What is the Difference Between Hash vs. Marijuana?
The terms hash and marijuana are often used interchangeably, but this is inaccurate. While both hash and marijuana derive from cannabis plants, they are not the same thing. As medical marijuana and the CBD industry continue to grow and mature, consumers will come up against more questions than answers regarding the different types of cannabis-derived products and substances. For consumers, it’s important to understand the differences between marijuana and hash, and if either of these substances is safe or legal in their state of residence to use.
An Overview of Marijuana
Marijuana is a part of the cannabis family, and it’s the plant that gets a person high. Marijuana plants contain a large amount of the cannabinoid chemical THC. THC has some therapeutic benefits and has been used for many years for treating the side effects of chronic pain. But, THC can also be addictive, and it’s a psychoactive substance. On a federal level, marijuana is considered a schedule one drug, and it is illegal.
What is hash?
Essentially, hash is pure THC taken from marijuana resin. Obtaining or producing hash from a marijuana plant is a delicate process. The main components of the marijuana plant that people use to either get high or achieve a therapeutic effect are the flowers, or buds of the plant. The marijuana plant produces flowers in a predictable growing cycle. When the flowers mature, growers will harvest the flowers after the official flowering period, which can last anywhere from seven to eleven weeks, depending on the plant strain. The flowers must be dried, and they may need additional curing.
Marijuana flowers possess fine hairs, called trichomes, that possess the highest concentrations of resin on the entire plant. These trichomes need to be separated from the flower through a filtering process so harvesters can collect the pure THC and make it into a hash. Filtered trichomes are then crushed to release the resin oils. Crushed and filtered resin is then molded into the desired form, usually a block shape, and is then cut and distributed as hash.
When was hash invented?
The cannabis plant has been used for thousands of years for medicinal, recreational, and industrial purposes. Hash is also called hashish, and records of it being used date back to as early as 900 A.D. Hash first shows up in ancient Persia and the middle east, where cannabis was primarily eaten, not smoked or vaporized. Historians believe that hash made its way to Europe and the Western world sometime around 1800 when Napoleon and his troops brought it back from the Egyptian campaigns.
How is hash or hashish consumed?
Hash is usually consumed the same way a person would use marijuana. By itself though, hash will not burn. To smoke hash, users need to mix it with either marijuana or tobacco. Hash is also orally ingested or vaporized. It is possible to smoke or vaporize hash mixed with tobacco or marijuana in a traditional pipe, vaporizer, or water pipe. Hash can also be melted and put into an edible such as yogurt or chocolate.
Why would someone use hash?
Hash is a highly concentrated form of THC. Consuming hash gives the user a very enhanced experience of THC. Some of the desired effects of hash include increased relaxation, appetite stimulation, increased sociability, euphoria, and an enhanced emotional experience or perception of time. Adding hash to marijuana can also prolong a high.
What are the adverse side effects of using hash?
Hash is an incredibly harsh concentration, and smoking it can cause sore throats and increase the risk of respiratory inflammation or infection. Hash can also cause impaired coordination and make someone susceptible to risk-taking behaviors or accidents. Some people may also experience increased anxiety when using hash. Hash is also associated with a risk of nausea and stomach upset when taken in large quantities. THC is also known to increase heart rate and blood pressure, and taking THC in high volumes present in hash products can increase the risk of cardiovascular distress in some individuals.
Can someone get addicted to hash?
THC is known to have addictive properties, and it is possible for someone to become addicted to hash. Also, the body can build a tolerance to THC, and people who use hash frequently may find themselves needing more and more of the substance to get the desired effect.
Are there medical uses for both marijuana and hash?
Some states have legalized marijuana and by extension, hash, for medicinal purposes. Studies have shown that the compounds in marijuana can help treat certain health issues, such as epilepsy. In the U.S., several cannabis-derived drugs have been approved for medicinal use.
Are there alternatives to hash?
Hash does come with a risk of side effects and also addiction. People who are in recovery for substance use disorders, and people with respiratory issues and cardiovascular problems should not use hash or marijuana. Also, the majority of people in the U.S. do not live in states that have legalized marijuana and marijuana products for recreational or medicinal purposes.
To get the therapeutic effects of the marijuana plant, using a CBD product is a safer option. CBD is also legal to ship across state lines according to the federal 2018 Farm Bill. CBD is nonaddictive and does not come with the same adverse side effects of hash. In addition, CBD can help treat chronic pain, anxiety, and also alleviate insomnia. But CBD can interact with some prescriptions, and it’s important that consumers talk to their doctor before they start using CBD.
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