The extract market is gaining popularity and with this addition to the 48North roster, we think this is a great educational opportunity for your readers.

Hash has a history of thousands of years old. Made from the resin collected from cannabis plants, it is a highly potent product with around 40 to 50 percent THC. It is also incredibly versatile and can be consumed in three different ways; orally (edibles), smoking, and vaporising. 48North pressed hashish is made from high-quality indoor-grown flowers giving it an herbaceous fruity flavour and a golden blonde colour.

How is 48North hash made? 

48North hash is made by simply pressing keif in a slightly heated press to form bricks. This accounts for the darker colour on the outside and lighter more blonde inside.  

What is solventless extract and kief? 

Keif is made up of trichomes, the sticky resinous crystals that form on a bud and store most of the active ingredients like THC and terpenes. Solventless extracts mean the keif or trichomes are removed and concentrated down without the use of solvents. Commonly used solvents for cannabis concentrates are CO2 or ethanol.  

How to consume hash 

Hash can be consumed in a number of ways, but putting a few small pieces in a hash pipe and letting them burn while inhaling (like an incense!) is likely the cleanest. Many people also add it to tobacco or cannabis to enhance their smoking experience. Over the last month or two, many people have also reminded me of “hot knives”, which has been a popular way to combust hash as far back as far as the 70s.  

Difference between hash and cannabis 

Hash is just a concentrated form of cannabis. Just like we strip plants like tea tree and lavender down to their essence to create concentrated oils, cannabis can also be stripped down to only its most active ingredients and consumed in this new form. Nowadays cannabis concentrate comes in many forms and is often infused with foods or creams to make edibles, beverages, topicals, and more. Hash is the simplest most traditional form of cannabis concentrates, which in their raw form have been popular forever (hash dates as far back as  1173 CE and could be much earlier).