Earwax hash is basically 99,99% pure concentrate of your favorite cannabis strain, that contains only cannabinoids only. The consistency of earwax hash is very similar to the wax that comes out of your ears and that is where the name came from. The reason why this hash is so popular is its potency which is among the highest ones when it comes to cannabis concentrates. Commonly, earwax hash is smoked by putting into a joint together with dry herb flower and then rolling it. Some people prefer dabbing with this wax, and each way is great and you can decide which way is the better for you. If you are wondering how to make earwax hash, keep reading our post.
The making of earwax hash
There a couple of things you are going to need, so prepare them before you start. You will firstly need an extraction cylinder. This can be made from 2 inch plastic tubbing that you need to cut to a length of 30 cm. Then you will need a vine cork in one end. On the other side of tube you will need putty to seal and wrap the coffee filter. Eventually, you can use duct tape to secure everything more tightly. You will also need latex gloves, heat source, a razorblade, a large pyrex dish, butane, mixing instrument (mini screwdriver will be just fine) and the dried trim/bud. We suggest you use high-quality buds only as you will get the top-notch quality.
How to make earwax hash?
The first step is to find a well-ventilated room so you the butane can go out. Now, pack your tube with the dried flowers, but make sure it is not too tight but without any air pockets inside. Now seal the end with the cork cap. Now, run hot water in your sink and place the pyrex dish to float without wetting the inside of dish. After two minutes when the pyrex is warmed up, shake the bottle of butane and squeeze it inside the cap fitting and hold the device over the pyrex. Butane must go through the material. Leave butane to evaporate.
While the pyrex dish is still in hot water, use the mixing tool to scratch the surface and scrape through the bubbles and you will notice that the mixture is getting a bit milky. Stir for a minute. Then remove the pyrex dish out of water, but be careful that you don’t mix water and oil in the dish. Gather oil in the middle of dish and place the dish on the heating source. Heat it up gently and slowly. When the mixture becomes softer and runnier, turn off the heating and stir well. Get it back on the heat and stir it as it bubbles.
When the oil cools down and becomes thicker, repeat the heating and stirring a few times until the oil changes its consistency. It will crystallize and become like a paste, When you see it becoming milky, it is time to collect the concentrate. Let it cool down. When it cools down, the mixture should look like a paste. Sometimes you will need to repeat heating and cooling a few times before the mixture turns to milky color. Now, put on the latex gloves, and use razor blades to gather wax into one pile. Now, press the mound in the pyrex and shape it into a pyramid-like structure. Get under the mound, and use blades to mold the wax into a ball, using your latex gloves. When you shape it, you can enjoy it!
Cannabis concentrates are very popular among chiefers especially those who have been smoking for a longer time. More inexperienced smokers will often avoid smoking concentrates as there are really really potent. We can say, without any fear that we might be wrong, that concentrates are way more stronger than any cannabis flower grown, indoor or outdoor! To smoke concentrates and feel great, you will simply have to possess a good level of tolerance to handle dabs. Now, before entering into the discussion called concentrate vs flower, we will explain some basic things you need to understand before we proceed further.
Concentrate vs flower – what is what?
All cannabis concentrates are classified by their names. For example, you have strains of weed (White Widow, OG Kush, Purple Haze etc…) that you can pretty much classify by their names since it is all about the genetics. The concentrates are usually classified by their way of production., while extracts basically do not involve any complex chemical process but rather are made by a simple physical separation, to be blunt. The famous concentrate is of course wax, which is the extremely potent product of cannabis and all novice smokers out there should be careful with this stuff.
Honeycomb, wax, oil, tincture or any other similar product are nothing but a concentrate. The main difference comes from the extraction method. If you use water for extraction instead of solvents, you are getting hash oil. Extracts that are made using heat are called rosin. We can go like this for another hour, but the point is that the different people use different methods for making concentrates and extracts. Some people like the more oily product so they make hash oil, while some that like more consistent form will opt for shatter for example.
The difference in potency
Flower of cannabis, depending on the genetics and conditions which the plant was grown in, can be very potent, with THC level of up to 25%. Some of the strongest sativas are Durban Poison strain which has a powerful headhigh for example. While these THC levels can go even above the mentioned value, it is simply not possible to achieve anything over 40% with the flowers. The concentrates are, on the other hand, way more potent, reaching the THC level up to 99%! Of course, it all greatly depends on the percentage of CBD, which is easier to handle especially for newbie smokers. THC is a strong psychoactive substance that in high dosage can cause paranoia, sweating, fever-like feeling or a strong feeling of being spaced-out, and therefore inexperienced smokers throw into own fight inside the head.
The flowers usually have skunky smell and hay-like taste and that is what makes our favorite smell so distinguished. Concentrates have similar smell, though only when smoked, but the overall intensity of smell is almost unnoticeable. You can smoke it in the room and you will not feel any smoke after 5 minutes you finish with the dabbing. Concentrates can have that dank smell, but nothing like a cannabis dry flower.
It is not so hard to answer this question as we have explained a few things about the concentrates. They are indisputably more potent than regular dry cannabis flowers and the effects last much longer. Another great thing is that they are almost smell-proof, especially when they are stored in bags/containers. A real incognito! Still, their price can a bit higher when compared to flowers and they do require some equipment to consume them properly. Whatever you choose, enjoy your high!
As the dabbing culture slowly rises to the top, cannabis concentrates are available in many different shapes an forms. How to use shatter is one of those questions that newbie smokers would like to know to answer since they have no experience with the dabbing. Although products like shatter, wax or dab are pretty much the same thing, there is still a lot of misinformation about these. We have prepared a short guide about shatter, which a cannabis concentrate. Feel free to post any comments and questions regarding our article.
What does shatter stands for?
Shatter is, like we said before, cannabis concentrate that is can shatter like a glass. Wax and resin are also concentrates but they have a different viscosity. Shatter is produced after you collect dried cannabis flowers and use solvent to extract cannabinoids. As the flowers can be of sativa or indica plant, it is the same for shatter. Of course, the difference in potency is totally huge. Concentrates can have up to 99% of THC/CBD while dried flowers not more than 30%, in the ideal conditions. Although there are many concentrates, shatter is the most potent you will ever try.
Does shatter have a smell of weed?
Some concentrates lose their aromas during the extraction process. Terpenes, which give each plant a unique smell, are very fragile and it can be very hard to preserve these and keep the smell. You can find though aromatic concentrates that can smell even more pungent that flowers, although this is rare. But regular/commercial dabs/shatters pretty much don’t have that distinct cannabis smell like flowers usually do, and if you are using a vaporizer, you can smoke it outside without any problems. Only people who are cannabis enthusiasts will be able to recognize the smell, although they will not be sure if they are tipping in the beginning.
How to use shatter?
To enjoy in the potency of shatter, a regular cannabis user could face some minor obstacles due to required equipment and knowledge. Still, you can always crush it and roll it in joint, however, we advise to use one of the techniques below for the best experience. Invest a bit more and enjoy more!
Oil rig bongs
The oil rigs are custom-made rigs that are designed to be like small bongs that are designed for concentrates. The difference between a regular bong and oil rig bong is that oil rigs have a glass nail that you apply shatter to before you start with smoking. E-rig vaporizers are really popular right now as you can experience shatter anywhere outside due to low-key smell and taste.
Vaporizers have changed the cannabis culture and made it healthier. These simple devices have two components: a battery and tank where you put your shatter. You simply then heat it up and enjoy your vapor! Dr. Dabber is a great portable vaporizer for concentrates and it is great for beginners as it is very straightforward. The price is not high, considering the experience you get for the price.