Concentrates Issue: 5 Star Hash Guide

May 07, 2014 | WES ABNEY

The quality of the hash is not necessarily dependent on the size of the bag. It's based on two factors: harvest time and strain phenotype.

When it comes to bubble hash, not all products are created equal. While there isn’t necessarily a bad hash, products can vary by strain and method of extraction. The hash being rated in the star system is made using bubble bags, hence the name bubble hash. It is considered a solvent-free concentrate and is safe for consumption by all patients.

While much of the medical Cannabis world has turned to solvent-based concentrates, superior bubble has attracts connoisseurs, with some of the best in the world produced in the Northwest. As trends go, the latest craze in the dabbing world has been full–melt, dabbable five star hash.

This guide is designed to help patients distinguish what quality of product best fits their needs, lifestyle and budget.



The 5-Star Hash Rating System
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1-star

Description: Varied color, very harsh earthy taste. Will fully combust when heated.
Dabbable? No.
Melt level: 1 (0 percent melt)
Expected donation: $10-$15 per gram

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2-star

Description: Dark green with an earthy flavor. Forms a slight sheen and combusts when heated.
Dabbable? No
Melt level: 2 (25 percent melt)
Expected donation: $15-$20 per gram

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3-star
Description: Dark brown, earthy with hints of original strain flavor. Forms small bubbles on surface then combusts when heated.
Dabbable? No
Melt level: 3 (50 percent melt)
Expected donation: $20-$30 per gram

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4-star

Description: Light brown, less pronounced flavor profile. Bubbles into a puddle when heated.
Dabbable? Yes
Melt level: 4 (75 percent melt)
Expected donation: $30-$40 per gram

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5-star

Description: Blond, full-flavor profile. Fully melts into oil when heated.
Dabbable? Yes
Melt level: 5 (100-percent full melt)
Expected donation: $40-plus per gram


Debunking the Micron Myths

Bubble hash is made by filtering Cannabis trim/buds through bubble bags. The bags act as a net to catch THC trichomes, which separate and gather at the bottom of the bags. Much like fishing, the bag size, measured in microns, varies depending on the size of the trichomes the maker is hoping to catch.

The quality of the hash is not necessarily dependent on the size of the bag. It’s based on two factors: harvest time and strain phenotype. If a crop is harvested before the trichomes fully develop, the chances of having a four to five star yield are minimal. You simply won’t have enough trichomes. The second factor comes down to the strain being used. Some strains tend to have larger crystals, so a larger micron bag will yield higher quality hash, while other strains tend to have smaller crystals, making a smaller micron bag necessary for a good yield. It is good to experiment with various methods.

Another pro tip for producing top quality solventless hash is the adage, “Put good in, get good out.” Treat your trim with respect, and fresh-freeze it for best possible results.


History of Hash

Hash is thought to have originated in the Middle East, with its use dating back thousands of years. In places such as India, Cannabis grows naturally. Over time, specific strains were chosen and cultivated for their hash-making properties.

Traditionally, hash is made in two ways. The first is to take the flowers of the plant and rub/roll them with your hands until enough trichomes are on your fingers to scrape off. The second method was perfected in Morocco, where hash makers slap cured branches over a silk screen to shake off the trichomes. It isn’t easy, but it can produce large yields.

Today, a huge variety of extraction methods and tools exist for making hash. Still, we find the best way involves ice, water and a little bit of elbow grease.


Past Concentrates Coverage!

Good vs. bad dabs, BHO extraction vs. CO2  
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Purging, best practices, and Rick Simpson Oil
Issuu.com/nwleaf/docs/may-2012/40

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