Hashish, also called hash, is a form of cannabis, also known as marijuana, commonly produced by collecting and compressing trichomes. Trichomes are the most potent part of the plant cannabis, being usually described as fine growths that produce a sticky resin. Depending on its preparation, hashish can be solid or resinous. Its color can be light dark, brown, but also yellow, green and even red. The plant can be consumed through the use of a hash pipe. Hash pipes can be found in shops in a wide range of models, being made from different materials including wood and glass.
Hashish can be consumed by heating it in the hash pipe for both medicinal and recreational purposes. In fact, the drug cannabis has been used for both purposes for many years, actually its first usage dating back to the 3rd millennium BCE. Still, nowadays cannabis usage is banned by the law in most countries around the world.
The legality of cannabis use, possession, cultivation and trade are regulated by the law of each country, in some of parts of the world the medicinal use of the plant being legal. Here you find the laws on cannabis use all around the earth. The United States is one of the countries in which the law allows cannabis use with medicinal purposes for many disorders.
Medical cannabis actually is a term used to describe the part of the plant which can be administrated in herbal therapies, being recommended by doctors.
Cannabis has always been used in medicine, actually being considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs of the traditional Chinese medicine. Evidence on its positive effects in medicinal therapies date back to 2737 BCE. The drug was prescribed for a series of infections. Supporters of the drug usage in medicine claim that its positive effects have been proved over time.
These positive effects of the drug usage include:
- Amelioration of nausea and vomiting
- Stimulation of hunger of patients undergoing chemotherapy and AIDS patients
- Lowered intra-ocular eye pressure, which makes the drug effective in glaucoma treatment
- Gastrointestinal illnesses relieve
- Analgesic effects
- Positive effects on the premenstrual syndrome
- Insomnia and the lack of appetite treatment.
Such as for recreation purposes, the drug can be administrated for medicinal usage by smoking, drinking, taking capsules and vaporizing.
For medicinal use, the drug can only be taken on prescription. Still, a wide range of concerns have been raised on the safety of cannabis use in medicine. It has been claimed that cannabis smoke contains substances which can produce damage to the DNA, but it can also increase the risk of cancer. Studies are still continuing on the safety of using this drug by patients.
More recent studies have indicated that cannabis may also be able to help people suffering from multiple sclerosis, the Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, AIDS, but also brain cancer.
Regardless of the disease for which patients may need to use this drug, it is important to respect doctor’s recommendations and never exceed doses or abuse the drug.