Just like marijuana, hashish is classified as a Schedule I drug. It is very similar to cannabis as it is also a cannabinoid, and thus it has a similar background and side effects. However, there are a few distinct differences between hashish and marijuana. So what is hash made of and what effects does it provide? Let us find out.
Historical background of hashish
Marijuana first appeared approximately in 2737 BC, while hashish was discovered only in 900AD. It was then known as Arabia. It is quite interesting that the name “hashish” was received from the Persian word for an assassin since assassins were believed to use hashish in that area. Whether it is true or not, it is likely that Marco Polo was the one to thank for the modern meaning of the word “hashish,” as he brought the legend of hashish assassins back to Europe in 1300.
What is hashish?
Hashish originates from the same Cannabis sativa plant as marijuana does. The main difference between them is that hashish, or hash, is made by compressing the tops of the flowers of the weed plant. You have probably heard that hashish is more potent than marijuana. But why? The reason for that is that the flowers hash is made of are full of trichomes with the highest level of THC in the entire cannabis plant. We want to remind you that THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical that makes you feel high. To get into this state, hashish users usually smoke it or eat it. To smoke hash, the enthusiasts use a water pipe also known as hookah. Smoking hash via rolling it together with tobacco into a blunt is also a very popular way to consume hashish. To be used as an edible, hashish is cooked into cookies, brownies, or hash oil. Many smokers ask the same question: “What is weed resin and is it the same as hashish?”. The answer is no. Resin is a byproduct of smoking weed. If to be more exact, it is that sticky stuff that covers the sides of your bowl or pipe. Many people say that smoking resin is the unhealthiest way to get high.
Effects from hashish
After smoking hash, users report the feeling of euphoria and relaxation accompanied by hallucinations. The side effects of using hash usually include increased heart rate and respiratory issues.