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Growing For Hash Episode #5

Episode #5 of Growing For Hash is up on Youtube now. Check it out as we wrap up a huge Fall harvest, that's been pumping out some of the best cannabis yet to come from the Kine. This episode covers several items around the farm, with tips for the grower and hash maker at home. I'll go a bit more in depth to summarize and point out key aspects from the episode below.

Growing For Hash features the jar test, which is only an eyeball test to see if the plant is willing to shed its valuable trichomes. Afterward these are discarded, however if we were in the lab, you could pour the jar through a series of increasingly finer mesh, just like the regular hash making process. It's truly that simple however, as the exact same method is used in every ice water hash lab: agitation. The frozen cannabis, filtered water and ice are combined and mixed (traditionally, or originally with a boat oar inside a plastic trash can). Once the ice, water, and material has been mixed and agitated, depending on your method, it's run through the mesh bags. Here's the foundational explanation I like to give as set-ups can vary, but they're all based on the same principles.


Let's say you have 1,000 grams of frozen cannabis. Before pouring the cannabis straight into the water, the cannabis can be contained within a 220 micron "wash bag" as they are referred to. Now, only material smaller than 220 microns can leave this zippered bag. Now submerge the cannabis in the ice water, mixing it thoroughly and then simply removing the cannabis material by removing the 220 micron wash bag. Now there's nothing left in the water but trichomes and a bit of debris smaller than 220 microns. This water, remaining ice, and cannabis trichomes are then poured through several mesh filters, usually the 150, the 125, 90, & 75 micron filters to eliminate any additional debris and achieve the peak product in cannabis: ice water hash.

The concept is much easier to understand when you think about it like the example above. And the additional filtration helps to distinguish different sizes of trichomes. The hash maker can elect to sell each micron range by itself or combine it with the others. The range that has proven to be the most successful lies somewhere between the 75 to 120 micron range, and a full-spec has been considered to be 50-150 micron sizes.

Once this hash is sieved from the water and dried using a pharmaceutical freeze-drier, the hash is pressed between heated metal plates, to produce live hash rosin. This final step removes the outer membrane of each trichome to present only the resinous contents of each trichome gland. An in-depth explanation for our in-depth fans. Now go watch Episode #5!

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