For a long time, hash was considered a fine dining treat among cannabis consumers worldwide. The Black Afghan sold in a Dutch cafe, and the BHO sold in a North American dispensary are two very different products. This article will guide you through the different types of hash available world
One must first become familiar with the cannabis plant to grasp hash fully. When female cannabis plants are not pollinated for extended periods, their flowers turn into a sticky, resinous mass. Trichomes, which can be seen as tiny hairs or crystals with the human eye and as small glass mushrooms under a microscope, are the basic unit of this resin.
The trichomes are the primary sources for the production of cannabidiol, and flavourings, giving cannabis its different impacts, aromas, and flavors. Marijuana trichomes are extracted from buds and trimmed and concentrated on making hash.
The Origins of Hashish
Hash is a cannabis concentrate that has been around for a long time and has been essential to many different cultures. Hashish has been made for centuries in places as diverse as the Middle East, the Himalayas’ foothills, and India’s remote villages, with each producing area bringing its unique flavor to the market.
Hash didn’t make it to Europe until the 18th century, but once it did, it quickly gained popularity among the continent’s intellectuals and creatives. The “Club des Hashischins,” a Parisian bar frequented by authors like Baudelaire and Balzac, was named after the drug hash. Hash remains popular because of its distinctive taste, consistency, and effects, making it one of the most widely used forms of cannabis in modern times.
At our online dispensary, we currently sell the following hash products:
1. Live resin hash rolled in the style of Indian charas or Nepalese temple balls.
Cannabis Indica originated in the Indian Subcontinent, where hashish was first produced.
Hashish is produced in India and Nepal by spending a great deal of time rubbing freshly harvested cannabis buds between the palms of one’s hands. In the end, the plant’s trichomes produce a sticky, dark resin that can be scraped into balls or sticks and has a velvety, chocolate-truffle consistency.
2. Black Afghani, Red Lebanese, Pakistani Brick, Turkish Pollen, and Moroccan Pollen are all available as dry sift hash.
To produce dry, sift hash, dried cannabis buds and trim are carefully sifted through fine-mesh screens. This light rubbing is what turns the trichomes into the powdered kief. Kif can be compressed into blocks using several techniques, all of which are specific to the region in which the substance is manufactured.
Hash, known as Chars in Afghanistan, is made by combining kief with a very tiny amount of tea to create dough. Over a low flame, the dough is worked until it is very dark in color, with a thick, smooth texture like soft toffee.
In contrast, kief is repeatedly pressed using only heat and pressure to create Moroccan hash. Similar methods are used to prepare hash in Pakistan, though some locals add flavor by curing their hash in dried sheep or goat skin.
The procedure for producing rosin is straightforward. All that’s required is a lot of heat and pressure applied to dried cannabis buds. The end product is a pure, golden extract rich in flavor and potency without unwanted additives.
3. Cold liquids or hashish bubbles.
Bubble Hash, also known as Ice Water or Ice-O-Lator hash, differs significantly from the other hash types we’ve discussed.
This method, frozen cannabis buds are mixed with cold water and ice. The trichomes on the plant material are released by shaking the mixture, and the resulting water is filtered through extra-fine sieves. The finished hash is dry and crumbly, with a texture similar to crystallized syrup.
The delicate terpenes and flavonoids that contribute to Bubble Hash’s aroma and flavor are better preserved at lower temperatures than during a more traditional, high-heat extraction process.
4. Shatter, wax, crumble, and budder: the butane, propane, and carbon dioxide revolution.
Since people discovered they could extract massive amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes from weed using solvents like butane, propane, and CO2, hash hasn’t been quite the same. These concentrates now account for the vast majority of all sales in the cannabis industry, particularly in North America. Common brand names for these products include Shatter, Wax, and Budder.
Hash extracted with butane, propane, or carbon dioxide requires careful purging because the chemicals used in the process are toxic and highly flammable. However, this new generation of extraction techniques can yield some of the most robust hash on the market. Some brands of BHO sold in US dispensaries, for instance, contain THC concentrations of over 50%.