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Confiscated hashish from the Drug Enforcement Administration

Hashish (often shortened to hash, and also referred to by countless slang terms such as dope) is a psychoactive drug derived from the cannabis plant. It is usually smoked in joints or pipes but can also be pressed between 2 hot knives or added to cookies or other food. It is used for its relaxing and mind-altering effects. Many people claim that using it gives them great insights.

Hashish is comprised of the compressed trichomes collected from the leaves and flowers of a mature, flowering cannabis plant. Certain strains of cannabis are cultivated specifically for their ability to produce large quantities of trichomes, and are thus called hash plants. Trichomes are small globs of dried plant resins which collect on the leaves and stems of the cannabis plant.



According to the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica the word assassin derives from the Arabic word حشّاشين (haššāšīn), or Hashshashin, an Islamic sect of militants who supposedly were avid hash-eaters. This is also the view expressed by Charles Baudelaire in his Artificial Paradises in 1857. Those who disagree say the effects the Hashshashin reported are not generally experienced by people who consume hash [1] (http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis_info4.shtml).

In The Book Of Breeething, William Burroughs speculates that severe winter conditions at their mountain fortress, Alamut (http://www.accampbell.uklinux.net/assassins/), and extreme asceticism could have potentiated the experience. Intense cold and a lack of hearths, a sparse diet, and exhaustive labor in combination with the drug could have induced visions, he claims.

The THC content of hashish that reached the United States, where supply is limited, averaged 6 percent in the 1990s. The marijuana at the CannaTrade 2002 had THC levels ranging between 8 percent and 28 percent; the latter is comparable to some grades of hashish. Note that higher levels of THC do not necessarily imply higher levels of THC consumption, as users will frequently self-titrate (at least when smoking or using a vapouriser), consuming only the vapor until the desired effect is reached; however, it is easier to overdo with more potent material. Higher-THC material is healthier to consume, since fewer tars and particulates are inhaled to get the same high.

The UN says that 80% of hash consumed in the world is cultivated in Morocco. From Chefchaouen to Al Hoceima, passing by Ketama, Bab Berred, Bab Taza, Stihat, almost all planted lands are dedicated for hash.


Hash is made from tetrahydrocannabinol-rich resinous bulbs known as trichomes as well as other minute plant material from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. The oily matter is separated from the plant via various sieving methods, cold-water extraction, or chemical extraction. The resulting plant material is known as kif (aka keif). The kif is compressed into blocks which are easily stored and transported, without degrading the THC content due to oxidation. Pieces are then broken off, warmed up and smoked in bongs, pipes, joints (mixed with tobacco), hookahs or Sibsi (Sebse) pipes. Since THC is fat-soluble, it is also possible to dissolve hashish in butter, and use it for cooking (see Hash cookies and Alice B. Toklas brownie). The Middle East and North Africa and in particular Morocco and Afghanistan are the main sources of hashish, although the science of hash extraction and the rapid dissemination of this knowledge means that more people are making hashish for personal use, using readily available materials or custom built devices such as Bubble Bags.

Black hash, which is generally produced in Nepal, Afghanistan, and India, generally produces a more relaxing, mellow effect. Blonde hash, often from Morocco and the Netherlands, tends to produce more active and cerebral highs. Green and red hues are also seen. A green tinge may indicate that the hashish has been cut with low quality leaf or contains high quantities of chlorophyll, which creates a harsher smoke. High quality hashish is derived from a batch of unpollinated female flowers (sensemillia), a process which requires the skill and means to at least separate the female from the male plants before they reach sexual maturity or, more efficiently, to make clones of a particularly potent female. This method rules out sowing seeds in a field in the traditional manner, requiring a controlled environment such as a greenhouse.


Hashish is widely available in Europe, as opposed to marijuana which is more sparsely available on the whole, although recent reports suggest a rapidly expanding 'home-grown' supply chain. This is probably because hashish is much more compact, and thus much easier to smuggle than Marijuana. Blocks of 100, 125, 200 and 250 grams of hash are common. Unscrupulous hashish dealers sometimes dissolve the hashish, mix with a foreign material without psychoactive or intoxicating properties such as soap, boot wax, or animal dung, and re-press into a hashish block, which is sold as if it was the pure product. This is sometimes known as Soap bar, due to the fact that it is packaged in 250 gram blocks that resemble the shape of a bar of soap. Other commonly suspected dilutants are camel dung and sand. Rumours of hashish being mixed or laced with potent and dangerous intoxicants such as opiates and PCP are quite common, but verified reports of this are unseen. Opiates and PCP are generally more expensive than the hashish they are supposedly mixed with. Rumors of Hashish or marijuana being laced with LSD should be regarded as false. LSD is broken down and destroyed at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Seeing as how a flame ranges in the thousands of degrees, it is obvious that the comparatively fragile LSD would be rendered useless in a smoking blend.

Pure, properly stored hashish of premium quality is soft and moldable by the heat of the fingers alone. Old, improperly stored hashish of poor quality is rock hard and brittle, and has to be heated substantially before it becomes soft enough for use. Most hashish falls in between these two extremes, and the tactile qualities also vary according to the methods used in extraction and pressing.

The only sure fire methods of testing the quality of hashish are through chemical testing or through consumption.

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Further reading

fr:Haschich it:Hashish nl:Hasjiesj pl:Haszysz pt:Haxixe ru:Гашиш


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