Difference between pot and hash
What is the difference between American style marijuana and European style hashish?
The difference between marijuana and hashish goes far beyond country of origin. Marijuana is the most common and least powerful form of cannabis. It is made from dried plant leaves and flowers. Most of American cannabis is strictly the flower or bud of the plant and does not contain whole plants. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active ingredient in marijuana that acts upon the nervous system. Marijuana usually contains a maximum of 25% to 30 percent THC.
Hashish, also known as hash, is made by eliminating plant material and collecting the trichomes from the flower tops of female cannabis plants. These flowers, or ‘heads’, are the most potent parts of the plant. As a result, the THC content of hashish typically varies from 20 percent to 60 percent. There are two common methods for producing hash:
- In Morocco and Lebanon, hashish is made by sifting the mature cannabis tops through a series of fine sieves until a resinous powder remains. This powder is compressed and heated to allow the resins to melt, binding the remaining vegetable matter. The resin is compressed into blocks sealed with cellophane or cloth.
- In the Indian sub-continent, hashish is made by rubbing the resinous tops of the plant with the hands or a leather apron. This allows the resins to stick together. These are then scraped off the skin or leather and rolled into lumps of various sizes, and later compressed into blocks.
It’s always important to be informed! Check out the related Go Ask Alice! Q&As below for more information. Short-term problems that have been associated with the use of marijuana and hashish include: paranoia, anxiety, and panic attacks. These symptoms can occur after users smoke or eat too much pot or hashish or use the drug without ensuring their surroundings are safe and trusted friends are nearby. Whether choosing to use pot or hashish in New York (where, by the way, neither substance is legal) or in Amsterdam, it’s key to know that what you’re ingesting comes from a reliable, trusted source, and to partake slowly and moderately to avoid unpleasant side-effects.
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Q & A: What Is The Difference Between Pot and Hash?
Q: I am a parent and I often hear my kids talking about pot and hash. I always thought that they were synonymous. Is there a difference between the two?
A: Your suspicions are correct. Pot and hash are often considered to be interchangeable terms. There are lots of similarities but the reality is that there is also a slight difference between the two.
Let me explain. Both are derived from a genus of flowering plants known as cannabis. However, there are three putative species in the cannabis genus: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. The natural habitat of all three is Central and South Asia.
Both pot and hash provide a high from the THC content in the plant. While both can be smoked or eaten, the THC content determines the potency of different forms in which it is used.
The herbal form consisting of flowers, leaves and stalks of female plants and the products developed from it, regardless of use, is known as marijuana and is the most widely consumed form of cannabis. The THC content in marijuana differs according to the specific species of cannabis used and may vary from 3-22%. Cannabis strains used to make industrial hemp have as little as 1% THC.
The resinous form of cannabis is known as hashish or hash. Hash is made from resin produced in the flowers of cannabis. Depending upon purity, it is either golden brown or black and normally more potent than marijuana. Powder made from trichomes, hair on the surface of the leaf or stem, is known as Kief. It is compressed into cakes of hash or consumed in powder form.
Hash oil is another form in which cannabis is used. This is resin extracted with solvents and concentrated as thick oil. Hash oil may have 60% THC content or even more.
What is referred to as pot in the US is the result of resin, leaves and stalks all chopped up and mixed. This results in a lower potency. Hash is just the resin of the cannabis plant, pressed and made into cakes and is more potent than pot. Sensemilla, which is pot without seeds, can be as potent as hash.
The main ingredient in pot as well as hash, THC, acts upon the nervous system and has short term effects that include panic attacks, extreme paranoia and anxiety. Long term effects of marijuana are not very clear. Marijuana is also priced for its medicinal value. It is effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting and relieves mild pain. It is known to increase appetite in AIDS patients and also those undergoing treatment with chemotherapy. However, it should be consumed only moderately to avoid unpleasant side effects.
Marijuana is the least harmful among recreational drugs. However, there are different factors that influence how long THC remains in your system. The result of a marijuana drug test depends largely upon the amount of marijuana consumed by the user. For accurate and correct results it is imperative that a dependable marijuana drug test is used.
This article explains for the marijuana drug test user the difference between pot and hash, two common types of marijuana.