What is Buddha Love Hash?
Hash is a cannabis extract, made when trichomes, the resinous glands that line the surface of cannabis plants, are removed and processed into a concentrated form. It is usually brown or dark green in color, and comes in a brick or ball. Hash is a solventless extract, as trichome removal is done with physical manipulation and temperature changes, not with the use of solvents or chemicals.
How is Buddha Love Hash made?
The cannabis concentrate hash is typically inhaled or smoked. Hashish can be made using a few different methods, but the essential steps include removing the resin, or trichome glands, from a cannabis plant and repeatedly compressing them to form a hardened, solid piece. It’s arguably one of the oldest types of cannabis concentrates, with written texts referring to hashish dating as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries. The varying look and feel of hash is closely tied to its history and the method used to make it.
What makes Buddha Love Hash so special?
Hash is the original concentrate. Aside from being the world’s oldest cannabis concentrate, it is made of trichome glands, which house many of the beneficial compounds available in the cannabis plant. These active molecules — the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids of cannabis — work synergistically and may have positive medical effects. Terpenes have also been shown to heighten the effects of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. In a 2011 study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology, Dr. Ethan B. Russo wrote about the entourage effect of cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes can boost and amplify the cannabis experience, and lab studies have shown that flavonoids have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Another standout quality of hash is that it’s a low-tech concentrate: its production doesn’t require lab-grade equipment or solvents. Hash can also have a long shelf life. If stored properly, the dry resin powder that’s collected and used to make sieved hash can last for years. The rate of degradation increases once the kief has been pressed into a slab or bar. The structure of the trichome gland, before it’s pressed, acts as a natural barrier to oxygen, moisture, and other factors that can degrade potency and flavor.
How do I consume or use Buddha Love Hash?
One of the simplest ways of consuming hash is to add it to a bowl of flower in a bong, bubbler, or pipe, boosting the potency and effects.
Hash can also be smoked on its own. “Hot knifing,” taking “knife hits” or “knife tokes” refers to a method for smoking hash where two metal knives, usually butter knives, are heated on a hot surface, like the coils of an electric range. The knives are placed on the hot surface until they are very hot or glowing a reddish color. A piece of hash is placed on the heated part of the flat knife blade.
Pipes are also a convenient way to smoke hash. When smoking hash by itself in a pipe, use a screen to prevent the smoldering piece of hash from entering the pipe and accidentally being inhaled.
Dabbing is a popular method for consuming concentrates and extracts, and hash is no exception. Dabbing uses a particular type of water pipe called a dab rig.
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