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What is hash?

A small piece of hash with cannabis
Heard of hash but not exactly sure what this cannabis extract is? Learn about the history and different types of hashish!

Hash, or hashish comes from the trichomes of the cannabis plant. The process of creating hash has been around with hundreds of years, but more recently it’s become popular worldwide. It’s also a great way to make use of any trimmings after a cannabis grow.

Where does hash originate from?

Hash has a long history of usage in countries such as Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Morocco, and Pakistan. The word “hashish” roughly translates to “grass” in the Arabic language “حشيش”.

One of the oldest methods of creating hash is called charas – which involves rubbing the cannabis plant in your hands and collecting the resin. This method can still be found in some countries – although more technical methods have developed.

Types of hash

Dry sift hash

This method involves sifting your dry cannabis plant through a screen, small enough for only the trichomes to fall through. If you own a grinder with a catcher at the bottom – this is a similar method, just on a larger scale.

Ice water (bubble) hash

Another newer method, which was publicly known by the late 90s, involves using ice water extraction method for the trichomes to freeze and break off. This method was further refined by Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson, who released his patented BubbleBags – which allows a consumer to easily extract hash using the bubble method.

Best way to consume hash

There are a number of ways to consume hash. For centuries, people typically consumed hash orally or infused in a beverage called bhang. Hash can also be smoked in a joint, bong or vaporizer.

Another ancient method which is still popular today is called a chillum. A chillum is a smoking pipe made from stone, wood or glass. It is commonly used in social settings. The chillum has been spotted in places like South Africa, India, Jamaica and South America.

No matter how you decide to consume hash, remember it’s an extract and can be more potent than smoking cannabis flower. Start off slow on a small dose!

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