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Hashish

ALTTEXTWhat is hash?

Hashish is a cannabinoid, like marijuana. Hash consists of the THC-rich resinous material of the cannabis plant, which is collected, dried, and then compressed into various forms, such as balls, cakes, or cookie-like sheets. The Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan/Afghanistan are the main sources of hashish. The THC content of hash that reached the United States, where demand is limited, averaged 6 percent in the 1990s

Overview:

Hashish is a potent form of cannabis produced by collecting and compressing trichomes, the most potent material from cannabis plants.  Trichomes are the fine growths on cannabis plants that produce a sticky resin.

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Appearance:

Hash can be many colors from red and brown to dark brown or the black colored resinous material of the cannabis plant.

Street Names:

Shish, kif, charas, and nup.  Names such as finger, candy bar, surfboard, and patties refer to the shape in which the hash is formed.  Leb, blonde Lebanese, black Afghani, and Moroccan indicated the color of the hash and its country or origin.

Routes of Administration:

Hashish smoke is inhaled or pieces of the raw hash can be eaten

Short - Term Effects

  • problems with memory and learning
  • distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch)
  • difficulty in thinking and problem solving
  • loss of coordination
  • increased heart rate
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks

Long - Term Effects

  • respiratory problems as cigarette smokers
  • daily cough and phlegm
  • symptoms of chronic bronchitis
  • frequent chest colds
  • risk of pneumonia
  • poor memory, judgment and perception
  • impaired earning and attention skills