ICE WATER SIEVING NOT EXTRACTION
The parameters of my ice water sieving tech and deciding factors of quality are defined by the characteristics of the trichomes and by the tools I use to agitate the material, separate and collect the resin. Hashishin hunt the “melt”, the perfect ripeness and maturity of the resin formed inside the trichomes which is difficult to be aware of without considering the following scientific fact: “A resin head is made by nature like a fruit or a leaf, and as such falls at the end of its life cycle; an abscission[i] zone develops at the base of the head where the stripe cells attach to the disc cells resulting in abscission of glands upon attaining maturity”[ii] The technical reason behind resin head’s falling at the lightest touch was a revelation to me and the key behind my process of collecting the different dimensions of ripeness separately. Judging the ripeness of fruits on a tree by their color or by their size is difficult to do with any accuracy but collecting separate dimension of ripeness the tree offers is more straightforward. A first light shake of the tree will bring down the ripest fruits; a second shake a little harder will bring fruits that are slightly less ripe and so on until the tree is bare. And so, it with resin heads on a cannabis leaf. I wash one batch of material on an average six to ten times. I agitate my material within a vortex of water that applies a controllable force, and so the strength of my “shaking the tree” is defined by the length of my wash cycle and by the power of my vortex.
All my washes are approximately five minutes long the first one at 200 rpm, the following washes are 50 to a 100 rpm stronger than the precedent and as such each wash shakes a different level or dimension of ripeness from the leaf matter, from the ripest to the less mature resin heads. [i] Abscission (from the Latin ab, meaning away, and scindere, meaning to cut) is the shedding of various parts of an organism, such as a plant dropping a leaf, fruit, flower, or seed. (Wikipedia) [ii] THC (TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL) ACCUMULATION IN GLANDS OF CANNABIS (CANNABACEAE) Paul G. Mahlberg and Eun Soo Kim, Department