Dry sift hash is one of the easiest cannabis concentrates to make. It is simply a matter of sifting the trichomes. You can smoke on your own, mix with normal marijuana, or add to all kinds of groceries and extracts.
The wide variety of existing cannabis products ensures that the consumption of concentrates is never boring or repetitive. Modern technology has given rise to a new type of concentrate such as the colorful wax and shatter.
But old-school concentrates, such as hashish, are still as popular as the first day. Hashish is a homogeneous mass of trichomes, the structures that cannabinoids and terpenes produce. Traditionally, hashish is made by hand rubbing dried marijuana flowers. The resin accumulates on the surface of the hands and gradually forms a ball. This type of hashish induces a euphoric and intense effect and usually can be found in dispensaries, coffee shops, and cannabis clubs.
Dry sift hash, or dry sieving is another form of this timeless product. It is equally powerful, but its manufacturing process is different. Next, we analyze the character of dry sift hashish, what trichomes are and how this powerful concentrate is made.
WHAT IS HACHIS DRY SIFT?
Dry sift hashish is similar to traditional hashish. The main difference is in its preparation. As the name implies, it is done with a dry sieving technique.
Dry sift hashish is very similar to kief. Most smokers are familiar with this substance since it is the dust that accumulates in the lower part of the grinder. That fine layer of dust, which can quickly become thick, is made up of trichomes. These structures break off during crushing and separate from plant material by passing through a fine mesh.
The process of making dry sift hashish is almost identical. However, their manufacturers usually do it on a much larger scale, to produce significant quantities.
WHAT ADVANTAGES DOES HACHIS DRY SIFT OFFER?
Dry sift hash is a very flexible cannabis concentrate. You can sprinkle on pockets, pores and blunts to give them more power. It can also be added to a bong bowl or vaporizer chamber.
Dry sift hash can be incorporated into almost any method of inhaling or ingesting cannabis. Those who cook with cannabis can also decarboxylate the concentrate and use it to prepare a batch of super-strong groceries. Using your creativity with this type of hashish and exploring all how it can be incorporated into your preferred methods of consumption, is very pleasant. But, keep in mind that it will significantly increase the power of everything you add to it.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRICHOMES
As we have said, dry sift hash is a mass of trichomes. These mushroom-shaped structures are miniature factories of chemicals found in the flowers and leaves of marijuana plants. At first glance, they look like sugar sprinkled on the buds; However, macrophotography and microscopy have revealed their precious characteristics.
Trichomes produce a viscous resin full of secondary metabolites such as cannabinoids and terpenes.
In nature, this resin has a protective function against predatory insects and thermal stress. When marijuana has been harvested and dried, the trichomes can be detached very easily. Once you have separated enough trichomes, you will have your dry sift hash. But this hash is not only composed of “trichomes.” It is a generic term that includes different types of glands.
Advanced microscopic images allow us to see the fascinating landscape that cannabis flowers offer. With these tools, researchers have identified three types of glandular trichomes: bulbous, sessile and notched.
Bulbous trichomes are the smallest of the three and produce a limited amount of metabolites.
The sessile trichomes have a spherical head on a short stem. This head has a disk of secretory cells and storage cavities that contain the metabolites.
Finally, the fitted trichomes have a spherical head on a long stem. They are found higher than the tissue surface than their sessile counterparts. The fitted trichomes develop in the flowers from their sessile precursors as the buds begin to emerge.
Science has not yet discovered whether one type of trichome produces different metabolites than the others.
Now you know the biological complexity of dry sieved hashish. Next, let’s see how it is done.
HOW IS HACHIS DRY SIFT PREPARED?
Do you remember that we talked about picking up the dry sift hash in the kief compartment of a grinder? It is a very reasonable way to obtain your supply, and no additional investment is necessary. The disadvantage is the quantity. You will have to crush a lot of buds, and even then, the result will only be enough for one or two joints.
If you want to expand the operation, it is worth investing in (or making) a pollen box.
A pollen box serves as a mesh and kief chamber, but much larger. It is a wooden or plastic tray with a large sieve of 100 microns on top.
Hashish manufacturers can also opt for a series of pollen boxes with smaller and smaller meshes. This helps them to separate the heads of the trichomes rich in metabolites from the stems and other tiny parts of plant material, to obtain a higher quality final product.
Making dry sift hash is not complicated. You just have to put several handfuls of properly dried marijuana flowers on the pollen box mesh. It also helps to cure the buds for about four months in advance. Curing is a prolonged drying process that helps achieve an optimal moisture balance. Too much moisture will cause mold to form, while its shortage will give the hashish a rough taste.
Shake the box vigorously from side to side and forward and backward. You will see how a thin layer of trichomes forms at the bottom of the tray. Repeat this process with the rest of your material until you have a substantial amount.
Hashish makers say this process is more successful when it is done in a cold environment. This is because the temperature helps the flowers and trichomes remain firm and dry, and prevents them from sticking together. Turn on the air conditioner before sifting your weed.
Filter the trichomes obtained through smaller sieves if you want to obtain the purest hashish possible. Try to sift it with a 70-micron mesh.
Now that you have your dry sift hashish, it’s time to prepare it for storage. But don’t forget to try it first!
HACHIS DRY SIFT PRESSING AND STORAGE
Now that you have collected your dry sift hashish, it is time to store it. Some manufacturers store it in powder form, which makes it easier to sprinkle it in blunts and cups.
Others press it in the form of coins or blocks. Pressing is the best option if you are going to store the product for a long time. Only its outer layer will be exposed to oxygen, while the inner one will remain protected and fresh. The easiest way to press hashish is with a pollen press.
Regardless of what you choose, you should store your dry sift hash in an airtight container in the fridge. This will keep it with an ideal consistency and slow down the degradation process.
FINAL REFLECTIONS AND TIPS
Each time you access your supply, check its status. The cold conditions of the refrigerator will keep you in good shape. The main factor that will affect the quality of your supplies is the poor preparation of flowers. Make sure the buds are dry, mold-free, and properly cured.
And remember: sift your weed in a cold environment. Some hashish manufacturers take out their pollen and plant material box outside after it has snowed. In this way, they preserve the quality of the trichomes and prevent them from caking and becoming too sticky.