Both hashish and marijuana are part of the same plant, the cannabis sativa or hemp plant. The main difference between the two is that the term marijuana describes the dry parts of the plant, mainly the unprocessed flowers, while the Hashish is a resin paste or sap of the plant. In addition, hashish contains a higher concentration of psychoactive chemicals.
- 1 What is hashish
- 2 THC levels in hashish and marijuana
- 3 Short-term effects of Hashish
- 4 Long-term effects of Hashish
What is hashish
Just as marijuana or grass is extracted from the dried cannabis flower tops, hashish is obtained from the crystals that are on the outer edges of the plant. The resin they contain is separated and compressed into compact blocks for sale.
Hashish is actually pure resin. To produce hashish it is necessary to separate the resin from the leaves by drying and cooling the plant. After that, the plant is filtered. Small resin grains fall through the sieve, a process that can be repeated several times. It is then crushed to a powder, by hand or with the help of a press. The oil that comes out causes the powder to stick. It is then molded in the form of a brown block.
Hashish is stronger than marijuana, since the concentration of its active substance, THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is much higher, if it was prepared correctly. However, those of poor quality may contain large amounts of residual material such as soil, henna, plastic, oil and much worse such as animal hair or manure. However, as a general rule, hashish is a much more concentrated compound than the plant itself.
Hashish is consumed in many ways, in the form of tobacco or with vaporizers to inhale. It can also be ingested through foods such as seasoning on cakes, cookies and other baked goods.
THC levels in hashish and marijuana
Although hashish and the marijuana they are consumed in a similar way, as we have said, their main difference lies in the levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that each product contains. Weed or marijuana is the form of cannabis that most people are familiar with, but in reality it is the least potent. THC, the active chemical in cannabis that affects the nervous system, is found in the plant at a maximum level of 25% to 30%. Hashish is usually much stronger, and its values vary between 20% and 60%. Many agree that hashish that is produced correctly has a THC level that is three times more potent than maria.
Hashish Short Term Effects
Because Hashish contains high amounts of THC, consumers can feel many of the effects they would have after using marijuana, but much more intensely.
Some of the main effects are:
- Distortion of time perception, color and spatial limits
- The feeling of relaxation and happiness that rises to the point of euphoria
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Problems with general thinking and problem solving
- Increased appetite
- Increased heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Decreased motor coordination
- Dry mouth and throat
Users may also experience that concentration and short term memory Are affected. Some may experience other unpleasant psychological reactions such as paranoid states and anxiety. Higher doses of hashish can produce intense reactions of fear and frightening visual and auditory hallucinations. These possibilities are greater when the user has a predisposition to psychological problems.
Long Term Effects of Hashish
Regular consumers of hashish may suffer long-term effects. Hashish damages the lungs and increases the risk of contracting respiratory diseases. They can also experience decreased cognitive reasoning abilities, hormonal changes and physical or psychological addiction.
Although it has been shown that hashish is less addictive than alcohol or nicotineIt is easy to become dependent as it affects the pleasant parts of the brain. When addiction appears, consumers often experience loss of motivation, depression, agitation, anxiety, sleep disorders and loss of appetite as major withdrawal symptoms.