Frequently Asked Questions
What is hash?
Hash (short for hashish) is the original cannabis concentrate. Its origins date back to as early as 900 A.D. and is Arabic in origin. The word hashish roughly translates to 'grass'. Known for its long, mellow high, it's a globally loved and consumed cannabis concentrate.
Hash is a type of cannabis extract; a marijuana concentrate obtained by separating resin glands from the buds. These resin glands are also called trichomes, the sticky hairs that carry and deliver significant amounts of terpenes, cannabinoids, and other therapeutic agents of the plant. These trichomes grow on the leaves and flowers of female cannabis plants. Cannabinoids are therapeutically beneficial components of the plant that interact with our endocannabinoid system to provide a variety of health effects. Production of hash in Canada involves separating and collecting the ripe and resinous glands lining the surface of these cannabis plants, either by using pressure or with the use of modern techniques.
How do you smoke hash?
As with many cannabis products, there are many ways to smoke hash. The most common way is to mix it with cannabis and roll it into a joint, but smoking hash from a bong or a pipe are also very popular. Check out the FAQs below for detailed guides to smoking hash with a joint, pipe, and more.
How do you smoke hash in a joint?
Add it to a spliff with weed and your favourite smoking herbal blends (ours include lavender, calendula, and chamomile). If your hash is soft, you can tear a small piece off, flatten it out, and light a soft flame underneath it, until it starts to bubble. Then drop it into your ground weed or herbal blend and immediately begin mixing it all together with your fingers. Make sure the soft hash coats the weed and/or herbs evenly, so the hash is essentially coating your filler.
If you're in possession of a dry block, you can simply crush it or break off small pebbles and add it when rolling a joint. Use it with your herbal filler of choice or mix it with marijuana. The second method implies a more powerful high, something that you'll probably want to experience if you're an adventure seeker.
Joints offer the most enjoyable and convenient method of smoking hash as it's easy to share and the hash flavours the spliff well.
How do you smoke hash in a pipe?
Place the chunk of hash in a pipe (preferably glass), or, for quicker incineration and better airflow, break it into small pieces. Some claim that using a pipe or bong for smoking hash wastes much of the product - which is true if you let the hash roast in the bowl once it's burnt. On the other hand, water pipes and bongs allow a user to avoid the toxins and other carcinogens present in smoke, so it's a potentially healthier way to inhale hash than rolling it in a joint.
Can you dab hash?
Short answer: Yes, you can you dab hash. Longer answer: Dab it, but be sure to clean your glass banger or e-nail right after or the organic material in the hash will char and leave a burnt taste in your mouth the next time you dab. Since hashish is a less processed weed concentrate, it's easy to use a glass rig and simply dab it, just like you might dab the shatter or wax. This method is particularly useful when using the full-melt hash (or bubble hash). Dabbing is a great way to do it without wasting your product, vaporizing the THC in the hash without burning it too quickly for a richer, smoother hit.
Can you vape hash?
Yes, you can use a vaporizer to vape hash, but much like dabbing, you will want to clean your vape chamber regularly, because it will get gummed up. Today we have vaping pens specifically designed to consuming cannabis concentrates, so you can inhale the hash with your device and enjoy one of the healthier ways of having your hash oil. Your portable vaporizer likely came with a manual, so make sure you act in accordance with the guidelines.
What types of hash are there?
There are different methods for creating hash. Here's a brief explanation of a couple:
- Dry-ice hash: The most common method and is made by mixing the plant matter with dry-ice in a screen bag and then shaking it. The trichomes freeze and fall through the screen bag into a collection bin below; and
- IWE/Bubble Hash: A method that's more labour-intensive, mixing the plant matter with ice-cold water either by hand or in a mixing machine. Similarly to the dry ice method, the trichomes freeze and fall off. The mixture is then poured through a series of screens, progressively producing a finer end product.
Hashish may be solid or resinous depending on both preparation and room temperature; pressed hashish is usually solid, whereas water-purified hashish-often called "bubble melt hash"-is often a paste-like substance with varying hardness and pliability; its color, most commonly light to dark brown, can vary from transparent to yellow, tan, black, or red. This all depends on the process and the cannabis material used to make the hash.
Is hash illegal in Canada?
As of October 2019, hash has been made legal in Canada to purchase, along with other extracts (shatter or rosin, for instance), edibles (food and drink), and topicals (such as lotions). Like most extracts, hash is a cannabis concentrate that focuses on separating the trichomes from the plant material to yield a high potency product that can be smoked, vaporized or further processed into other products like edibles.
What makes BC hash the best?
Because it's Canadian? Obviously. Jokes aside, it only makes sense; potent hash needs to be made with potent flower. The flower used in Middle Eastern and South Asian regions hasn't gone through the generations of cross-breeding by the types of passionate and zealous growers found in Canada. It's traditionally where hash comes from, but the base material isn't as potent. Better ingredients for better products.
Not only is the hash stronger, but it's strain-specific too, allowing you to enjoy your favourite strains and their effects and benefits in their hash form.