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Hash, which is another name for Hashish, is a highly concentrated form of Cannabis. Hashish, which is derived from kief, a mass of loose Cannabis Trichomes or Resin, has far stronger effects than regular Marijuana. “Hash” is a common abbreviation for Hashish. There are other names for it, such as “Dry Herb” or “Hay” but they vary by region. Bhang and Charas are two of the many historical names for Hashish, which has been used for centuries.
What is Hashish or Hash?
Hash, commonly known as Hashish, is a Hallucinogenic Narcotic Preparation made from the resin that cultivated female plants of the Cannabis genus, Cannabis Indica or Marijuana, emit during the flowering stage. The stalked resinous glands of the plant, known as Trichomes, are crushed or refined to create Hash, a concentrated substance. As a result, it has greater potency than Marijuana.
It can be smoked, vapourized or taken orally. The process of making Hash involves either hand-harvesting the powdered resin, mechanically beating the plants, or immersing Cannabis plants in freezing water to extract the Trichomes, which are then dried (this kind of Hash is known as “Bubble Hash”). The leftover kief is usually compressed into “Cakes” or blocks, which are subsequently breathed as vapour, smoked in pipes, or combined with Marijuana to make joints.
The method and quantity of plant matter used to make hash affect its consistency and appearance (e.g. chlorophyll). It is ordinarily solid despite having a consistency that can range from brittle to flexible. Typically, it is light or dark brown, though it can also be clear, yellow, black, or red. As Hash is soluble in substances like oils, butter or milk, it can also be employed in cooking to create dishes like brownies. Hash Oil, a goopy substance that people “Dab” and smoke using e-cigarettes, can be generated from Hashish by extracting and manufacturing the resin.
Understanding Hashish Culture
Although there is no definitive proof of its earliest appearance, hashish has been used for ages. Hashish production has a long social history in North India and Nepal. It is referred to locally as “Charas.” However, the market has seen a significant transition since the 2000s due to an increase in domestic Cannabis cultivation. Since many Moroccan and Western farmers in Morocco and other Hash-producing countries use more modern cultivation techniques and cultivate further-developed cannabis strains, Hashish remains in high demand worldwide. This greatly increases yields and improves resin quality with higher ratios of Psychoactive ingredients.
Terpenes and flavonoids that are sweeter, smoother, and more fragrant are signs of a considerable improvement in Hashish quality in recent years. More and more nations are developing into legitimate Hashish-producing regions thanks to changes in global legislation, which have resulted in countries enacting more forgiving policies on cannabis products like Hashish.
Hashish vs Marijuana: Are they Same?
The Cannabis plant yields Hashish and Marijuana, essentially the same thing. However, there are some distinctions between Hashish and Marijuana.
Hash is typically the strongest and most potent variety of Cannabis. Although THC levels in Marijuana have risen recently, Hash typically includes significantly greater THC concentrations than Marijuana. Hash can have potencies of 40%–60% THC, but most Marijuana cultivars currently only have around 20–30% THC. This is due to the fact that many Trichomes are combined to create Hash.
The Middle East, Pakistan, North Africa, and Afghanistan are where Hashish, also known as Hash, first appeared. Hashish is formed from the Cannabis plant’s most resinous portions that have been compressed to produce a higher concentrate product. Users often tear off the end product from a sheet that looks like a cake, ball, or cookie and smoke it.
While Marijuana is cultivated worldwide, the largest producers are the US, Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Asia. The Cannabis plant’s stems, leaves, and flowers are typically used to make Marijuana, which is subsequently processed into a range of products. The way that Marijuana and Hashish are consumed is another distinction. Although it can be made into edible goods, Marijuana is mainly smoked. Marijuana is also utilised for various things, including medical treatment, the creation of edibles, and the brewing of teas. Both Hash and Marijuana can be smoked in different ways, including by rolling a joint or blunt, using a bong or pipe, or using a rig to smoke “Dabs” or the concentrated oil.
When it comes to flavour, Hash and Cannabis differ from one another. Hash tends to be nuanced, deep, and spicy, while Marijuana tends to have more fruity, herbal, and fresh smells and scents. You can think of Hash as alcohol and Cannabis as wine. Similar to how Hash has a stronger flavour than cannabis, hard liquor has more bite than wine.
Benefits of Hashish
Compared to non-concentrated Cannabis, Hashish includes higher THC concentrations, making it potentially more effective in alleviating pain. Numerous types of chronic pain, such as Neuropathic Pain, may benefit from Cannabis products high in THC, according to studies (Nerve Pain). Additionally, consuming Hash could help your body fight off several diseases.
1. Prevents Seizure
According to recent studies, Hash can be an excellent muscle reliever. Its antispasmodic actions are beneficial for people who are seizure prone. Numerous studies reveal that moderate amounts of Cannabis use daily tends to help individuals with seizure management.
2. Holy Privileges
Hashish is now found to aid the search for inner consciousness by thousands of people. Those who think Marijuana has a sacred connotation intuitively identify it everywhere. It has been utilised for years across cultural and geographic barriers. Raising our consciousness not only serves as a means of relaxation but also aids in our ascension into the spiritual world.
3. Covers Glaucoma
Various people use Hash to treat glaucoma symptoms. It has also shown promise in the management of Migraines.
4. Other Health Benefits
Hash or Hashish can be used to relieve symptoms of Anxiety, Insomnia, Eating Disorders and even PTSD.
Even though Cannabis has many health advantages, some people often only take it to get high. Before consuming Hashish-based products, consult your primary care physician if you have been diagnosed with one or more of the aforementioned medical disorders. Make sure to let your doctor know if you are currently on any over the counter or prescription Medications.
Side Effects of Hashish
After using Hash, be prepared for a powerful, extraordinary high. Hash is an excellent choice for spiritual meditation and an immersive experience. Still, it may not be the best option for new smokers or those searching for a light buzz. Hash is also not known to cause the same sense of couch lock that bud may. Remember that there are several strains of Hashish, just like pot so that each person will have a unique experience.
Visuals and Psychedelic effects may be experienced at high doses. When you smoke, the effects start to take effect right away. When you eat, it takes between 30 and 60 minutes. These are the side effects you may feel as you smoke up some Hash or consume it in the form of Edibles.
1. Alterations in perception, such as a sensation of pleasure or Euphoria or Relaxation
2. Inadequate short-term Memory
3. Higher Appetite
4. As the medicine will increase the activity of the senses, there will be an altered feeling in the senses (the ability to see colours, hear sounds, and taste food more distinctly).
5. Changed perception of space and time (feeling that time is slow and the distances are longer)
6. Reduced Motor Skills
7. Throat and Tongue Dryness
8. Cognitive Dysfunction
9. Bloodshot Vision (Hypotony)
10. Rapid Heart Rate
11. Orthostatic Hypotension (a drop in pressure when standing)
Anxiety, Paranoia and panic also may be side effects of an overdose. When these drugs are used in larger amounts, people can experience Hallucinations, Delusions, Paranoia or Psychosis. The long-term Effects of Cannabis use may include respiratory and lung problems, irregular heartbeat, cognitive loss, and disturbance of brain development in younger persons exposed to Marijuana or Hashish.
Hashish: Legal or Illegal
The debate over whether Cannabis in any form should be authorized because it is useful for many medical uses or forbidden because it has multiple adverse health effects and can devastate society if used continues to this day. All the flowers or resins that are Cannabis, Hash or Bhang were illegally sold and consumed before 1985 and the NDPS act. The NDPS statute altered the scenario. India passed the NDPS act in 1986, making it illegal to use Marijuana and other hard drugs.