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Hash: An Ancient Concentrate with Modern Variations

A Brick of Cannabis Hash


Hash, or hashish, is one of the oldest and most versatile forms of cannabis concentrate. Steeped in tradition and varied in its composition and use, it offers users a unique experience. In this post, we delve into the intricacies of hash, its different melt levels, variations like bubble hash and hash rosin, and the significance of bag micron size. We’ll also guide you on how to consume hash, differentiating between dabbable versions and those best suited for smoking.

What is Hash?

Hash is a concentrate made from the trichomes (resinous glands) of the cannabis plant. Traditional methods involve separating the trichomes from the plant material and pressing them into a dense, cohesive mass. The result is a potent product that has been enjoyed for centuries.

Melt Levels and Their Significance

Melt levels in hash refer to its behavior when heated, an indicator of quality and purity. Full melt hash, often considered the highest quality, leaves virtually no residue when dabbed. It’s typically rich in cannabinoids and terpenes, offering a clean, flavorful experience.

On the other hand, half melt or non-melt hash may leave residues when heated due to the presence of plant material. Though not as pure as full melt, they’re still potent and often enjoyed in smoking applications.

Bubble Hash: A Modern Classic

Bubble hash, named for the way it bubbles when heated, is made using a series of screens (micron bags) and ice water. This method agitates the trichomes off the plant and captures them in the screens. The result is a potent and clean product that can range from full melt to half melt, depending on the quality of the starting material and the micron size used.

The Role of Bag Micron Size

The micron size of the bags used in making bubble hash determines the purity and melt level of the final product. Smaller microns (25-45) generally yield a product with fewer contaminants and a higher likelihood of being full melt. Larger micron sizes (73-160) produce more product but may include more plant material, resulting in a half melt or non-melt hash.

Hash Rosin: The Cream of the Crop

Hash rosin represents the pinnacle of hash products. Made by applying heat and pressure to high-quality bubble hash, hash rosin is a dabbable concentrate that rivals the potency and flavor of other solvent-based concentrates. The quality of the starting hash significantly impacts the final product, with full melt bubble hash yielding the best results.

Consuming Hash: To Dab or To Smoke?

Full melt hash and hash rosin can be dabbed, providing a clean and flavorful experience. Half melt and non-melt hashes, however, are typically best consumed by adding them to joints, bowls, or used in cooking. When smoking, remember that less pure hash may need a ‘carrier’ like tobacco or cannabis flower to aid combustion.

In Summary: Hash Across the Ages

From its ancient roots to contemporary variations, hash remains a beloved concentrate offering versatility and a deep connection to the cannabis plant. Whether you choose to dab a pristine hash rosin or savor a carefully rolled hash-infused joint, you’re partaking in a tradition as old as the cultivation of cannabis itself.