One of the main types of hash oil is made by using butane, hence the name. This can be very dangerous and should only be done by professionals. There are many resources out there that you can use to learn how to make it, and each way will leave you with a different end product. For instance, some different types of BHO are shatter, wax, and then just plain old oil. Everyone has there favorites, and they all have there own reasoning to that.
Well how do you know what you have?
That’s somewhat easy, but lots of times it can be somewhere in between one type or another. It has mostly to do with the constancy. Oil is very very liquidy and hard to handle. Shatter is pretty hard and has an almost glass look to it. It is pretty easy to handle, but if you hold it too long it may melt in your hands. Waxes are well..waxy. They are typically the easiest to handle and aren’t as messy.
There are a few newer product out there that will really help with the sticky mess.
This pad will helps so much!! Can you imagine no SCRAPING!!
After your done making it your going to want to store the sticky icky gooey delicious mess. I love these little containers, makes life easy!!!!
Next Question you may have is: How hash oil made?
Its really a pretty easy process, but it can be very dangerous. Please leave it up to the professionals! You can watch a number of youtube videos to get the idea behind it. It all begins with the starting material, you want a quality end product? start with quality beginning material, this is key!! You will need to get an extraction tube, some people make them on there own, but most people go out and buy them. I have even heard of people using Pyrex turkey basters, that’s what the tubes look like at least but I would be wary, it needs to be able to stand up to extreme cold and pressure and the turkey basters seem pretty thin. I have heard of people blowing it up and hurting themselves, so I would not risk it. Buy something that is designed for the job. I am providing this picture of a turkey baster just so you can get a visual of what we are talking about. Obviously you would remove the plastic bulb and would just be using the tube.
You can get them in glass or stainless steal. Go to your local head shop, they will most likely have them there. One word of caution though, do not use plastic of any sort!! Butane and plastic do not mix, it will literally melt the plastic. The next thing you need is a filter. I know people that have used coffee filters with good results, but I recommend something like this:
Now for the butane. There are many choices out there, but the key thing is purity. If you get a low purity butane you will get lots of residual in your hash oil. So my advice, spend the extra couple bucks and get the good stuff, something labeled near zero impurities. You will be happy you did. I recommend using one that is at least 5 times refined, amazon is by far the best place to go. I know a lot of people that like to use vector. Here is a link to it:
Pack the tube with your material, no reason to break it up. just do not over pack the tube or else it can blow up on you. Then run the butane through. You will need something to hold the tube since it gets very cold. I mentioned not having to scrape above, those pads fit perfectly inside a Pyrex backing pan like this:
Now this is where many people have there own opinion on whats the best way to remove the butane out of the hash oil after you have blasted the material, and this is where your end result will either become more oily, using heat, or more waxy, no heat. It also gets a little more dangerous, never never never have an open flame near the butane, and never do it indoors. This is where people hurt themselves, unless they already blew their tube up because they packed it to tightly with material. At this point I would recommend using a hot water bath, not a hot plate, its just safer. As the heat is added the butane will boil off. If you do not want to use heat, the you should buy a vacuum purge set-up. Belwo is a picture of a set, if you buy the pump seperately you will need to also by valves and hoses.
Although that pump is only 3 cfm, I would probably go with a 5 cfm pump, also available on amazon. It will give you that little bit extra of sucking power that you need to get your hash oil nice and clean. The final piece you need is the actual vacuum chamber. The one below is actually the cheaper one, they make stainless steel containers as well, but I like this one since you can see it happen. The hash oil will actually muffin while you pump it down.