So yesterday, a friend and I were making some hash oil using the PVC tube/butane method, and I learned a couple of very valuable lessons from it.
First of all- if you don't know anything about the method of making hash oil which I am speaking of, check out this link and you'll see what I'm talking about:
Anyways- on our previous hash making session, I noticed that the oil/butane mixture that was dripping out of the bottom of the tube had some plant particulates in it. So this time I wanted to add an extra filter to the bottom to try and filter out this particulate and get an even cleaner finished product. I usually just use a single layer of cotton cloth as a filter, but this time I put a coffee filter under the cloth, in the hopes that the coffee filter would catch any particulate which I didn't want in my final product- BAD IDEA.
I started squirting my first can of butane through the tube, and just towards the end of the first can (which is usually when the liquid starts dripping out the bottom), I noticed that nothing was dripping out yet. I just figured it was taking longer than usual for the liquid butane to make its way down through all the plant material. What was really happening was that the extra filter that I put on the end of the tube (the coffee filter) was fine enough that it wasn't even letting vapors pass through it; and therefore, the pressure inside the tube was building and building...
Then- BAM! The top cap flew off the tube and the dried plant material sprayed with extremely high pressure out of the tube and directly into my right eye. I freaked the fuck out- I seriously thought I was blind in that eye. After a few minutes of painful hysterics, I calmed down enough to actually pry my eye open and look at it in a mirror. There was plant material PACKED underneath both eyelids. I mean, it really fuckin shot my eye with some high fucking pressure.
So I laid down on the floor, and my buddy grabbed a fresh rig with a 25 G needle and began flushing the shit out from underneath my eyelids (which was EXTREMELY painful, I was screaming and wincing in pain like a little bitch the whole time). But- my buddy managed to rinse the majority of the plant material out from under my eyelids. Some of it just would not come out though, not even with q-tips.
So I called my Moms because she is a permanent makeup artist and has a really awesome light in her procedure room (it's exactly the type of light that they have in dentist's offices). I asked her to just take a look at it under the light and see if she could get any more of the shit out of my eye. She tried and tried, but despite all the irrigating and q-tipping, she still couldn't get it all out, because some of it was actually embedded into the insides of both eyelids. So she said "Um, we're going to the ER, because that shit is absolutely embedded into your eyeball and eyelids..." (OH, by the way I told my mom and everyone else that I got the shit in my eye by cleaning out a hole [with compressed air] that I had drilled into a piece of wood- was trying to get the compacted wood shavings out of the hole...etc., etc.)
So I get to the ER, and the doctor looks at my eye with a special light so he could see all the particles, and sees specs of green and brown all up in my eye. He had to pry my eyelids back, one by one, and literally use these tiny little tweezers to dig individual chunks out of there. By the time he was done, he had pulled 18 slivers of plant material out of my eyeball and eyelids. He then put this special dye in my eyeball and put a blacklight over it, in order to see just how bad the scratches were in my eye. The scratched areas are supposed to glow yellow under a blacklight, and both the doc and my Ma were like "Holy shit!" when they saw it. My eye was solid fucking yellow almost. Pretty much nothing but scratches.
So the doctor gave me some Amoxacillin eyedrops, some lubricating eyedrops, and (6) 5/500 mg Vikes and sent me on my way. I took all 6 of the Vikes (which pretty much did absolutely nothing) just so I could try and get some fucking sleep. But the doctor did say that if my eye still hurt as bad this morning, he would prescribe my something stronger for the pain, and you bet your ass I'm gonna follow through on that shit. And not just because I'm a junky, but because my eye still hurts extremely badly and is almost completely swollen shut.
So, the whole point of this, so none of you have to learn the hard way is this:
WEAR FUCKING SAFETY GLASSES! (and of course, I feel totally retarded, because even the article above on making hash oil stresses several times to wear safety glasses, and I still didn't because I had done this so many times before without the slightest problem) DON'T GET COMPLACENT ABOUT SAFETY SHIT!
Also- when making hash oil, don't use anything more for your filter than a single layer of clean cotton. If you wish to filter it more, then do it AFTER it comes out of the tube, before you start evaporating the butane off. Make sure that as you're administering the butane, either vapors or liquid is coming out the bottom. Pay close attention to make sure that the pressure in there isn't just building and building.
Learn from my fucking fail, folks. This was a dumbshit move on my part which could have very easily been prevented... Now I have a lovely hospital bill to pay (which I can't afford)... But at least I was able to salvage most of the plant material and the hash DID get made. And it's GOOD.