Forms of Marijuana
Marijuana (grass, pot, weed) is the common name for a crude drug made from the Cannabis plant. The main mind-altering (psychoactive) ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), but more than 400 other chemicals also are in the plant. A marijuana “joint” (cigarette) is made from the dried particles of the plant.
The amount of THC in the marijuana determines how strong its effects will be. The type of plant, the weather, the soil, the time of harvest, and other factors determine the strength of marijuana. The strength of today’s marijuana is as much as ten times greater than the marijuana used in the early 1970s. This more potent marijuana increases physical and mental effects and the possibility of health problems for the user.
Cannabis, or marijuana, is the most commonly used illegal drug. It can be smoked or eaten and comes in a variety of forms such as dried plant leaves and flowers (‘heads’), a crumbly light brown or dark brown resinous material called ‘hash’, or in the form of a very strong oil called ‘hash oil’.
The Different Forms of Cannabis
There are a variety of different forms of cannabis:
- Marijuana is the most common and least powerful form of cannabis. It is made from dried plant leaves and flowers. The flowers, or ‘heads’, are the most potent forms of the plant. Marijuana resembles chopped grass and ranges in color from grey-green to greenish-brown. It is usually smoked in a pipe, a water pipe (bong) or in a hand-rolled cigarette (joint).
- Hashish consists of small blocks of dried cannabis resin. Blocks range in color from light brown to nearly black. The concentration of THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) in hashish is higher than in marijuana.
- Hash oil is a thick, oily liquid extracted from hashish and ranges in color from golden-brown to black. It is usually spread on the tip or paper of cigarettes and then smoked. Hash oil is more powerful than the other forms of cannabis.
Marijuana, a cheaper and less potent cannabis product, is the dried flower tops from female cannabis plants. Hashish is obtained by eliminating plant material and collecting the trichomes from the flower tops of female cannabis plants.
After being collected, the trichomes are then usually pressed into a cohesive mass known as hashish. Pressing hashish is simply forcing the collected trichomes together, under pressure.
Besides trichomes, marijuana includes other plant material like leaves, stems, seeds, etc. These other materials are low in psychoactive compounds. Hashish concentrates the THC and eliminates most plant matter found in the cannabis plant. Therefore, hashish is usually more potent than marijuana.
Hashish (more commonly called hash) is a potent form of cannabis produced by collecting and processing the most potent material that female marijuana plants naturally generate as part of their growth cycle.
Trichomes are fine outgrowths or appendages on plants that produce a sticky resin. It is not certain, but the sticky resin is thought to be exuded by plants in order to trap insects that would normally feed on the plant.
In addition to being sticky, the trichomes of the female marijuana plant are a rich source of THC (the primary chemical that causes intoxication when marijuana, hashish, or hash oil are ingested). Hashish is primarily a collection of trichomes that are found on the female marijuana plant.
Hashish oil, more commonly called hash oil, is a thick liquid made from dissolving hashish or marijuana in solvents like acetone, alcohol, butane, or petroleum ether.
The resulting liquid is then separated from any plant matter and the solvent is allowed to evaporate. The substance that remains is a concentrated form of cannabis known as hash oil.
Hash oil is commonly sold in 1 gram to 5 gram vials made of glass or plastic. Color can range from dark brown to white. The more refined it is, the lighter the color and the higher the potency.
White oil, the most potent and refined type of hashish oil is rarely if ever available. Honey oil, the second most potent and refined form of hash oil is popular because it is fairly easy to make.
The drug marijuana is an illegal drug and should not be abused whatever the form it is in. If you or someone you know has or is abusing marijuana and needs marijuana drug treatment please contact our toll free number.
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