All the differences between hashish and marijuana: effects and benefits
Often, the terms cannabis, hashish and marijuana are mistakenly used. Many people think that they are the same thing, when in truth it is not at all like that. The goal of this post is to clarify, explaining all the differences between hashish and marijuana, especially with regards to their effects and benefits. Let’s start, however, from the definition of cannabis.
What is cannabis?
Cannabis is a plant, characterized by three subspecies
In terms of height, this plant can reach 3 meters. Furthermore, it is characterized by toothed leaves. What to say about its use? Historically, cannabis has been used in the pharmacological, textile and psychotropic fields.
Moreover, through cannabis it is possible to produce a resin that can contain up to 20 flavonoids, 60 cannabinoids and 100 terpenoids.
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Marijuana and hashish compared
As the cannabis begins to bloom, the energies are mainly focused on the development of the peaks. First, it will be necessary to collect them. Afterwards, it will be necessary to tan them. In terms of duration, the entire procedure ranges from 2 to 3 months, depending on the type of cannabis and the grower.
The inflorescences, once dried, are put on the market in the form of marijuana, in our case CBD cannabis, which will be consumed as a cane. About the intensity of the effects of marijuana, smokers particularly appreciate the apical CBD buds, as they are particularly developed, as well as the central components.
If in fact marijuana is meant the mature flowers that are picked from the cannabis plant, for hashish, instead, we refer to the trichomes, whose extraction directly involves the flowers.
The resin, which accumulates in the entire development process, is separated from the buds manually or alternatively by means of sophisticated chemical or mechanical procedures.
If the grass tip can be classified as a plant material, hashish is characterized by different aspects. Based on the used extraction procedure, there are different types of hashish. It ranges from the first to a semi-solid state to the second, more pasty state. In addition to the different levels of hardness, it is also necessary to take into account the various shades, from black to brown, without forgetting the yellow and red tones.
The cutting-edge techniques in the field of marijuana production have done nothing but contribute to giving greater luster to hashish oils. Today more than ever, the latter are ultra-popular. Specifically, these are extremely powerful concentrates that can be vaporized or consumed with the aid of bongs. As a general rule, it is possible to assert that the oils, as well as the concentrates, are tested, on the one hand to monitor the level of power reached, but at the same time also to assess the level of purity achieved, through the various extraction techniques.
What is the THC?
THC means the main substance of a psychoactive nature, present in cannabis. In the moment in which it is smoked, ingested or vaporized, an interaction is recorded with the various receptors present in the brain and in the body. The result? There are different effects. Numerous researches over the years have on several occasions shown that a prolonged use of THC causes damage to health. It must be said, however, that in terms of toxicity, the level is quite low. This means that to be harmful, this substance must be consumed in rather high dosages.
There are also positive effects arising from the intake of THC. Among these, it is worth mentioning:
- Glaucoma treatment
- Decreased symptoms due to multiple sclerosis
- Treatment of inappetence caused by massive doses of drugs taken during chemotherapy cycles
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Given that hashish is the resin extracted from flowers containing the greatest quantity of cannabinoids, it follows that the THC content will always and in any case be greater than that present in the peaks. Smokers immediately find the differences between hashish and marijuana smoke, as in the first case the mind tends to be more lucid. The flavors, instead, in the case of marijuana prove to be more floral and less earthy.
Going into detail, when marijuana is smoked, THC concentrations are around 15% / 21%. When smoking hashish, the power of THC rises dramatically, reaching values between 20% and 60% on average. However, there are several extraction processes that allow peaks of 99% to be touched. This, however, does not mean that smoking only the peaks involves less psychoactive effects. Quite the contrary. In terms of THC concentration, hashish decidedly exceeds marijuana, given that the process of extracting trichomes is carried out precisely by the peaks.
What is CBD?
CBD is the second most common cannobinoid. Cannabis containing a large amount of CBD ensures therapeutic benefits, without the feelings of euphoria or lethargy caused by THC. In CBD weed, CBD is present which is excellent for efficiently treating numerous medical symptoms, including:
- Muscles spasms
- Chronic pains
- States of anxiety
There are several studies that show how this cannobinoid does an excellent job when it comes to combating various tumors, such as the spread of breast metastases.
Comparing cannabis, marijuana and hashish: what are the differences?
- Cannabis refers to the plant as a whole. Namely roots, stem, flowers and leaves. No distinction is made even between the contents and the ends.
- Marijuana refers to the flowers of the plant that contain a high quantity of active ingredients. These are first dried and only then smoked for medical or recreational purposes.
- Hashish: is a product of pollens and cannabis resins, containing a high amount of both CBD and THC.
Sativa hashish and Indica hashish in comparison
The effects of hashish produced by a pure sativa plant are always lighter than those produced by an indica plant. In fact, the brain is the most affected in the case of the sativa. The high, therefore, is more creative and full of inspiration. Instead, indica hashish is characterized by an effect that tends to numb both the body and the mind.