Hash (formally called Hashish, also known as shish, kif, nup, and charas) is a highly addictive recreational drug produced from resin and collected from buds of the cannabis plant. Marijuana is also derived from Cannabis plant. The word “hash” comes from the Arabic word for “grass” and it originates from various regions in the Middle East as well as Morocco, Nepal, and India. Its largest producer is Afghanistan and is considered to be the most popular.
The main psychoactive chemical found in hash is tetrohydrocannabinol, or THC. While it has medicinal uses, to relax the body during illness or pain, it must be derived from a reliable source and taken only as needed. Hash is illegal in the United States and considered to be one of most highly trafficked illicit drugs.
Hash is most popular when rolled into a joint and smoked or put into brownies to be ingested. Hash oil can additionally be smoked in bongs and hookahs. When smoking, its effects emerge within minutes, the high peaking at approximately 20 minutes, and lasting for about 3 hours. With eating, the peak comes gradually, however the effects last for about 6 hours. It should be avoided as any other recreational drugs like: Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Khat and Mushrooms etc.
Side Effects of Hash
- Decreased inhibitions
- Impaired balance and coordination
- Changes in perception
- Dilated pupils
- Increased appetite (known as the “munchies”)
- Increased chattering and giggling
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Changes in vision
- Changes in menstrual cycle for women
- Increased drug cravings
Addiction and Overdose
Because of the increased risk for possible long-term side effects, it is important to take caution while using it; the physical and psychological side effects could be severe, especially during periods of cravings. Such side effects include:
- Decreased memory
- Lack of motivation or interest in daily activities
- Possible mood imbalance
- Changes in sexual patterns
- Lung cancer
Hash cravings may lead to drug dependency and an inability to function without the drug’s effects. It is not recommended to use for those with heart and respiratory problems. Overdose should not be taken lightly. In the case of a suspected overdose, it is important to seek emergency medical attention.
It is imperative to seek medical assistance if you or a loved one has an addiction to hash. The help of a drug rehabilitation facility would be the best option for chronic hash users to help rid them of their addiction. Physicians and therapists will work with you throughout the recovery process.