“Hashish is a psychoactive drug made from sieving the resin glands of the dried Cannabis flowers and pressing them with a source of heat.”
From Afghanistan to Morocco, you will commonly find local Hashish smokers actively pressing resin glands before smoking.
I have been collecting resin most of my life and, with the retrospect that age is bringing, I can clearly see the different levels of consciousness and knowledge I have experienced in my relation with the Cannabis plant and its resin. The dimensions of ripeness is my latest finding and possibly the most defining aspect of resin quality.
The oldest traditions from India tell us that the gods sent man the cannabis plant so that we might attain delight and that cannabis sprouted from a drop of nectar that fell from heaven; it is the most ancient ode to terpenes and terpenoids.
Just as every plant is different, so is every batch of Hashish, and hash makers come in as many flavors as their products. I have had a lot of icewax over the last year, but the Purple Princess really stands out, partially because the hash maker, Billie of Emerald Alchemy.
As a hashmaker, few situations elicit more squeals of happiness than opening an aromatic bag of sugary nugs that are devoid of pesticides and toxic chemicals. When growing one’s own crop, the joy of processing clean meds is even greater.
The discovery of Cannabis and the psychoactive properties of its resin happened early in our migration on the Asian continent, possibly hundred of thousands of years before the first known semi-permanent site in Afghanistan over 50,000 years ago.
To find the origins of concentrate, we have first to find the birthplace of cannabis, which is also unknown due to the plant’s ability to adapt and grow at most latitudes and climates courtesy of an early prehistoric dispersion of the plant.