Cannabis comes in many different shapes and forms. It can also be consumed in a variety of ways. You can eat cannabis. You can drink cannabis. You can smoke cannabis. You can vaporize cannabis. You can also dab cannabis. What is dabbing? Well, dabbing is very similar to smoking, however instead of sparking up weed and hitting it like that, you melt cannabis concentrate (which is very potent cannabis) over a very hot metal and inhale that smoke.
There are many different types of cannabis concentrates out there. For example, have you ever heard about cannabis wax (or just wax)? Well, that is one form of cannabis concentrate. Check out this video from Reefer Post’s Youtube channel that talks more about wax:
One form of cannabis concentrate is called hashish. This form is the one that we will be focusing on in this post. We will dive into the facts of hashish (or hash for short) and even show you how to make your own!
Origins Of Hash
Hashish has been used for centuries, believe it or not. There is no clear evidence as to where hashish originated from, however the most notable place is India. Sometime before the 10th century, hashish was introduced to Northern India. Here it was used for its medical values, and was even incorporated into some local religions. At this time, cannabis plants grew freely and wild in Northern India, which is why there is no surprise as to why the locals began to use hash (which was locally known as charas).
From India, hashish spread to the Arabian Peninsula during the 10th century, then to Europe in the 18th century. During the 18th century, hashish was actually used by members of the high society in Europe, mainly from its literacy community. Some even used it at parties, while some others used it in experiments to analyze its effects.
Before the 16th century, smoking was not common. It wasn’t until the introduction of tobacco that hash began to actually be smoked. Before this, users would primarily eat it.
Once the 19th century came around, the western world was no longer shy of hashish. By now, most of the world was introduced to it. In the 20th century, Morocco became known as the world’s leading hashish producer, due to the quality and production of its hash. Many companies jumped onto the business opportunities of this hash production.
Today, Afghanistan is the biggest producing country of hashish in the world. However, countries that have recently legalized cannabis (medical and/or recreational) are seeing rapid growth in their country’s hash production.
What It’s Used For
If you could not tell already, hash is used as a way to consume cannabis and its benefits. Hash is actually a cannabis concentrate. What does that mean? Well, that means cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) are extracted from cannabis in order to concentrate all of the effects and benefits from cannabis, and to use it to its full potential. Cannabis concentrates, including hash, are much more potent than regular cannabis because of this.
Hash can be consumed in different ways. The two most common ways of consuming hash is by smoking it or eating it. If you want to eat it, then you can incorporate it into most edible recipes. Check out our recipes:
Alternatively, you can choose to smoke hash. This can be done in a number of ways. One way is to sprinkle some hash in a joint or spliff. Another way is to dab it, just like wax. You could also put some in a bong, bubbler or pipe and smoke it like that, however, this method has been known to burn up hash very quickly.
There are a variety of ways to make your own hash. One way is by using a press and collecting kief, then using a ton of kief in that press to turn it into blocks of hash. For this recipe, however, we will be showing you a much simpler way of making it. All you will need for this is a few nugs and your hands.
First, make sure that your hands are clean. Wash them thoroughly before beginning. Next, get some nugs in your hands, and gently roll them around. Try not to apply too much pressure while rolling, as this could cause material that you don’t want in your hash to be in your hash.
Your ultimate goal here is to separate trichomes (which are what carry cannabinoids) from the cannabis nugs, so that you only get the stuff that causes the effects, making your product more potent.
It will take around 10-15 minutes before you start seeing results. These results will be in the form of dark, thick layers covering your palms and fingers. Once you have enough of this thick, dark stuff, use something to scrape it off of your hands (a ruler works great for this). Put this into a container until you have gathered a good amount (you be the judge of that amount). The contents inside that container are your homemade hash!
Now that you know something about hash, why not try some out for yourself? Drop a comment down below about your experience with hash!