What Is Scissor Hash?

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If you are trimming your marijuana plants after harvest, you might notice that your scissors are covered in this super sticky residue. You might hear of people talking about scissor hash in regard to this. So, exactly what is scissor hash?

Scissor hash is that sticky residue that you scrape off of your scissors once you have finished trimming and cutting your marijuana plants.

what is scissor hash

What Is Scissor Hash?

Scissor hash is also known as finger hash. This is a special type of hash made by scraping the residue off of your scissors once you have trimmed your cannabis flowers and buds.

To be exact, scissor hash consists of trichome resin from raw plant material. Simply put, it is the trichomes and crystals that are left on your scissors after the bud trimming process. Most people will form it into small balls using their bare hands.

How Potent Is Scissor Hash?

Due to the fact that scissor has is made mostly out of old resin stalks and plant material, most people assume that it is not very potent.

However, the exact opposite tends to be the case. Scissor hash can actually be very potent, as it can contain some fairly high THC levels.

Generally speaking, scissor hash will contain anywhere between 15 and 50% THC, with somewhere between 20% and 30% THC being fairly average. As you can see, scissor hash can indeed be fairly strong.

How To Make Scissor Hash

The cool thing about scissor hash is that unlike other types of hash that require tons of equipment and hours of refinement, it doesn’t require much work to make at all.

The first step in this process is of course to trim your marijuana buds once they are ready for trimming. In other words, this is something that you will really only be able to do after trimming and harvesting your plants.

While trimming, or after you have finished trimming, you will notice that there is a lot of sticky plant material stuck to the blades of your scissors.

You are going to use something sharp and thin, such as another pair of scissors or a razor blade, to scrape all of that residue off of your scissors.

Make sure to have a container below where you are scraping, so that you can catch all of the reissue in the same place. Now, you are going to use your hands, preferably with latex gloves on, to roll that scissor hash into balls.

This way, you can then decarb it and make edibles with it, or just save it for later. If you plan on smoking it right away, you can always flatten it into small pucks and smoke it as is.

The final step in this process is to then use some strong rubbing alcohol to sanitize the scissors so that they are no longer sticky.

Can You Make Edibles With Scissor Hash?

Yes, scissor hash can be used to make edibles. Now, what you need to realize here is that the THC in the scissor hash has not really been activated yet, so you will first need to decarb it in order for it to have any sort of effect when making edibles. If it is decarbed properly, scissor hash can be extremely potent and make for some fairly strong edibles.

How To Decarb Scissor Hash

Seeing as you do first need to decarb your scissor hash before making edibles with it, let’s first teach you exactly how to decarb that scissor hash.

To decarb scissor hash, you will need your scissor hash, an oven, a cookie pan or any other kind of over safe baking pan, and some parchment paper.

First, place the parchment paper onto the pan or cookie try, then break up your scissor hash into very small pieces.
With the scissor hash broken into small pieces, spread it around the parchment paper.

You will then bake this in the oven at 250 degrees for about 25 minutes. Keep in mind that the heat does need to be fairly low, just high enough to activate the THC, but not so hot that it burns everything outright.

Therefore, here we are talking about 250 degrees Fahrenheit, not Celsius.

Why Make Scissor Hash?

There is one reason to make scissor hash, and that is because if you don’t, you’re just going to be wasting all of that THC present on your scissors after trimming your buds during harvest time.

You can either gather that residue into scissor hash and then smoke it or turn it into edibles, or you can throw it in the trash.

One way you get some free THC, and the other way you are losing money. You can smoke it, vape it, or turn it into edibles.

You’ve already hot the ingredients there after trimming your buds, so throwing out something so potentially potent is nothing more than a waste.

Can You Dab Scissor Hash?

Ok, so many people wonder whether or not it is possible to dab scissor hash. Yes, it is technically possible, and it actually melts quite well and produces a lot of vapor.

That said, it’s not quite as nice as dabbing real concentrate, but it does just fine. However, if there is plant matter left over, actual leaves, then you will want to pull those off the dab nail before they burn.

Those leaves will combust and create smoke, which is obviously not what you are going for if you are dabbing.

Also, just keep in mind that scissor hash won’t be as potent or taste nearly as good as actual concentrate. Because it hasn’t been refined, it’s going to taste quite strongly like plant matter.

How To Save Scissor Hash

For the record, with scissor hash, it is recommended that you smoke or vape it right away, while it is still fresh and before the plant matter has begun to degrade.

That said, you can always save it for later by putting it in a dark, cool, and dry place. Some kind of opaque and airtight container will do just fine, and this should allow it to stay in good condition for quite a few weeks.

If you want to preserve it for several months, wrap it in parchment paper, then some cling wrap, and place it in the freezer.


Now that you know what scissor hash is all about, the next time you go to trim your buds, you can save all of that residue and get an extra kick out of it free of cost.


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