On the long road to extraction greatness there are many steps to take, and even those some of those steps can appear to be miniscule, overlooking them can have massive implications for your end results. Curing bubble hash is one of those seemingly insignificant tasks that can have big consequences for hash producers. But for us rosin jockeys, where bubble hash is more a means to an end than the final product in itself, is it really necessary?
How to Cure Bubble Hash?
Once cannabis trichomes have been washed and collected, they need to be dried thoroughly before they can be turned into a smokable hash or pressed into rosin. It’s an integral step for both hash and rosin makers alike, but hash hounds tend to take the idea a little further with an added drying phase called curing. This is typically achieved by sealing up your freshly dried hash and then leaving it for a couple of weeks in a dark dry place to mature.
Benefits of Curing Bubble Hash
From a simple quality perspective, maturation processes like curing tend to improve the flavor and aroma of your hash. However, there’s also another more practical reason for curing bubble hash, and that’s all about long term stability.
Over time, the oils and solids inside your hash begin to separate, often referred to as “buttering out”, and this can produce an unpleasant and inconsistent looking final product. A few weeks of curing tends to prevent this from occurring, and is probably the main reason top flight hash makers employ it – so that their hash maintains a consistent appearance and structure over extended periods of time.
Should Rosin Makers Cure Their Hash?
For hash makers curing is a no-brainer, and should absolutely be employed as it simply results in a better quality end product that stores well. But for rosin makers, hash curing becomes a debatable subject at best. After all, the bubble hash we produce is almost immediately pressed into rosin after it is dried, it simply doesn’t get a chance to “butter out” or degrade in any way, and therefore doesn’t really benefit from an extended curing phase. It just doesn’t seem worth it to add weeks to your rosin production schedule for no particular reason.
In conclusion, if you’re a hash hound and bubble hash is your final product, then you absolutely need to cure it. But if you’re making bubble hash to press into rosin, you can confidently skip this step. In fact, here at Rosin Tech we would recommend rosin makers explore curing their rosin rather than their hash, as this will have a much larger impact on your end results.