Sticky fingers are a pain to deal with, but a delight to have. It only means good things. You either have primo bud, are trimming great weed, or running wild with open arms through fields of ganja. It is one of those issues you could call “a luxury problem”!
Unless you are quite new to Cannabis, you will certainly know about the “sticky fingers” problem. If you are a grower, you know far too well what a trimming session entails. It is very tough to endure long hours of snipping away with your scissors without having a smoke, drink or a bathroom run.
Sticky fingers can cause all sorts of havoc, be it with or without silicon gloves on. Gloves certainly help as you can just throw them out and reach for a new pair, but in practice, one tends not to waste them, preferring to just get on with whatever needs grabbing.
Trichomes will stick to everything. But do not let that put you off. There is a solution for everything and we will show you how easy it is to quickly and efficiently deal with this situation.
Make Finger Hash
By far, this is the best option. Certainly not the easiest or quickest, but for many the preferred way as it is the only one that will let you make use of the sticky resin. If done carefully, this technique can be used with rubber or silicon gloves. In fact, with some practice, it may even be easier with gloves on.
The idea is to start by pinching your fingers together to warm up the trichomes. Then go onto rubbing finger against finger, making a circular motion and applying slight pressure. You will soon feel tiny little clumps of hash glueing together, forming tiny specs of hash. At first, they will be quite small and disperse, like tiny grains of sand, and seem like they will never stick to each other.
All you need to have is a little patience, and keep rubbing along. The temperature will rise, and the hash will eventually start to stick together. From here on it gets easier and easier. Press down harder to compact the hash ball for structural integrity, and it will also aid in continuing to remove even more trichomes off your skin. After some time, you will notice how clean and non-sticky your fingers become, as well as having some top quality hash to smoke.
This is definitely the fastest and most efficient method. Virtually any type of alcohol will dissolve the resin off of any surface. The only limitation is the concentration of the liquid. Any source of pure alcohol will be the most efficient way. Rubbing alcohol is the most common, but Isopropyl is readily available too.
Other forms like methanol will also work fine, and ethanol too. So you can use vodka, gin or whisky, though they will not be as efficient. Beer also contains alcohol, but we strongly advise against this choice. Alcohol is extremely flammable, so never light any fire near it. And those with particularly sensitive skin should probably try something else, since alcohol is a powerful dehydrator and will leave your skin quite dry.
Oils are not as effective as alcohol but work very well. The upside is that they will often leave your hand very smooth and with a pleasant scent. Any of the oil suggestions here are not even close to being dangerous or volatile, so you are perfectly ok lighting up a spliff around them.
Vegetable oil is found virtually in any kitchen but is not as sweet as coconut oil in terms of fragrance. Olive oil is an old favourite, but you can also use margarine and even peanut butter. Just remember that unlike alcohol, these will not evaporate and will leave a bit of an oily mess, so best try this method over a sink.
Using Something Mildly Abrasive
This is an old, tried and tested mechanic’s trick, and applies the same principle as using sanding paper to soften up a surface. In this case, the idea is to mechanically remove resin from your hands by rubbing them against something small and abrasive enough to do so, without damaging your skin. Excellent candidates include sand, kitchen salt and baking soda.
You can effectively rub your sticky fingers and get most of the stickiness removed, but if you combine these abrasives with the previous suggestion, it will work wonders: a salt and oil mix is particularly efficient.
Depending on how much stickiness, always try your best to make finger hash. At first, it may seem like a nightmare to accomplish, but with some practice, you will be amazed at the quality smoke it produces. Indian Charas are initially made using the finger hash technique, albeit further processed and compacted.