Hash, Resin, Rosin, Kief, Dabbing, etc – Terms Explained
The world of cannabis can be very confusing – hence the reason for our website. We are breaking everything down into very easy to understand language.
In this article, we are going to break down some of the main terms for you.
Let’s start with the bud itself so you know what we are talking about.
The bud is produced on the female plant.
The bud on the female cannabis plant is covered all over in sticky tendrils. These are known as trichomes. The sticky stuff is generally known as resin, or sap. This is the most valuable part of the whole plant.
The resin is actually the plant’s defence against insects (imagine sticky flypaper) and animals. Any predators, in general, know they have to steer clear of the plant or get trapped in a very sticky mess.
(As an aside, the other defence mechanism is the aromatic smell that the resin gives off). The resin also protects the plant against UV rays.
The trichomes produce the cannabinoids and terpenes. There are over 400 chemicals to be found in a typical example of smoked cannabis.
The trichomes produce all of the medical efficacy and psychoactive effects of marijuana. This is where we get THC from. Strangely though, THC doesn’t benefit the plant at all.
Where it gets a little confusing is that most marijuana smokers know ‘resin’ as the black tar like substance that clings to the sides of their pipe bowls after a lot of smoking. It is also known as rez, reclamation, residue, etc.
Some smokers scrape this residue from their pipe or bong and smoke it again to try and get every last little bit of THC out of it.
Yuk – smoking black tar? Not a good idea…
WARNING: This product is full of toxins and if you have been smoking non-organic cannabis it will be packed with toxic pesticides highly concentrated.
As if that didn’t confuse the issue, here’s something else to throw into the pot (excuse the pun)
ROSIN (aka rosin tech)
Rosin is a cannabis concentrate. The dried, cured flowers are pressed using pressure and heat to release the resin, rich in THC. One of the reasons this method is so popular is that it can be done by anyone at home, safely, and easily. Here’s how they do it if you are interested – see video below.
Live rosin is now appearing all over the place. Although it is the most expensive form of cannabis concentrate, it is becoming very popular. Basically a freshly harvested plant (flowers, leaves, stalk, branches – the lot) is frozen below minus 180C which apparently preserves many of the plants properties, as opposed to heating it. So the medicinal properties are dramatically enhanced. It provides more of the molecules that are beleived to fight cancer, etc.
KIEF (pronounced KEEF)
When the cannabis buds are ground up, the trichomes get separated. This becomes KIEF.
Smokers usually scrape up the Kief with a small knife, and sprinkle it into a joint or pipe bowl for an extra buzz.
Hash is simply Kief, in a concentrated, cake like form. Hash is often smoked in a pipe, or ‘bong’. It is also put into edibles.
Hash is the dominant form of cannabis throughout Europe. Marijuana flowers are more popular than hash in North America.
There are various types of has, including, but not limited to:
Finger hash (because it is collected on the fingers when the buds are trimmed)
Blender hash – collected by using a blender, funnily enough
Silk Screen hash, shaken on a screen to collect the Kief, which is then pressed into hash
Flat screen hash – another method, using a screen to collect the Kief
Drum hash – a vibrating drum that yields a fine grade of Kief
Bubble Hash – favoured by connoisseurs, as it is the purest form of hash, filtered through what is known as ‘bubble bags’.
These are the main ways of gathering Kief, to make hash.
Dabbing is consuming a dose of marijuana oil, which is usually heated on a nail and then inhaled through a water rig. The reason some people like this method is that the highly concentrated form of cannabis gives them a truly intense high. The dabs themselves are made by several different extraction methods. The resulting concentrates (the most common types being shatter and wax) contain extraordinarily high levels of THC, ranging anywhere from 70 – 90%
More and more methods are being introduced as people find ways to use cannabis. We hope that helps you to understand the various basic terms used with regards to this incredible plant.
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