When the simplest tools allow you to make hash: the "hand rubbed hash" and "finger hash" methods.
Who says you have to be heavily equipped to make hash? You already have the basic tools to be able to produce them: your hands.
Nevertheless, before starting, one must see in detail how these methods work, and especially, if they are effective.
The Hand Rubbed Hash: simple… but effective?
Hand Rubbed Hash is a simple and easy way to make hash, but it's a horribly inefficient way. All you need are your hands, the right cannabis buds, and the willpower.
Most of the resin falls to the ground, nestles deep in the buds or adheres to the leaves. Hand Rubbed Hash is of lower quality because it contains more debris than screened hash or water extract.
Making hash using the rubbing hand method is common in areas of the Himalayas, Nepal, India and Kashmir, where “charas"(Indian term for this specific type of hashish) are quite common.
Most small cannabis growers collect some hash, with their hands or with tools, at harvest time when pruning cannabis to remove the leaves. Most of them only know this type of hashish.
The best cannabis used in the manufacture of hash are very sticky and resinous, so that the hand is covered with resin. Make sure the resin can easily be rolled into small balls to remove them from the hands.
These cannabis plants need to be particularly healthy, strong and mature. The buds should have rich leaves of a beautiful green color, with a few beginning to turn yellow.
A simple technique
Be sure to remove any brown, crisp, burnt, or dried leaves before you begin. Cannabis plants are very strong and vigorous rubbing without excess may be necessary. Once you've collected the resin on your hands, you want to make sure that nothing else or any debris mixes with the resin. This ensures cleaner and purer hash.
How to make hash by hand
This is done by slowly moving the hands over the bud, rubbing continuously in both directions. Rub your palms and fingers between the resin-coated flower clusters so that they come into contact with as much resin as possible.
Each branch should be rubbed for 20 to 30 seconds if not longer. The aromatic scents are released while rubbing the buds. Enjoy its smells!
The resin glands slowly stick to the hands at first. But once they are coated with a slight sheen of resin, the build-up process speeds up. Remove any foliage or debris from your hands as soon as it sticks to keep the resin pure.
To remove resin from hands, rub your palms together so that the resin clusters form small, sticky balls. At first, the resin will quickly rise. Put the balls together to form a single piece. Use it to rub the resin on your hands and help remove it. If your hands are sweaty, soak up the moisture with a paper towel before removing the hash.
Once you have collected the hash, knead it in your hands until it reaches the desired consistency. Hand Rubbed Hash is best enjoyed a few weeks after harvest. Collecting resin in this way takes a long time. An average collector can scrub all day and collect only five to ten grams!
And the “Finger Hash”?
Finger Hash refers to the resin that builds up on a grower's fingers while caring for their cannabis plant. This usually happens during harvest and when handling the buds. The resin is exceptionally powerful.
During the flowering of the cannabis plant, the flowers produce large trichomes. Trichomes are sticky, hair-like filaments that have a crystallized appearance. Picking flower buds during harvest and handling the leaves of the plant breaks up the trichomes and attaches easily to your fingertips.
Finger Hash is taken from your fingertips after harvest, as the sticky resin contains high levels of THC and other cannabinoids.
Some growers wear latex gloves during harvest. Thus the trichomes of the plant adhere to the ends of the latex gloves. After harvest, the grower can remove the gloves and place them in a freezer. The cold solidifies the resin which is easily removed with the fingertips of latex gloves. Thus it can also be used in the manufacture of cannabis and medical cannabis products.
In other parts of the world such as Morocco, Nepal and Pakistan, the term "finger hash" refers to the resin that builds up when plant material rubs through a series of screens to separate the glands. of resin flowers. The maker uses his hands to rub the plant product across the screen. The sticky resin from the plant builds up quickly on a person's fingers and hands. The resin is then removed and used to make hash.