Updated September 6th, 2020
When we talk about CBD, most of us instantly think about CBD-infused gummies, e-liquid cartridges and oral tinctures that are made with hemp extract. But, as our industry continues to evolve, we’re finding more ways to experience hemp, and some of the latest methods involve using more of the actual plant material.
One new trend that we’re excited about in particular is CBD hash, or hashish. CBD hash is made from the sticky resin that is naturally secreted from the resin glands of the female hemp plant. These resin glands are called trichomes, and they’re found throughout the entirety of the plant material, whereas hemp oil is extracted solely from the buds. CBD hash is extremely potent, and comes in the form of a thick, dark substance that can be waxy, oily or solid in consistency.
CBD hash is unique in that it contains more of the actual plant than the majority of commercial CBD products. Therefore, some people prefer it to what’s commonly found on the market today. If you’re interested in trying out CBD hash for yourself, know that there are a few different ways to experience it.
We also want to point out that like all hemp-based products, CBD hash is legal and non-psychoactive. That’s because hash that’s derived from the hemp plant contains too little an amount of THC to provide psychoactive effects.
Method #1: Smoking It
The most popular way to consume CBD hash is to smoke it using traditional methods. In fact, cannabis hash has been smoked for centuries by many different cultures. It’s relatively easy to smoke due to its consistency, which allows for a relatively smooth draw when a hit is fired.
There are two main ways to smoke CBD hash:
- Traditional Pipe: Contains a small chamber known as a bowl into which you insert your desired amount of hash. Then, you apply heat directly to the hash with a lighter. This allows a small amount of smoke to be created that can be quickly inhaled through the mouthpiece.
- Bong: A lot like a pipe, except that it contains a water chamber. Just like when using a pipe, you insert a small amount of CBD hash into the bowl portion of the bong, and light it. But, because the bong contains water, you’ll experience a bubbling effect that allows water to interact with the smoke, cooling it down and allowing it to be smoother. Typically, bongs are made from glass.
Method #2: Vaping It
Vaping is a relatively new method of consumption, and the vaping industry is evolving rapidly, allowing us to enjoy our CBD hash in a number of ways. Unlike smoking CBD hash, vaping it allows us to inhale all of those hemp compounds without actually consuming any smoke. Vaporizers utilize electricity to heat the hash without the use of combustion, which in turn produces vapor rather than smoke.
There are a few different types of hash vaporizers on the market. There are large tabletop vaporizers that are extremely powerful, producing more potent hits. Then, there are portable vaporizers which allow you to enjoy small amounts of CBD hash at a time. It must be pointed out that you should only vape CBD hash in a vaporizer device that was intended for this purpose.
Method #3: Cooking with It
Cooking with CBD hash is becoming more popular these days. CBD hash needs to be heated for its compounds to be activated and more bioavailable, so it all starts with cooking the hash at a low heat. Then, it’s combined with other ingredients to create a dish. Some of the most popular recipes for CBD hash are baked goods such as brownies, cookies and cakes. Many people also create CBD hash candies.
#4: Making a Topical with It
Lastly, you can make a topical with CBD hash. We recommend heating the CBD hash prior to adding it to your topical recipe so that the compounds are more bioavailable and activated. Then, you can mix the hash with ingredients that absorb easily through the skin, such as plant-based oils. You can also add essential oils so that the resulting product has aromatherapeutic properties. Topicals are massaged onto the skin for quick absorption.
Nice to Have Some CBD Hash Choices
CBD hash is quickly becoming a sought-after item due to how unique it is, as well as its versatility. If you wanna get the most out of CBD hash, consider using it in one of the four ways listed above. Like most things when it comes to CBD, the key to having a blissful experience is experimenting until you find what works best for your unique needs and preferences.
Joshua Willard (Freelance CBD Content Writer/Editor)
*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.