Why hashish and weed work so differently


Why does hashish have a more overwhelming, sedating and soothing effect than cannabis flowers? 

Analysis of lab test results from around the world shows that one possible cause is the huge difference in concentration between two cannabinoids. All consumers can attest to the different effects of hashish compared to that of the weed flower. It is difficult to explain the difference in words and more often than not it is not clear what is really causing these differences. In fact, the chemical and pharmacological differences between hashish and cannabis in its natural form is an issue that has never really been studied in depth.

This is also why there is almost no medical / therapeutic use for cannabis, although many claim that cannabis helps them better, especially in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The medical establishment prefers to use cannabis configurations whose treatment is supported by research and clinical experience accumulated in patients, such as flowers or oil.

Cannabis has hundreds of different components, and cannabis plants differ in the concentrations of the various components they contain. Therefore, comparing one or more hashish samples to a flower is not sufficient. The differences obtained in such a test may be due to differences in the concentrations of the different plants from which they were produced and there is no precise distinction between flowers when it comes to cannabis.

In order to compare the flower to hashish, it is necessary to sample many different types, analyze them in the laboratory, calculate the average concentration of each of these hundreds of different components between them to see which they differentiate. Such a comparison has never been made on a scale large enough to bear witness. Laboratory tests for various types of cannabis products over the years have almost always focused only on the concentration of “major” cannabinoids such as THC, and in recent years, CBD as well. Therefore, it is not yet possible to know for sure which components differ between the 2.

Still, there are certain hypotheses on the subject that explain at least part of the difference between the effect of hashish and the effect of weed. The most common claim is that on average hashish contains a much higher concentration of both cannabinoids (CBD) and CBN, and the flower contains minimal concentrations.

To test this hypothesis, we tried to find as many lab test results as possible from different samples of cannabis and cannabis flowers from around the world, and compare the average concentrations of CBD and CBN measured to see if there was such a significant difference between cannabis and cannabis. The results in front of you.

Cannabidiol (CBD) Balances THC

Since the dawn of time, cannabis has been associated with a strong psychoactive effect, completely ignoring all the non-euphoric components of the plant. The result was a constant increase in the concentration of THC in cannabis, which occurred at the expense of a constant decrease in the concentration of CBD, which was much more common in cannabis. in the 1970s for example.

It wasn't until the early 2000s that researchers began to truly understand the medical potential of CBD, and it wasn't until states began to allow the growth of medical cannabis that cannabis strains could be. genetically modified to contain more CBD and less THC.

Today, strains containing CBD can be found on the medical market, but what about the black market? According to all laboratory findings analyzed around the world, cannabis on the black market has always had a very low concentration of CBD and often unfit for human consumption...

THC, especially in large doses, may have Side effects negative and very unpleasant for some consumers. These are usually symptoms of the hyper-sympathetic nervous system such as anxiety, paranoia, rapid heartbeat, irritability and restlessness and de-realization.

In rare cases, more serious symptoms such as a transient psychotic episode may also occur. It's not entirely clear why some people can consume THC in high doses without experiencing side effects, while others may also experience side effects at relatively low doses, but there is strong evidence that the cause is probably genetic.

What is well known from many studies is that these side effects increase when the THC levels in cannabis are higher but decrease when the CBD levels are higher. The strong CBD anti-anxiety effect balances the anxious side effects of THC, which is why strains with a high THC concentration worsen anxiety symptoms and strains with a high CBD concentration actually improve them. In addition, the strong antipsychotic effect of CBD significantly reduces the risk of psychotic effects which may be caused in some people by consuming THC.

The fact that the average concentration of CBD in cannabis is infinitely higher than that of the flower makes it a much more ideal product for people with anxiety disorders, as well as those who tend to experience side effects of anxiety. when consuming cannabis. Additionally, it is a good alternative for anyone interested in the medical benefits of cannabidiol for the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy, but who do not have legal access to CBD-rich medical cannabis.

Cannabinol (CBN) - The numbing cannabinoid

Cannabinol (CBN) is a cannabinoid created from THC aging in cannabis over time. In fact, the older the cannabis gets, the more THC there is which gradually becomes CBN. The effects of CBN have not yet been studied in depth, but its strong anesthetic effect is well known, and in fact is its hallmark.

This probably won't come as a surprise to hash smokers, who are familiar with its sedative effect. From all the lab tests we could find, the average concentration of CBN in hashish is much higher than that in cannabis flowers, which only reach the levels of CBN that exist in cannabis after about 4 years of obsolescence.

In summary, we can explain part of the difference between the effects of hash and weed. It can be explained by the difference in their average concentration of cannabinoids and more specifically of two cannabinoids: CBD and CBN, two cannabinoids having a calming and sedative effect. In contrast, average black market weed contains minimal amounts, if any.

However, as we mentioned at the start of the article, cannabis contains at least 100 other cannabinoids in addition to CBD and CBN, and most of them have yet to be studied. It is quite possible that different products differ from each other in the average concentration of other cannabinoids as well as in other components such as terpenes, which have not been thoroughly tested.

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