We started our HASH WEEK! Get to know the history of the origin of hashish and its traditions around the world!
Here at Girls in Green, you can see that we love to talk about hashish, right? This form of extraction so pure and wonderful of our cannabis is very old, and has been improving since ancient times.
So, we decided to tell you a little more about the tradition history of this concentrate. Shall we?
Where did the hash come from?
The origin of cannabis and hashish has been studied for many years, and it is not possible to precisely define a place or date of discovery and beginning of use, as there are some different theories among scholars. Understanding where the words hashish and charas come from helps us understand the historical process of cannabis in the world. The main lines of study point to the Arab origin: hasis, which means hemp or dry herb, while Ed Rosenthal understands that the word is more derived from the translation of the sound of the process of grinding of an herb. Anyway, both are closely linked with cannabis and also with the origin of the Hindu word charas, in which they point to the origin of the word for India.
This entire region of Asia was extremely relevant to trade when the first civilizations began. They were places where lots of people passed through, who exported and imported part of their culture, customs and traditions from the region. Today, many of these countries are still hashish production centers, and they preserve their traditional ways of collecting resin even with prohibitionist policies.
But what is hashish?
The female cannabis plant, its flowers and leaves, are covered with trichomes that contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids. In order to obtain the hashish, some process of collection, agglomeration and decarboxylation of these trichomes is necessary.
You can learn more about it and get to know its differences in our post about hashishes!
How is it extracted?
Ancestral techniques, such as rubbing hands on the plant (charas) or shaking it over screens to separate and collect the head of these glands as intact as possible (dry sift – Moroccan style hash) are some of the possible methods. When collected, agglomerated and pressed together, trichomes become a hashish piece.
The processes we mentioned above are the most traditional. Today, technologies are more evolved and separation processes are more modern. People like Bubble Man developed bags to carry out this separation through water, or even Mila (Hashqueen), with the invention of a machine (Pollinator) that performs a gentle sieving of dry sift.
We like to follow as much as possible all the news that appears in the cannabis world, but we highly value traditional techniques and we love to study the whole story that exists behind our beloved hash!
So, did you already know that? Tell us in the comments!