September 20, 2011 | 2:00pm
Head shops aren't known for their appliances, but we recently stumbled upon something at local store Herb N Legend
that might change that: a top-loading, mini-washing machine...for making hash.
The machine, made by a Canadian company called Wacky Willy's
, looks like a plastic toy appliance. It's only about three feet high, and holds around five gallons of water.
People have been making their own hash for decades, often using something as primitive as a large spoon to separate trichomes from pot leaves in water. But devices like the Wacky Willys washing machine makes the whole process a lot easier, and faster.
Here's how it works: Someone takes a bunch of pot seeds and stems (buds in some cases, too) and seals them in a mesh zipper bag. The bag is placed in the machine, ice and water are added, and then the user sets the machine to run anywhere from three to 20 minutes, depending on how dark they want their hash. (You can see video tutorials at the Wacky Willy's website
It sounds easy enough, but such convenience isn't cheap. The newest Wacky Willy's machine, the Bubble Hash Blaster, runs on 110 volts of power, can produce seven grades of hash, and costs nearly $500 (that's if you order online and pay an additional $85 shipping; the single model at Herb N Legend costs $530). Accessories can cost anywhere from $7 for a one-gallon hash bag to $60 for a dry ice hash bag.
Of course, that might be a worthy investment for potheads and medical marijuana patients, many of whom just throw out their stems and seeds. With the Wacky Willys hash-making machine, recycling truly is