What Is Cold-Water Hash?

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Hash, or hashish, has been around for centuries. Hash is made from resin taken from mature female cannabis plants. Cannabis resin is a sticky substance akin to tree sap, produced by resin glands. These ripe resin glands, or trichomes, contain all the aromatic terpenes and cannabinoids that facilitate our enjoyment or therapeutic use of cannabis.

Collecting this resin and compressing it into hashish is a centuries-old tradition in places like Morocco and India. Today’s modern hashish-making techniques have brought hash to legal cannabis markets everywhere. Cannabis connoisseurs enjoy its flavor and potency — the effects of hash are much stronger than smoking cannabis flower, as the concentration of cannabinoids is much greater.

Cold-water hash extraction

To make hash, the sticky, resinous trichomes are separated from the plant using a variety of methods. Dry-sifting separates the trichome glands by filtering them through a series of screens. After repeated sifting and collecting of the resin (also known as kief), it’s ready to enjoy.

Cold-water hash, also known as ice-water, solventless, or bubble hash, uses ice and water to knock the trichomes free from the plant. As the ice water chills the plant material, the trichomes, which are not water-soluble, become brittle and snap off. …

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