There are now an almost infinite number of forms of marijuana available in all shapes, sizes, tastes, textures, and equipment. Despite the ever-increasing range of new goods on dispensary shelves, finding any good old fashioned hash is unusual. The legalization of cannabis has led to a surge in interest for marijuana and its derivatives, with hash at the top of the list. So what exactly is hash and why is it so difficult to come by in today’s cannabis market? Buy Juliet Afghan Hash Sativa online to relax.
Hash is a resin from the cannabis plant that is created by trimming and concentrating the trichomes. Trichomes are tiny crystals that may be found on buds or flowers. They are, in fact, pollen collecting glands that would have been utilized in nature but also contain the majority of the THC in the plant. We end up with something known as kief when we remove the trichomes from the rest of the plant material. Kief can be consumed alone or converted into hash. Hash is extracted from kief by condensing or compressing it into a solid form. All concentrates, including wax and shatter, are versions of hash in some respect. Modern cannabis extracts such as the new wave of cannabis and hash are the original pioneering technologies. We will just be focusing on “hash,” which is not produced with any solvents for the purpose of this post.
History of Hash
The history of hash begins in the final decades of the 10th century and first decade of the 11th. We have evidence of people in high places discussing it from ancient texts, and it appears in One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights in America. Its exact origin is a mystery, and it’s wrapped in myth. According to legend, Haydar, a monk who founded Sufism’s Sufi order as well, went into hiding after falling into sadness. On his trip, he discovered the cannabis plant. He came back with a happy heart and a different perspective on life after smoking hash from the plant. It’s also been said that the original assassins would eat hashish in order to get ready for battle. Hash arrived in Europe during the 18th century. It’s likely that it got there via Napoleon’s soldiers, who had previously enjoyed the wonderful stuff in Egypt. The nineteenth century was a golden period for cannabis, with European doctors conducting studies and publishing work on the plant’s medical potential. Unfortunately, when cannabis was criminalized, medical study and the general public’s enthusiasm for it plummeted.
Different Types of Hash
Kief – The most basic and accessible type of hash is kief, which we briefly discussed. Kief is formed by agitating dried flower on a fine micron sieve on a larger scale. The plant material stays at the top, while the tiny kief crystals fall through the screen and are gathered for processing. Most people who smoke marijuana use a grinder to break down their buds. Rather than being forced to toss kief after a few uses, as it would be with most desktop devices, the MFLB and its companion device are designed to grind the material in your bowl. When you put marijuana material into a typical grinder, you waste half of what falls through the screen because there is insufficient room for it all. This can lead to mold or mildew growth if left inside of your smoking device.
Pressed Hash – The pressed hash is manufactured precisely as the name implies. Kief is heated and compacted into bricks or little balls in huge amounts. The heat and pressure forced the crystals to burst, releasing oils, which alter the flavor and texture of the substance while keeping it intact.
Bubble Hash – Bubble hash is also known as ice water hash. It was widely popular before the onset of solvents. Bubble hash is made by mixing ice water and dried flower inside a series of “bubble bags”. Bubble bags are a set of different sized micron bags that filter the plant material to collect the kief. The crystals are mostly made of oil, so the ice cold temperature causes them to harden making them fall off easily. The innermost bag has the thickest micron and is mainly for lifting the plant waste from the batch. The outer bags gradually get more fine, and the product collected from the finest micron bag is the most pure.
Rosin – Rosin is a fairly new and extremely simple way of making hash. It is made by pressing the buds between two heated plates. This causes the trichomes to burst and release the sweet sweet nectar that we call rosin. This is a great method because when done right, it leaves behind most of the plant matter. Some people make their own rosin by pressing their bud with a hair straightener. We recommend using parchment paper to collect the rosin since it won’t melt and the rosin will scrape off of it easily. Rosin has gained popularity in dispensaries as it is arguably the most pure extract on the market.
Finger Hash – Finger hash is one of the most ancient and inefficient forms of hash. It is made by rubbing buds between the hands or fingers. The sticky resin clings to the skin and is scraped off and usually rolled into balls. This method has been used for thousands of years. As old of a technique that it is, a large percentage of the kief falls to the ground, and a decent amount of plant matter is rolled up with the finished product.
Most of these forms of hash don’t translate well to industrial sized operations that follow regulated government guidelines. Luckily for us, there are a few companies that produce bubble hash or rosin. All modern extracts are versions of hash, but traditional hash is made without solvents. If you’re curious about trying hash or cannabis extracts of any kind, ask your Clovr for recommendations.
Hashish Vs. Marijuana
The term “marijuana” refers to a mix of dried plant material (such as leaves, flowers, and stems) from the cannabis plant.
Hashish is a concentrated form of marijuana.
It consists of compressed trichomes, which are the most potent materials from the cannabis plant. The drug is usually solid and reddish-brown to black. It can also be made into a sticky goo called hash oil.
Like marijuana, hash is often smoked in a pipe, water pipe (“bong”), cigar (“blunt”), or cigarette (“joint”). It can also be added to foods or brewed in tea. In addition, some people inhale hash oil through a vaporizer or other heating tool. This practice is called “vaping” or “dabbing.”
Both marijuana and hash have the same active ingredient: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This psychoactive chemical binds to receptors in your brain and makes you feel “high.”
Since hash is concentrated, it contains a much higher THC content than marijuana.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), hash and other marijuana concentrates typically have THC levels between 40% and 80%, while marijuana has about 20% THC. That’s why hash usually has much stronger effects.
Effects Of Hashish
Hash can have both short-term and long-term effects.
Short-term effects of hash may include:
- euphoria (intense joy)
- increased appetite
- altered senses, such as seeing brighter colors or feeling time pass more slowly
- trouble thinking, problem-solving, or remembering
- impaired coordination
- increased heart rate
- increased blood pressure
- psychosis (a temporary loss of connection with reality that may include hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia)
You may also experience other effects if the hash contains adulterants. Hash dealers use adulterants to increase the drug’s weight so they can charge more for it. Some adulterants pose serious health risks when ingested. These substances include:
- carcinogenic solvents like benzene and toluene
- barbiturates (powerful sedative drugs that can cause memory problems, trouble breathing, and addiction)
- ketamine (a dissociative anesthetic drug that can cause hallucinations, trouble breathing, and loss of consciousness)
Other adulterants, such as milk powder, may seem harmless. However, they lower the drug’s potency. As a result, a person may use larger amounts of hash than they normally would, increasing their risk of unpleasant effects and overdose.
Long-term effects of hash may include:
Regular hash use can lead to cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. This condition causes frequent bouts of nausea, vomiting, and dehydration.
Impaired Brain Function
People who use hash may experience problems with thinking, memory, and learning. That’s because THC can hinder brain function. Since hash has such a high concentration of THC, it’s more likely to cause this issue than regular marijuana.
Mental Health Problems
Some studies have linked hash and other forms of marijuana to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among adolescents.
Also, hash may worsen symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations and delusions, in people who already have the disease.
Smoking hash increases your risk of chronic bronchitis, large airway inflammation, increased airway resistance, and lung hyperinflation. In addition, since THC can suppress your immune system, hash may make you more vulnerable to lung infections like pneumonia.
Because hash raises your heart rate, long-term use can increase your risk of heart attack, especially if you already have heart problems.
Problems With Child Development
If you use hash while pregnant, the drug could hinder your baby’s brain development. Later in life, your child may experience issues with memory, attention, and problem-solving.
A hash overdose occurs when you use so much hash that you experience serious side effects, such as:
- panic attacks
- extreme confusion
- trouble walking
- trouble breathing
- irregular heartbeat
Most hash overdoses are not fatal. Still, if you or someone you know experiences the above symptoms, you should seek medical help right away.