Finally, a clear explanation to a common question…
First of all, it is important to note that even though hash and marijuana are often words used interchangeably for one another, this is incorrect, for these two cannabis products are NOT one in the same. Many “cannaisseurs” (yes, we deliberately spelled connoisseurs wrong!) and medical marijuana patients already know the difference between hash and marijuana, but it’s still a common question that presents itself among beginners: what exactly separates these two medicinal and high-inducing substances from each other?
The simple answer — not much. Both hash and marijuana are derived from the exact same plant, known scientifically as cannabis (the female version). This should not be confused with the hemp plant (the male version) that is also of the same scientific name. Yet, these two substances are immensely different when it comes to use, method of consumption, appearance and potency.
Why is this? Hash and marijuana flower come from different parts of the cannabis plant, with marijuana being derived from the dried parts of the actual blooming buds that contain some amount of trichomes, which offer resin and therefore the psychoactive component THC (which gets you high). On the other hand, hashish (a.k.a. hash), is made of pure resin, which means it requires being separated from the flower through a process of drying, cooling and filtration in order to be produced. Due to these more complex steps, hash not only takes longer to make, but is also a processed product of marijuana, while the flower itself requires much less effort to produce a usable amount.
Keep reading to discover all the differences and similarities between hash and marijuana- your questions finally answered…
The Process of Producing Hash vs. Marijuana:
Marijuana flower production is a relatively simple and uneventful process, which essentially consists of growing the female cannabis plant, harvesting the buds or flowers after the flowering period (which is typically sometime between 7-11 weeks), hanging or setting out the flowers to dry, curing the buds (if necessary) and then trimming and packaging the flowers if desired.
The process of producing hashish, or hash, is a bit more complicated and requires quite a few extra steps. First the female cannabis plant must be cultivated and harvested once the flowering period has passed (typically around 7-11 weeks). The tricky part is next – the fine hairs of the buds, known as trichomes, (which are coated in resin) must be separated from the rest of the flower and this pure THC resin needs to be collected. This is done by filtering the plant with a sieve, and many tutorials for how to do so can be found online.
Next, it is important to crush the filtered resin with either a machine or by hand, which helps to release the oils that give the greenish-brown block its sticky texture. The final step is optional, but it is to mold the crushed and filtered resin into either a block or another form that is desired. This allows it to be conveniently cut and distributed as necessary.
In addition to traditional hashish, there are also some other forms of hash that are commonly available, including Bubble Hash, Lebanese Hash, India Charas Hash, Royal Afghani Hash and many others. Each type has a slightly different process of production, which can take some time to learn and master skillfully.
Comparison of the Concentrations:
Hashish is pure resin basically, which means that it is a lot more potent than classic, smokable marijuana buds. Marijuana flowers can range anywhere from 2%-35% THC content (though they typically never go higher than a number in the thirties), but some strains that are CBD heavy can get lower than 2%. Hash, on the other hand, can range anywhere from 20-80% THC, and it is said that properly produced hashish is usually 3 times stronger than a classic bud of the marijuana plant. For this reason, just a little bit of hash goes a very long way. Of course, this also means it is more expensive to purchase, requires a larger quantity of cannabis to produce, and takes a longer period of time with more effort involved.
Comparison of Various Uses of Hash vs. Marijuana:
Hash and marijuana do of course contain different potencies of THC, and therefore they can be used for various purposes as well, but there is still a lot of crossover. The way in which both can be consumed is probably where these two cannabis products are the most similar – both marijuana and hash can be smoked through a bong, pipe, blunt/joint, as well as being ingested in the form of an edible or some other type of consumable product.
Marijuana maybe has a few more possibilities for use, including being steeped into hot water and made into a tea. Also, one huge advantage to smoking marijuana flower is that it is much easier to light up and does not hit the throat or lungs as harshly. Hash is often used as a topper for cannabis flower, being added along with the bowl in order to provide a little more THC, and therefore a stronger, longer lasting high.
Legal Status of Both Hash and Marijuana:
Hash, at least in the United States, is typically less commonly consumed and not as popular as traditional marijuana flower. Its legal status stands the same in the United States as that of marijuana, meaning it is illegal on a federal level, but on a state by state basis the restrictions are a bit more personalized. Currently, as of 2018, marijuana is legal for recreational consumption in 9 states, plus the District of Columbia (the 9 states include California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Maine, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada and Vermont). 29 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico recognize cannabis as being legal for medical use, meaning with a doctor’s certification. Hopefully, as the trend has shown so far, more and more states and territories globally will continue to accept marijuana as legal, with open arms.
Hash vs. Marijuana, Which One is Better?:
It is hard to really determine which option is better or worse- both options are simply DIFFERENT. For this reason, it is truly a matter of personal preference, deciding whether hash or marijuana is greater suited to you and your personal needs, wants and desires. On the one hand marijuana tends to be less expensive, not as messy and easier to produce, but it won’t provide as strong of a high. Hash, on the other hand, will last longer and has a greater potency, but it is more expensive, more challenging and demanding to produce, and is usually quite messy to handle (this stuff is sooooo sticky and gets on your hands, stuck in your pipe, etc.).
Depending on how you weigh the pros and cons, both can be beneficial and convenient for different reasons. Many individuals prefer a healthy mix of the two, often smoking a blend of marijuana flower with some hash added to the bowl. Some individuals, on the other hand, stay away from smoking either substance all together, only consuming it through edibles, tinctures and more.
If you’ve ever wondered what the similarities and differences are between hash and marijuana, then hopefully this article was of some help for you . Finally, all the small nuances of these two medicinal and THC filled substances are broken down into detail and explained for simplification. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken. We hope you found this article to not only be entertaining, but also educational and informative.