Cannabis 101: How Is Hashish Made?
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What's the Deal with Hashish?
To say that there is a wide variety of marijuana products available for consumption nowadays would be an understatement. Anybody who has ever walked into a dispensary could testify to the overwhelming amount of unique products being sold today. Though many choose to stick to the classic, flower, there are also plenty of people who experiment with some of the other options available.
Between shatter, edibles, or CBD only products it seems that there are so many options for ingesting marijuana besides smoking flower. Hashish, or simply "hash", is one such alternative to flower. Hash is essentially a black ball or brick of terpenes (chemicals like THC or CBD) from female marijuana buds. Though typically smoked, it can also be eaten for an effect not unlike that of many modern edibles.
It may seem like a relatively new extract product much like shatter or wax, but hash actually has an incredibly storied history. According to Cannabis: A History by Martin Booth, the first reference to hashish in writing can be traced back to the year 1123 in Cairo, Egypt! Though hash is a cannabis extract, the way it was produced at this early point in history was actually relatively simple.
After someone was done handling a large amount of buds, they would vigorously rub their hands together. This process would cause all the terpenes that had stuck their hands to balls up and stick together. This, in turn, would create a ball of hash! This ancient method of creating hash was detailed in a post on Cannabisculture.com, a now defunct website that can still be accessed with web archiving services.
Though this was the originally method of creating hash, there are plenty of modern techniques for its production. Some people choose to make hash by placing female marijuana buds in their blender with some ice and then pouring the resulting mixture through a coffee filter to ensure that they've collected all the terpenes that they can. Others make hash using a method called "flat screening" which involves rubbing a fine screen over the buds and collecting the resulting terpenes to be balled into hash.
There are many different methods to creating hash, but the quality of the end product is most often defined based on the quality of the buds used to produce it. Because hash is a product made from marijuana, it carries most of the same benefits. WebMD states that marijuana can be used in the treatment of many medical conditions such as nausea, chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, and even as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients undergoing chemo therapy.
Even people without a major illness have seen quality of life improvements when using marijuana because of the plant's ability to reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and reduce anxiety in the body. Hashish has been around since 1123 for a reason and it should not be overlooked by anyone looking for an alternative to smoking flower.