How To Press Skuff Into Hash
Again the quality of the skuff will determine the quality of hash that you will smoke. Remember on the first chapter we talked about Zero Zero?
Well this is a term used to grade the quality of hashish. The simple ratio is cannabinoids : vegetable material. Good quality hashish has a high ratio of cannabinoids to vegetable material. 00 is a term used by Moroccans to express that the hash has the highest level of cannabinoids to vegetable achieved by their extraction process. You can almost imagine that this is the finest skuff available compressed into hashish. To compress hashish is simple.
Take your fine skuff and put into a cellophane bag. Fold it into a block shape. Tape the ends of the cellophane down to create the package.
Press it with your hands to make it more even and try to create the best square block you can with it. Use a pin to make a few holes on both side of the bag. Just scatter a few around. A hole per square inch is a good measurement to go by.
Get two or three newspaper pages and dampen it down with a cloth that has just been rinsed. Don't break the paper just dampen it down. Set an Iron to low heat and place the newspaper over the cellophane bag. Hold the iron down over the paper and press it down with medium pressure for fifteen seconds. Turn the bag over and place the newspaper on top again. Wet it down if need. Press again for the same amount of time. You should only have to do this once or trice per side.
Let the bag cool for five minutes and remove the cellophane. Voila! You have a nice block of hash like in the picture on the introduction pages to this book. Easy as pie! Also your quality of hash will be better than the street hash you find on the market. Street hash tends to be made from the less finer skuff material to make more blocks of hash at a lesser quality. If you smoke homemade hash then you will probably understand why 90% of street hash is sold at rip-off prices. Those big ounce chucks you buy probably only contain 10% of the good stuff, if any at all!
Many countries use most of these techniques to make hash. You can almost imagine that in order to achieve bulk amounts you will have to use a lot of skuff in conjunction with a lot of employees or several drum machines working around the clock.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Acidity: Acidity is Indicated by a pH value Below 7. Aerate: Loosening or puncturing the soil to increase water penetration. Afghani: A short Indica land race strain from Afghanistan. Very resinous.
Air layering: A specialized method of cloning a plant which is accomplished by growing new roots from a branch while the branch is still connected to the parent plant. Alkaline: Having a pH value of above 7.
Alternate host: One of two kinds of plants on which a parasitic fungus must develop to complete its life cycle.
Alternate: To be "located directly across from", or it can apply to stamens when between the petals. Annual: Completing one life cycle.
Bactericide: A chemical compound that kills or inhibits bacteria. Bale: Any package of marijuana weighing over 10 lbs. Ballast: A transformer used mainly with HID lighting equipment. Bhang: An Indian and Middle Eastern drink made from cannabis. Biennial: Completing the life cycle in two growing seasons. Cannabis is not biennial.
Biological Control: Total or partial destruction of pathogen populations by other organisms. Blight: Rapid death of a leaf.
Blotch: A disease characterized by large irregular spots on a leaf. Blue light: Mercury based light or a Metal Halide light. Blunt: A joint rolled in a tobacco-leaf wrapper.
Bong: A water-cooled pipe made from glass.
Bonsai: The art of growing carefully trained plants.
Bract: A small leaf or scale-like structure associated with and subtending an inflorescence or cone.
Bud: Female flower.
Caespitose: Growing in tufts.
Calyx: Outer whorl of flowering parts; collective term for all the sepals of a flower.
Cambium: The thin membrane located just beneath the bark of a plant. Canker: A canker is a necrotic often sunken area on a stem, trunk, or branch of a plant.
Cannabinoids: The psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Chillum: A small fat pipe made of clay.
Chlorophyll: The green pigment in leaves. When present and healthy usually dominates all other pigments. It is important in the conversion of CO2 and H2O into glucose.
Chlorosis: Chlorosis is the yellowing of normally green tissues due to the destruction of the chlorophyll or the partial failure of the chlorophyll to develop.
Chronic: A strain of cannabis or a high-quality cannabis weed.
Clasping: Leaf partly or wholly surrounding the stem.
Clones: Rooted Cuttings. Normally considered female in the context they are spoken about unless otherwise directed.
CO2: The chemical formula for carbon dioxide.
Cola: Refers to the main branch of cannabis flowers located at the top of the stem.
Colombian: Common imported bud from Colombia. Also a strain. Compost: An organic soil amendment resulting from the decomposition of organic matter.
Corolla: Inner whorl of floral parts; collective name for petals. Creeping: To creep along a structure usually using the structure for support.
Dieback: Dieback is the progressive death of branches or shoots beginning at the tips and moving toward the main stem. Dioecious: The male and female flowers are on different plants. Disease: Any malfunctioning of host cells and tissues that results from continuous irritation by a pathogenic agent or an environmental factor/ Dividing: The process of splitting up plants into separate groups. Doobie: A common expression for hash or weed. Dope: A slang term for cannabis. Sometimes it is a slang term used for Heroin.
Double Digging: Preparing the soil by systematically digging an area to the depth of two shovels.
Epidermis: The outer most layer of cells of the leaf and of young stems and roots.
Evergreen: A plant that never loses all of its leaves at one time.
Fan Leaves: They are the largest leaves of the cannabis plant that gather the most available light.
Fertilizer: A plant food, which when complete should contains all three of the primary elements -N.P.K.
Floret: A Small flower.
Flower: Seed producing structure of a plant.
Foliar Feeding: Fertilizer applied in liquid form to the plant's foliage in a fine spray.
Four Twenty: (4:20), the time of day that is okay to start smoking. Fungicide: A compound toxic to fungi.
Gall: Swelling of plant cells.
Ganja: Term for pot derived from India but associated also with pot from Jamaica.
Genotype: The genetic constitution of an individual, esp. as distinguished from the phenotype; the whole of the genes in an individual or group.
Germinate: The process of the sprouting of a seed. Glabrous: Smooth, no hairs present.
Glands: Refers to resin producing part of the cannabis plant. Glandular: Bearing glands.
Grafting: The uniting of a short length of stem of one plant onto the rootstock or stem of a different plant. Grass: A very common term for cannabis.
Habitat: Natural setting where a plant grows. Usually refers to a specific plant community.
Hash/Hashish: Compressed Cannabis Resin.
Hemp: This is the stalk and stems produced from the cannabis plant that are used to make fabrics.
Herb: Another term used loosely to refer to cannabis. Hermaphrodite: A trait of a plant where both the male and female flowers are located on the same plant. HID: High Intensity Discharge light system. Hookah: A large water pipe from India.
Host: A plant that is invaded by a parasite and from which the parasite obtains its nutrients.
HPS: A high Pressure Sodium Light.
Humus: The brown or black organic part of soil resulting from the partial decay of leaves and other matter.
Hybrid: The offspring of two plants of different species or varieties of those species.
Hydroponics: The science of growing plants in mineral solutions or liquid, instead of in soil.
Indica: A species of cannabis plant.
Infection: The formation of a parasite within or on a host plant.
Infectious Disease: A disease that is caused by a pathogen which can spread from a diseased to a healthy plant.
Inflorescence: The flower cluster of a plant.
Inoculum: The pathogen or its parts that can cause infection.
Internode : The distance between branches along the stem.
Joint: A cannabis cigarette.
Kief: A term from Morocco used to explain a fine grade of quality Skuff.
Lateral: Referring to side(s) of the plant structure.
Leaching: The removal or loss of excess salts or nutrients from soil.
Leaflet: Segment of a compound leaf.
Leafy: Having numerous leaves.
Lesion: An area of diseased tissue, normally with a change in color. Linear: Resembling a line; long and narrow and of uniform width. Also refers to uniform growth.
Loam: A rich soil composed of clay, sand and organic matter.
Lobe: A major expansion or bulge-like shape , as at the margin of a leaf or petal.
Lumen: A scientific measurement for luminosity from a light source.
Manure: Organic matter , usually the excrement of an animal such a horse which is used as a rich fertilizer.
Margin: The edge generally of a leaf.
Marijuana: Another term for cannabis.
Mary Jane: A codeword for marijuana.
MH: Metal Halide light system.
Micronutrients: Mineral elements that are needed by some plants in very small quantities.
Mildew: A powdery growth on the plant's surface. Mother: A selected mother plant kept for its vigor or likable characteristics by the grower. It is used for cloning and breeding. Mottle: Refers to irregular patterns on the leaf of light and dark areas like blotches.
Mutation: A change in genetic material brought about by an abnormal influence such as radiation.
Native: A plant that occurs and grows naturally in a specific region or locality.
Necrosis: A necrosis is dead tissue on areas of the plant. Nematicide: A chemical compound that kills nematodes. Nematode: Microscopic wormlike animals that live in water or soil or as parasites of plants and animals.
Node: Position on a stem from which one or more structures (especially branches) arise.
NPK: Abbreviation for nitrogen (N), phosphate (P), and potassium (K), the three primary nutrients for plants.
Oil: Refers to cannabis resin when it is not in a solid state. Organic: This refers to a method of gardening utilizing only materials derived from living things and not man made chemicals. Osmosis: The process by which a solvent passes through a semipermeable membrane into a region of greater solute concentration, so as to make the concentrations on the two sides more nearly equal.
Paraquat: A defoliant used to kill the cannabis plant around the world. Parasite: An organism living on or in another living organism (host) and obtaining its food from the latter. Pathogen: An entity that can incite disease.
Peat moss: The partially decomposed remains of various mosses. Used as a substrate.
Peduncle: The stalk of a flower or of a flower cluster. Perennial: Living for more than two years or growing seasons. Perianth: The floral envelopes; collectively the calyx and corolla, especially when they are alike.
Perlite: A form of obsidian consisting of vitreous globules expandable by heating and used for insulation but in our case it is used as a plant growing medium. Petiole: Leaf stalk.
pH: The pH is a measure of the acidity of a solution. Photoperiod: The timed amount of light that a plant receives. Photosynthesis: The chemical process in plants in which carbon dioxide and water are converted into glucose by the influence of light energy.
Phototropism: The inclination, which plants have, to grow towards light.
Phyllotaxy: How leaves are arranged on a branch or stem. Pinching: Using the thumb and forefinger to lightly crush a branch or stem which promotes further branching and causes the plant to bush more.
Pistil: The ovule-bearing organ of a flower.
Pollen: The male gametes or microspores of a seed plant, produced as a fine granular or powdery substance in the anthers of a flower or the male cone of a gymnosperm and usu. transported by wind or insects. Pollinate: Convey pollen to or deposit pollen on a stigma, an ovule, a flower, a plant and so allow fertilization. Pot: Another term for cannabis.
Potency: The strength of the cannabis drug. Usually measured by the THC levels in a plant.
Predator: A predator is an insect or animal that feeds off other animals, insects or plants.
Pruning: The cutting and trimming of plants to remove dead or injured wood, or to control and direct the new growth of a plant.
Red light: Usually refers to a Sodium based light (HPS).
Reefer : Another term used for dried cannabis. Specifically a cannabis cigarette.
Resistance: The ability of an organism to exclude or overcome a problem.
rH: Abbreviation for relative humidity. The relative humidity is expressed in a percentage and measured with a hygrometer. Roach : A filter for a cannabis cigarette.
Root ball: The network of roots along with the attached soil of any given plant.
Root bound: A condition that exists when a potted plant has outgrown its container.
Roots: The colorless underground, part of a vascular plant which serves to anchor it and convey nourishment.
Rot: Rot is the disintegration, discoloration, and decomposition of plant tissue.
Rust: Rust is a plant disease that gives a "rusty" appearance to an infected surface of the plant.
Sativa: A species of cannabis plant.
Scorch: Scorch is the burning or drying and browning of leaf margins. Usually caused by overfeeding.
Senescent: The growing old and dying back of plant tissue. Sepal: Can mean a leaf or segment of the calyx. Serrated: Having jagged edges.
Skuff: Sifted resin from the cannabis plant.
Skunk: An old strain of cannabis that has a strong smell and sour taste.
Spliff: A term used to describe a cannabis cigarette.
Staking: The practice of driving a stake into the ground next to, and as a support for, a plant.
Stamen: The male organ of the flower that bears pollen. Stash: A personal amount of cannabis. Stigma: The receptive part of the pistil.
Stipule: Appendage at base of leaf stalk, often leaf or scale-like. Stoma: An organ in the leaves of plants. The stomata allow the plant to breathe.
Stout: Thick and sturdy.
Substrate: Refers to the growing medium.
Susceptible: Lacking the inherent ability to resist disease. Symptom: The external and internal reactions or alterations of a plant as a result of a disease.
Taxa: A group of plants, defined by the scientific plant classification system.
Terminal: At the tip of a structure.
Tetrahydrocannabinol/THC: The psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana that is responsible for the high or drug effect. Thai stick: A cannabis sweet made by wrapping cannabis around a thin bamboo splint.
THC: See - Tetrahydrocannabinol/THC.
Thinning: Removing some plants to allow sufficient room for the remaining plants to grow. Toke: To inhale cannabis.
Transpiration: The release of moisture through the leaves of a plant. Transplant: The process of moving one plant from it's medium to another medium or another location.
Underground: A nasty term used to describe a movement of the people who grow and share cannabis.
Vascular: Term applied to a plant tissue or region consisting of conductive tissue.
Vegetative: The growth phase of a plant that occurs before flowering and after the seedling stage.
Vermiculite: Any of a group of hydrated silicates resulting from the alteration of biotite and ultra basic rocks; spec. a monoclinic aluminosilicate of magnesium occurring as platy yellow or brown crystals or foliated scales. Flakes of this mineral used as a moisture-holding medium for plant growth or a protective covering for bulbs etc.
Virus: A sub microscopic obligate parasite consisting of nucleic acid and protein.
Weed: A common term used to describe cannabis.
Whorl. Group of three or more structures of the same kind (generally leaves or flower parts) at the same node.
Wilt: Wilt is what happens when the leaves of a plant droop.
Zonked: To be very stoned. Usually refers to the Indica type high.
It is by practical application of this book that the journey from novice grower to guru is achievable. Never try to do more than what you can.
As a whole the following factors are the most important in achieving good results.
-Preventing a problem instead of solving it
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