Ever heard of hashish? Maybe not, but I’m sure you have at least heard the term “hash brownie” used multiple times. The difference between marijuana and hashish is a common misconception to the novice pot enthusiast, thus after reading this brief article we hope you will be able to distinguish the difference between the two.
Hashish is not the same as marijuana. Hashish, commonly referred to as hash, is the resin extracted from the flowers of the cannabis plant. The primary psychoactive substance in hashish is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, although several other cannabinoids are known to become active as well. Of course, marijuana also contains the same active ingredients including THC. The difference between smoking marijuana and smoking hashish in regards to THC is that hashish contains higher concentrations of THC than basic marijuana buds.
Hashish typically takes the form of a pasty substance with varying pliability and density. In terms of color, it is most commonly light to dark brown, however can also vary toward black, red, yellow, and green. This divergence may be due to various contributors, such as the quality and genetic makeup of the strain at hand. Certain strains of cannabis are cultivated specifically due to their ability to produce large amounts of trichomes, thus producing amounts of “kief” necessary to manufacturing hashish. This kief is then compressed into blocks with the aid of heat. The THC content of hashish ranges from 15% to 70% depending on the quality of the manufacturing process as well as the materials used.
Hashish can be consumed in a similar manner as basic marijuana. Due to the high prevalence of THC, hashish is commonly smoked in small amounts through a small pipe, one hitter, or chillum, however, it is also the norm to mix hash with cannabis buds, tobacco, or other aromatic herbs. It can also be used to be cooked into many foods, hence the popular term “hash brownie”. Some researchers say that due to the high potency of hashish, users typically inhale less smoke, leading to less stress on the lungs and overall better health.
We hope that you found this article informative and can now differentiate between marijuana and hashish.
The Weed Street Journal Team