Marijuana Kiefs vs Marijuana Hash: What’s the Difference?

In the cannabis scene kief and hash are popular ways to enhance the power of a bowl, joint, blunt or edible. But what exactly are they, and how do they differ?

Marijuana kief and marijuana hash both serve a similar purpose, but are obtained/made in entirely different ways.


Marijuana kief:

Kief collected at the bottom of a grinder.

Kief is the resinous trichomes of cannabis. These trichomes, when bulked together, take on a light powdery consistency; this allows it to easily be added to bowls, joints, blunts and so forth.

The word kief derives from the Arabic word kayf, which fittingly means please or well-being.

When using a grinder with a screen, it will gradually collect at the bottom; eventually there will be enough that it can be collected for use. Cannabis buds can also be sifted to shake the kief off; this allows for large amounts to be collected, and is how cannabis outlets can sell it by the gram.

Click here for a guide on how to collect and use kief.


Marijuana hash:

hashHashish, or hash for short, is the concentrated resin collected from cannabis. Given it’s highly concentrated, it tends to high much higher levels of cannabinoids compared to standard cannabis. This adds an extra kick to bowls and joints; this kick has allowed it to maintain a prestige reputation for hundreds of years.

Click here for a few different methods of making hash.


Marijuana oil:

oilMarijuana oil, although a concentrated form of cannabis like hash, is a different thing altogether. It’s typically made using a much more complex extraction method that typically requires the use of butane or alcohol.

Although making cannabis oil can often be dangerous; meaning you should probably leave it to professionals; when done correctly it packs a massive punch that is unrivaled in the cannabis scene.

Click here for a guide on how to make butane hash cannabis oil (BHO).

THC-A Crystalline: The Strongest Hash in the World at 99.99% THC

By Allie Beckett,

There’s a new kid on the block; her name is Crystalline, and she’s from the Hash Family.

Crystalline hash is the latest craze in the hash community, and everyone wants a taste. The demand is so high that THC-A Crystalline is going for $200 a gram in southern California dispensaries.

Testing in at an astonishing 99.9% THC, Crystalline is officially the strongest hash on the market. Other concentrates such as ice hash, rosin, and BHO range from 50-80% THC.

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How to Make Hash

howAs a rule, marijuana production has a lot of waste. Male plants do not produce the cannaboid rich bud that is used to produce the product that is smoked but it still has some resin glands.

Trimming, leaves and other plant parts also contain resin glands that are wasted in the traditional methods of harvest. These parts make up nearly 10 percent of the total THC in a given plant. Thankfully, hash, which can be created in a variety of ways, utilizes these wasted parts and concentrates them into a block of concentrated THC.

Hand Rolling
Hand rolling is considered the easiest, least expensive and yet highest quality method of creating hash. Unfortunately, it is also the most time consuming. First, dry the plant. Then, with clean hands, take the plant material and slowly roll it between the palms.
making hash with hand rolling
As rubbing continues, a black film forms on the hand. Continuing to rub will produce small balls of resin. This material can them be pressed into whatever form is desired.

Flat Screening
Flat screening takes less time than hand rolling and is still relatively inexpensive but it produces hash that sometimes contains particulates of the vegetable matter. It requires the purchase of a fine mesh screen. Other equipment needed includes a piece of glass or mirror to catch the trichomes as they pass through the screen, a credit card to push the plant parts around and the plant parts.

To make hash using this method, place the screen on top of the glass and then gently pull the plant parts across the screen using the card. This will create a fine powder of concentrated hash. The first layer will be the most potent. It is virtually impossible to create pure hash using this method but it is among the simplest and most affordable methods.

Blender Method
Another simple method that the home gardener can use is the blender method. This method utilizes the simple fact that while plant parts are lighter than water, the resin glands are not. Equipment needed includes a blender, ice cubes and water plus a silk screen, coffee filter and glass jar.

To create hash, place the plant parts in the blender along with the ice cubes and cold water. Then, blend for roughly one minute until it is green and frothy. Then, drain the liquid through the screen into the jar. Allow it to settle for 20 to 30 minutes.

Once resin glands have settled to the bottom of the jar, pour off roughly 2/3 of the water. Add more ice water and allow the resin to settle. Drain off as much water as possible without losing the trichome. Then, strain the liquid through the coffee filter and squeeze gently to drain.
how to make royal hash
The resulting cold, slightly damp mass will be a ball of easily manipulated, potent hash. This product can be pressed into a mold or divided into smaller portions. Leftover plant parts can be washed a second time to remove leftover resin.

There are several other methods that can be used to create hash. Some are easily done by the home gardener but others require specialized equipment. Regardless of the method chosen, making hash allows the gardener to minimize waste and make the most of the THC found in the cannabis plant.



Pittsburgh City Council Passes Measure to Decriminalize Cannabis and Hash

(Photo: Reuters/Jason Redman)
(Photo: Reuters/Jason Redman)

Pittsburgh’s City Council has given overwhelming approval to an ordinance that will decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis and hash, making it a ticketable rather than arrestable offense.

The vote was 8 to 1, with Councilmember Darlene Harris standing as the sole “No” vote. Mayor Bill Peduto is expected to sign the ordinance into law by next week.

Under the new law, those caught possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis – or 8 grams of hash – will be given a summary citation of $25, or $100 if caught consuming in public. Under current law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis is punishable by a misdemeanor and up to 30 days in jail.

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Pittsburgh City Council Votes 6 to 1 to Decriminalize Cannabis and Hash Possession

pittsIn a 6 to 1 vote, Pittsburgh’s City Council has given approval to a measure that would decriminalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis, as well as the possession of up to 8 grams of hash.

The proposal was passed on a preliminary vote, with the final vote expected to come next week. The city’s police chief, and mayor, are both in support of the move.

Under the proposed law, police would be authorized to, at most, give an $100 ticket for those caught possessing an amount of cannabis within the 30 gram (or 8 grams for hash) limit.

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Washington Legislature Votes to Legalize Cannabis Concentrates for Recreational Purposes

Washington State’s Legislature has passed a bill – House Bill 2304 – to legalize the sale of cannabis concentrates such as hash and hash oil at state-licensed cannabis shops.cannabisoil

The measure was approved yesterday with a 42 to 7 vote in the Senate, shortly after being approved by the House 91 to 7.

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