You won’t need the assistance of any explosive solvents like butane. Instead, to make this wax hashmakers use washing machines or buckets filled with ice and water to agitate trichomes. Then, the material is sifted through mesh bubble bags to separate essential oils from less desirable plant materials to make ice wax or bubble hash. Looking to try something new? Check out this.
History of Ice Hash
Skunkman (aka Sadhu Sam or David Watson), a seed expert and industry pioneer, popularized the techniques for producing ice hash in the 1980s. Skunkman taught the cannabis community to a hashish production technique of mixing whole plant cannabis or sieved resin in water after discovering that resin glands sink in water. He even ran an advertisement in High Times Magazine in 1987, providing insider advice on how to create home water extracts using his technique.
The invention of the first automated sieving machines was aided by Skunkman’s water-extraction processes, which paved the road for the first automatic sieves. In addition, new methods for ice-water extraction were developed in the 1990s. Around this time, Canadian cannabis entrepreneur and activist Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson made his debut, revolutionizing hash production with the Bubble Bag extraction technique.
Bubbleman was an active advocate for medical cannabis during the 1990s, macro photographing cannabis, and the creation of cannabis extraction and decontamination. He popularized the water extraction technique by developing the initial multi-bag filtration kit in 1999 — three bags that would filter glandular trichome heads for the sake of “harm reduction,” while also exploring “the limits of pot purity.”
How to Make Ice Wax: Supplies Needed
To make ice wax at home, you’ll need a few inexpensive gear from a local agricultural store or online shop. First, you’ll want a set of sieving bags, which are commonly known as bubble bags and cost around $5. They come in 1- and 5-gallon sizes as well as bigger ones for commercial operations. They’re available in sets of three, four, five, or even more bags with differently sized filter screens (measured in microns, or one-millionth of a meter). Depending on the number of bags used, you may separate the ice hash into multiple grades based on trichome size.
You’ll also need a lot of towels and a 25-micron screen to dry the ice wax, as well as a few dull butter knives for collecting it from the screens. Also, don’t forget to get three clean plastic buckets that are identical in size to your bubble bags. You’ll also require plenty of ice, a hose with a spray nozzle, and a big wooden spoon or doweling for stirring.
How to Use Ice Hash
Ice hash is a somewhat adaptable concentrate. Ice hash may be used in a variety of ways, although some are generally preferred over others. Different methods of consumption may meet unique requirements. Some people like to add ice hash to their bowl for an extra punch of power, while others enjoy the full effect by dabbing with ice hash.
Sprinkling hash over a dish is one of the easiest and most reliable methods to enhance the potency of a bowl. “Icing” dry flower with a sprinkle of ice hash may create a more powerful high without being overpowering. Sprinkling some on a bowl might be the approach to go if you’re searching for a gentler, more manageable introduction to ice hash.
When making ice hash, the objective is to keep the trichome glands separate from the cannabis plant at all times. Any plant remains in your mix will prevent it from bubbling and decreasing its quality.
The openings through which stuff passes on a filter screen are measured in microns, and this is where micron sizes come in. Hash makers use screens with different micron diameters to capture the trichome heads and remove them from the plant.
Trichomes can be 20 to 125 microns thick. Filter screens or bags that are used to create bubble hash are made to fit the bags of different micron counts that are employed in the process of generating bubble hash. If a concentrate has a micron measurement on the package, it means the bag’s micron size was determined by dividing the total quantity of water hash into its several fractions.
The smaller micron sizes (20-40 microns) are typically utilized to isolate the glands from the trunks, while the larger micron sizes (90-120 microns) are commonly used to capture the whole capillary stalked trichomes (90-120 microns). While some terpenes and cannabinoids may be found in the stalks of trichomes, the majority are kept in
It’s also worth noting that trichomes do not always use micron screens. Trichome sizes, in fact, are cultivar-specific. Some cultivars will produce thicker trichome heads, while others will have tiny heads. The maturity of the plant has an impact on the size as well. Nonetheless, properly utilizing filter screens and micron sizes may ensure high-quality hash production. Most water hash equipment consists of a number of filtration bags with various micron counts.