Highly concentrated: tips for better hash from Colorado's best

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Paul Tokin
One of the absolute best things to come out of ganja's quasi-legalized status here in Colorado and other medical marijuana states is the abundance of concentrates now available. It used to be that getting hash in Colorado meant knowing the grower or running into just the right person in the parking lot of a Red Rocks concert. Not anymore.

Today, it's not a matter of finding hash -- everyone has it -- but finding quality hash. And Colorado is quickly becoming the mecca for master concentrate masters. For every hash-maker out there, though, you'll get a different set of instructions on how to achieve the best results. Thankfully, many are willing to share their knowledge in online forums, at monthly hash meetups and even on Facebook - pushing the progression of concentrate making with group thought, so to speak.

At their core, all hashmaking methods somehow involved stripping the psychoactive materials from the plant, filtering the results and condensing them into a potent, putty-like substance. Beyond that, it becomes and art and we have tapped two recognized cannabis concentrate artists in the Colorado scene for their insight into hash making, the art of extraction and what makes great concentrates.

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Selecta Nikka T lighting up a spliff.

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Nik is well known not just in Colorado but across the world for that matter for his skills; fortunately, he's been very open with his knowledge of hash, and gives tips and pointers to anyone who asks. I met up with him a few months back, just as he was getting his company off the ground and starting to work with dispensaries as a third-party hash processor. Though he's based out of the PinkHouse Grows team of Pearl Co., Cherry Co., and Teapot Lounge, any shops can hire him out to turn their leftover trim into amazing smokable product.

Nik grew up in Northern California, where cannabis farming is about as much a part of the local economy as the vineyards producing the Golden State's wines. By the age of 16 or 17, he says he was experimenting with hash making, always trying to get a better product than what he was seeing people produce around him." Growing up, I just saw so much black, gooey hash. It was fine then, but I knew there could be more purity."

Just as every stoner since the 1970s has wanted to do after high school, Nik went to Amsterdam where he lived for a while and learned about cannabis extracts from the legendary Mila Jansen. One of the most important hash makers of our time, Jansen is credited with perfecting both automated dry-sieved hash and ice-water hash extraction in the first half of the '90s. Many of the tricks and traditions Nik was taught by Jansen are not included in any of her books or lectures; she picked them up on her travels through India and Holland.

When Nik returned to the States, he settled in Boulder and attended the University of Colorado while perfecting his hash craft with Colorado herb.

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Paul Tokin
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Lately he's been pushing the limits of what ice, water and some nylon screens can produce with his Solventless Wax -- a term coined by local ganja Internet blogger Paul Tokin to describe the melting, oil-like qualities of the ice-water extraction that are usually found with chemical extractions. "The main trick is controlling variables," he says. "I've always been very, very particular and obsessive-compulsive, and that's what has helped me with my hash game a lot."

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23 comments
SmokinHotAsh
SmokinHotAsh

You should try using Lotus butane for extraction. I’ve heard it works better than most. It has near zero impurities… you don’t want funk in your weed :P

Ray Totillo
Ray Totillo

You know what its all coming together now,cold water ,dry seived,nylon,bullshit,how about"Microwave Extraction",doctored up hash oil w.kief molded out,who the fuck knows what theyre puttin in..check it out for yourself...http://youtu.be/YXDS2KqsB8o

ZZardozz
ZZardozz

Sometime, you might research the topical use of cannabis oil.  It gives amazing results for all kinds of skin conditions.   We have cannabinoid receptors in our skin too.  People have cured basal cell carcinoma in very short time period.  

OK
OK

decent info, I wouldnt call anything in the article a secret. if you think about it anyone with decent intelligence should have figured this stuff out after a few tries.

Wyattbenton1996
Wyattbenton1996

I tried some of big d's so called "'wax" at a center near invesco field the other day and the hype was, well not deserved. Got two types of wax and one was wax and was very clean and of proper consistency but the bubba kush wax was not a wax first off, it was a poor example of a budder, a more taffy like consistency and poorly purged. It was wet in consistency and had that nasty chemical taste. It was not clean and should have not been on the shelf, period. Not trying to talk crap but if you claim to be one of the best B.H.O extractors around then you should stand by what you preach.

Block Websites
Block Websites

Really nice and informative article for all, and thanks for providing tips and tricks.......

MMJ Timmy Top
MMJ Timmy Top

Seriously, another quality MMJ article from Mr. Breathes. Thank you very much for the educational words, I'm sure a lot of people have been curious as to how some MMJ concentrates are made.

Next week, tincture? ;]

milwaukee
milwaukee

thanks William, Nikka T, Big D, and Mila.  I am of huge fan of all of your work.

Fuckyou
Fuckyou

Good job giving out secrets you fucking idiots....

Eroc
Eroc

educational article.  thanks will

Safetyfirst
Safetyfirst

i wouldn't want you guys to give out too many BHO secrets but you should at least explain to these fools that "flame source" includes not running butane anywhere near anything that can cause a spark, and that means phone in your pockets, static dogs walking around, etc... 

Guesto
Guesto

doubt you will find this level of research on Hash in many articles being written anywhere right now , this should win a prize lol

Drock00013
Drock00013

not all strains wax/budder up....buds tend to wax up better than trim...none of the bubba kush ive seen there ( prob the same place near invesco  ) waxes up, its all more gooey like earwax...i refer to the chunky stuff as wax...i dunno about him preaching to be the best but if yer so Pro...why dont you step it up and show us better for cheaper? the bubba was tested and it worked just fine for me...i think your misconception of 'proper consistencty' ruined it for you from the get go....1996? is that when you were born? that would explain a little

High420
High420

You are right Big d is a lil too full of himself, has only been making bho for a little over a year now and claims to be an expert!!! What a joke!! The guy is a fat phoney who gets exiled from wherever he goes for being both a physical and intellectual thief!! Keep taking credit for other peoples work you phoney must suck to look in the mirror and see you.

Faussone
Faussone

Having a recipe does not make you a chef. Thus, distribution of this info should not threaten anyone with real skill. So fuck you, Fuckyou.

milwaukee
milwaukee

Fuckyou loser, all this info is available on youtube and google.  You can keep your tips and secrets to yourself.

Big D, Mila, and Nikka T are professional experts, that is what makes their product the absolute best.  William researching, interviewing, and delivering information about the best of the best is what great journalism is all about.  We lovers of cannabis all need to unite and work together to further our movement.  

So, piss off troll.  I probably wouldn't like your product anyways.

Mr Miyagi
Mr Miyagi

yes what they said...just cuz u got the recipe dont mean you know how to work the oven..plus, pretty obvious us pros are lots of times using nugs..most people cant even approach affording to blow buds..the secrets..lol...dude theres a MILLION people saying all those things he listed on a million shitty you tube videos..really? secrets?..nah..i already knew every single step he said..(and then some, they dont call me mr miyagi for nothing..)

junkfilez
junkfilez

@Mr Miyagi  

You are so full of shit it is coming out of your ears.  The most I've EVER heard of paying for top quality wax (CO2 no less) was $50-55.

Drock00013
Drock00013

70? damn right next to the 65$ 1/8ths i see it...good thing theres other places offering  as-good/better for cheaper

Mr Miyagi
Mr Miyagi

yea i just read it again...just to make sure..im pretty waxified..and for sure even with step by step instructions, people will fuck it up...so dont worry fuck you..you can keep raping the people who buy yours..the secrets not out..believe me if it was easier, more people would be doing it and it wouldnt be causing a $70 a gram demand...(wait whos raping?).....lol no just kidding..my shits bomb..people are stoked to pay 70/g for it..miyagi out this time

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