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making bubble hash with dry ice

Making bubble hash with dry ice

You’ve got your materials together and you know how to handle dry ice… let’s have some fun!

From left to right: 73 Micron, 160 Micron and 220 Micron Dry Ice Hash
We know that collecting the resin is easy with this method, but what about preparation? Let’s go back to ‘Hashish!’ one more time to see why we need ‘resin preparation’:

Here’s another pertinent piece of info from the book Hashish!,
“Primarily, [preparation] makes resin powder a more easily transported and marketed commodity. Secondly, since early-smokers lacked metal pipe screens that could contain raw resin powder during smoking, they made the loose powder into solid pieces, convenient for smoking.”

  1. Make sure you work in a well-ventilated area.
    1. Dry ice turns directly into CO2 gas. Although it’s a small amount of CO2 and doesn’t really pose a threat to you, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  2. Don’t put dry ice in an airtight container.
    1. Dry ice turns into gas which will pressurize the container it’s in. Eventually, you’ll get a top shooting off unexpectedly, or worse, an exploding container!
  3. Don’t touch dry ice with your bare hands
    1. Dry ice measures -190.3°F at its warmest. It won’t kill you to grab it, but it’s no fun to get freezer burn either.
  4. Dispose of dry ice safely
    1. If you put dry ice down your sink or toilet, you could freeze your water pipes and end up with a massive repair bill. When you’re done with dry ice, just leave it in a well-ventilated area and it’ll simply turn into gas and leave.

Although many methods produce the same or a similar product, using dry ice has advantages in many areas that end up making it superior to other means of resin collection:
If you’re going to do just one extraction, I personally would do the 120 (more pure) or 160 (more yield) Micron bags by themselves.

So, back to that quote: “The process of hash-making can be divided into two parts – resin collection, and resin preparation.”

How To Make Dry Ice Hash from Buds/Trim Let’s get straight to it: Making hash with dry ice is the easiest, fastest, and (more importantly) the most efficient means of extracting resin

Making bubble hash with dry ice

To make your own dry ice hash you will need the following materials:

  • Shredded/ground-up cannabis buds/leaves
  • A clean bucket
  • A well ventilated room to work in.
  • Some hash bags/bubble bags
  • Some heavy duty oven gloves, safety glasses and long sleeve clothing
  • Dry ice, often around 1Kg of dry ice (2-3 pounds) is used for a home extraction.
  • A flat, clean surface to shake your hash bags onto.
  • A scraping tool (e.g. paint scraper) to collect the resin glands when you empty the hash bags.

Hash is simply the collected resin glands from the cannabis plant. Some people like to vape or smoke the non-compressed resin glands. This is called Kief. Other hash fans love to compress the resin glands to make a sticky, shiny ball of hash (cannabis resin). Usually hash has a light brown color but this varies according to the purity and type of hash. The larger the size of the ‘holes’ in the collection bags the more hash you will collect and the more leaf/green material also. However, the smaller micron sizes (e.g. the 73μ collection bag) will contain less leaf material, but a higher percentage of resin glands. The smaller the micron rating of the bag, the less chance of any green leaf material making it into your hash.

In general, the more green, leafy material in your hash the less potent it is. Usually the most potent hash comes from the bag with the smallest pore size, such as the 73μ collection bag. That’s because it usually collects most trichomes and the least green leafy material. Sometimes the hash produced from the smallest size collection bags may have a blond, or very light brown appearance.
Dry ice is a fast way to make hash. Once you have your plant material in a clean bucket with the dry ice it takes just a few minutes to make your hash which you can enjoy immediately. If you make hash with the more traditional ice/water method then you could be waiting a couple of days until the hash has dried out. During the drying of ice/water hash some of the tasty terpenes are lost. With dry-ice hash no drying is required and no terpenes are lost, you can enjoy it immediately if you wish. If you want hash with the richest, darkest and most appealing flavor you should try hash made with the dry ice method.
As soon as the dry ice touches the resin glands, the extreme low temperatures lock in all the terpenes and other aromatics. With the traditional water/ice method some of these aromatic compounds and terpenes are inevitably washed away and lost to the water. That’s why many of the most serious hash lovers prefer to make their own hash.
Dry ice hash has an extra deep and rich taste which is adored by hash connoisseurs. Some hash connoisseurs claim that traditional water/ice hash method loses some of the flavor and terpenes in the water. With dry-ice hash there is no loss of flavor at all, and the ultra low temperatures preserve the full delicious hash taste. If you haven’t tried hash made with dry ice, you have been missing out!
Dry ice is simply solidified carbon dioxide, or CO2. It is non-flammable and can be bought from local pharmacies. It can also be bought online and is usually delivered in special polystyrene containers which keep it cool enough to survive the overnight shipping process. Dry ice has a temperature of around -78ºC (-109ºF). It will cause severe skin damage, so wear goggles and thick gloves. Oven gloves, or similar are best, don’t expect latex gloves to protect you from such extreme temperatures.

When dry ice is added to a bucket of shredded cannabis buds and shaken, the resin glands freeze. This makes them brittle, allowing them to easily break off the buds/leaves. The trichome resin glands are collected in the normal way using standard hash collection bags. Hash bags are designed for making ice/water hash but they work great for making dry ice hash too. They can be bought online and come in a set with different sized screens, e.g. 73μ, 160μ and 220μ. Making hash with dry ice is simple and quick, and that is part of the appeal. There is no need to wait for the hash to dry, just collect it and enjoy it!

Read on if you want to know how to make hashish with dry ice. Find out the advantages of dry ice hash compared to other hash making methods.