History of Lebanese Hash
Hashish has a very long history in Lebanon. At one stage, the cannabis-gold was used as a currency. Thus, it’s safe to state the Lebanese know their stuff when it comes to making excellent cannabis solutions. When the rugged indica Hash crops have been harvested, dried, and treated, only then could this great Hash be made.
Internationally, Lebanon has been known for its quality Hash for as long as Hash has been a “thing”. What makes Lebanese Hash different from other hash variations is the way it is cultivated and then allowed to age over one or two whole seasons (4-8 months).
This aging or curing process allows Lebanese Hash to develop very strong spicy and woody notes, along with a smooth flavor.
Lebanese hash comes in two common varieties, blonde (yellow) and red. Though some argue that blonde and red are two separate strains, they are made with cannabis harvested at different stages in the growth cycle. Blonde hash is made from plants harvested early when they are high in THC and produces nice cerebral effects. Red Lebanese hash comes from plants that are a little bit older and are said to contain higher amounts of non-psychoactive CBN, making the effects sedating and highly relaxing.
Cultivation: The most important Cannabis-Fields are located in the valley of Baalbek. The fields are cultivated on a very large scale, many of them using modern machinery. The production is very industrially oriented, tradition is not very involved in the Hash-Business.
About Red Lebanese Hash
The red in Red Lebanese hash comes from the natural drying and curing process of the raw cannabis plant – cultivators leave the plants on the field until they’re just about ready, and during this process, they acquire a unique red tint from sunlight, and it’s’ own natural pistils which give off an orange-reddish color. Once the hashish is processed, it is left to dry and properly cure. The Lebanese process of curing hashish is what separates their hash from other regions in the Middle East. Hash is aged for one or two entire harvesting seasons, which can last anywhere between 4-8 months in total. This allows the hash to develop an ideal consistency that is pliable, yet stiff enough to work, and also allows for the hash to deepen its’ aroma and flavors.
The long process strengthens the natural woodiness and unique spicy terpenes found within Lebanese cannabis strains. Contrary to most hashish available globally, Red Lebanese Hash is known for being particularly cerebral in effects, compared to other traditional forms of hash which tend to be more sedating, although it still provides an immaculate body stone and waves of relaxation which are very strong, in comparison to Moroccan hash.
Color: There are two kinds of Lebanese-Hash: Blond Lebanese, which is yellowish and Red Lebanese which is reddish-brown. The Red-Lebanese is made from riper plants.
Smell: Spicy to very spicy, refreshing smell. Taste: Very spicy, harsher than Turk or Morocco. Some Lebanese-Hash is harsher than Afghani, especially when smoked in a Bong. Lebanese is quite an acquired taste.
Effect: Compared to most other Hash varieties the High is quite cerebral, however more stony than Morocco. Our red kind produces a more cerebral high than the blond kind.
How to make Red Lebanese Hash
The Cannabis-Plants are left on the field until they are nearly dry. By this time they will have acquired a brown-reddish color (some Chlorophyll is destroyed by the UV-Rays of the Sun). Finally, the plants are brought to a barn to be dried completely. Hashish is produced in the same way as in Morocco, basically, the buds are carefully rubbed over a fine silk cloth, the resulting powder can be pressed together. Than finer the mesh used, than better the resulting Hashish.
How to smoke hash
If you’ve never smoked hash, you may be a bit confused about how to use it. However, there’s no need to get confused. Kamikazi is here to help!
While it can be used to dab, doing so is not recommended. Below are some great ways for Canadian residents to enjoy premium hash products from Kamikazi:
- Roll your hash into snakes. Wrap them into or around a joint or blunt.
- Add on top of or mix in with flower in your pipe.
- Consume by itself on a screen in a pipe or in a water pipe.
- Vape it. Some vaporizers are specifically designed for hashish and similar concentrates. Others can handle both dried herb and hash.
It may be helpful to use degummed hemp fiber. This keeps your Kamikazi hash from clogging the vaporizer innards. Additionally, this will make cleaning easier. Finally, applying a lower temperature will often give a richer taste.
Some people like to start low and end with a higher temperature setting. Play around with it and see what works best for you. Most importantly, smoking hash is all about personal preference.