Extra-potent choices for concentrates like full melt bubble hash offer experienced cannabis enthusiasts a refreshing new way to get their beloved body buzz and relaxation.
While old school methods of enjoying your favourite herb like joints and edibles may be slowly taking the back seat, cannabis extracts and concentrates are rising to the surface as the gold standard when it comes to purity and potency.
So, what is the deal with bubble hash? What is it? How is it made? And why do people like it so much?
Sit back, relax, and get ready to learn because we will tell you all you need to know.
What is Bubble Hash?
If you want to get to know bubble hash, you will want to learn about the righteous weed plant first.
Cannabis plants, whether Sativa, Indica, or hybrid, all produce these glorious, icky-sticky substances called trichomes. Trichomes are commonly known as the high potency vessels for many of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in your favourite bud.
For the most part, trichomes are crystal-like in appearance and can be found scattered across the bud’s surface. Of course, the quality of the harvest and genetics will dictate the number of trichomes on the buds.
That said, these trichomes play a large part in delivering the high we all know and love, which is why producers work hard to extract and isolate them to create many popular products like bubble hash.
Bubble hash gets its name from the bubble bags it is filtered with and is essentially a concentrated substance derived from the extracted cannabinoids and terpenes from the weed plant.
There are several different ways someone could go through the extraction process to isolate the terpenes and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. Some of these extraction methods involve using solvents like alcohol, butane, or even carbon dioxide.
However, bubble hash is unique in the sense that it is a solventless cannabis concentrate.
Making bubble hash usually involves using flash-frozen bud, which is agitated and filtered through bubble bags.
What’s the Difference Between Hash and Bubble Hash?
Traditional forms of a hash are an ancient form of refined bud that has been around for ages.
This hash is largely made up of concentrated resin created from manually agitating and curing mature weed plants. It’s also super potent and may contain a THC content of up 50 percent.
Bubble hash, on the other hand, is same-same but different.
It is commonly known as the more refined brother of traditional hash, containing a THC content of up to 60 percent.
In this way, it’s kind of like the Goldilocks of concentrates. It’s stronger than traditional hash, but not as potent as other concentrate options.
How to Make Bubble Hash
Bubble hash is a time-honoured cannabis concentrate that requires patience and a fair bit of painstaking work.
When determining how to make bubble hash, it is essential to note that the ingredients you choose will significantly influence the final product. Your finished product will only ever be as good as the quality of trim used to make it.
Here’s how you can make bubble hash at home!
What You Will Need:
- Bubble bags
- 10-15 lbs of ice (Or ice water)
- Clean and filtered ice cold water
- Sticks for stirring
- 3-4 ounces of your bud of choice
- A large bucket (5-gallon volume or more)
Combine your ice and filtered water. In order to make a high-quality bubble hash, it is best to keep everything as cold as possible, including the environment you are making it in.
It will ensure that the trichomes are frozen and brittle, making it easier for them to break off into the water.
In your bucket, begin layering your bubble bags or filters from smallest to largest.
For the best results, you will want to use at least 3-4 layers.
Once you’ve got your bubble bags or filters set up, add all of your weed in and then unload approximately half of the ice water on top of the trim.
Pour just enough ice water to submerge the buds fully. Not too much, not too little.
Again, like Goldilocks, it needs to be just right.
Mix the ice, weed, and water.
Continue to mix and agitate the cannabis for another 15-20 minutes and then let it settle for about 20-30 minutes.
Remove the first bubble bag, and scrape off the bubble hash and plant matter/plant material if there is any.
This first batch will provide you with the least pure batch of bubble hash, so it’s important to set each batch in a different area.
Rinse and repeat until you get to the bubble bag with the finest filter. The batch of bubble hash from the final bubble bag should have no plant matter/ plant material in it and will be the purest of the bunch.
Once your bubble hash is laid out, use some cheesecloth to press out any excess water from the concentrate to speed up the drying process.
You’ll want to press, not squeeze it as pressing it on a flat surface or table will keep each pile of bubble hash intact and ensure it’s easy to remove once it’s dry.
Enjoy your bubble hash!
Bubble Hash – Well-Worth the Effort
Put simply, bubble hash is ultimately a more refined take on the standard hash.
It is ideal for tokers looking to strike a balance between a stronger version of normal hash and a less potent alternative to other, stronger concentrates with a higher concentration of THC.
If you are curious about trying this concentrate, it might be a good idea to buy it from a reputable dispensary first rather than try making it home right off the bat.
You’ll get to experience professionally-crafted bubble hash without investing too much time into making it. Plus, you’ll get to see if it fits with the experience you are looking for.
However, if you do want to dive right in and make some bubble hash at home, by all means, go ahead!
If you feel you’re confident enough to make a good product, homemade bubble hash is an excellent way to moderate and control dosage to suit your style.