Hash in a white jar next to a brick of hash

What Is Hash (Hashish)?

Hash is a potent and concentrated form of cannabis, and it’s available at a dispensary near you. But what exactly is it? In this guide, we’ll give you all the answers about marijuana hash, including:

  • What is Hash and How is it Made?
  • Where Does Hash Come From?
  • How is Hash Used?
  • What Types of Hash are There?

What is Hashish and How is it Made?

Hash, also known as hashish, is a type of concentrated cannabis made by collecting and compressing the trichomes or resin glands of the marijuana plant using a solventless extraction technique. These little trichomes contain the cannabinoids that cannabis connoisseurs love. So marijuana hash is basically the same as marijuana, only much more potent because you don’t have any plant material to consume with the cannabinoids. Hash can be soft and creamy or stiff like peanut brittle. It also can come in a variety of colors, including red, green, and yellow. 

If you’ve read our article about kief, you may be thinking these two things sound very similar. You would be right! Kief is simply dried trichomes. There’s no pressing or extraction. Hash is kief that has been pressed and extracted.

Hash is chock full of cannabinoids. Want to know more about them? Check out our guide to cannabinoids.  

Where Does Hash Come From?

The word “hash” comes from “hashish,” which is a word in the Arabic language that roughly translates to “grass.” Hash has been around for centuries but gained popularity around 900 AD. In fact, there were even different types of hash back then, including charas, which was resin collected from cannabis farmers’ hands, and mahjoun, which is a sweet treat made with dates and chocolate that is filled with hashish. Mahjoun might even be one of the first marijuana edibles ever made. 

Hash spread beyond the Middle East when Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798. The French soldiers discovered hashish and brought it back home with them. By the 19th century, it was popular in Western countries and even imported by doctors for research purposes. This led to experimentation with extraction techniques, along with the creation of different types of tinctures and medicines.  

Read more about hash vs kief in our guide.  

How is Hash Used?

Compared to other concentrates, hash is easier to consume. There are a couple of different methods that cannabis connoisseurs use to enjoy hash:

  • Dabbing: To dab, you need a dab rig and dab tool. You’ll place the hash on the nail, let it heat up, and inhale.   

  • Pipe: You can use a water pipe or hand pipe. While the hash can be inhaled on its own on top of the bowl, you can also add it to the marijuana flower to increase the potency of your marijuana.   

  • Roll: Whether you prefer to roll slim, thin-papered cones or thicker, cigar-papered cones - also called “joints” - you can add hash to the flower. Simply place the hash in with the ground cannabis and roll it up.   

  • Edibles: Hash has always been consumed orally throughout history. This traditional method infuses a beverage with hash. It can also be added to baked edibles. 

It’s important to remember that hash is incredibly potent (40-80% THC). This concentrate, especially if you’re a beginner, is made to be consumed low in quality and slow over time.

Learn how cannabis works in the body with our guide to the endocannabinoid system.  

What Types of Hash Are There?

There are a couple of different types of hash available. They are all potent, but they are simply made using different techniques available. Hash is even fairly easy to make at home if you have the right flower and the right tools. 

Dry Sift Hash

This type of hash is created when extractors separate the trichomes from the flower using a variety of fine mesh screens. This technique essentially creates a high quality, refined type of kief.

To make dry sift hash, the marijuana flower is placed on a mesh screen and rolled or rubbed back and forth. This breaks the resin glands from the flower which then pass through the screen. This process continues through finer and finer screens until it’s impossible to get any more trichomes from the flower.

This dry hash can then either be added to pipes and cones or pressed to turn it into more traditional forms of hash that can be dabbed.

Bubble Hash or Ice Water Hash

This method takes cannabis flower and dips it into ice water. Because the water is so cold, the little trichomes freeze. Then, you stir the water so the trichomes are broken off. From there, the water is filtered through screens until all that’s left is the resin. Once dried, this hash is called bubble hash.

Extraction professionals typically use a special type of washing machine to make churning the water and removing the trichomes easier and more efficient.

Purchasing Hash

Hash is a unique type of concentrate with a long history of being enjoyed by consumers around the globe. Check to see if hash is available near you using our product menus

Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.