What is Hash?
Hash is another by-product of the cannabis plant. It’s considered to be extremely potent since it contains more THC than marijuana. This is the chemical compound found in the plant that’s responsible for giving the users a heightened sense of euphoria.
The term hash is taken from the word hashish – an Arabic word that translates to herb. This gives credibility to the claim that the drug originated in West Asia where cannabis was abundant. West Asian countries used it widely in the past. For example, Northern Pakistan has the social tradition of using the drug that they called Charas.
It all started sometime around 900 A.D. – 1000 A.D. when scholars debated on the whether taking hash is beneficial or not. With its popularity back then, it’s quite obvious that they decided that it’s beneficial.
Legend has it that in between 1090 A.D. and 1256 A.D., hash use was prominent when Hasan ibn al-Sabbah of Persia recruited assassins. It’s been told that they used hash, giving birth to the name assassins after Hashishin or “users of hashish”. Of course, there are historians who say otherwise. Amin Malouf said that it was a derogatory term used by their enemies. In fact, they were called Asasiyun or “people who are faithful to the Asas”.
India also used it widely in the past, thanks to the availability of the plant that can easily be found anywhere in the wild. In fact, there were several strains that were developed in areas around Rajasthan, Himalayas and West Bengal.
Back then, workers had to manually rub the buds of the plants with the palms of their hands for hours just so they can extract the sticky resin.
As far as the legal issues are concerned, it can be classified together with marijuana. This means that it’s illegal in most countries except in rare cases wherein it’s made legal if it’s going to be used for medicinal purposes. However, there are countries like the Netherlands where it’s not exactly illegal to carry around a small amount.
What Slang Names Is Hash Known As?
Hash itself is the most popular slang term for hashish. It’s also important to note that slang for marijuana is sometimes used for hash. But these are the most popular slang terms that are specific for hash:
- Soap box
- Black Russian
- Nodge (if in small amounts)
- Soap bar (if in low quality)
What Effects Does Hash Have?
There is a reason why a lot of people take this drug. This is because of the presence of THC. Simply put, they become happy when they take it. Since it contains more THC than marijuana, you only need to take a small dose in order to feel this effect.
When taken in moderate amounts, the effects are mainly good. You’ll feel much more relaxed and you’ll have this feeling of being silly. But when taken in large amounts, it’s possible that you’ll fall into a “couchlock” state. This is a state wherein you put all your focus on a single topic of conversation or a single action. This can also lead to exaggeration and over-analysis of simple topics.
It’s also important to note that excessive use can lead to hallucinations. Paranoia may also kick in. While it’s nearly impossible to die from too much consumption of the drug, a heavy-user will get the feeling of sickness. For example, Andrew Weil talked about his personal experience when he consumed 6 grams of potent hash.
“Things became quite confusing. I could not understand what was said to me, felt physically sick, and soon was unfit to do anything but lie in bed and wait for morning. Auditory hallucinations were prominent, especially threatening voices that rose in volume to a crescendo, then faded out.” Source: http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis_writings5.shtml
Of course, one can also die when doing activities that require one’s full capacity like operating heavy machinery or driving vehicles.
If you’re going to smoke hash, you run the risk of damaging your throat and lungs. This is why some people just choose to eat it. However, some enterprising individuals add tar and other harmful substances to the hash that they’re selling for added profit. That can harm you in the long run. This is why it’s advisable that you also learn how to make hash.
Who Makes Hash?
In the 80’s and the 90’s, West Asia countries are still producing it. However, its manufacturing spread to other countries as well. In 1995, hashish that were made locally started making their appearance in coffee shops in Amsterdam. Right now, it can be made by anyone who has access to the cannabis plant. Since it can easily be made with little to no equipment needed, users and dealers both make them now.
Where is Hash Made?
West Asian countries are still in the forefront of hash manufacturing. But they don’t have a monopoly nowadays. Here are the areas where it’s made:
As you can probably see, it’s made in troubled areas and countries. In developed countries, they’re often made underground in hidden basements to escape detection. Since it’s very easy to make homemade hash, it can also be made at home.
What is Hash Made From?
It’s made from the female cannabis plant – cannabis sativa. It’s made from the trichomes of the plant which is packed with cannabinoid. In addition to the trichomes, fragments of the leaves and even the flowers are used. If you’re going to use the flowers, it’s advisable that you use the flowers of an already mature plant since it contains the most number of trichomes. You will then extract the sticky resin from these trichomes.
How is Hash Made?
You can do it the old-fashioned way and rub the plants with the palm of your hands for hours. The resin will accumulate in your hands and all you need to do then is to scrape it off. You now have homemade hash. But there are modern methods if you want to learn how to make hash more efficiently. It involves using alcohol to soak the plants and once the alcohol has evaporated, you’re left with hash that you can now use. You can also use a fine screen to force the leaves that you dried up and grounded through the screen. The powder that will pass through will then be compressed to make a brick.
What Does Hash Look Like?
It’s in resin form that looks and feels sticky. You can think of it like sap. However, it’s usually colored black. Sometimes, it’s more reddish-brown than black. Sometimes, it’s packed into bricks like marijuana. Since it’s more resin than solid, it can easily crumble into pieces.
What is a Standard Dose Of Hash?
This would really depend on the quality of the hash. If you’re taking homemade hash from high-quality cannabis, you can start with a .1 gram hit. It’s basically like marijuana wherein a standard dose is a puff.
How is Hash Taken?
It’s taken like marijuana. You can smoke it like marijuana. You can also use a bong. A popular way of taking it is by using hot knives. Place the knives on a hot stove and once they’re hot enough, sandwich a little bit of hash between them and use a straw to suck in the smoke. This is a good way to take it if you’re with friends so all of you can take it in at the same time.
Where is Hash Taken?
It’s taken where marijuana is taken. While it’s sometimes taken in parties, it’s usually taken at home where a group of friends can enjoy the high in private.