When it comes to cannabis, you may have heard a couple different terms being thrown around. I’m talking, in particular, about hash and weed. What’s the difference? In truth, not a whole lot, but what is different is significant. Both come from the same plant, but their production and effects differ greatly.

Weed, marijuana, pot, ganja, whatever you want to call it, is the dried flower bud of the plant. This is often consumed via smoking or being cooked into edibles, such as cookies or brownies. This is also the product which is becoming legal in more and more states.

It’s typically used recreationally, but is also quite often used to treat various ailments, such as nausea and other gastrointestinal issues, among other things.

Hashish, on the other hand, is far more potent. In many ways, it’s more of a byproduct of the cannabis plant. It is found as a paste which has been made out of the resin of the plant. This is gathered by collecting the trichomes found on the cannabis plant, then compressing them into a product which can be smoked or eaten.

Because of the method in which it is made, hashish, or hash, is more potent, taking far less to feel the psychoactive effects. In America, hash isn’t particularly popular, being beaten out by the easier-to-acquire marijuana variation. Its biggest users are in Europe and Asia.

From a legal standpoint, hash and marijuana don’t have much of a difference. Even though hashish is more potent, it’s treated with the same level of intensity as marijuana. Getting caught with five ounces of hash is going to be treated the same as five ounces of marijuana, in most situations.

Even in states where marijuana has been made legal, has isn’t specifically legal, though it isn’t specifically illegal, either. Until more specific laws are put into place, or laws against marijuana are revoked, you’re just going to want to be careful when dealing with the more potent stuff.

From a food standpoint, both of these items can be made into butters or oils to be used for cooking, you’ll just need a lot less if you’re using hash in your food.

As a quick clarification, smoking hash isn’t the same as dabbing, which has come into popularity over the past few years. The process to acquire the materials used when doing dabs is difficult, and potentially dangerous, and, while it does offer a faster and more potent effect than smoking normal marijuana, it’s not the same as hashish.

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