People are so confused (and in many cases, bent out of shape) about the hash debate, we — the experts at Honest Marijuana — decided to take the opportunity to set the record straight about this unique form for marijuana.
To do that, we’re going to start at the very beginning with a bit of simple bud biology and track it all the way through to the final product: hash/hashish.
Doing it this way — instead of just giving you the answer up front — will help you understand ALL the different forms of cannabis and how they relate to each other.
Bud Biology: It All Starts With Trichomes
Cannabis is a plant just like any other. It comes in different varieties: indica, sativa, and ruderalis (or hemp). It has the same parts — roots, stem, leaves, and flowers — and grows well in a specific climate.
The roots, stems, and leaves are pretty much inconsequential to our discussion of hash, so we can discard them along the wayside.
But the flowers? That’s where all the action is. And actually, it’s not the flowers (or bud) that we’re really interested in. It’s what’s ON the flowers that gets us excited.
When you zoom in on the cannabis flowers, you see tiny mushroom-like tendrils covering the surface. Those tendrils are called trichomes. They’re the beginning of the hashish vs. marijuana debate.
What Are Trichomes?
Trichomes are the resin glands of the cannabis plant. Inside those resin glands, the cannabis plant produces THC…