What is Hash - Exactly?
To understand what hash is, one must learn about the most important part of weed - its trichomes. These are resinous glands that, apart from enhancing aesthetic appeal, house the primary compounds responsible for psychoactive and medicinal properties. As such, it follows that the more trichomes there are, the more cannabinoids and terpenes. Consequently, the better the effects and higher potency.
Upon discovering that the potency of the herb relies on these minuscule and sappy structures, it became a practice to collect these glands. This thick chunks of sticky, concentrated resins are called "hash."
Hash is collected either by hand, mechanical grinding, or submersing the buds in icy water, then using sieves to filter the trichomes. Once separated from the plant material, the kief is pressed into "cakes" and stored. Later, it can be smoked in pipes, vaporized, or sprinkled in joints to increase its potency, taking the psychoactive experience to a whole new level.
Perfect Strains for Making Hash
Trichomes are the main ingredients required in producing hash. As such, if the intention is to produce concentrates, it is only logical to opt for insanely resinous strains. These are the incredibly potent strains offered at Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s meticulously curated seed catalog. After all, starting with inherently exceptional seeds, then pairing it with skillful rearing is a fool-proof way of achieving a bountiful harvest of trichome-laden buds.
THC: 20% to 32%
The "glue" in Gorilla Glue # 4's moniker alludes to two things: intense psychoactive effects that glue one to the couch, and heavy frosting of sticky, gluey trichomes.
The mere sight of this strain's trichome-laden buds is enough to satisfy every hash producer's dreams. Given its insanely prolific resin production, it should come as no surprise that its THC levels can reach 32%. With such potency, it inspires an intensely gleeful cerebral uplift that eventually culminates into a profoundly relaxing come down. Giggling fits and insatiable hunger can also be anticipated before settling into a deep, peaceful slumber.
Cultivating feminized Gorilla Glue #4 seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. is a breeze - thanks to its inherently robust nature. However, since it is a product of accidental hermaphroditic pollination, it tends to have some bi-gender inclination despite being feminized. As such, it pays to watch out for hermie sacks and nanners as soon as the pre-flowers appear to avoid unwanted pollination. When cultivated in an optimal environment, expect each plant to bear up to 800 grams of dense, resinous buds in about 9 to 10 weeks of flowering.
For those who fancy harvesting this strain’s crystal-laden buds but would rather expedite the process, Homegrown’s Gorilla Glue #4 autoflower is an excellent alternative. Infusing it with Ruderalis genes made it possible to transform seeds into mature, bud-bearing plants in just 9 to 10 weeks.
THC: 20% to 25%
White Widow was named as such by virtue of its dense buds speckled with alabaster layers of trichomes. Given its inherently resinous quality, it is naturally the hashish maker’s go-to strain when collecting kief for concentrates.
Aside from the majestic beauty of its snowcapped buds, this strain is lauded for packing as much as 25% THC. Such potency allows it to impart a balanced euphoria and relaxation that comfort stressed-out minds and weary bodies. Hence, making it the perfect companion for post-work unwinding. On top of that, it also offers potent therapeutic benefits.
Cultivating feminized White Widow seeds is a task that growers of all skill levels can successfully undertake - thanks to inherently resilient genes making it impervious to most problems that plague cannabis. Pair this superior genetic trait with expert handling, and the plant will surely achieve its full potential. When cultivated in warm environments using the right training techniques, anticipate each plant to produce no less than 900 grams of trichome-encrusted buds after 8 to 9 weeks of flowering,
As an alternative, Homegrown Cannabis Co. also offers this strain as regular and autoflower seeds.
THC: 20% to 25%
Anyone who claims to be a cannabis connoisseur must have already tasted OG Kush at least once. Arguably the most popular strain worldwide, this variety takes pride in its uber-potent buds brimming with sticky trichomes. With as much as 27% THC potency, it brings forth an energetic and creative head high that flushes out negativity in an instant. Then, it delights the senses with relaxing vibes that eventually transcends to drowsiness. Such balanced effects make it a versatile companion in either jazzing up dull afternoons or winding down at nightfall. Not to mention, it also remedies various ailments and discomforts with its inherent medicinal properties.
Without a doubt, relishing OG Kush’s flavorful vapors is exceptionally delightful. However, the same cannot be said when it comes to rearing it. That is because of its inherently finicky nature. Even worse, it is highly susceptible to diseases, powdery mildews, and pests. That said, this strain is best suited for experienced growers. Despite all these, feminized OG Kush seeds remain highly coveted - thanks to its fast flowering rate and insanely prolific resin production. When grown in controlled environments, expect each square meter to produce 500 grams of bulbous buds oozing with sticky trichomes after 8 to 9 weeks of flowering.
For an even more expedited process, opt for either the autoflower or fast version seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co.
THC: 18% to 22%
Aptly named after the city that never sleeps, NYC Diesel inevitably awakens sleepy souls with a single toke of its delightfully fruity and fuel-y vapors. Moreover, the mere sight of its resin-encrusted buds is enough to lure one to take a hit. Upon giving in to the temptation, it delivers a burst of euphoria along with a seemingly limitless supply of creativity and productivity. With new-found motivation, getting tasks done becomes easy and enjoyable. Accompanying such stimulating effects is a relaxing body buzz, which helps keep the effects pleasantly balanced.
Feminized NYC Diesel seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. are absolute favorites among seasoned growers despite the challenges it may pose. When allowed to thrive on plenty of sunshine, it can reach staggering heights of well over 400 cm. However, since its slender limbs are lengthy but not sturdy, it requires support mechanisms to prevent the branches from snapping under the weight of its bulbous buds. And, its lengthy maturation requires equally lengthy patience. Not to worry, though, for the long wait is certainly worth it. After 10 to 12 weeks of flowering, you could harvest up about 600 grams of fresh, trichome-studded buds per plant.
Meanwhile, those who prefer quick-flowering varieties should opt for NYC Diesel autoflower also offered at Homegrown Cannabis Co. Each of these beauties is capable of producing 100 to 150 grams of heavily frosted nugs in just 9 to 10 weeks (from germination to harvest).
At first glance, CBD Harlequin's buds could be mistaken for nuggets dusted with sugar due to its heavy coating of trichomes. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, these frosty resins store enormous amounts of cannabidiol, which is chiefly responsible for its therapeutic prowess. Just a few tokes of these flavorful vapors promptly relieve stress, anxiety, and chronic pain without exerting mind-altering effects. Not only that - it also inspires calmness without being downright sedative. Thus, making it the perfect companion for relaxing while staying productive and mentally agile.
Homegrown Cannabis Co.’s feminized CBD Harlequin seeds take on a squat and bushy structure that necessitates frequent pruning. Otherwise, its lush foliage and dense, snowcapped buds may harbor moisture that attracts molds. Do not be intimidated, though, for even amateurs could successfully cultivate it with ample guidance. As long as the plant is manicured and raised in a warm, semi-humid environment, it would thrive and produce up to 400 grams of resinous buds after 8 to 10 weeks of flowering.