I hardly partake in weed anymore. It smells loud, is harsh on the lungs, and tastes bad. But I dab. When ready, I refer aloud to it as hash. This has time and again led me to conversations with others where I’m referring to dabs as hash, and they’re thinking a specific type of hash i.e., bubble hash. When I correct their misconception, they try to turn it around, saying something like, “Nooo, that’s BHO.” They’re wrong. It’s hash.
Granted (when I was younger), I didn’t quite understand the difference between hash and marijuana, either. And the simple fact is, there’s not. Hash is just a concentrated dosage of essential cannabis oils. The same way that a grapefruit is filled with delicious, succulent juice, marijuana flowers too are filled with their own special type of juice (oil). Hash is a broad, general name given to extracted marijuana oils.
So why does traditional (bubble) hash look different from dabs, you ask?
The differences in hash lie in the method of extraction used to concentrate the flower’s oil. The traditional method of making hash is not as concise as newer, modern methods. This resulted in a product that contained higher levels of THC than its original form, but which still retained plant matter from the flowers, which is why its bulkier and slightly powdery. (More on how to make Bubble Hash in another post.)
The continuing advancements of cannabis culture throughout the years has lead to more refined hash production. One such advancement has been the advent of BHO (Butane Hash Oil), which refers to extracting cannabis oils through butane gas to create dabs. Another method, is to simply extract the oils by heat and pressure, known as Rosin.
Still, one thing remains consistent. Each product (from traditional Bubble hash all the way to Rosin), contains a concentrated dosage of oils from Marijuana flowers. This means they’re all hash, with the only difference being appearance and quality. An even newer term is Concentrates, which has spawned in conjunction with the advancements of hash and is just as acceptable to use. Still, at the end of the day, it’s all in reference to partaking, and each person has their own way of saying they’re ready for a dosage of some THC.