Hash is nothing new to the weed world, but is becoming more popular now than ever with the expansion of legal markets. Not only is hash an easy-to-make marijuana product, but it delivers potent highs from a variety of consumption methods.
You could say, hash is quite possibly the most versatile form of cannabis available on the market today. Even better? It’s one of the most affordable, too. So while you may have thought ‘hash’ was just a nickname for weed, at one point, it’s turning out to be much, much, more. That’s why we’ve put together out in-depth guide to hash, to explore how the substance is made, the different types available, and most important – how to consume it.
What is Hash?
Technically the word ‘hash’ comes from ‘hashish’ which is an Arabic word that translates to ‘grass’. Hence, why there’s some confusion on whether regular flower weed is ‘hash’ since it is somewhat like ‘grass’. Hash, in appearance, couldn’t be more different from the green blades or flowery buds. For one, hash has a solid and pressed consistency and depending on the type will vary in colour from green to deep rich browns.
Hash is one of the oldest extracts known to the cannabis world. While we’re used to shiny, golden and translucent shatters, waxes, and live resin goods today, hash was the first form of concentrates around.
By definition, hash is the end-product of extracting or isolating the resin or trichomes that are found on marijuana buds, or sugar leaves. You know, the sticky-icky crystals that make most buds glisten and contain the compounds that produce weed’s elevated highs.
Regardless of the process used to make hash, the final product is those trichomes hard-pressed into a stone, ball or coin like shape. Unlike the concentrates we’re used to now, there’s no fancy equipment necessary to produce hash although it can help.
In fact, many growers accumulate quite a bit of ‘glove’ or ‘hand-hash’ that builds up on their hands when handling crops. But one thing remains the same – both extracts are highly potent with the types of effects they can provide.
History of Hash
Before we get too far into the modern world of hash, let’s first cover its long history to see how the simple way of making it then, has (or hasn’t) transformed over the years. Most classic forms of hash come from the Middle-East and Asian region.
Specifically, Afghanistan, Morocco and India. Although the three countries did vary in the way they collected the material, way back when. Uniquely, people in the India region only used their hands just like the ‘hand-hash’ we already referenced. After rolling cannabis flower back and forth over their hands, they’d roll the material into balls and sell them at markets as ‘charas’.
In Afghanistan and Morocco, hash would be made through kief. Like, the kind you find at the bottom of your grinder. Essentially, they would use the same process to produce the light, airy and fluff form. Using fine sieves, people in this region would rub cannabis flower over the material creating the fine dust underneath. They’d then heat this material, press it, and have blocks of hash material like you can purchase now, too. Today, hash is made by consumers the same way. Usually implementing a heating tool like a clothing iron or hair straightener to do so.
Different Types of Hash & What Makes Hash Different
Professionally, of course, there are other processes to make hash for commercial purposes and sale. The most common being BHO, bubble hash, and rosin. BHO and bubble hash use solvents to extract and isolate the trichomes, while ‘rosin’ does not.
Since hash contains the most potent and pungent part of the cannabis plant, the effects and taste can vary quite a bit from regular flower weed. Flavor wise, hash is typically more earthy and less floral or herbal from losing the plant material in the process to make it. You’ll be treated to the rich aromas of weed just in a concentrated form.
Because hash is a simplified form of the concentrates we’re used it, it has a higher potency just like those extracts, too. But depending on the way that you make your hash, will determine just how potent the hash will be. Here’s a quick breakdown on the different types of hash, and what makes each unique.
- BHO – To effectively isolate cannabinoids and compounds, flower material can be ‘blasted’ with butane to do so. The end product is BHO or butane hash oil.
- The most potent form of hash reaching THC levels of 90%+
- Bubble Hash – Bubble hash uses an ice-water process where freezing temperatures and physical agitation are used to isolate trichomes from the flower material.
- Rosin – Rosin is made more like the old-fashion types of hash, with a type of heating method that presses out the beneficial extract.
- Bubble hash and rosin is more potent in comparison to normal cannabis flower, but not as potent as BHO. For reference, most weed strains in flower form contain THC levels of 15-25%. For hash, not made with a solvent like butane, you can expect levels of THC around 40-60%.
How to Consume Hash
Like any other concentrate, hash can be used a variety of consumption methods. Most recently, dabbing hash has become popular as it’s a cost-effective way to enjoy frequent dabs for intense effects. Other than dabbing you can use hash by –
- Adding on top of bowls or sprinkled on joints.
- Depending on consistency or type, hash can be vaporized in a vape pen or portable dab rig
A Bash for Hash
You could say there’s been a recent ‘bash for hash’ as the old-time material comes back into style. Whether making the material at home, or purchasing online, or in a dispensary, hash is a dynamic type of extract that can be used in a number of ways for elevated effects. Like many things, sometimes what’s old becomes new again, and that’s definitely the case for the resurgence of hash, too. If you’re looking for quality made hash goods, look no further than Greenz.