What is Hash?
A friend just got back fro
m Israel and reports that most of the weed she saw there was in the form of hash. “Hey, what’s hash?” she asked me.
Here’s the answer.
When cannabis plants go into flower, they develop a beautiful sticky resin that glows in the sun. The resin
comes from little structures called trichomes, which scientists point out is actually plant hair.
There are actually many plants that have trichomes, some of them with nefarious purposes (if you happen to be an insect). In cannabis, the trichomes contain the medicine: compounds of THC, CBD, CBN, and more. When you pick up a juicy bud and say, “Mmmmmm, sticky,” you are commenting on trichomes.
These trichomes are the source of the medicinal resin in weed. If you take a magnifying lens to see them, they can appear to be sort of alien looking. Growers are very careful to harvest bud gently and trim it intelligently so they can preserve trichomes, and even though the most trichomes appear on the flowers, cannabis plants actually have trichomes all over, but in lesser amounts than the flowers.
After flowers are dried, many people like to go one step further to make hash, which means that they collect the trichomes from the dried flowers. This practice is nothing new; people have been doing it for hundreds of years, using low-tech techniques such as patiently beating it in a bag or rubbing it through a sieve. A sticky resin is the result; it is called kief. Usually, it is compressed into cakes and people break off a bit to share and to smoke. Some modern methods include using heat and solvents to extract the hash, as well as the opposite, ice extraction, which results in a product that is is usually shinier and less grainy than traditional hash.
The main benefit of hash is that it is extremely concentrated. You don’t need to use much to get a full dose of medicine.
How do you use hash?
Traditionally, Hash has been processed into dense, dark “bricks” and smoked out of hash pipes or in small amounts on top of flowers. Because of the “sticky” nature of traditional hash, it is more commonly consumed in the following, more convenient forms today.
Cartridges: One of the most common ways hash is consumed today is in it’s oil form in the use of electronic or E-Vaporizer cartridges. CaliBloom carries a variety of these products; check out our current offerings on the E-Vaporizer Section of our menu.
SHATTER: Many have come to agree that shatters and oils are typically the purest and cleanest form of the highly potent concentrates. When you purge out all the chemical solvents used to extract the hash, you will likely end up with a translucent concentrate that can shatter into tiny pieces; or a translucent goopy oil used to dab or fill pens with.
WAX “CRUMBLE”: Budders are made by whipping the extract during the purging processes. During this time some hash makers whip the goopy goodness while it’s being heated. Whipping the concentrate adds air into it, making it start to froth up and become more of a solid as it starts to cool.
Calibloom offers a nice variety of hash oil (cartridges) as well as a variety of other concentrates in solid form. Check out our current selections at CaliBloom Concentrates Menu , and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!