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What is Hashish?
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Hashish

Hashish consists of the THC-rich resinous material from the cannabis plant. In general, hashish is stronger than weed. Producing hashish requires separation of the resin from the flowering tops of the plant by drying and cooling the plant. After that, the plant is filtered. The plant is processed and the small resin grains fall through a sieve. This process can be repeated several times. It is then crushed into powder, by hand or with the help of a press. The oil that comes free causes the powder to stick. It is then molded into a brown slice.

Hashish

Both hashish and marijuana originate from the female cannabis plant called cannabis sativa. Small resin glands are situated at the flowering tops and upper leaves of the cannabis plant. The resin attracts pollen and contains THC. THC is the active ingredient of hashish and marijuana that abusers of these drugs seek for its effects. Its color can vary from green, black, reddish brown, or most commonly light to dark brown.

Hashish is actually pure resin. It is often compressed into a variety of forms such as balls, cakes, or cookie-like sheets. Pieces are then broken off, placed in pipes, and smoked. The Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan/Afghanistan are the main sources of hashish. It is consumed in much the same way as cannabis buds. It is often used by itself in miniature smoking pipes, vaporized, hot knifed, smoked in a bong or bubbler, or smoked in joints mixed with tobacco, cannabis buds, or other herbs.

It can also be eaten alone (pure hash is described as having a spicy or peppery flavor) as well as used as an ingredient in food (baked into cookies or cakes, or added to stews and chocolate). Sale of hashish is illegal in most parts of the world; it has been decriminalized to some extent in a few countries, such as the Netherlands.

Short-term effects of hashish

  • Altered perception
  • Appetite, reaction time, pulse rate and pupil size are increased
  • Concentration, short-term memory, driving ability, stability, balance, ability to process information and judgment are all markedly impaired
  • Cravings for sweets, referred to by drug users as, "munchies"
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth & throat
  • Fear & anxiety
  • Impaired concentration & memory
  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscular in-coordination, slurred speech, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and reddening of the eyes
  • Paranoia
  • Relaxation
  • Sense of time and space distorted
  • Sensory perception seems enhanced, colors brighter, sounds more distinct
  • Some users withdraw, or experience fearfulness, spontaneous laughter, anxiety, depression; users experience hallucinations, paranoia and panic reactions with larger doses and symptoms worsen in persons with psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia.
  • User feels calm, relaxed, talkative and giddy

Long-term effects of hashish

  • Addiction
  • Damage to sperm or menstrual cycles
  • Decrease of immunity against infection
  • Increased risk of cancers, of the oral cavity, pharynx, and esophagus
  • Interferes with emotional growth and the personality development of adolescents
  • Loss of motivation clinically referred to as , "Amotivational syndrome" (this loss of interest in motivation to work, attend school, loss of interest in sports, family, etc can also just be a symptom of drug addiction in general)
  • Lowered ability to deal with frustration and other unpleasant feelings
  • Reduced levels of male & female hormone
  • Respiratory system damaged by smoking such as lung damage, cancer and bronchitis
  • Temporary loss of fertility in men and women

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