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Grading Hash: How To Check The Quality

Most people these days are recreational cannabis judging experts. They can pick out how heavy the trichome count is, notice the intricacies of the varying aromas, and understand the differences that size can make in terms of overall bud quality. But how many of us can properly judge hash? Because of the nature of hash, it’s much harder to judge the content and quality of the product, but we’re here to help with that. There are a few different types of popular hash, those being hand-rubbed and dry sift. Essentially, these are exactly as they sound, hand rubbed involves using your hands to condense and pull resin out from the plant. It’s very time consuming. Dry sift hash involves sifting the kief off of the bud and condensing it afterwards.

The Sense Inspection

Start by identifying the colour of your hash. If it is darker brown or black in appearance, that is a telltale sign it is hand-rubbed. If your hash is very light like our Moroccan Blonde Angel Hash, it is very likely a dry-sift hash. This is simply due to the difference in production methods between the two, as described above. We call this step the sense inspection because it involves using sight and smell to judge. While appearance will help you narrow down the production method, you need to smell the hash to make sure it is still acceptable to smoke. Unfortunately, hash can get old, so if you smell hints of mold or a “plastic” scent, it is likely past its prime.

The Bubble Test

No matter the type or quality, a great method of testing your hash is through the bubble test. Break off a piece of your hash and ignite it. If your hash is good, it will either have noticeable boils forming, or it will catch fire and burn with a clean flame. If it does neither of these things, your hash may contain contaminants or be a lower quality product. Be aware though, if it seems to be bubbling a little too much, that may be because some producers sneak a bit of extra oils into the hash so even lower quality product will “pass” the bubble test. If this happens, check to see if your hash is noticeable charred. This could mean there are contaminants present, or more plant matter than there should be. Armed with these tips, you should have a bit of a leg up on others when it comes to judging your hash. If you’re ready to put these skills to the test, take a look through our selection of premium hash now!

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