Hashish consists of the THC-rich resinous material of the cannabis plant,
which is collected, dried, and then compressed into a variety of forms, such
as balls, cakes, or cookie-like sheets. Pieces are then broken off, placed
in pipes, and smoked. The Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan are the main sources of hashish. The THC content of hashish that
reached the United States, where demand is limited, averaged about 5 percent
in the 1990s.
The sticky resin of the marijuana plant is used to make hash. It can
be collected by either thrashing the plants over cloth or plastic, and
collecting the resin as it falls, or by simply rubbing the buds between the
hands causing the resin to stick to them. Once the resin is collected,
a small amount of water may be added and worked in to assure a uniform
consistency. As a general rule, the darker the hash, the higher the
Hash oil is a refined oily extract of the marijuana plant that has a very
high THC content, generally ranging from 20-60%. Hash oil is light
sensitive and is usually packed in dark colored glass vials.
Hash oil varies in color from a light honey, red, green, brown, and dark
coal black. Hash oil is typically added to marijuana to enhance its potency.
Shish, kif, charas, and nup. Names such as finger, candy bar,
surfboard, and patties refer to the shape in which the hash is formed.
Names like Leb, blonde Lebanese, black Afghani, and Moroccan indicated the
color of the hash and its country or origin.