Hashish is everywhere these days, a product beloved by cannabis enthusiasts looking for something a bit more potent than traditional cannabis flower. Hash packs a punch of long-lasting, potent effects, that’s for sure, and we’re here to answer your most frequently asked questions! Hashish is a cannabis extract composed of trichomes, the good part of the cannabis plant containing all 119 of the awesome cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and CBC. To make hashish, the trichomes must be extracted from dry cannabis buds through a special process. Hashish has a pretty interesting history! While it’s gaining popularity now, it’s long been used for a variety of purposes for thousands of years. While it’s true that the exact history of hashish cannot be pinpointed, historians believe that it was first used in Persia as an incense. In Egyptian times, incense was considered a luxury item, particularly that made from resin rather than the usual frankincense. As times moved forward, so too did the uses for hashish. While the methods of extracting the trichomes from the hemp plant have changed over the years, the awesome effects hashish provides remains the same. There are now several methods to extract resin and create hash, and each method has its own flavors and effects. Want to know more about the fascinating history of hashish and the different methods of extraction available today? Hash certainly has come a long way – and you are in the right place to learn more. The more you know, the better! With this information, you will better understand why hashish appeals so greatly to cannabis enthusiasts, and maybe you will even find yourself involved in the extraction process. You’ll certainly want to ensure that you have a supply of hashish on hand at all times. The History of Hashish No one can pinpoint the exact history of hashish. Although it remains unclear, historians do know that hashish was first created at around the same time as cannabis was discovered around 4000 BCE. This was during the Neolithic period in history. People did not ingest hashish – or cannabis – for pleasure purposes at this time. Instead, they extracted trichomes from the leaves and created incense with the resin. In this time, incense was considered to be a luxury item, especially that created using a resin method rather than frankincense. Mention of hashish is documented as early as the 12th and 13th centuries. Its use is believed to have begun in Persia, primarily Iran and Central Asia, including in Afghanistan. It is believed that hashish traveled alongside cannabis down the Silk Road out of Central Asia into the Middle East and onward. Hashish was commonly used as an incense, but that was not hashish’s only use. Many people used hashish during religious ceremonies. It was believed to provide protection to those who carried it with them and was said to lead to “religious ecstasy.” Hash served medicinal purposes as well, used as a treatment for several different medical conditions. Hashish was known as Charas in India. Charas were made by rubbing two growing cannabis plants together to remove its resins. Once removed, the resins were dried out and used in incense and for other purposes. Extracting resin to make Charas was a very time consuming and tedious task. By 9000 BCE in India, woven sieves were developed to separate grains from plants. The sieves helped separate the rains from the cannabis plant, making the process faster and easier for workers. Charas are still made using the hand method today, mostly in India. Hash consumption expanded as years passed by. Its uses increased, and many people began to eat the plant. By the 1500s, about the same time tobacco arrived, people began to smoke the cannabis plant recreationally. As they say, the rest is history, and cannabis became the controversial but beloved plant we know it as today. First Hashish Publication Written by a Medical Doctor Dr. Jacques Joseph Moreau, a psychiatric physician, wrote the first publication about the effects of hashish and cannabis on the nervous system. He was the first medical doctor to recognize hashish in the scientific and medical field. His knowledge came from many sources, mainly firsthand experience using hashish as he attempted to learn all he could about treating mental illness. The publication, titled Du Hachisch et de L’aliénation Mentale- Études Psychologiques (Hashish and Mental Illness -Psychological Studies) was published in 1845 and received an honorable mention from the French Academy of Sciences in 1946. The doctor’s work helped legitimize hash as a potential medical treatment. Hashish in Modern Times Fast forward to the 1950s! Hippies in Western Countries traveled through Central Asia to India and Thailand on the Hippie Trail where illegal drugs were found in excess. Cannabis and hash were primary drugs available. By the 1960s, hash production in places like Morocco took off. These days, legal cannabis continues to spread and so does cultivation and interest in resin production. Hashish can be extracted in so many different ways, and it is easy to do for commercial purposes. You can find hashish in dispensaries and online, since it is produced across the United States and other countries. What is Hashish? Hashish is a concentrated form of cannabis developed into an extract that users ingest through a heat process. It’s made using the trichomes from the cannabis buds, the glittery dots that you see on cannabis buds. Trichomes hold all of the potent ingredients of the plant, including THC and the 119 cannabinoids we know are found in the plant. The trichomes also contain terpenes and flavonoids, which give cannabis its unique smell and effects. As laws in many states allow cannabis cultivation and consumption, the interest in hash continues to thrive, along with the available methods of extracting it from the plant. Although Charas are still made using the hand extraction method in places like India, modern technologies have changed the process – and produced different quality hashish. Some extraction methods are easier than others but do include some disadvantages. For example, some extraction methods use solvents that may contain harmful chemicals that users inhale when consuming the hashish. Types of Hashish Considered a delicacy in the cannabis world, hashish produces extremely potent, long-lasting effects, depending on the type used. Both solvent-based and solventless hashish products are available. Many consumers prefer solventless hashish because it’s free of chemicals. Several types of hash can be created or purchased from your local dispensary. Temple Ball Hash: Making temple ball hash is done the same way Charras are made: by rubbing dried cannabis with the hands for several hours. The trichomes eventually form a dark, thick resin that is scraped up and rolled into a ball. It is very sticky and holds firmly together into a shape some say resembles a truffle. This method is commonly used in the Indian Subcontinent where hash is thought to have originated. Entourage is a favorite full melt hash used in the temple ball hash production process. Bubble Hash: Bubble hash uses a water extraction method. Its potency, purity, and flavor make it one of the most preferred hash types. Bubble hash is made by blending ice cold water with cannabis buds to extract the resin or trichomes, then running it through different sized sieves that produces a crumby-type hashish with a consistency similar to that of butter. Heat can strip the hash of its terpenes and flavonoids. Bubble hash uses water instead of heat, which preserves its taste. Finger-Rolled Hash: Finger-rolled hash is exactly what it sounds like, hashish made by rubbing dried cannabis leaves with the fingers to extract the trichomes. It is simple to finger-roll hash but also very time-consuming. Hash Rosin: As research continues, the methods we find to produce cannabis continue. Rosin is one of the newest methods of extraction to come around. It’s also pretty simple to make and a popular DIY method. Just press heat onto dried cannabis to extract its trichomes. The result is a clear, satisfying, absolutely potent concentrate offering long-lasting effects. Hash rosin can be made using any cannabis strain. OG Kush is one potent hash rosin strain fanned by many users who enjoy the flavor and the punch that it packs. Solvents: Solvents like propane, butane and Co2 can be used to extract large amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis at once. These extracts are sold under various names, including wax, shatter, and budder. These products dominate the cannabis market, but to the dismay of many, they contain chemicals that can ‘shatter’ the entire ingestion experience. The problem is that the hash must be purged carefully since the chemicals can be toxic. Nonetheless, solvent-based products are quite potent. Many people produce hashish at home using one of the solventless processes, although it’s sold online and at dispensaries if you prefer an already made product. What is the Best Type of Hash? There is no single answer to this question. Every user prefers one type of hashish over the next, and usually it depends on exactly what they are looking for from the product. The strongest hash is solvent-based, but as we learned, those products are not the best to ingest. They can be risky, but they are very potent and produce long-lasting effects. The solventless hash products are easier on the lungs than solvent-based products. There are no chemicals inside the products, so they’re less volatile as well. If you want the experience of hash without the potential risks, bubble hash is the best product for you. Although slightly less potent than solvent-based products, solventless hash delivers a THC range between 50% – 80%, and produces the same great effects without the risks. For many cannabis enthusiasts, solventless products are their preferred option. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) How do I consume bubble hash? Bubble hash is easy to consume in your choice of methods, like other types of hash. You can smoke, dab, or vape bubble hash, depending on your preference. Some users prefer one method over the next while others enjoy them all equally, and they love how they feel differently with each type of consumption method. If you’re a newbie, try all the consumption methods out to determine which you most prefer. Why should I try bubble hash? Bubble hash is generally cleaner than regular hash, thus providing a smoother, more potent ingestion experience. It is made using an ice cold water process without heat, removing many of the potential dangers while locking in the flavonoids and terpenes so it has an amazing flavor. Bubble hash also produces amazing euphoric effects. Is Hashish Legal? Every product sold in our store is federally legal across the U.S. The 2018 Farm Bill made it possible for us to sell hemp-based products containing 0.3% or less THC. Our products contain less than 0.3% THC, making them legal for purchase by individuals 21+. What are the effects of hashish? Ingesting hashish produces effects similar to those felt after ingesting traditional cannabis, including elevated mood, reduced stress and worry, sleepiness, increased appetite, and feelings of happiness. Effects of hash differ greatly from one strain and person to another, and they depend greatly on the extraction method and THC percentages. Should I refrigerate hashish? Refrigerating hashish after each use preserves its flavor and concentration. Otherwise, follow all cannabis storage protocols when storing hash. Keep in mind that as a concentrated formula, hash is sensitive to air, light, and temperature. Store hash in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to preserve its freshness and potency. Hashish isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, its popularity will only continue to increase as more people discover its awesome effects and benefits. Get to know more about its history, the types of hash and various extraction methods, and most importantly, what all the hype is about by trying it out for yourself. Nothing proves or disproves what ‘they’ say better than firsthand experience. The range of hash concentrates available from Arete Hemp offers options for every cannabis enthusiast.