People have been consuming cannabis concentrates for thousands of years in order to enjoy the strongest and fullest possible high. If you’re unfamiliar with concentrates, the name pretty much says it all. Concentrates are when you get the highest concentration of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD and squeeze out everything except those precious compounds. Consuming these compounds gives you a powerful high that lasts a lot longer than your average hit. Hash is a popular concentrate that has been used since ancient times. It is made from the trichomes or little white hairs from a female cannabis plant which are absolutely bursting with powerful cannabinoids. A pollen press allows you to take the trichomes you personally collect and press them to make your very own hash.
Using a Kief Catcher to Collect Your Pollen
The trichomes can be collected using an herb grinder that has a screen in it. Some grinders have this screen that can be used for collecting the hairs or 'kief' as it is more commonly known. You can place the flower in the grinder and the screen then lets the kief pass through to be collected. Once you have collected enough hair you can use your pollen press to transform them into hash.
The kief can be used on its own, sprinkled onto a bowl to add an extra kick or even added to a joint. Kief is often found at the bottom of containers and is often lost due to how messy it can be to handle in its powdered form. However, pressing the kief will allow you to make excellent use of its compounds and preserve its potency over a longer period (even months) if it is going to be stored somewhere. It allows the kief to be compressed, making it even stronger because of its density and therefore producing an even more powerful high when smoked.
How to Use Your Pollen Press
Turning the kief into hash is extremely easy with the pollen press. It will squash your kief into little pollen cakes or hash with ease. Pollen presses are made from high-grade metal and are incredibly easy to use. They typically resemble cylindrically shaped metal with a cap at each end. Within the cylinder there are two plastic pins. You simply put the kief between the two plastic pins and put the caps back on each end. As the caps are screwed back on, the pins squash the kief together creating a kind of hash pellet in the center of the pollen press. At this point, you will want to leave the pollen in the press for at least 8 hours but no more than a couple of days or it will get too hard to get out of the pollen press. Then store it in an airtight container in a dark cool place until you're ready to use it.
Pollen presses are a great accessory for any cannabis user; especially those who really enjoy using concentrates and want a solid healthy variety. The hash can be smoked, vaporized or eaten depending on your preference for a truly enjoyable high.