Types of hashish, the most famous and appreciated varieties by aficionados
True enthusiasts know this, as for the inflorescences there are also many varieties for hashish. The differences between one type and another of hashish concern the texture, aroma, color but also the effect of the smoke in question. In our article we will tell you which are the most famous hashish on the square and we will show you their main characteristics.
We have talked at length about the differences between cannabis and hashish in this article, we have already explained to you that this type of cannabis derivative can give absolutely “high” special effects and that, even on an aromatic level, it is capable of offering very interesting experiences. But we had not yet told you that there are many qualities of hashish that have peculiar aspects and give quite different results.
Here are the most famous and noteworthy strains you might be interested in if you want to discover the world of hashish.
This cannabinoid concentrate has a very ancient history and is closely related to spirituality in many cultures. In India and the Middle East it even has a centuries-old past while in Europe it only arrived in the modern era and has spread widely since the 18th century starting from bohemian artistic, cultural and literary circles. Today it is a much loved product and with many fans also in Italy and, if you want to learn more about it, you will discover that the area of origin will define the type. In fact, every country that historically produces hashish has developed over time very peculiar processing methods and treatments that obviously give rise to unique creations of their kind.
Here are the main varieties of smoke, where and how they are produced but above all what their typical effects are.
The charas is the most common type of hashish in India and is widely used in many areas where for men cannabis use is largely tolerated (although prohibited by law). In fact, cannabis grows abundantly in Pakistan, northern India and in the areas adjacent to the Himalayan mountain range and in all these areas it has a very important past and has long been used as an Ayurvedic cure and spiritual tool. The peculiarity of this concentrate is that it is made from undried cannabisbut fresh, in particular the processing involves rubbing fresh buds between the hands to mechanically collect the resin and then make it into balls or loaves. The consistency of the product obtained is soft, malleable and not very homogeneous. The color is dark brown on the outside (from exposure to light) and lighter or greenish on the inside. Charas does not last long compared to other types of hashish but its sweet and spicy aroma combined with the decidedly pronounced and strongly relaxing effects make it a truly excellent product. Too bad it is also rather difficult to find in Italy.
One of the most popular varieties on the market is certainly Afghan hashish, a concentrate typically produced in Afghanistan, a country where the spontaneous growth of cannabis is very typical but so is cultivation for local consumption but above all for export (which has had a real boom in the 1960s). Even today Afghanistan is the main producer of hashish in the world and for this reason many associate the generic term hashish with the Afghan type / origin smoke. In its country of origin this is called chars and comes from trichomes extracted from already dried budsthrough strictly mechanical and manual techniques. This concentrate of cannabinoids and aroma (which we could identify with kief) is then hydrated, heated and worked by hand until a malleable but rather dense and compact paste of dark brown color is obtained. If you get original Afghan hash in your hands you will find that it has a very strong aroma and that its powerful smoke guarantees a rather powerful sedative effect (given by the strong indica prevalence of local plants).
Let’s make a brief excursus on Pakistani smoking which was once very widespread but is now less easy to find. Produced mainly in the Chitral and Swat regions, it is very similar to the Afghani one: dark, malleable and with a very strong aroma. The effect is distinctly narcotic, just like hashish that comes from Afghanistan.
The Kashmir is a troubled region with a Muslim majority located in the mountains of the Himalayas to the north of the Indian subcontinent, between India and Pakistan. Both nations claim sovereignty but the true king of Kashmir is undoubtedly its precious hashish, called Kashmiri. It is decidedly compact and well pressed and with a dark color on the outside, with greenish tones inside. It is characterized by a very spicy aroma and an extremely aromatic and velvety smoke that does not irritate the throat at all. Its malleability is variable because it is often enriched with natural oils that make it softer and easier to work with. This product is also quite rare in Italy, but once tried it will leave an indelible memory thanks to a decidedly vigorous high for the high level of THC.
The Lebanese Bekaa Valley is a smokers’ paradise, where a good chunk of all the hashish traded in the world comes from. Here the large local buds are dried in the sun, the kief is prepared by collecting the trichomes and everything is well pressed into blocks that will take on a crumbly consistency. Lebanon hashish is divided into yellow or red, the effect of the first type is generally more cerebral than that of the second. Generally speaking, the Lebanese smoke that arrives in Italy is considered to be of little quality, above all because it is often not very effective and extremely dry.
In the area of Ketama and in general in the north of Morocco a lot of hashish is produced, the characteristics are an extremely hot and spicy aroma that turns into a soft and pleasant smoke in the throat. Given the intensive production, the quality of the product is very often fluctuating, the best one is chocolate colored (which is why it is also called choco) and appears fresher and more malleable. The effect is usually less sedating and more cerebral than the average hashish in circulation.