How To Build The Ultimate Indoor Grow Room Part 1
With the recreational cannabis market flooded with lower grade quality products and burdened with excessive taxation rates, there is no better time than now to start growing your own cannabis at home. But if you’ve never grown before where do you even begin? Let’s start out with a few questions that will help you decide which pathway is best for you. 5 Important questions to address prior to starting your indoor grow build out.Read more
What's The Problem with Using 2-Way Humidity Packs To Rehydrate Cannabis Flowers?
2-way humidity packs are thin pouches that contain water vapor, natural salts, and food-grade thickeners which help regulate humidity levels within airtight spaces. Traditionally used by cigar aficionados to preserve moisture levels inside humidors, 2-way humidity packs have been adopted by the cannabis industry to keep flowers at just the right humidity. Relative Humidity, or RH, is a measurement of moisture in the air (given as a percentage), and helps us aim for the right amount of moisture within cannabis flowers.Read more
How To Microplane Bubble Hash for Air Drying
Microplaning bubble hash is a way to break apart fresh, wet bubble hash for drying after Ice Water Extraction. Hash that’s just pulled from bubble wash bags is soaking wet, and in order to air dry properly, it needs to be prepared accordingly. Wet hash sticks together in globulous patties. Even if it’s spread into a thin, uniform layer to air dry, it will still trap moisture within. Moisture locked inside can’t evaporate by itself in the open air, and this invites mold growth before the hash gets a chance to fully dry.Read more
What Is Food Grade Bubble Hash?
Bubble Hash, or Ice Water Hash as it’s also known, is a type of solventless cannabis concentrate known for its purity and potency. Bubble hash is made through a process called Ice Water Extraction, a method utilizing only ice, water, and cannabis material to extract trichomes from cannabis. Extractors sieve the ice water and cannabis mixture through a series of mesh filters, called Bubble Wash Bags, in order to isolate and collect cannabis trichomes. These trichomes, also collectively referred to as “resin”, are the main object of interestRead more
Ice Water Bubble Hash vs. Dry Sift: Which Is Better?
Ice Water Hash and Dry Sift are forms of solventless cannabis concentrates, or extracts made without any chemical solvents such as CO2, Alcohol, or Butane. The goal of extracts is to isolate the most powerfully therapeutic compounds of the cannabis plant. These natural compounds, most notably cannabinoids and terpenes, deliver the highly sought-after benefits that cannabis has to offer like pain reduction, sleep enhancement, and stress relief. While these compounds exist throughout the plant, they’re produced in the highest concentrations within trichome headsRead more
Cleaning Dry Sift with Rubber Glove Static Tech
Dry sift is a form of solventless cannabis concentrate that’s made by sieving dried cannabis through a series of nylon screens. This sieving, also referred to as sifting, separates trichome heads from the plant material on which they grow during the plant’s flowering cycle. Trichome heads contain significant amounts of therapeutic compounds like cannabinoids and terpenes that we seek from the cannabis plant. The overall quality of a batch of dry sift is measured in part by the ratio of trichome heads to plant material.Read more
Buchner Funnel Tech for Drying Bubble Hash
We are fortunate to host Tyler Markwart in our lab today to talk about his experience developing and using the Buchner Funnel Tech for air drying bubble hash. Tyler is a cannabis activist, farmer, hash maker, syndicated journalist, and consultant with over 25 years of experience. It's an honor to have him here with us. No budget for a freeze dryer? No problem. Let's start with a note from Tyler about how he came upon the use of this technology for drying bubble hash.Read more
How To Make Rosin Jam
Making Rosin Jam, also called Rosin Jam Tech, is a way to transform freshly-pressed hash rosin into a jam-like consistency. It’s not a complicated process, but it can yield some truly stunning results. All we need for making rosin jam is heat and pressure inside of a glass jar, and we let chemistry do all the work. While there’s nothing wrong with dabbing fresh rosin, there’s a strong case to be made for curing rosin to enhance flavor, increase smoothness, and optimize consistency. Jam Tech is a form of curing, and it’s the main way that extractorsRead more
How To Properly Sieve Bubble Hash for Air Drying
Sieving bubble hash refers to the process of breaking down freshly-made ice water hash using a stainless steel kitchen sieve in preparation for air drying. Sieving is a simple and effective way to grind wet bubble hash into tiny pieces that can release moisture quickly and thoroughly while air drying. Evaporation of moisture is more efficient from small grains of bubble hash than it is from a large patty of hash, which has a tendency to trap moisture within the center of the globby mass.Read more
Why Is Micron Accuracy Important for Solventless Extractions?
Bubble wash bags, rosin filter bags, and dry sifting screens are various types of filters that allow extractors to mechanically separate pure, unblemished cannabis resin from the cannabis plant. It’s thanks to these nylon filters that we can collect high purity cannabis concentrates without the use of solvents. Solventless cannabis extracts exist in a variety of premium forms, including bubble hash, rosin, and dry sift. Thanks to quality bubble wash bags, rosin filter bags, and dry sifting screensRead more
Average Bubble Hash Yields from Ice Water Extraction
When it comes to hash yield as a percentage of total weight of your starting material, there is a significant difference between dry material and fresh frozen material. The amount of moisture in fresh frozen is much higher than the moisture in dried cannabis, which accounts for the variation in yield percentages between the two types of starting material. For Dried, Air-Cured Cannabis, 15-20% yield is a good target. For fresh frozen, look for 3-8%. The rule of thumb for calculating wet (fresh frozen) weight to dry (air cured) weight is 5:1. So if you get 4% wet, that’s equivalent to 20% dry.Read more
Equipment for Preparing Fresh Frozen Cannabis
The main benefit of using fresh frozen cannabis in the production of solventless hash is preservation. Specifically, preservation of the profuse amount of terpenes and flavonoids that exist in the cannabis plant while it’s alive. Harvested plants quickly deteriorate, and these valuable terpenes are lost as the plant’s metabolism halts and compounds within the trichomes begin to oxidize and degrade. Air drying can lead to around 40% loss of terpene content.Read more
How Long Should You Dry Bubble Hash?
Solventless extractors create bubble hash through a process called Ice Water Extraction, in which we mix cannabis flowers together with ice water in order to separate the small appendages called trichomes away from the plant material. These trichomes (and specifically the heads) contain all the therapeutic compounds that cannabis is known for, and they’re the main ingredients of bubble hash. The purest hash is composed almost exclusively of these trichome heads, with only trace amounts of other plant material.Read more
How To Wash Fresh Frozen Cannabis for Bubble Hash Guide
Fresh frozen cannabis refers to cannabis flowers and trim leaves that are frozen to subzero temperatures immediately after harvest. Extractors use fresh frozen cannabis as starting material in the production of bubble hash. This process is called Ice Water Extraction, which involves mixing cannabis together with ice water using either a hand paddle or a washing machine. This mixing together of ice water and cannabis causes cannabis trichomes to fall away from the material and float freely in an ice water and cannabis slurry.Read more
How To Use Static Tech To Clean Dry Sift
Dry sift is a type of solventless cannabis extract that’s made through a process of sifting dried cannabis material back and forth over a series of mesh screens. Sifting the cannabis causes trichomes to break free from the material and pass through the pores in the screens. Trichome heads contain the highest concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes, which is why separating them from the rest of the plant is so desirable. The best dry sift hash is almost exclusively composed of trichome heads (approaching 99%).Read more
Can You Wash Trim Leaves for Bubble Hash?
As the cannabis concentrates market continues to place increasing value on solventless extracts like bubble hash and rosin, it’s not uncommon for growers to commit entire harvests to bubble hash production. All the flowers from the plant are used as starting material for Ice Water Extraction. Full melt bubble hash, the highest grade of hash that’s rated as 6-star, is a fantastic product to dab and normally doesn’t stray too far away from the circles of extractors who produce it. 3-4 star bubble hashRead more
Does Cannabis Help Prevent COVID?
A recent study suggests that certain molecules produced by the cannabis plant can prevent COVID-19 infection. Collectively referred to as cannabinoids, these molecules trigger a variety of responses in the body through interaction with our Endocannabinoid System, a network of receptors that runs from head to toe. Cannabinoids block COVID virus entry into cells according to a study published this week by researchers affiliated with Oregon State University.Read more
How To Air Dry Bubble Hash
Drying is an essential phase in the creation of high quality bubble hash. Bubble hash is made through a process called ice water extraction, in which extractors mix cannabis and ice water together causing trichomes to fall away from the cannabis material. Extractors then filter these trichomes through a series of screens known as bubble wash bags, in order to separate the full trichome heads from the starting material. The main determination of the quality of bubble hash is the overall quality of the cannabis starting material.Read more
What is Homogenization in Solventless Extracts?
Homogenization means combining different consistencies into one uniform consistency. In terms of cannabis concentrates, homogenization is creating a substance of the same texture throughout, as opposed to solid forms and liquid forms that exist together. For example, hash rosin often separates into solid crystalline structures surrounded by pools of liquid terpenes. Different methods can be used to combine these two distinct components of rosin into one uniform consistency.Read more
What Is Auto Flowering Cannabis?
Autoflowering cannabis is a form of cannabis that produces flowers based on the age of the plant rather than the amount of sunlight and darkness that the plant receives daily. While regular cannabis produces flowers only in response to a specific photocycle, autoflowering cannabis flowers in almost any amount of light. This offers advantages to growers. Cannabis cultivars have been traditionally recognized as either sativa, indica, or ruderalis. Sativas are native to tropical and equatorial regions of the earth, where climate is conducive to longer flowering periods. Indicas are native to mountainous regions like the Hindu Kush mountains where the flowering periods are shorter.Read more
Work Cube vs. No Work Cube for Washing Bubble Hash
A work cube is a type of work bag used for washing bubble hash. Work bags are made with 220 micron nylon filters and hold the cannabis material while it's mixed with ice water. Although work bags are traditionally in the same open bucket-like shape as the other wash bags in the set, work cubes are made with 90 degree edges and are closable with a zipper around the top. Work cubes are also constructed using only 220 micron mesh, so the entire container acts as a filter allowing trichomes to pass through, while the bulk of the cannabis material remains inside.Read more