless techniques like ice water extraction meeting age-old knowledge and practices for optimizing hash with only some heat and human hands.
A majestic marble, a globe of pure goodness, a temple ball is calling your name. Will you answer?