What are the types of hash? – For centuries, hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed different types of hash from around the world. No longer are the days where the hash is considered the only type of cannabis concentrate. In today’s ever-growing cannabis industry, there is absolutely no shortage of options when it comes to cannabis products, especially with hash.
Although even with a huge choice of hash products, there are still a few types of hash that are incredibly rare and difficult to find – no matter where you’re located. With a host of different effects, flavours and consistencies, learning about the different types of hash and their unique offerings might make you more appreciative of the historical significance behind this ancient concentrate.
Stick with us to explore the best types of hash and what they’re all about.
What is Hash?
If you aren’t already familiar with hash, let’s get you up to speed. Hash comes from the resinous trichomes found all over the cannabis plant. Through collecting trichomes and compressing them with heat and pressure into different forms of balls or cakes we get hash.
The creation and refinement of hash has been an ongoing pursuit for generations, with each and every community making theirs with a specific touch.
Luckily for us, due to the advent of legal cannabis and the bleeding edge technological advancements of the western world, newer and better processes of creating hash have been dominating the market.
The Origins of Hash
Hash has been enjoyed by humans for centuries, in fact, the cannabis plant has provided humans with not only an effective medicinal herb but also strong fibers frequently used in crafting.
Although the oldest documented form of hash use was dated back to the 12th century, many are thought to believe that it existed long before its formal documentation.
The word “hash,” derived from the Arabic language’s “Hashish,” translates to “grass,” a fitting term as the history of hash parallels the history of cannabis.
Hashish was initially introduced to Europe during the 1800s by their exploration into Egypt.
By the time the 19th century had rolled into the 20th, the western world had widely adopted cannabis use as an effective pharmaceutical treatment, up until the prohibition of cannabis through the 1970 Controlled Substance Act, which effectively put the 1960s hash boom to a halt.
It wasn’t until recently when the legalization of cannabis had spread throughout North America that hash would see a comeback.
The Different Types of Hash
Dry sift hash
One of the easiest types of hash to make. Dry Sift Hash involves sifting the trichomes from your bud to create a cannabinoid-rich powder.
Dry Sift Hash is basically the same thing as kief, meaning no solvents are used and the process is entirely mechanical. Producers will conduct large scale filtering using mesh screens to filter out and amass large amounts of trichomes from their bud.
To make your own dry sift hash you will need a three-chamber grinder and your favorite bud. Simply place your flower into the grinder, shred it and collect your kief from the bottom of the grinder. Dry Sift Hash is relatively versatile to use and can be incorporated into cannabis edibles or sprinkled on top of bud to add an extra buzz.
The most commonly found hash in the world due to its extremely easy and high yielding solventless production methods.
Bubble Hash also has a great THC content ranging from about 50-80%, making it nearly as strong as many solvent-extracted concentrates.
Bubble Hash is a concentrate made by bathing fresh dried bud in an ice bath using bubble bags. Hash makers will then begin to agitate the bud until its trichomes have separated.
Once hash makers have agitated the dried cannabis enough, they then sift the remaining plant matter out using a sieve or mesh filter and then set the hash to dry.
Afghani royale hash
Another popular type of hash seeing as Afghanistan is one of the most prevalent hash producers in the world today.
Afghani Royale Hash is usually made with small bushy Indica strains, where hash makers manually press it by hand with a small quantity of tea or water.
Hash makers press the cannabis until its fragrant aroma surfaces and it starts to form an elastic gummy type texture, where it is then stored in conditions with minimal exposure to air.
Many producers are known to infuse the hash with coconut oil before shipping it out, so it’s important to note that the soften hash may not always be the best.
In terms of appearance, Afghani Royale Hash is nearly black on the outside with a dark greenish earthy colored center.
It is known for its fragrant spicy flavor and aroma and soft bread dough-like texture. In terms of the high, Afghani Royale Hash produces an intense body high which can linger for hours on end.
An extremely rare type of hash not commonly found in North America. Nepalese Hash, also known as the Nepalese Temple Ball gets its name from the hash crafted in the depths of the Nepalese mountains.
Originally, Nepalese hash makers would start with dried Indica cannabis flowers and rub it with the palms of their hands, allowing the resinous and trichome rich areas of the bud to transfer onto their palms.
With enough friction, the heat from rubbing their hands together would cause enough thermal energy to activate the compounds in the resin extracted from the bud. They would then roll the sticky substance into a ball and set it aside until it was ready to be consumed.
Nepalese Temple Balls have a shiny almost mirror-like exterior that is very dark, almost reminiscent of dark-chocolate covered almonds.
The Original Nepalese Tempe Balls were smooth in texture and had a tropical fruity flavor with fragrant earthy and herbal undertones. In terms of the strength, Nepalese Temple Balls have a similar THC content to Bubble hash, floating around 55-80%.
What is Considered Good Hash?
For someone who enjoys a filtered flavor and an easily accessible hash, Bubble hash will get the job well done. For someone else who likes to enjoy the aroma and earthiness of flavor in their hash, Afghani Royale hash may be a better fit.
One important piece of advice we’d like to share with you is that hash with a particularly strange smell to it, usually plastic or moldy, should be avoided altogether.
Hash with these types of smells are indicative of poorly processed and stored hash and could cause a bad smoking experience.
While there are several different types of hash resurfacing to the North American market, we encourage you to learn and experience as much as you can when it comes to the world of cannabis.
In the end, the best way to find out if something is right for you is to give the old college try. We hope this article provided some help in your cannabis journey. Enjoy!