As the legal cannabis industry continues to grow and evolve, an increasing number of versatile
cannabis consumption methods are gaining popularity among consumers. Marijuana, for
instance, has come a long way from something that comes in either a baggie, a joint, a bowl or
a blunt. Both cannabinoids and terpenes can now be ingested sublingually, vaped, dabbed, or
even mixed into smoothies in either isolate or full-spectrum formats. This is to say nothing of the
edibles, topicals and dry herb blends also circulating the market.
Of all the novel methods of cannabis consumption currently gaining popularity, one in particular
is preferred by many consumers with an eye on product potency and versatility — namely a
compacted form of cannabis resin (i.e. kief) known as hashish.
A Crash Course on Hashish (aka Hash)
Hashish — better known as hash — is a potent form of cannabis that's usually smoked, eaten,
or vaporized. It's made from the resin of the cannabis plant and typically contains a higher
concentration of THC than garden-variety marijuana buds and flowers. To make hash, secreting
trichomes are typically separated from dried plant trimmings with the use of either ice water or
micron screens before they are pressed and compacted into blocks or bars of hash.
Highly concentrated forms of cannabis like hash can cause a wide range of effects, including
muscle relaxation, euphoria, increased appetite, and relief from pain. When not used in
moderation, it can also lead to adverse effects like anxiety, paranoia or even hallucinations. This
is why it's important to determine your ideal dosage of cannabinoids like THC and CBD (as
determined by individual factors like height, weight or tolerance) and stay within safe dose
ranges, increasing only as needed.
Hashish has been utilized in several cultures around the world over centuries for its
psychoactive effects. It's been mentioned in Central Asian medical texts from as early as 950
AD, and has been used for both religious and medicinal purposes. In the United States, hashish
was widely used during the counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Today, it remains
illegal under federal law but is legal in a number of states for medical and recreational use.
It’s worth noting that not all hash is created equal, or even with psychoactivity in mind.
HempHash in the UK makes hashish without THC, prioritizing consumer access to the
therapeutic potential of cannabis compounds like CBD on anxiety and mood. For marijuana
devotees, it’s important to remember that strain selection is crucial to creating stellar hash. Let’s
look at our picks for best strains for making hash below.
Tajikistani Hash Plant
As its name suggests, Tajikistani Hash Plant is a potent strain that originates from the villages in
the Pamir mountain range of Tajikistan. This indica-dominant hybrid has THC levels that can
reach up to 24 percent. Commonly abbreviated as “Tjh,” this strain produces large, resinous
buds perfect for making hash or other concentrates. The flavor and aroma of this strain are
earthy and pungent, with hints of citrus. The effect of this strain is relaxing and sedating, making
it perfect for stress, anxiety, pain, or insomnia. Its flavor and potency aside, Tajikistani Hash
Plant is a versatile strain that can be used for a variety of medical and recreational purposes.
Darkstar Kush is a pure indica strain that delivers full body relaxation along with cerebral
invigoration. Its flavor profile is complex, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and spice to
complement an earthy, pungent aroma with a hint of sweetness. Hash made using Darkstar
Kush is a particularly fitting choice for those seeking relief from pain, soreness or general
restlessness. It’s also a popular strain for those seeking a boost in focus and creativity. Its
effects are long lasting, making it a perfect choice for evening consumption.
Post Traumatic Purple
Post traumatic purple is another pure indica cannabis strain created by crossing two well-known
strains: Purple Kush and OG Kush. This strain gets its name from its ability to help relieve many
symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including panic attacks, anxiety and sleep
dysfunction. Post Traumatic Purple buds are large and dense, with a deep purple coloration. Its
aroma is sweet and earthy, with hints of grape. Its flavor profile is similar, with savory and
slightly spicy aftertastes.
Hash made using Post Traumatic Purple provides a deeply relaxing high that can also help to
relieve pain, inflammation and muscle spasms. Much like its foundational strains, this strain is
best suited for evening or holiday use.