Dry sift is a tasty marijuana concentrate that’s super-easy to make and at least twice as potent as whole bud, if not more than that. It can be vaped or combusted and either way you ingest it, it’s much better for your respiratory tract than whole cannabis flower because it generates few if any lung pollution particulates. Also, dry sift is healthier than solvent-extract dabs like butane honey oil, because it’s an all-natural product.
Because it’s concentrated and has less odor than whole flower, dry sift is easier to transport, ship and conceal. I like bringing it in to concerts and on planes where security personnel are going to search me. I put it in gelatin capsules in a vitamin bottle and nobody has ever detected it.
Dry sift is made the way hashish has been made for many years: whole buds are placed on a screen that has very tiny holes in it. The holes are only big enough for resin glands to fall through. The rest of the plant material is left behind. The resin glands fall onto a collection plate or container. They’re scraped together and stored in a freezer, where they can retain original maximum potency and taste for at least four months.
Compared to icewater-processed bubblehash or solvent-extract marijuana concentrates, dry sift has a broader taste and high palette because it contains more of the many compounds that cannabis plants manufacture.
Another advantage of dry sift is that you don’t need solvents, icewater, buckets, bubblebags, lab gear, or other infrastructure or equipment associated with making bubblehash or other marijuana concentrates.
Bubble hash and solvent extracts contain THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, but many of those concentrates lack the full range of terpenoids and other substances contained in whole bud. In most cases, dry sift will have a broader range of cannabinoids and terpenoids.
Check out the embedded very useful videos in this article that show you how to make dry sift, and here’s a step-by-step summary of how to do it:
- First, procure a dry sift box or a machine-assisted dry sift device. Take a look here and you’ll see some great examples of these.
- Put your dried and cured buds and sugar leaves in deep freeze for at least a week. The colder the better.
- Do your dry sifting in a low humidity environment. The lower the better. A very cold winter night outdoors is ideal. The colder it is and the less humidity, the more resin glands will fall off.
- Watch the videos to learn dry sift techniques that will make more resin glands fall off of them.
- Do your dry sifting, then gather your resin glands and store them in glass jars or stainless steel in a freezer.
That’s pretty darned easy, eh?
Dry Sift Tells You Which Buds Produce the Most Resins
One interesting thing about dry sifting is it shows you the relative percentages of resin glands from strain to strain.
For example, I grew Hashplant and Jack Herer marijuana plants, and did dry sift runs for each.
Although the Jack Herer had a super Haze smell and wicked Haze high, the Hashplant consistently produced two or three times more dry sift than did the same amount of Jack Herer.
After you dry sift your buds, the buds are broken down mechanically and have few resin glands, but they still contain THC and other cannabinoids and terpenoids so you can use them to make hash oil, edibles and other marijuana products.
Our hope is you’ll master the art and the science of making dry sift hashish—and enjoy this very tasty, potent, all-natural marijuana concentrate.