Long before shatter, dabs, or infused gummi bears, if you wanted to get that extra punch in the face from your marijuana, your choice was hash. Although that sounds limiting, the incredible variety and diversity that comes with the hashish experience is anything but restrictive.
For newbies to the world of marijuana, hashish is cannabis resin made up of a part of the plant called the trichomes which are highly potent.
Historians believe hash became popular around 900 A.D. and its presence in the Western world occurred at the beginning of the 19th century.
So what are some of the highest quality hash strains available?
Hashish is manufactured in almost every region around Afghanistan, but the best of the best originates from its Northern provinces.
Coming from small, bushy, Indica marijuana plants, Afghan hash is hand-pressed with a small quantity of tea or water. The product is pressed until it becomes highly elastic and has a strong oftentimes spicy aroma.
The effects of Afghan hash are a strong, physical, stony-high and it is easy to underestimate its potency because it takes approximately 5 minutes for the full effects.
In the Northern regions of Morocco, hash is produced by the ton.
The product usually has a greenish brown colour with a light aromatic smell. Moroccan hash also has a mild flavour and is soft on the throat, so it can be beneficial for new users.
The effects of Moroccan hash are a cerebral, active high so it can be useful if the smoker doesn’t want to kill the rest of their day but still enjoy some good product.
The production style of Lebanese hash is somewhat different from the techniques used to harvest in other regions of the world.
First, the cannabis is left on the field until it’s almost dry and has acquired a brownish red color. Once that happens, the plants are brought indoors to be dried completely.
The buds are then rubbed over a fine silk cloth and the resin which comes off the plant is pressed together. The hash is then put in a linen or cotton bag and pressed under great pressure.
Interestingly, there are two types of Lebanese hash; Yellow Lebanese and Red Lebanese which are obviously named after their respective colors.
The final product has a spicy and refreshing smell with the taste that is harsher than Turkish or Moroccan. The effects of Lebanese hash have been called cerebral and stony at the same time.
In the highlands of Nepal, small cannabis cultivators are everywhere.
Nepalese hash is generally black on the outside and the inside is dark brown. The product comes with a sweet, aromatic and spicy smell and is particularly potent when the hash is broken up.
It’s consistency is harder than Afghani, but should still be soft enough to knead at room temperature. It also comes with a stony high throughout the body.
Moving away from different regional hash and into specific types, we have what is called Bubble Hash.
Bubble Hash is made from pure trichomes and nothing else, so when you light it, the hash will bubble and melt as opposed to burn like other products.
Bubble hash is generally made from dry plant material that has sometimes been flash-frozen. It is then mixed with cold water and ice to manually break off the trichome heads from the bud. The product is then filtered and what is left behind is nothing but a pure, beautiful hash.
Full-melt bubble is essentially bubble hash at its highest quality.
Bubble hash is usually categorized with a star method from 1-6 based on how it melts and bubbles. At 1 star there is no melt, but by the time you reach number 6 you have pure, full-melt product made from only pure trichome plant-material.
The final product has an intense flavour and is a powerful concentrate with strong, almost instantaneous effects.
Finally on our laundry list of hash, we have what is known as pressed bubble.
Pressed bubble hash is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It is extracted using the bubble hash technique of water and ice, but has an added step of pressing the product by hand.
Many people press the hash a little at a time until a difference in texture, smell, and look is achieved, which some say takes approximately 20 minutes.
The manufacturer presses the product until it essentially looks like a flat patty. This process breaks up the trichomes and creates a resin as opposed to separate glands that are simply stuck together.
These members of the hash family are only some of the many ways consumers can enjoy the diversity and potency of the product. Hash is so loved by the people who use it, that it remains as popular today as it did thousands of years ago when it was first discovered.
Many quality hash products can be found on Herbal Dispatch and delivered right to your mailbox.
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