Making Bubblehash- Ultimate, Concentrated, THC-Rich Medical Marijuana
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By Steve Davis
Ice + Marijuana + Extract Bags + Time = Super Hashish
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Hashish has so many fantastic benefits for medical marijuana growers and users that it’s almost impossible to explain them all in words!
And words are also a problem when you’re talking about the cleanest type of naturally-made hashish, because there are so many different phrases used to describe the same thing.
People can't agree on whether to call it "bubblehash" or "bubble hash," but the simple fact is this resin extract kicks like a mule on steroids! And it does not in any way contain solvents or other chemicals that you may find in butane honey oil, errl, shatter and forms of cannabis concentrates.
You’ll hear people talk about bubble hash, ice hash, icewater hash, water hash, water-extracted hash, cold water extraction…and those phrases mean pretty much the same thing, even though there are subtle differences between some of the methods used.
Basically, we’re talking about hashish made by placing marijuana in iced water and “washing” the cannabis to gather cannabinoid-laden resin glands for use as a marijuana concentrate.
When you isolate marijuana resin glands from other material medical marijuana plants produce, you get the purest dose of cannabinoids that can be derived without using solvent-assisted hashish extraction methods that use alcohol or butane to separate the cannabinoids from the rest of the plant material.
When you use iced water to make hashish, you’re using temperature, stirring, and wet sifting to isolate the resin glands.
Most people who’ve heard of water-made hashish are familiar with Bubble Bags and bubble hash.
That’s because an energetic Canadian guy named “Bubbleman” long ago popularized a hashish methodology that involves “Bubble Bags” that have different micron sizes of screens.
The bubblehash production process involves putting marijuana in a “working bag” along with pure ice, stirring and settling the mixture for a period of time, and then squeezing the mixture through screen built into the working bag so that a slurry of icewater and resin glands travel through the screen and into a stacked set of other bags that have different sized, progressively smaller screens.
After you’ve squeezed all the water and resin glands from the working bag, you discard the marijuana material in it, although some hashish makers will rewash or rescreen that material to get as much out of it as they can.
Then you work through each remaining bag, squeezing the water-resin slurry out so it goes into the remaining bags.
Depending on the type of medical marijuana you’re working with and the type of marijuana materials you used, each bag will have varying amounts of resin glands on its screen after you have squeezed the water out of the bag.
This happens because resin glands come in different sizes. Some glands will make it through bags with 160, 120, or 90 micron screen pore size, others will not.
Most hashish connoisseurs believe that resin glands that gather on the bottom of the smaller pore size bags- 73, 45 and 25 microns- are the highest quality resin glands.
Take a look at how marijuana seed breeder, photographer and author Subcool does it...
In reality, the types and sizes of resin glands you collect depends on the medical marijuana strain you’re growing, and on the material you’ve chosen to use.
For example, if you use all leaf as your starter material, the resin gland ratios and sizes will be different than if you use all bud as your starter material. Every batch you make will be slightly different.
There are several hashish-making “bubble bag” branded products in the marketplace, and you could make good bubblehash from all of them.
Every hashish bag manufacturer has a different approach to where, how and with what materials they manufacture their bags.
But why should you even go through the work of making water-extracted hashish?
One main benefit is bubblehash is a concentrated, pure cannabinoid product that includes very little plant material. You aren’t inhaling smoke. It’s more like a vapor, which is nicer for your lungs.
Not only that, but by medicating with a marijuana-derived material composed of only resin glands, you get a stronger dose of medical cannabis cannabinoids, with less of the particulates that you get when smoking whole marijuana.
You are likely to find that the medical effects you get from bubblehash are more stimulating and game-changing than the effects you get from smoking whole marijuana.
For medical marijuana growers, making bubblehash is a way to get value from leaves and inferior buds that would otherwise be discarded.
You’d be surprised how many resin glands are on leaves that get manicured off of buds and thrown away. Water extraction is a way of getting more usable cannabinoids from every harvest.
As an added benefit, marijuana water-washing removes contaminants and other materials that can affect your health. Because of this washing effect, bubblehash doesn’t have much, if any, taste or smell. It’s compact and concentrated, and it doesn’t look like marijuana.
This is a huge benefit when you’re traveling, and need to carry a covert but ample supply of marijuana.
Icewater extraction takes a couple of hours, some preparation, ice made from pure water, and multiple steps. And after you’ve done the bag work and gathered resin glands from each size micron screen they’ve accumulated on, you have several grades of bubblehash.
The glands and other material caught by the larger screen sizes (160 and 120 micron sizes for example) aren’t usually considered premium hashish; this stuff is often thrown away.
The remaining resin glands are carefully removed from each screen smaller than 120, water is pressed out of them, and then the materials are left to dry. The process takes practice before you get it just right, but it’s fun, and the end product is amazingly potent and pleasurable.
You don’t put bubblehash in a pipe by itself and light it because it will just bubble, melt and evaporate. Most bubblehash users put their hashish on a bed of medical marijuana bud or ash. Some put it on a hot knife and use a glass tube to inhale the vapors.
When you get a hit of pure, well-made bubble hash, it gives you a different feeling than when you smoke whole marijuana. The effects are more immediate, acute and uplifting than when you smoke whole marijuana. Your lungs aren’t choked as much.
You have less burn-out. Your “high” lasts longer.
If you love THC and other cannabinoids and want to get the most direct, concentrated and healthful dose of them, bubblehash is a joy.
This is a post-harvest activity you can really enjoy.
Once you start using bubble hash, you are likely to never go back to smoking only whole marijuana—that’s how different this hashish is from what you have experienced before.
Check out this bubble hash video by marijuana guru Jorge Cervantes, and start making your own bubblehash right now.
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Sunday, 15 May 2011
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Article by Steve Davis, on May. 16th 2011