How to Smoke Hash and Other Hash Basics

Hash is one of the marijuana concentrates available, and while most people have heard of it, you do not necessarily know how to smoke it. There are different ways of smoking hash, so you can choose the one that fits your style and preferences. After reviewing these methods, take a few seconds to refresh your memory on the other basics to know about hash. 

With a Bong or Pipe

The simplest method of smoking hash is to pack it right into your favorite pipe or bong. Just make sure you take a few seconds to prime your hash first, as this will enhance the smoking experience. To prime the hash, place it on a spoon or key then gently apply a flame. Do this until it becomes crumbly and soft. When it reaches that consistency, use your fingers to crumble it before sprinkling it into your pipe. 

When smoking hash in a pipe or bong, you can use it alone or with flowers to add some potency to the buds. 

In a Joint or Spliff

Another common and relatively simple method of smoking hash is to roll it into a joint or spliff. Start by grabbing your rolling papers and cannabis, and getting some tobacco if you want a spliff. The most common method would be to apply some heat to the hash to make it more malleable then spread it on top of your marijuana before rolling it. If the hash is incredibly malleable, you can even create a “snake” out of it and use that in the rolling paper with your weed instead of crumbling it on top. 

With a Hookah

Hookahs are a traditional method of smoking hash and remain as one of the many convenient ways. As a bonus, they are great for socializing since they can have several hoses attached. To use this method, roll your hash, so it forms balls. Put them by the top of your hookah. Now, fill the hookah three-quarters of the way with water. Heat your charcoal then put it on the hash. 

With a Hookah
With a Hookah

With a Glass and Pin

A classic method of smoking hash is to catch the smoke with a glass container and use a straw and pin. Put a little bit of hash on a pin. Light the hash carefully, so you see a small flame. Blow out the flame and put your glass over it immediately. The cup will fill with smoke. You can then tip up one edge of the glass just enough for the straw to fit. Inhale the smoke. 

With a Dab Rig

You can also dab hash by smoking it using a dab rig. This will be a bit more complicated, depending on your dab rig. Overall, you turn on the torch, pointing the flame at a nail. When the nail becomes red hot, you turn the torch off and place your glass dome over the nail. You then use the dabber to directly apply the hash on the nail within the dome so you can inhale it. 

With a Vaporizer

If you don’t want to smoke hash, you could also vaporize it with your choice of vaporizing. You will have a bit of learning curve to learn to vaporize hash with a portable vaporizer as you need to get a set that has a temperature of 180 to 210 degrees Celsius and degummed hemp fiber, or your vaporizer will get ruined pretty quickly. It is a bit easier with a tabletop vaporizer as you can use a different bag. This keeps the hash residue buildup separate. 

For those who want to use a tabletop vaporizer and keep things simple, consider just mixing your hash thoroughly with your dry flower. You can then use the device as you would with dry flower, provided you make sure there is more of that than the hash. 

With a Bottle Hit

If you want to get creative and plan to combine your hash with a cigarette, a bottle hit is another option. You will need a cigarette and a plastic bottle. Cut a hole by the bottle’s bottom, so the cigarette sticks through. With the lid in place, put some hash resin on your joint then light it. Put it in the hole and let the bottle get filled with smoke. Put your hand on the hole in the bottom, remove the bottle cap, and inhale the smoke. 

With Hot Knives – NOT Recommended

You could also smoke your hash using hot knives or a heated butter knife, but this is a dangerous method and is not recommended. With so many safer and easier alternatives, there is no reason to try this method. 

If you insist on trying it, be extremely careful. Start with two butter knives that are pre-heated and keep a straw handy. You will use a coil stovetop or other heat source to heat the blades. Then put some hash between them and press them, compressing the hash instantly. Smoke will form, which you catch with your straw, then inhale. Ensure your straw stays away from the knife at all times; otherwise, it may burn. 

Types of Hash

Types of Hash

With your smoking options in mind, it is time to cover some basics of hash, including the various types. 

As a quick refresher, the hash is a cannabis concentrate created from the trichomes of marijuana. Most of the hash will have THC concentrations of 20 to 60 percent. 

Traditional Hash

Traditional hash looks like dark brown balls that have a greasy film. This hash is made by separating plant matter from the trichomes, then pressing the trichomes. 

Bubble Hash or Ice Water Hash

This type of hash is made via using ice-cold water to wash trichomes from the flower before filtering them with an excellent micron bag. It can be fine and dry, pressed and sticky, or something in between. Its color can be nearly black to light tan. 

Solvent Hash and Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

This hash is made with solvents. They tend to look similar to shatter, soft wax, or liquid oil. 

The Bottom Line

There are many choices in using the hash, from merely using a bong to vaporizing or dabbing it. 

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