Although marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the USA, its relative, hashish, has become very popular around the world. Hash is processed from the cannabis plant and it’s typically smoked. Smoking hashish is not prevalent in the U.S. and it’s mostly used in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia but is also consumed in some European countries. Hashish and hashish oil have become more popular because the drug can easily be smoked and concealed using new technology.
Hashish is a cannabinoid which also contains THC from the resin material from the cannabis plant, according to this website. Hashish is usually dried and then compressed into a variety of forms that are reddish-brown or black in color. Then, traditionally the hash is broken up to be smoked in a pipe. However, the recent influx of electric cigarettes into the market may make hash popular. The e-cigarettes can be modified to act as a vaporizer for hashish oil. This article describes how electric cigarettes are being used to smoke hashish oil and resin without detection. The article describes how an anonymous person rode a train from New York to Baltimore while using an electric cigarette without anyone being aware of what he was using.
Electronic cigarettes are not regulated by the federal government and most states do not have laws restricting the sale to minors. This presents the opportunity for many people, including minors, to acquire a legal product which they can then use to smoke an illegal drug. The combination of vaporizers and hashish oil (not to mention marijuana wax) can allow people to smoke hashish without pipes that produces the strong odor. The use of e-cigarettes to smoke hashish oil has made the process very discreet. This may increase the popularity and use of the drug over time and increase hashish use, creation, and maybe even importation due to lack of odor and detection.
Cannabis can be an addictive drug, according to the National Institute (NIH) on Drug Abuse. This website cites a study which found that 25% to 50% of daily marijuana users are addicted to the drug. Some long-term marijuana users may experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and cravings for the drug. The main difference between marijuana and hashish that is that marijuana is used while it’s still just dried leaves and hashish is the resin from the cannabis plant. They both contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and hash which provides a high to the user.