Concentrates come in many, many varieties. So let’s dive into the differences. In this episode: Bubble hash and Kief. What are they and how are they made? Read on and find out.
The most common way to make bubble hash is by putting the marijuana in mesh bags and then filtering a mixture of the plant matter, ice and water through them until a poopy substance collects at the bottom. After it dries, you have bubble hash.
Although not as expensive as other concentrates, bubble hash is now a rare find in dispensaries. The streets are a different story, though: Because it doesn’t require an explosive solvent and can be made with household appliances such as buckets or a washing machine, bubble hash remains relevant on the bootleg market.
Sift (or kief)
It’s made by sifting dried flower over mesh screens and collecting the trichomes at the bottom.
Despite not being bonded like hash, sift is easy to use over bowls, in vaporizers and as a garnish for joints.
Some shops even make “live sift,” which is sift made with the same frozen plant matter as live resin, giving it a tastier, smoother hit than traditional kief.
Because of its lower profit margins and potency compared to solvent extracts, sift is harder to find nowadays than it was in years past, but you can still collect your own at home with a filtered grinder or kief box.