Hash / Hashish Information


What is Hashish?

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, and Pakistan/Afghanistan are the main sources of hashish. The THC content of hashish that reaches the United States, where demand is limited, averaged 6 percent in the 1990s. Hash is sold in solid pieces ranging in color from light brown to black; in texture from dry to soft and crumbly. It can also be baked into cookies or cakes.

Hash facts

  • Studies suggest that normal development of the baby may be adversely affected by heavy use of marijuana by the mother during pregnancy.
  • The Middle East still today remains the primary source of hashish worldwide.

Short-term effects of hash

  • Muscular incoordination, slurred speech, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, and reddening of the eyes.
  • Concentration, short-term memory, driving ability, stability, balance, ability to process information and judgment are all markedly impaired.
  • The user feels calm, relaxed, talkative and giddy.
  • Sensory perception seems enhanced, colors brighter, sounds more distinct.
  • Appetite, reaction time, pulse rate and pupil size are increased.
  • A sense of time and space distorted.
  • Some users withdraw, or experience fearfulness, spontaneous laughter, anxiety, depression; users experience hallucinations, paranoia and panic reactions with larger doses and symptoms worsen in persons with psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia.

Long-term effects of hash

  • Increased risk of cancers, of the oral cavity, pharynx, and esophagus.
  • Respiratory system damaged by smoking.
  • Disruption in the menstrual cycle, decreased sperm count, possible congenital abnormalities are also some of the effects.
  • Psychological effects include panic reactions, psychosis, amotivational syndrome, diminished drive, lessened ambition, decreased motivation.
  • Impaired ability to learn and become educated.

See also: Marijuana Addiction | History of Marijuana |Marijuana / Pot | Marijuana Timeline

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