Before COVID-19 made it impossible, Dan Larocque and a friend would meet up two or three times a month for “Hash Day” — a precious few hours devoted to making their own hash.
The process is a bit of a to-do. The pair combines homegrown, harvested cannabis with ice water in a portable washing machine. The mixture is eventually dumped out into a bucket with stacks of screening bags inside. Each bag is then drained, as resin heads are collected at the bottom.
From there, the precious cannabinoid-rich heads are freeze-dried, a recent development in hash-making that significantly reduces the drying time. The finished product, however, is drawn from ancient, far-flung hash-making cultures: They press the dried resin into “temple balls,” a technique they learned in a workshop taught by legendary hash connoisseur Frenchy Cannoli.