A Brief Introduction to Hash


The word Hashish originates from Arabic and is loosely translated as grass. Although the origins of hash are mostly a mystery, it is presumed that the substance was introduced somewhere around 900 A.D because of its religious and medicinal uses by Arabic cultures. Soon after, this concentrate spread around the world and has now become one of the novelty products in the cannabis industry. Hash may be intimidating especially if you have never tried it before. This article will walk you through just what hash is and how to use it.

So, first off, what is hash? Hash refers to a concentrated, processed form of cannabis resin which is also called kief. Hash is created by separating the trichomes of unpollinated female cannabis flowers. It is the resinous, often sticky coating found on mature buds in their natural state. Cannabis buds are harvested and sieved. This centuries-old process removes all of the resin from the bud. The result is a mass of pure trichomes with extremely high THC levels, much stronger than cannabis buds. This can then be processed into various products.

This process of separating the resin has been practiced for centuries and has been used for a variety of purposes all over the world, but modern technology has opened up many new ways to make hash. In the United States, machine and solvent-based extractions are more common.

Common Types of Hash

Depending on how it’s created, hash may take on a variety of distinct shapes and names. Here are the most frequent ones you’ll discover in your neighborhood dispensary.

  • Bubble Hash: Bubble hash, also known as ice water hash, is the first on the list and is one of the most popular forms of hash in the world. It was introduced and popularized by Reinhard C. Delp at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997. The sifting procedure maintains the bulk of the terpenes and flavonoids, giving it the appearance of a mushy paste. It is acclaimed for being fragrant and delicious. Bubble hash is made by agitating cannabis resin glands of the plant material with cold water and, on rare occasions, special sieving bags known as bubble bags. The removed material is then collected as a goo that dries to create a powdered product. Bubble hash contains around 70% to 80% THC when produced with high-quality flowers and is highly powerful. It has brownish colors that range from mild to quite dark.
  • Charas: This hash originates in India and is strongly associated with Hinduism activities in northern India. Charas is usually produced using landrace Indica strains in their home region, which gives these delicious resin dollops a soothing and sedative effect. They make this hash by hand, which is the most time-intensive (and laborious) method.

Charas resembles Afghan hash due to its black, flexible, gooey ball look and is typically offered in a ball or hot-dog-like forms. It has a texture akin to a soft dough.

While there are many more types of Hash, we would have to stop here, for now, to get into another important aspect of Hash. You can read up on the many other types of Hash on the herb.co blog.

How do you smoke hash?

Hash has traditionally been taken orally, either as a solid or as a liquid, such as the traditional Indian drink bhang. Hash can also be smoked, either on its own or in conjunction with conventional cannabis flowers. Some types of hash that may melt can also be vaporized over a heated surface, a process known as dabbing. Screens are frequently employed for dabbing hash since certain resins leave carbon residue and will not melt fully, if at all.

To begin smoking or vaporizing hash, you will need a smoking device, such as a pipe or dab rig, a dabber tool, and a heating mechanism.

Keep in mind that the effects of hash will be considerably more intense than the effects of smoking cannabis flowers.

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