Hash is a concentrated form of cannabis resin that’s increasing in popularity. Here are some of the basics you should know.
It’s a great time for cannabis in the United States. Following the November elections, marijuana was decriminalized in some states and different medical and recreational programs were put in motion. With this new wave of acceptance hitting the country, you can expect more curiosity about the plant, including its different parts and the ways in which it can be consumed. Here is a quick and easy primer on hash.
Hash is a concentrated form of cannabis resin. Also known as hashish, it’s the wax or liquid form of kief. The compound comes from the trichomes of unpollinated female cannabis. In less complicated words, in its natural form, hash is the sticky coating you can see on cannabis buds. It can be diluted into a butter or oil and used for cooking or for concentrates. It can also be smoked.
Hash is one of the most concentrated form of cannabis, featuring no other components aside from raw cannabinoids. While traditional weed has a THC potency of up to 25%-30%, hash has levels that range from 20%-70%. If there’s one thing you get out of reading all of this, it should be that hash will get you much higher than your average joint, and it should be approached carefully.
According to industry experts, hash has been on the rise in the U.S. These types of extracts are claiming bigger shares of the market, representing about 6% of sales. Hash can be found in different forms at dispensaries, including dry sift, bubble and wax. It can also be made at home through different process, including the use of dry ice and CO2.
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For those users who have not tried hash before and are curious about its effects, we suggest steering clear of black market purchases or home made recipes. Visit a trusted dispensary and ask your budtender for some recommendations of hash products, preferably something manageable. For your first time, your safest bet will be a traditional product made by a popular and trusted brand that has the appropriate certifications and quality assurances.