What is Hashish?

Hashish is a cannabinoid, like marijuana. It consists of the THC-rich resinous material of the cannabis plant, which is collected, dried, and then compressed into a variety of forms, such as balls, cakes, or cookie-like sheets. The Middle East and North Africa are the main sources of hashish. The THC content of Hashish that reached the United States, where demand is limited, averaged 6 percent in the 1990s.

What does it look like?

Hashish is a reddish-brown to black colored resinous material of the cannabis plant.

How is it used?

Pieces are then broken off the cannabis plant, placed in pipes and smoked.

What are the short-term effects of Hashish use?

The short-term effects of hashish use include problems with memory and learning; distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch); difficulty in thinking and problem solving; loss of coordination; and increased heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks. THC in Hashish is strongly absorbed by fatty tissues in various organs. Generally, traces of THC can be detected by standard urine testing methods several days after a smoking session. In heavy chronic users, traces can sometimes be detected for weeks after they have stopped using Hashish.

What are the long-term effects of Hashish use?

People who smoke Hashish often have the same respiratory problems as cigarette smokers. These individuals may have daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds. They are also at greater risk of getting lung infections like pneumonia. Hashish contains some of the same, and sometimes even more, of the cancer-causing chemicals that are found in cigarette smoke.

If you have come across our Addiction Treatment Center web site, is because you or someone you love is in need of help for Hashish addiction. The Cove Center for Recovery is an Addiction Treatment Center offering a premier drug addiction treatment program that can help you or your loved one. Our aim is to treat the individual, and not just an isolated symptom. During the addiction treatment process we will work with the client to identify the factors that may have contributed to their addiction whether it is home, work, relationship related or part of your medical history. We also believe that families have a vital role to play in the recovery process, and each program has a place for family participation, to educate them in the addiction treatment process and to equip them for their role as supporters.