Anyways, I first started out making Ice (water) hash. First, I started out with about an 1/8th of regs that were stuck in the freezer for about an hour prior to breaking it up, then sticking it in the blender. I then took about as much ice as I had pot and stuck that in the blender too, along with some water. I heard that the less you blend it, the higher quality hash you get. Well, this is apparantly very true. After a little while blending, I ended up with a very slushy mixture, and I thought I needed more ice, so I ended up getting an unblendable mixture... so I added more water... and it just turned out sorta nasty. Anyways, I figured the mixture had been "bashed" up enough... so I went ahead and melted off the ice in the blender with hot running water on the outside of the blender, and I then strained off the rest of the plant matter using a metal filter. After all the straining, I was left with 5 cups of water that I then set in my refrigerator for about 2 hours as the plant matter rose to the top and the trichomes sank to the bottom. After everything had time to settle out, I carefully poured off the top layer of water down to about 1 inch above the trichomes... straining the water to save the plant matter. I then was left with a bunch of soaking wet pot that I then dried and continued to smoke, and 5 small glasses of water full of glorious trichomes. I then used paper coffee filters to strain off the rest of the water and collect the trichomes. I then squeezed off the excess water, scraped off the resulting material and pressed it into a little ball.
The final product was dried and pressed, and I was left with a smooth hitting, great tasting hash that was easily twice as potent hit for hit as the pot that I started out with, but it was not nearly as potent as some of more pure forms bubble hash, or other types of hash. I do not have a scale, but I possibly ended up with about .25 - .4g of hash from the 3 grams or so that I started out with.
My next project came when I got ahold of about 4 to 5 or so grams of leaf from a regs plant. I knew that making ice hash out of it would be useless, so I looked to Isopropyl Alcohol to extract the THC. I took the scooter up to the store, looked around, and could only find up to 91% isopropyl alcohol- I was looking for 99%. I figured 91% would work. Once I got home, I crushed up the leaves, they were all very dry, and I put them in a tupperware container that measured about 3"x3"x3". I then poured enough Isopropyl in the container to suspend the leaves by about an eigth of an inch... so the container was about halfway full. I then shook the container vigorously for about 10 minutes, and I let it sit for another 2 hours... shaking periodically. After the initial 5 minutes, the mixture became a very very dark but interestingly green color, that you couldn't see through in the least. After the 2 hours of THC extraction, I strained the mixture through a metal filter. I squeezed out the isopropyl remaining in the plant. I then took the cup of strained isopropyl alcohol containing most the THC that was in the plant, and poured it in a large flat metal pan that had a very smooth bottom (for scraping the remaining resin). I let the Isopropyl spread across the whole pan, and I put a heat fan next to the pan to speed evaporation. I left for an hour to go to meet a friend, and upon returning, I was met with a nice layer of dry, dark colored resin. I then scraped up the resin and rolled it into a nice little ball. I then repeated the same previous steps on the second batch of isopropyl alcohol that I had prepared earlier with the same leaf... I strained out the mixture again, and let the rest evaporate in the pan, then I scraped that up too. After all was said and done, I was left with a gooey black ball that left a dark green gooey residue on everything... the size of the ball was in the 7 - 8mm range.
The final product when smoked seemed very pure. It doesnt taste bad when smoked, doesn't smell much if at all... and it is VERY potent. It tends to bubble like crazy when smoked, and a good sized chunk along with a small bowl for each of my friends and I got all of us more stoned then ever before. It was about 2:30am and I was stoned out to the point where I couldn't keep my focus on anything, and could berally sustain myself just sitting back in the couch... let alone walking home. I quickly passed out after the thought of trying to make it home, and I ended up waking at about 5:30am that same morning, not feeling stoned, feeling great!
<<< One could describe the experience to be much like this...
The last thing I did, was make a small tincture with the remaining residue on the bottom of the metal pan. I took a tiny bit of iso alcohol, and moved it back and forth over the pan untill it disolved all the residue, and I was again left with a somewhat oily substance that shined a RICH greenish amberish color in the sun. I let the isopropyl evaporate untill I had just enough to fill the little glass vile I had laying around.
I tested dropping a few drops of this tincture on some crippy. I let it dry completely. The product that resulted was darker, richer and stickier than before, and it increased the potency by a somewhat considerable amount. I got bored with the rest of the tincture just sitting in the vile, so I put it back in the pan, re-evaporated it, re-scraped the pan, and let my sister smoke the rest of the hash, which ended up to be only about a ~1mm ball... and her impressions were very positive. She said she felt it coming on quite strong before exhaling the first hit.
I would love to hear what you guys have to say about all of this, along with your experiences preparing and smoking bubble, ice, and iso hash, or other kinds of hash. Also, what do you guys think about using isopropyl alcohol?