Holy Resin: Brief History of Hash
What is hash?
If you’re into cannabis, you probably have heard about hashish and even considered trying it. But before you do it, let’s find out what hash actually is and how to use it.
Hashish is produced from the trichomes (also known as resinous gland) in the process of separation from the female plant. People have known how to do it for ages; the extraction differs from culture to culture. Legalization efforts and development of cannabis industry have brought new methods that became quite popular.
Origins of Hash
The word ‘hashish’ roughly means ‘grass’ in Arabic. It’s widely considered that hash became popular around A.D. 900. Some methods as ‘charas’ (or the collection of resin from farmers’ hands) could have existed even earlier but never been documented.
The European expeditions to Africa brought hashish to the western markets at the turn of the 19th century. Doctors eagerly imported hash for research, which introduced various extraction methods. Later, results of extraction have been refined into medications and became a major part of the Western pharmacopeia. However, the era of prohibition ended scientific exploration of hashish and stopped development of extraction process.
In 1960s hashish re-emerged on the market. Nepal, Afghanistan, and Morocco increased hashish export to the Western countries. The main products were hard-pressed, solid bricks made from heat and pressure.
In the late 1980s, John Gallardi introduced a machine called ‘master sifter.’ It separated plant resinous glands with the help of vibration. Almost simultaneously, Neil Schumacher and Rob Clarke started their experiments with water extraction. At the High Time Cannabis Cup in 1997, Reinhard C. Delp introduced the equipment for the ice water extraction. Mila Jansen later adapted and modified his patents, inventing ‘pollinator’ isolation bags. Marcus ‘BubbleMan’ Richardson improved existing devices and brought BubbleBags to the market. His company was one of the very few that allowed using methods from the original patent.
How to Use Hash
There are many ways to use cannabis. Traditionally, people have consumed it orally as a solid or infused into a beverage (for example, a traditional Indian drink ‘bhang’). Hash is also smoked, often in addition to cannabis flowers.
Different extraction methods made possible to melt hash as it vaporizes on a hot surface. Today, we know it as dabbing and very common practice. Sometimes, you need a screen because some resins never melt. However, high-quality hash oils (full melt dry sift or full melt ice water hash) can completely melt.
If you want to try hash for the first time, consult a budtender to find out which equipment you can use and choose the right way to do it. For smoking or vaporizing, you will need pipe or dab rig, a dabber tool, and a heating mechanism.
Remember that hash is much stronger that ordinary cannabis. It’s a concentrated resin, so its potency can range from 40% to 80%, depending on extraction technique or quality.
Today you can find a hashish product of your liking. But we believe that it’s just only the beginning, so stay tuned and wait for the exciting evolution of cannabis products that the future will surely bring.