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What is Hash in the World of Cannabis?


You hear a lot about the magic of the cannabis flower, but less about her famously harvested cousin: hashish. 

In essence, hash comes from the careful harvest of trichomes, the tiny, sticky, resinous hair-like outgrowths that cover cannabis and hemp flower. When this cannabis resin is collected and processed using ancient or modern means, it is pressed into large concentrated blocks of powerful brown hashish. 

Hash and weed have similar effects, aside from the difference in potency. Hash contains astronomically higher levels of THC. In the following, let’s prepare ourselves for liftoff with everything you need to know about hash. 

The History of Hash

Hash has a fairly wild history, involving the likes of mercenaries, pirates, Ghenghis Khan, guns, and smugglers. Developed for humans a little later than the cannabis flower around 1000 AD, hash production and consumption began in Persia (primarily Iran) and Central Asia (primarily Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). It’s likely that from there, it traveled the Silk Road to places in the Middle East and Northern Africa. 

Originally, it was most likely used as incense like frankincense and myrrh, which were used as medicine and in religious ceremonies for eons, after which its use expanded to recreationally getting high. 

One of the OG mentions of hash is in Iraqi alchemist Ibn Wahshiyya’s Book of Poisons, written in the 10th century. In 1206 AD, Genghis Khan united and moved the Mongol tribes from Russia to Persia and Central Asia, taking hash for personal use with them.  By 1300 AD, Marco Polo had heard stories about hashish-using assassins in Arabia and took these tales back to Europe with him.

Once hash arrived in Egypt and rose in popularity (and infamy) during the medieval period, the hash heyday continued. Ancient North African Berber tribes are believed to have brought hash to its modern-day most popular production zone, which is current-day Morocco.

Hash vs Weed

Potency is the main difference between weed and hash. Hash is the most potent and concentrated form of cannabis, though most people mitigate that by rolling it with natural tobacco or other dried herbs. 

When hash is made, you extract only the resinous parts packed with cannabinoids. Regular weed is exclusively plant material, meaning the cannabinoids are more diluted with plant material when you toke. For reference, imagine this: an entire pound of marijuana generally yields just a single ounce or two of hash. 

Regular weed isn’t usually more than 30% THC. Hash, meanwhile, can go as high as 70% THC. Hash will get you considerably more high than weed.

In the hash vs weed debate, it really comes down to a matter of preference. Some people believe that weed makes them anxious, and hash provides a buzz with less psychoactivity. Others find hash incredibly smooth and relaxing, while they find weed too harsh and intense. And some people find hash way too strong of a fix and prefer smoking cannabis flower. 

Potential Benefits of Hash

Hash contains incredibly high concentrations of THC, which research increasingly indicates may be especially helpful in treating pain. While more well-funded studies must be conducted, THC-rich cannabis may benefit people dealing with many types of chronic pain, including neuropathic (nerve pain). Additionally, using hash may improve conditions associated with the following ailments: 

  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic pain
  • Neuropathic pain (like MS)
  • Autoimmune diseases and disorders
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease

Before adjusting any kind of treatment plan, or introducing plant medicine, always make sure to speak with your primary care physician. 

How to Use Hash

One of the reasons why hash is so popular with consumers around the world is that it is easy to consume. In general, you can smoke hash by adding a small crumbled up amount to some ground marijuana flower or another smokable herb in a joint or a pipe, or it can be vaporized in a vaporizer or a dab rig. Most common is to roll a hash joint, which is rolled much the same as a cannabis joint, with the hash simply sprinkled inside. 

To Summarize

If you’re a newbie to the hash world, we advise that you start small and slow. Remember that hash is far more potent than even the strongest strains of weed. Also, buy your hash from a legitimate brand, otherwise you don’t really know where your hash is from, if it’s pure, or how it was made. 

Tier 1 has a wide variety of cannabis products to explore. Speak with one of our representatives today to get started! 


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