Updated on January 30, 2019.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
When learning about the different types of marijuana products, you may have come across hashish, also known as hash. Hash is just another name for bud or flower, right? Not exactly — hash is its own unique product you use a bit differently than bud.
We don’t talk about hash as much as we do other kinds of marijuana products, so let’s go over what you need to know about it as a medical marijuana patient.
All About Hash
Hash has existed since at least 900 A.D. and was mainly used in Africa and the Middle East. When Europeans colonized Northern Africa, they began to import it to their countries as well. Like certain other drugs, hash was used by European artists and poets to get inspiration for their work.
Nowadays, people all over the world still use hash for recreational and medical purposes. Folks in the Middle East have always smoked hash and never stopped. As marijuana slowly gains acceptance in the United States, Americans use it more and more like they do other marijuana products.
So, what exactly is hash? It’s quite different than the leaves and bud some of us associate with the word. In fact, it’s not a leaf at all.
Hash is a waxy concentrate created from the resin glands, or trichomes, in marijuana plants. It can come in the form of a brick or an oil.
To make bubble hash, the creator separates the trichomes from the plant using ice water and silkscreen bags. Bubble hash has a gummy and, well, bubbly appearance.
Finger or scissor hash involves rubbing in its creation. The grower rubs the trichomes on their hands or a pair of scissors to make it into a sticky resin.
You may recognize shatter and wax as marijuana concentrates — they’re technically a type of hash. They come from a more complicated process that involves solvents and other substances.
No matter the type of hash, it will have a high number of cannabinoids and terpenes in them than other marijuana products.
How to Use Hash
So, you have your brick, wax or oil. What do you do with it? You have multiple options:
Smoke It: Most people smoke their hash using a pipe or rolling papers. To smoke just the hash, use a pipe or bong with a screen. If you don’t have a screen or use rolling papers, add the hash on top of the weed to make your own “screen.”
Vape It: You can vaporize pure hash simply by putting it into your vape pen. If you have less pure hash, just crumble it up and vape it like you would dry bud.
Dab It: We only recommend dabbing for patients who need intense and immediate relief. Dabbing involves heating up the hash on a nail using a torch. Then, you inhale the vapors using a pipe.
Eat It: If you have hash oil, you can add it to your food like you would any other marijuana oil. You can make concentrated edible medicine in the comfort of your home.
The Pros and Cons of Using Hash
Making hash your product of choice has perks like:
A Stronger Effect: Since hash has a higher concentration of cannabinoids, using just a little can result in a lot. A decent-size brick of hash can last you a good while.
More THC: If you want the medical benefits of THC, hash can give you lots of the chemical. Just take care when using it, since THC has most of the psychoactive effects we associate with marijuana use.
Crafted by Growers: Since we’ve used hash for so long, we know what we’re doing when we make it. You can’t beat centuries of experience!
However, hash also has some drawbacks you should keep in mind, such as:
High Cost: Hash costs a pretty penny. Patients on a budge might not be able to afford it. While you get a high concentration of medicine, you can probably find a cheaper way to get a similar amount of cannabinoids.
Steep Learning Curve: Since it’s so concentrated, hash has a smaller margin of error than other types of marijuana medicine. Plus, if you choose a complicated method of use like dabbing, the risks increase even more. Hash is not for beginners to the medical cannabis scene.
Lower Availability: Depending on your state laws, you might not even be able to purchase hash. Some legal states only allow bud or weed medicine modeled after standard medicine.
Can You Use Hash Medically?
The short answer? Yep! However, you may want to learn about the medical use of hash in more detail.
One of the niftiest medical uses of hash is adding a little to your other medical marijuana products. If you need more THC in your medicine, you can use hash to boost the amount to your liking. It also makes both the hash and the product last longer since you don’t have to use as much of each medicine.
Of course, if the pros outweigh the cons for you, you can use hash on its own like you would any other cannabis medicine.
Learn More About Hash and Medical Marijuana
Before using a concentrated weed medicine like hash, you should do as much research as possible. MarijuanaDoctors.com can give you the advice and guidance you need. Check out these links for further reading:
Ways to Use Medical Marijuana: Compare the uses of hash we talked about with the methods mentioned here.
About Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): THC is the star of the show when it comes to the chemical components of hashish. Learn more about it here.
Find a Local Marijuana Doctor: To get weed products like hashish for medical reasons, you must get a recommendation from a doctor. Start the search using our database.
Find a Local Dispensary: Need a place to buy hash? This guide will help.