In the ever-changing world of weed, cannabis concentrates have grown into a diverse niche filled with a fascinating array of products and experiences. Hash, which is created by processing only the trichomes of the plant, is just one concentrated form of cannabis that is now available in an abundance of strains and forms.
Any cannabis connoisseur will tell you that the strain can make all the difference to the end user’s experience, even when it comes to hash. How do you know which strain would suit your preferences? Here is a simple guide on how to choose the best hash strain.
First, a Brief Introduction to Hash Strains
When you make your way to a menu full of cannabis concentrates and scope out the hash any dispensary has to offer, there is a good chance certain varieties will be listed because they are so popular as hash. A few common examples of hash strains you can find more often than not include:
- Pineapple Express
- Presidential OG
- Cookies and Cream
- Gorilla Glue
Researchers believe there may be as many as 700 unique strains of cannabis, each with its own genetic profiles, cannabinoid potencies, and terpene contents. Some cannabis strains actually offer a better experience when they are converted into hash.
Because hash (also referred to as hashish) is created from the resinous, THC-rich trichomes, you naturally need a strain known for heavy trichome production. Therefore, some strains are easier to process into hash simply because of the noteworthy plant characteristics.
How to Choose the Best Hash Strain
With a good understanding of what hash actually is, you can see a little why choosing the right strain is going to be important. Essentially, you will be getting a form of cannabis that is so concentrated that all the qualities of the plant will be magnified. To choose the best hash strain, several attributes of the strain the hash was made from and your own personal preferences should be considered. Let’s take a closer look.
What is the cannabinoid content of the strain?
A legally purchased hash will come packaged with a label that clearly states the cannabinoid content. You will immediately notice that some strains offer higher THC content, some strains may have a more balanced ratio of THC and CBD content, and you may even find strains that are higher in CBD and other therapeutic cannabinoids than THC. In fact, because CBD has grown in popularity as a therapeutic cannabis compound, you can now find strictly CBD hash created from hemp with minuscule levels of THC.
What are the primary terpenes in the strain?
Terpenes are more pronounced in hash than in traditional cannabis flower. This is because the resinous trichomes are where much of the plant’s aromatic terpenes are found. Therefore, if you pick up a strain like Pineapple Express in flower form and smoke it, you may only get hints of tropical flavor or aroma. On the other hand, with Pineapple Express hashish, you will experience a profound tropical flavor.
It is a good idea to get a good understanding of different strains and their primary terpenes when shopping for hash because those terpenes will be so pronounced. If there are certain flavors or aromatics you don’t necessarily enjoy in any certain strain, you’re better off opting for a different strain. For example, if you are not a big fan of eucalyptol, which has a minty coolness, you may want to stay away from Super Silver Haze or Bubba Kush hash.
What kind of experience do you prefer with your hash?
The cannabinoid content or potency level will have a direct effect on how using the hash will affect you. For example, a high-THC hash may yield more euphoric effects, while a balanced THC/CBD hash, may offer less of an intoxicating effect and more therapeutic value.
If you are strictly a recreational hash user and looking for the euphoria of a good buzz, a higher THC variety could serve you well. However, if you are using hash to help with arthritis pain or help you sleep, you may be better suited with a balanced THC/CBD hash or even a hemp-based CBD hash.
Find High-Quality Hash for the Best Possible Experience
Just as it is with any form of cannabis, the more educated you are about hash, the more equipped you are to pick the product that will serve you best. If you have yet to try hash and want to experience different strains, be sure to shop with a dispensary that gives you a nice selection.
At Core Gardens, we hand-pick cannabis flower and concentrates specifically for their rich cannabinoid and terpene profiles. Every item on our menu is sourced from the finest cannabis grown by reputable producers. Be sure to take a look at our menu, the cannabis products we offer, and reach out to us with questions.