Hash consists of the resin that is collected from the flowers of marijuana plants. Desirable for its high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, hash comes in a variety of types or concentrates. This can make purchasing hash at a legal dispensary challenging unless you are able to distinguish the differences.

Bubble Hash

The most common form of hash sold in the United States is bubble hash. This variety is sometimes referred to as icewater hash because it is made by stirring marijuana into a very cold bucket of water in order to freeze off the trichome glands from the plant. The resulting mixture is poured through a series of three to five mesh screens for further filtering. The finished product is then dried and may contain a THC range between 70 and 80 percent. Bubble hash may be either light or dark brown.

Bubble Hash

Bubble Hash

Royal Afghani/Royal Border Hash

This hash is created from a genus of marijuana plant known as indica. Using water or tea, the flowers are pressed by hand until they become very elastic and begin emitting an extremely potent smell. The hash may then be formed into small balls or pressed into 100g slabs. Some Royal Afghani hash may also be signed with the stem of the plant used to make it. Royal Afghani or Royal Border Hash will be black on the outside and brown or dark green on the inside. It may even appear gray on the outside if it has been left in contact with the air.

Afghani Hash

Afghani Hash

Indian Charas Hash

Indian Charas hash is formed by rubbing the buds of female marijuana plants between the hands. Resin is then extracted and rolled into balls or pressed between slabs prior to shipment. Like Afghani hash, Indian Charas hash is also black on the outside and dark green or brown on the inside; however, there may be white lines present throughout. Another difference is that it sometimes has a very powdery consistency, and it is normally sold in a “finger” or sausage shape.

Black Indian Charas

Lebanese Hash

When making Lebanese hash, growers leave plants on the field until they have nearly dried, at which time they will be a reddish-brown color. They are then harvested and brought to a barn, where they are hung and dried much like tobacco. Dried buds are rubbed over a fine silk cloth, producing a powder that is stored inside plastic bags, where it is “aged” until winter. In winter, it is pressed (normally by hand) into 100g, 200g or 1000g slabs. These slabs are either yellow (Yellow Lebanese Hash) or reddish-brown (Red Lebanese Hash). Some Lebanese hash is also sold with the family stem.

Hash may be smoked in pipes, vaporizers or in joints mixed with tobacco, and it can also be consumed by eating. Holding smoke in your lungs will not intensify the effects. Almost all of the THC in hashish is absorbed within the first few seconds, in which case holding in smoke will do little to provide a greater high.

Expressing cannabis in the art of hash making.

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