Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver. The latest? Kanga Can -- The Dry Ice Hopper
What is it, dude? Kanga Can is a dry-ice extraction contraption.
How much coin will it run me? Around $100 bucks.
A lesser-known method of extracting the medical/recreational goodness out of plants is by using dry ice. The good thing about this method is that pretty much anyone can do it with the right tools. The idea is simple: Take some marijuana shake and some crushed dry ice and roll them around together in a bucket. The extremely cold surface temperatures of the solid carbon dioxide freeze the trichomes on the plant material, making them brittle enough to break free. By filtering the mix through a screen, you can collect the THC crystals for smoking or eating.
Videos have been online for some time showing people who have used standard 220 micron ice-water extraction bags pulled over five-gallon buckets. I've used the same process, but I put the ninety-micron screen on and came up with some decent results. Downside was that shaking a five gallon bucket full of several pounds of dry ice and trim over a folding table killed my back.
The Kanga Can simplifies and shrinks that method down to a single metal canister and the filter bag. Same process as before, but with the Kanga Can, you use the handles and make the little yellow kangaroo on the front "hop" by shaking the thing.
For our Completely Unscientific test this week, we gave some frozen wet trim a run in the Mile Highs and Lows lab using the Kang Can. I'll start by stating the obvious: Only one micron screen size means that you don't have a choice in how much filtration is going on. The bag is 185-micron (in the video, I say 180-micron; my apologies), but that still means plant matter is going to get through your screen -- especially after being beaten to a pulp inside the Kanga Can. Note my magic powers about 54 seconds in.
As you can tell from the video and pictures, the process is amazingly simple, but the results weren't too impressive, and I ended up with a lot of green material. Granted, a lot of that had to do with the quality of the trim I used, but it also connects to the method itself. Though the results were much more refined, even my experiment with the ninety-micron bag contained a lot of unwanted plant material. As for making hash to smoke, I will concede that a bit more time spent perfecting the art of dry-ice extraction and some very fresh trim will undoubtedly lead to better results, and I plan on using this thing several more times to see what I can get.
Others swear by the Kanga Can. I called a shop to get pricing, and the owner went off for a good three minutes on how it was "the shit" and that he had given up on all his other extraction methods. He also pointed out that you can do other plant extractions with it as well, including sage, lavender and even pulling stevia out of Sugarleaf.
I ended up using the kief-hash concoction that I collected from the Kanga Can in some butter, and I think that's where this product would really shine. If you're the type of person who likes making your own edibles, I can see this being right up your alley.
A few good points about the Kanga Can:
- It doesn't take much time to get a lot of material.
- Anyone can figure out how to use this thing.
- Dry ice is inexpensive.
- Its smaller size makes for much easier (and quieter) use than a five-gallon bucket.
- Great for making cooking material.
- Good place to store all your hash-making material when not in use.
- Easy to clean.
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Not so good points about the Kanga Can:
- Only one micron size for the screen. What you get is what you get.
- Plant material not filtered out.
- Can be a messy process. Wouldn't suggest doing this over nice carpet.
- Only one function (ice-water bags can be used for both processes).
- What you get isn't so much hash as it is kief.
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