Hashish Facts

Hashish facts, a potent grade of cannabis, is made from resin extracted from the flower clusters and top leaves of the marijuana plant. Marijuana, a cheaper and less potent substance, is obtained from the cut tops of cannabis plants. Hashish is obtained by concentrating the resin from this marijuana.

Marijuana includes, besides resin, other plant material like leaves, stems, seeds, etc. These other materials make marijuana less potent than hashish, that is, a given weight of hashish made from a particular plant will be more potent than the same given weight of marijuana coming from the same plant.

However, certain strains of top quality marijuana may be more potent than certain strains of low quality hashish. Add to this, the fact that most hashish available in the US has been stepped on (diluted) by importers, it has become hard to find the top quality hashish available in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Hashish facts like marijuana, hashish is usually smoked or eaten. Hash oil is more potent than hashish and is an extract of hashish. Hashish is intoxicating and can produce euphoria and other feelings similar to marijuana.

It is an illegal substance in the United States and many other counties with no accepted medical use. As with marijuana, the active ingredient in hashish is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Differences, in the way hashish looks, from the dry and dusty soil of Lebanon and Morocco and the green, subtropical mountain slopes of the Himalayas (Nepal, Afghanistan, etc.) derives chiefly from the manner of harvesting.

Hashish Facts In The USA

Most of the hash available in the US is shit. When it is imported the quality is usually very good but importers usually “press” the hash with inert materials that increase the weight, and lower the quality. For this reason it is usually better to buy weed instead of marijuana, unless you are sure the hashish is good quality.

Since the late 1960s the hash produced in some countries has deteriorated. Because there is such a strong demand for hash abroad, lower and lower quality hashish is being produced in countries that formerly produced only top quality product.

Because people who have never tried good hashish don’t know any better, even low grades of hash find a ready market.

The Problem
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the country. There are an estimated 5.1 million regular marijuana users nationwide, including some 500,000 or more in New York. After declining steadily through the 1980s, marijuana use has increased among teenagers.
Although advocates for legalizing marijuana argue that it is a moderately harmless drug, its negative effects on school performance, the known health risks for young people, the driving hazards associated with it, and the potential harm to pregnant women and others who become regular users present a convincing argument against its use, regardless of legality.

The Drug
Marijuana and hashish come from the hemp plant, cannabis sativa, which grows throughout most of the tropical and temperate zones of the world. Marijuana is typically sold in the form of cut, dried leaves, stems and flowers of this plant. It is generally smoked like a cigarette or cigar, or in pipes. Sometimes it’s eaten.

Hashish is the dried, caked resin from the hemp plant flower and is generally smoked in pipes. Hashish oil is extracted from the hemp resin; a drop or two of the oil on a tobacco cigarette produces roughly the same effect as a marijuana cigarette.

Some street names for marijuana are grass pot, herb, weed and smoke; marijuana cigarettes are called joints or reefers. Hashish is commonly referred to as hash.

The Effects
The major active ingredient in marijuana and hashish is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The exact nature of its action is not entirely understood, although it is believed to change to a psychoactive compound in the liver. The higher the THC content, the stronger the effects. The average potency of marijuana in this country has increased since the 1970s.

The effect sought in cannabis use is euphoria, a feeling of wellbeing and elation. This is usually accompanied by a state of altered perception, particularly of distance and time. The euphoric feeling usually peaks within ten to thirty minutes of smoking marijuana, but residual effects may last from two to three hours.

Marijuana and hashish can impair balance, coordination, speech and thinking. Even small amounts of marijuana have been found to adversely affect driving performance.

Some users experience adverse reactions ranging from mild anxiety to panic. Acute psychotic reactions are rare, but episodes of paranoia are possible.

The Dangers
Marijuana and hashish products contain cancer causing elements (carcinogens), just like cigarettes. Although marijuana is seldom smoked with the same frequency as tobacco, it can lead to upper respiratory problems such as those caused by cigarette smoking.

Chronic, heavy users of marijuana often show memory and concentration impairments. However, these effects generally disappear several weeks after use stops. Some people can become tolerant to the effects of marijuana with long term heavy use, needing larger doses to achieve the same effect. Psychological dependence is also possible, particularly for young people.

Experimentation with marijuana generally starts during the teen years. Marijuana and hashish use can interfere with a young person’s physical, mental and social development. A growing street fad involves the use of “blunts,” cigars that are rerolled with marijuana. When combined with alcohol, this use pattern can result in even more serious problems.

Marijuana and hashish are sometimes “spiked” with other substances such as PCP and crack, making their effects unpredictable and more dangerous.

The Law
Articles 220 and 221 of the New York State Penal Law are directly aimed at unlawful traffic in mind affecting drugs. They set criminal penalties for possession or sale of drugs considered harmful or subject to abuse. The seriousness of the offense and penalty imposed upon conviction depend upon the individual drug and amount held or sold.

The Marijuana Reform Act of 1977 classified possession of lesser amounts of marijuana up to 25 grams (2525130 cigarettes) as a violation. Penalties range from a $100 to $250 fine and/or up to 15 days in jail, depending on whether it is the first, second or third offense.

Possession of more than 25 grams but not more than eight ounces is a misdemeanor; possession of more than eight ounces is a felony. Sale of 25 grams or less is a misdemeanor; sale of more than 25 grams is a felony.

The penalties for sale or possession of hashish are more severe. Possession of any amount, no matter how small, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. Possession of one quarter ounce or more is a felony. Sale of any amount of hashish, no matter how small, is a felony.

Though marijuana has been used in the treatment of glaucoma and nausea caused by cancer chemotherapy, New York state law makes no exception for the use of the drug for medical purposes.

Prevention and Treatment
New York has a network of services to help those persons with problems stemming from the use or abuse of marijuana or other drugs. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services supports and monitors this statewide network of prevention and treatment programs. It’s important to remember that there are places to go for help in dealing with your own alcohol/drug problem or that of someone close to you a certified treatment program, a health professional knowledgeable about addiction, your local council on alcoholism and other drug addictions, an Employee Assistance Program, and a variety of self help support groups. All are good sources that can be found in your phone book.