How to smoke hash
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- What is hash and how is it consumed?
- What you’ll need
- Step-by-step directions
- Why people like smoking hash
- Why people don’t like smoking hash
What is hash and how is it consumed?
Hash, short for hashish, is a cannabis product made by isolating trichomes from the cannabis plant and then pressing them into a solid substance. Because this substance is made out of only trichomes—the part of the cannabis plant containing cannabinoids and terpenes—it is much more potent than regular cannabis flowers. Depending on the type of cannabis plant being used and the preparation technique, hash can range in texture and consistency from a kind of chalky solid to something almost like a thick paste, and in color from reddish-tan to dark brown or black.
Hash is a cannabis product made by isolating trichomes from the cannabis plant and then pressing them into a solid substance. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Hash is arguably the oldest form of cannabis concentrate. While there is no definitive agreement on when or where hash first appeared, there are ancient traditions of making and consuming hash that stretch back as far as the 12th century BC — or possibly earlier — in places like Nepal, India, the Middle East, and parts of Northern Africa. Despite the recent explosion in cannabis concentrates on the market today, hash remains popular, especially throughout the Middle East and Europe, and among people who make their own concentrates at home.
One of the things that makes hash so popular with consumers around the world is that it is versatile and easy to consume. In general, you can smoke hash by adding it to marijuana flower or some other smokable herb, or you can vaporize it in a vaporizer or a dab rig.
What you’ll need
What you’ll need to smoke hash depends on your preferred method. Here are some of the most common techniques:
In a joint, spliff, or blunt
For this technique you’ll need:
- Marijuana flower (or some other smokable herb).
- Rolling paper or blunt wrap.
- Lighter or hemp wick.
In a bowl, spoon pipe, bubbler, or bong
- Marijuana flower, or if you want to smoke your hash all on its own, a metal screen.
- Your pipe of choice.
- Lighter or hemp wick. (If you’re smoking your hash all on its own, it’s recommended that you use a high-powered lighter as hash often needs higher temperatures and more sustained heat.)
In a vaporizer or dab rig
- Vaporizer (Make sure you’re using a vape designed to handle concentrates or a specialized concentrates adapter if it’s a dry herb vaporizer.), or dab rig.
- Blow torch or e-nail (if using a dab rig).
Please note: Not all forms of hash will melt easily, and this makes it hard to vape or dab. If this is the case, you will most likely need to process your hash a bit further. The simplest way to do this is to sandwich your hash between layers of wax paper in the middle of a hair straightener. With the hair straightener heated up all the way, firmly squeeze the wax paper and hash. The combination of heat and pressure will turn your non-melting hash into a rudimentary form of rosin, which should work much better in your dab rig.
- Two metal knives.
- Hot stove or blow torch.
- Plastic water bottle that’s been cut in half.
This portion of the guide will walk you through how to consume your hash using each of the methods listed above.
In a joint, spliff, or blunt
Step 1: Build the foundation
One of the interesting things about hash is that it sometimes doesn’t burn that well. To remedy this, you need to roll joints, spliffs, or blunts that include a combination of flower and hash. Start by putting a thin layer of flower in the bottom of your rolling paper or wrap.
To burn the hash more easily, you need to roll joints, spliffs, or blunts with a combination of flower and hash. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Add a layer of hash
Next, add a layer of hash. To make it easier to work with, try shaping your chunk of hash into a thin cylinder that lays down neatly on top of the flower.
Step 3: Roll it up
Add a bit more flower on top of your hash then roll up your joint, spliff, or blunt like you would normally.
Step 4: Smoke it
With your joint, spliff, or blunt complete, light up and smoke. Expect to get higher than you normally would since you’ve added hash into the mix.
In a bowl, spoon pipe, bubbler, or bong
Step 1: Pack the bowl or insert screen
Depending on the method you choose to use, start out by putting either a thin layer of flower in the bottom of your pipe or a metal screen. Be sure you use only screens designed specifically for smoking purposes. Both of these will ensure that your hash burns evenly and that it doesn’t simply melt and slip through to the bottom of your pipe.
Step 2: Add the hash
Now add a small chunk of hash to the top of the flower or the screen.
Step 3: Smoke it
Smoke your pipe or bong the same way you would normally. If you’re having trouble getting the hash to burn well, try using a higher-powered lighter.
Once packing the bowl, smoke your pipe or bong the same way you would normally. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
In a vaporizer or dab rig
Step 1: Will it melt?
In order to vape or dab effectively, your hash needs to melt well. If it doesn’t, you will have problems getting it to vaporize. The only way you’re really going to know how well your hash vaporizes is to give it a shot and see.
In the event that your hash isn’t responding to your vaporizer or your dab rig, you might need to turn the hash into a cannabis product called rosin. To do this, sandwich the hash between two layers of wax paper. Place the whole thing in a fully-heated up hair straightener and squeeze. The combination of heat and pressure will press your hash into rosin, which should now be more suitable for use in a vaporizer or dab rig.
To turn hash into rosin, sandwich your hash between layers of wax paper and squeeze with a hair straightener. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Vaporize your hash
If you’re using a vaporizer, make sure the device is equipped for concentrates. If it is, simply add your hash to the chamber, dial in your preferred temperature (between 350 and 450 Fahrenheit is recommended), fire up the vaporizer, and inhale through the mouthpiece, balloon, or whip when it’s ready.
If your vaporizer isn’t automatically equipped for concentrates, be sure it can accommodate a concentrates adapter—typically a removable concentrates chamber. Remove the regular dry herb chamber, replace it with the concentrates adapter, drop in your hash, and use the vaporizer like you normally do.
Step 3: Dab your hash
To dab your hash, be sure there’s water in the water chamber. Use a blow torch or e-nail to bring the banger up to your desired temperature (between 350 and 450 Fahrenheit is recommended). When it’s hot enough, use a dabber to place a piece of hash onto the hot banger. When dabbing hash, it’s recommended that you use a carb cap. Put the carb cap over the banger, start drawing in through the mouthpiece, remove the carb cap, and inhale the vapor.
Step 1: Make a mouthpiece
Start by cutting a plastic water bottle in half. Discard the bottom half, but save the top half for use as a mouthpiece.
Step 2: Heat your knives
Get two metal knives. Place them onto a hot stovetop or heat them with a blowtorch. Either way, you need to heat them until they are literally glowing red.
Step 3: Add your hash
Let the knives cool slightly. Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and hold it there with your teeth or lips. Place a small chunk of hash onto one of the hot knives, then quickly press the other knife on top of it.
Step 4: Inhale smoke
As soon as it’s sandwiched between the hot knives, your hash should immediately start smoking. Use the mouthpiece to suck up all the smoke, trying to minimize how much of it escapes.
Why people like smoking hash
People like smoking hash because it is a fairly common and easy to find cannabis concentrate that gives consumers a much more powerful high than regular flower. Additionally, as you can see in this guide, hash is relatively versatile, offering multiple options for consumption.
Why people don’t like smoking hash
In the context of today’s cannabis market, hash often can’t compete with other types of concentrates. In general, hash has much more plant material and other impurities than other, more pure concentrates now widely available. As a result, although hash is still more potent than flower, it also tends to be much less potent than other concentrates on today’s market.How to smoke hash Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents What is hash and how is it consumed? What you’ll need Step-by-step directions Why
How to Load a Hash Bowl
Hashish—or just plain old “hash”—is definitely one of the more esoteric cannabis products out there, but it’s also one of the most potent (and, we think, one of the most enjoyable!). With a history dating back roughly 1,000 years—and a list of fans including some of the first presidents of the United States—it’s a product worth getting to know.
We typically stock at least one type of hash at our cannabis dispensary in Des Moines. You can always give us a call or check our live menu to make sure we have what you’re looking for. And we have all the tools you might need—pipes, screens and cleaning tools—so be sure to ask one of our friendly budtenders next time you come by!
Enjoying hash takes a little practice, and it’s important to know how to load a hash bowl correctly. We’ll get you pointed in the right direction, as well as sharing some of the backstory of this potent and exotic cannabis concentrate.
How to Load a Hash Bowl: What Is Hashish?
Simply put, hashish is a potent cannabis concentrate made from the compressed and purified trichomes of the cannabis plant. Trichomes are the beautiful sticky clear resinous stalks that grow all over cannabis buds. Those gooey little stalks are removed from the cannabis either by hand or mechanically, with a grinder or other method. Then, the powdery product—known as “kief”—is compressed into the dense, sticky cakes we know and love as hashish.
Apparently, the first fans of hash didn’t smoke it but ate it as an edible. In fact, the beverage called “bhang”—a sort of sweet cannabis or hash smoothie—is still popular in India. If you ever get a hankering to try one, you should know they’re easy to make, and we’ve got a great recipe!
How to Load a Hash Bowl: The Story of Hashish
The history of hash takes us to the lands spanning ancient Persia and Arabia, and also to Northern India, where the classic indica strains known as “Kush” come from. Though the exact birth of hash is fuzzy (maybe because its inventors sampled their invention!), it’s believed that humans have been using hashish since at least the late 11th century, or roughly 1,000 years.
It wasn’t until much later, in 18th-century Europe, that hash began to be smoked. In what was surely the invention of the century—the spliff!—adventurous consumers mixed hashish with another wildly popular import, tobacco brought from the New World.
Interestingly, this early “hash wave” inspired not only countless daydreamers but doctors as well. Hash was included in any number of medical textbooks and pharmacopeia and was used to treat everything from cramps to symptoms of serious diseases, and even as a supremely useful tool in psychiatry.
How to Load a Hash Bowl: The Tools
Just like any other cannabis concentrate, hash can be enjoyed a number of ways, but the most popular is the simple hand pipe or more complex water pipe (aka “bong”) (yes, we sell those too!).
In addition to your pipe, you’ll want a fresh fine-mesh screen to place in the mouth of the ignition chamber. Why fine-mesh? Some hash is notably crumblier or more fine-grained that others, and you don’t want to just suck it all through your screen on the first hit! The most common screen materials are brass and titanium; while titanium is definitely spendier, we feel it’s worth it for its long-lasting durability and ability to withstand repeated torchings.
Finally, you’ll need a flat, clean surface on which to prepare your hashish. It can be anything from an informal piece of paper (or the cover of a Led Zeppelin LP!) to a square of mirror or polished chrome. The idea is to break off a small chunk of hash from your brick—we recommend starting with a tiny amount, roughly half the size of a Q-Tip head—and then crumble it with a tool like the tip of a knife or a metal probe.
How to Load a Hash Bowl: Practice Makes Perfect
Now that you’ve prepared your hash for smoking, use the knife tip or scraper to load a little bit of hash onto the new fine-mesh screen you installed over the mouth of your pipe. Putting the pipe to your lips, ignite your lighter or match, place it close to the crumbled hash and gently inhale, just enough to draw the flame over the hashish.
This part requires a little practice. It’s easy to scorch the hash without actually drawing the smoke in, and you want to avoid that as much as possible. Truly great hashish—like all the cannabis concentrates we sell—has a very special and “alive” flavor, and we want you to enjoy it to the fullest.
If you have any other questions about hash (or any cannabis products), stop by our dispensary in Des Moines!Stop by our cannabis dispensary in Des Moines to grab some great hash—or order yours online right now! Here's how to use hashish. ]]>