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Hash From Around The World

Post by Weedguru Higher » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:19 am

Hash From Around The World
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Harder types of resin - mostly from Morocco and Lebanon are made by sifting mature cannabis flowers through a series of sieves until only a resinous powder remains. This powder is compressed and heated to allow the resins to melt and stick together forming blocks. The resin is then compressed into blocks and sealed with cellophane or cloth. The result is a hard, brittle hash, usually light yellow to brown and sometimes even reddish brown. Generally, the really hard and yellow stuff which is cerebral is old Lebanese on the whole, and the slightly darker brown hash is usually Moroccan. Apparently, new Lebanese is often also malleable.

The traditional method used in most countries like Nepal, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and areas that surround the Himalayas involves rubbing the living flowers of the cannabis plants with hands, a leather apron or other implements. The aim is to get the soft and sticky resins to stick to a surface which can be taken somewhere to be processed and collated. These are then scraped off the skin or leather and rolled into lumps of various sizes and compressed into blocks. The color is usually dark brown to black on the surface and lighter on the interior. Air contact makes this hash go darker in color. The consistency is normally soft and a lump can usually be moulded into various shapes or sausages.

Hashish can be mixed with other chemicals (usually oils) to increase its weight, but this decreases potency. Dealers do this to increase their profit. Depending on how much pressing is done, the hash you buy might be nothing like the original product.

Usually, the potency of seized hash varies from under 1% THC to 26% THC. Typically the strength is 3% to 8% THC, with the rest being vegetable matter. Some of the percentages given here are misleading because they are based on hashish seized by police and other government organizations. Samples may have been sitting around for a year or more before being tested, causing the THC to degrade. Hash rated potent in the list below will have a THC content of 30% or more in fresh samples. Really potent hashish can be 50% THC or more. Remember that THC is not the only cannabinoid in hashish, there are various others such as CBD and CBN which all add to the effect.

Hash Strains

Strain: Afghani (Afghanistan)

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Cultivation: Hashish has been produced practically everywhere in and around Afghanistan. The best kinds of Hash originate from the Northern provinces between Hindu Kush and the Russian border (Balkh, Mazar-i-Sharif).

Production:
The plants which are used for Hash production are very small and bushy Indicas. In Afghanistan Hashish is pressed by hand under addition of a small quantity of tea or water. The Hashish is worked on until it becomes highly elastic and has a strong aromatic smell.

In Afghanistan the product is stored in the form of Hash-Balls (because a round ball has the less contact with air), however, before being shipped, the Hash is pressed in 100g slabs.

Good qualities of Afghani are signed with the stem of the producing family. Sometimes Hash of this kind is sold as Royal Afghani. Sieving also has a long history in Afghanistan, that is not common in areas that surround the Himalayas.

Color: Black on the outside, dark greenish or brown inside. Can sometimes look kind of grayish on the outside when left in contact with the air.

Smell: Spicy to very spicy.

Taste:
Very spicy, somewhat harsh on the throat. Afghani can induce lots of coughing in inexperienced users.

Consistency: Soft, can be kneaded very easily.

Effect: Almost narcotic, produces a very physical and stony high.

Potency:
Potent, sometimes very potent. It's easy to underestimate the potency of Afghani since the high takes about 5 minutes to reach it's full potential. (1.7%-6.5% THC)

Availability:
Quite rare, especially good qualities.

Various: The softest Afghani isn't always the best - coconut or other oils are often added in the originating country. There has been some Hash-Oil produced from Afghani, usually the quality is excellent. Beware: Turkish Hash is sometimes offered under the name of Red Turk

Strain: Charas (India)

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Cultivation: Cannabis can be cultivated nearly everywhere around India.

Production: In India Hash is produced by carefully rubbing the female buds between the hands. The resin is rolled in Hash-Balls, before shipment it's pressed in the usual slabs.

Color:
Black on the outside, dark greenish/brown inside.

Smell:
Spicy to very spicy. Distinctive aroma.

Taste:
Very spicy, somewhat harsh on the throat but definitively less so than Afghani.

Consistency: Very soft, can be kneaded easily like Afghani. Sometimes quite powdery though always dense.

Effect:
Very stony and physical high. Cerebral.

Potency: Potent to very potent. Like Nepali, Charas is almost always good smoke. (10-26% THC)

Availability:
Very rare, from time to time very small quantities become available. Most Hash of this kind is imported by private travellers to India. As expected the price is very high, in the range of Nepali. Charas is usually sold as a 'finger', which is a sausage shaped piece of hash.


Strain: Kashmiri (Kashmir/India)


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Cultivation:
No information available.

Production:
Good Kashmir Hashish is produced by hand like in Nepal and Afghanistan. Usually the producers in Kashmir aren't able to press the slabs decently. Sieving has recently (20th century) been used after being introduced by westerners. This has resulted in a lower quality product than the traditional hand rubbed type of hash.

Color:
Black on the outside, brown-greenish inside. White lines sometimes present.

Smell:
Very spicy and aromatic.

Taste:
It's not one of the best tasting types of Hashish. It certainly isn't bad and it is not harsh on the throat.

Consistency:
Somewhat harder than Afghani with less resin content. Natural oils are often added to render the Hash soft.

Effect:
Physical and stony high.

Potency: Average (10-12% THC). There are some good batches of Kashmir but in general, most Kashmir is not as good as other types of hashish.

Availability:
Very rare.

Strain: Lebanese (Lebanon)


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Cultivation: The most important cannabis-fields are located in the valley of Baalbek. The fields are cultivated on very large scale, many of them using modern machinery. The production is very industrially oriented, tradition is not very involved in the Hash-Business.

Production: The cannabis-plants are left on the field until they are nearly dry. By this time they will have acquired a brown-reddish color (some Chlorophyll is destroyed by the UV-Rays of the Sun). Finally the plants are brought in a barn to be dried completely.

Hashish is produced in the same way as in Morocco, basically the buds are carefully rubbed over a fine silk-cloth, the resulting powder can be pressed together. Than finer the mesh used, than better the resulting Hashish.

The Hash-Powder is stored inside 35kg plastic bags, in this form it can be kept for a long time without losing much potency (because the resin glands are still closed).

In the winter months the pressing begins. Hash-Powder is filled in linen or cotton bag and pressed under great pressure. On the surface of the Hashish the structure of the tissue which was used can be clearly seen. Usually the Hash is pressed in slabs of 100g, 200g (usually) or 1000g (1kg).

There is some Hash which is pressed by hand like in Afghanistan, unfortunately it's usually not exported.

Color: There are two kinds of Lebanese-Hash: Yellow Lebanese, which is yellowish and Red Lebanese which is reddish-brown (very similar to standard Morocco in color). The Red-Lebanese is made from riper plants.

Smell: Spicy to very spicy, refreshing smell.

Taste: Very spicy, harsher than Turk or Morocco. Some Lebanese-Hash is harsher than Afghani, especially when smoked in a Bong.

Consistency:
Usually the slabs are very thick (about an inch) and not elastic. However when you cut it, you can clearly see that it contains big quantities of resin and that it can be cut easily. Some kinds of Lebanese, like Afghani have the family stem on them. Very good Lebanese can be re-pressed by hand like Afghani due to it's high resin-content.

Effect: Compared to most other Hash varieties the High is quite cerebral, however more stony than Morocco or Turk. Of course, the yellow kind produces a more cerebral high than the red kind (which is riper and contains more CBN than THC).

Potency: Usually not very strong, somewhat stronger than Morocco. However there are also very good varieties of Lebanon which are very strong. As already mentioned the high resin content of the better varieties can be clearly seen and it can be re-pressed by hand. (1.0%-18% THC)

Availability: Quite rare, good qualities are very rare. Unfortunately most of the Lebanese which is sold is quite old and dry, fresh and resinous Lebanese is very rare.

Various: I'm told that the best Lebanese-Hash is called Zahret el Kolch.

Strain: Manali (India/Himalaya Region)


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Production: The Hash is produced by hand like in Afghanistan and Nepal.

Color:
Black on the outside, greenish-brown inside.

Smell: Similar to marijuana.

Taste:
Similar to marijuana.

Consistency: Hard to very hard (when older).

Effect:
Not as physical and stony as the other black kinds.

Potency: Medium to potent.

Availability:
Very rare. When available usually in the form of sticks, unfortunately often quite old.

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Strain: Moroccan (Morocco)

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Cultivation: Cannabis is cultivated in the Northern regions, especially in the province of Ketama. In 1992 Morocco cultivated at least 30,000 acres of cannabis. This produces about 15,000 tons of Hashish.

Production:
By sifting mature cannabis flowers through a series of sieves.

Color:
Greenish to brown. Due to the relatively short growing season the plants retain a quite green color at harvest. There is also blonde maroccan hash.

Smell:
Lightly aromatic, not spicy.

Taste:
Compared to other kinds of Hash the taste is very mild.

Consistency:
Quite variable, however generally quite hard. Usually Morocco is sold in slabs less than a half inch in thickness.

Effect:
Compared to other kinds of Hash it produces a quite cerebral and active high.

Potency:
Light to medium, only rarely potent. Even very good Morocco can't be called particularly strong. (0.9%-10% THC)

Availability:
Moroccan is the most common kind of Hash on the European market, not as common in the US and Canada.

Strain: Nepalese (Nepal)

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Cultivation:
There are small cannabis cultivations in the Highlands of Nepal.

Production:
The resin is collected by carefully rubbing the buds between both hands. Later the collected resin is pressed to homogenous Hash-Balls. Before shipment these balls are pressed into slabs.

Color: Black on the outside, dark-brown inside.

Smell: The aroma is very spicy, heavy and quite sweet. It is particularly potent if a piece of Hash is broken-up.

Taste:
Highly aromatic and sweet, more so than Afghani but still less harsh on the throat.

Consistency:
Usually somewhat harder than Afghani but still soft enough to be kneaded at body temperature.

Effect:
Very physical and stony high.

Potency:
Potent to very potent.(11%-15% THC)

Availability:
Very rare.

Strain: Nether-Dope (Netherlands)

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Cultivation:
This Hash is produced from cannabis plants grown in the Netherlands. Plants are usually cultivated Indoors but there are also small outdoors and greenhouse cultivations.

Production:
The manufacture method varies with the producer. Most of the Hash is produced thru screening like in Morocco, however there is also a small quantity of hand-rubbed Hash produced using the Afghani method (which of course is much better). However only a very small quantity of the Weed is transformed in Hashish.

Color:
Usually quite green, however this varies with the kind of Weed used and the producer.

Smell:
Usually quite grass or skunk - like, but depends from the kind of Weed.

Taste:
Same as above.

Consistency:
Varies depending on the producer.

Effect:
The kind of High depends from the strain of weed that was used, however usually the high is quite active and cerebral.

Potency: Potent to very potent, this stuff is better than any other kind of Hash available to the average user. It even beats most Nepali's and nearly every kind Afghan. (Up to 60% THC)

Availability:
Very, very rare outside the Netherlands and surrounding countries.

Strain: Pakistani (Pakistan)

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Cultivation: Cannabis is especially cultivated in the North-West-Frontier- Province which isn't under government control. This region is considered tribal area.

Drugs of every kind are produced, as well as weapons. Every man is permitted (and should) bear a firearm. The best Hashish is produced in the regions of Citral, Swat and Khaibar, however many of the fields were converted to Opium fields.

Production:
The hash is produced by hand like in Afghanistan.

Color:
Black on the outside, dark-brown inside. Sometimes even kinds of greenish color can be found.

Smell:
Spicy to very spicy.

Taste: Very spicy, quite harsh on the throat (like Afghani).

Consistency: Soft, like Afghani.

Effect: Very physical, somewhat stonier than Afghani.

Potency: Medium to potent (2.4%-15% THC)

Availability:
Very rare.

Various:
Until 1979, when the Islamic Rule (of life) was introduced, one could purchase ***** and Hash of various qualities in the so called Government ***** Shops.

Strain: Turk (Turkey)

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Cultivation: Cannabis is produced in the rural regions like Anatolia.

Production:
The manufacture method (and the resulting product) is very similar to Morocco, the Hashish is pressed from Resin-Powder.

Color:
Greenish-brown.

Smell:
Slightly spicy.

Taste: Not especially aromatic or spicy, very soft on the throat.

Consistency:
When pressed correctly Turk is hard like a rock. Sometimes it can look like over aged Moroccan Hash. Sometimes Turkish hash is encountered as brittle thin wafers which crumble and powder easily.

Effect:
Highly cerebral compared to other kinds of Hash. Probably the most cerebral high of any kind of Hash.

Potency:
Light to medium, rarely potent.(3.5%-8.8% THC)

Availability:
Very rare.

Various: Turk can be recognized by the typical crack sound it makes when a slab is broken. Hashish use isn't very common in Turkey, Hash is available but you need to have contacts and be very careful.
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