Greetings oh Elder of the most high, My quest is to make my own hash. I'm very interested both traditional and hi-tec pollen extractors. I have been experimenting with silk screens with some success and disasters. Time of harvest and cure seem important aspects, shaking or rubbing pressure on the screen seems to vary the quality. I've heard of cold water extraction.
There is a machine on the European market but haven't as yet located
it. Afghani Black is a good standard. They've been doing it for
thousands of years, How?
May the long time sun shine upon your website.
P.S. Don't panic my herb is strictly organic.
Sounds like you have very high standards. I'm impressed! The Old Hippy is very fond of high quality hashish from Afghanistan (as well as Nepal, Pakistan, India, and of course Morocco). I just finished reading a great book (not available in the US at present) called Mr. Nice. It's the autobiography of Howard Marks who smuggled hashish into England and Canada by the ton. He witnessed the tribesmen making hashish on the Pakistan/Afghani border (known as border hash). The technique he saw them using required them to pound the cannabis using a huge stone suspended from a see-saw like contraption. It was smashing the THC from the plant in a big wok shaped bowl. Underneath a fire was heating up the mixture, turning it black. So their technique forces the breakup of the resin glands and the heat activates the THC.
You should be aware that sometimes black hash contains opium. But usually it is black due to the heat processing or because they gather the resins by hand (thus heating it) forming black charas (finger hash). In Amsterdam I have had the pleasure of comparing the various types of hash and savoring the finest. Now my preference is for the least processed. My favorite is the top quality from the Rif Mountains. The resin is coaxed from the plant by pounding it with sticks. It falls into a sack and is then gently pressed. It doesn't get touched by hand and is not heated. It has the purest sweetest flavor (when it's top quality).
The Dutch also make fine hashish (called Nederhash) from their super strong Dutch bio and hydro weed. The color of this varies from very light almost white to light brown to green (not usually good as it has too much plant material). This hash is made in small quantities and taste and quality varies but it can be excellent. The Dutch use a machine that's like a small tumbler (pollinator - see below) that spins allowing the cannabis to fall thus knocking loose the THC. It accumulates and then they press it. The big advantage is that the hash is usually very, very fresh. Imported hashish can sit for years in storage before it gets consumed.
-The Old Hippy
UPDATE: First let me warn people about the Black Hashish flooding the market in 2002. It seems there's such a surplus of opium thanks to the Taliban and the Northern Alliance releasing their three year supply to help pay for the war in Afghanistan, that it's finding it's way into hashish in unprecedented proportions (perhaps more than 50%). There are some ways to identify it, but its always very soft and pliable, and sometimes sticky. Unless you want to find yourself addicted to opium I suggest you stay away from it. Stick with the lighter Moroccan or locally produced hashishes from your area.
Secondly, the best machine on the market for doing quantities of hashish is the Pollinator made in Holland. This yields the purest hashish using special bags with built in screens and a hand mixer. The main problem with this method is that the result must be dried thoroughly otherwise it will get moldy. I recommend any isolator hash be consumed immediately!
And lastly the Old Hippy doesn't advocate breaking any laws. The making and possession of Hashish is some areas can result in far worse penalties than that of unprocessed marijuana. Please keep this in mind
There are two methods of collecting hashish from the marijuana plant that have been used for centuries.
Method one is called sieving. The pollem (not pollen) is obtained from the marijuana by drying and cooling the plant and then sieving again and again, until all that remains is a very fine and pale yellow powder.
The coarse plant material that is left over after this process is called Kif. Under the microscope, one can see that the resin granules on the flower look very similar to the pollem from the sieve, only bright white.
This pollem can be smoked as it is, but taste and effects change when it is processed. The quality of pollem hash depends on the quality of the plants used and the sieving and pressing procedures.
This is the preferred method of collection in Lebanon and Morocco
where the plant is dried and then endlessly sieved until only the finest
Method two is called rubbing. The pollem is obtained from the marijuana by rubbing the live plants and collecting the resin that forms on the hands or cloth that has rubbed the plant.
This is the preferred method of collection in the Himalayas and other parts of Asia.
The quality of rub hash depends on the quality of the plants used, the gathering method and the manner of processing
Hashish is still produced by the methods explained above, but new advances in science have produced new and quicker methods. These methods included heating marijuana to separate marijuana resin from plant material and using water to separate marijuana resin from plant material.
This is the simplest, technically, as well as the hardest, physically, method of making hashish. All the worker needs to do is rub the Nepalese marijuana plants continuously between his hands until the resin, accumulating on his palms, becomes thick enough to be safely scraped off.
To obtain what will amount to a relatively small quantity, at the end of a working day, requires great physical effort.
As if this were not already hard enough, the conscientious worker can begin his work only well into the day. He continues under the burring sun. He had to wait for the moisture, the plants retained during the subtropical night, to dry out.
If he were to rub the wet plants early in the morning, he could obtain a greater, and heavier, quantity of hashish at the end of his working day. But the quality would suffer.
An honest producer is never seduced by this temptation. It would greatly affect the quality of his product.
Inside the rooms where the marijuana plants are dried during the warm autumn months.
A table is used first, to allow two or more people to work simultaneously so they can complete this first handling of the bulk of the plants as speedily as possible.
The worker can apply the greatest pressure to the rubbing of the plants, with an ingenious tool and, literally, push them through the metal net. A large amount of seeds and stems are eliminate at this stage.
The process continues by the same principle of sieving over and over again.
At least three or four different-size sieves are used in order gradually to reduce the plant to powder.
The skilled worker performs the miracle, using the finest sieve with extraordinary speed, of transforming the plant into the hashish powder known as Blond Leb. The finished product, a brick of Blond Leb.
Note About Lebanese Hashish
The high quality Lebanese hashish available in Lebanon ranks with the worlds finest, but the Lebanese hashish available in most areas of the world is not very potent, as far as hashish goes. It is usually gold (blond leb) red (red leb) or brown (brown leb). If you break a piece off and look closely, you can usually see the small resin glands. This goes for most hash made by using the sieve process mentioned above. The best hash is kept by the producers. 100 pounds of marijuana yeild about one pound of primo hashish.
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