Hash: Traditional vs Bubble

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Hashish

Hashish, or simply Hash, is what most customers think of when they ask about Hash. So what is it? Where does it come from? Why was/is it used?

Hashish dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries where it was used for religious and mystical purposes. Being the oldest concentrate, over the years it has gained renown for inspiring creativity as well as mental and emotional states that have healing potential. 

Hashish comes from Ancient Persia (Iran) and Central Asia (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Each country/region tends to be known for their hash which results in hashish being chocolate brown, greenish khaki, or sandy brown in color.

But, what is hash? Hash is a concentrate made by collecting trichome resin through a sieving process, and then hand or machine pressing the concentrate into bars, bricks, etc. Traditionally, hashish methods have varied due to a region’s geography, climate, and available resources.

Sieved hash, more modern traditions can use fine silk with different mesh sizes, starts with dried and cured cannabis. Cannabis is threshed in a machine or hand trimmed to separate the buds from the stalks and leaves. The shredded cannabis is then put in a container with a sieve at the bottom. Shaking the container vigorously over a pan allows smaller particles only, like trichome, through. This resin powder is then sifted more times over finer and finer mesh. The finer the powder the higher the quality of the end product is and the more money it can be sold for. At this point the powder is called kief. Properly stored kief can last for years. To turn kief into hash requires one final step- pressure. Either with bats, sticks, planks, or a machine, the powder is beat and pounded into slabs called hash.

Bubble Hash

Is Bubble Hash really Hash? Yes. But then how does it differ? Bubble hash is made by a different process which mean the result has a different consistency. Bubble hash uses ice water to seperate the trichomes from the plant, but still does use finer and finer meshes for sifting.

Bubble hash agitates the cannabis in ice water baths. As the trichomes freeze they fall through a series of mesh screens. As the cannabis falls through finer and finer screens the ultimate quality is determined by how fine the last mesh is. The color spectrum of bubble hash ranges from blond to red to black. Lighter colors are considered to be better.

The name bubble hash comes from how the bubble hash smokes. As it is heated, it bubbles until it is ideally fully melted. “Full Melt” is the product ideal where the bubbles continue until the hash is gone. 

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