Hashish and marijuana: differences, effects and varieties

differences between hashish and marijuana, strain effects and uses

Published on: 16/04/2021

Differences, effects, and uses of hashish and cannabis.

We know that beautiful cannabis plants can be born from marijuana seeds, but often this is confused with hashish, which is an entirely different product. Specifically, hashish and marijuana are each other’s offspring, so they can’t be used as synonyms!

But what are, specifically, the differences between these two plant compounds? How to get from auto flower seeds, feminized seeds or fast growing cannabis seeds to hash?

In this article, we will answer these and other questions so that you can resolve all your doubts about it! Let’s get started right away.

Difference between hashish and marijuana.

As we have anticipated, hashish is a product that derives from cannabis (and not vice versa, as many mistakenly believe). It is also called “hash”, it is a plant material derived from the compression and maturation of the resin of marijuana flowers.

For marijuana, on the other hand, we can mean the plant, the flower, or the complex of harvested and dried cannabis flowers.

Dried marijuana flowers from which hashish is derived

Therefore, it is the natural raw material from which many products derive, including, precisely, hashish, and cannabis oil, processed resin, and many others.

Both hashish and marijuana contain cannabinoids, the active ingredients of cannabis capable of interacting with our body (precisely, with our endocannabinoid system). Those that predominate most in the plant, in the flower and the resin, also transformed into the so-called smoke, are first THC and, to a lesser extent, CBD.

We have recently seen the spread of weed and hashish light, the only ones produced in the UK, as they are rich in CBD and very poor in THC (<0.2%). However, they are very different products because they are not born from weed seeds but light hemp Sativa seeds.

Read also: When to harvest marijuana? Here’s how to know when the time is right.

What is cannabis, also known as marijuana?

Cannabis Sativa L., more called cannabis or marijuana (from the Spanish marijuana, a term that spread to the USA following the immigration of the Mexican population to the United States), is a plant of the Cannabaceae family that is divided into three subspecies:

  • Cannabis Sativa
  • Cannabis Indica
  • Cannabis Ruderalis

The Cannabis Sativa originates in the equatorial regions of our planet, such as Mexico and South India. It is a plant from the very tall (can be up to 5 meters), and its high THC content, so much so that its flowers, have strong euphoric effects. Ninth case, the feeling you get after taking a Sativa strain is called High.

Euphoric effects of the THC of cannabis Sativa

The Indica subspecies, on the other hand, has origins in the Hindu Kush, in regions such as Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Growing in very different climatic and environmental conditions from Sativa, it differs from this also in appearance: for example, the stem of the Indica is significantly lower than that of Cannabis Sativa, so it barely reaches 2 meters in height.

Due to the perfect balance between THC (which causes the high) and CBD (which relaxes and has antipsychotic effects), the effects of Indica are highly relaxing, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory. Taking flowers belonging to this variety means inducing sleep and relieving stress; the sensation experienced is known as “Stoned”.

And the Ruderalis? This very particular subspecies was classified only in 1924 when the Russian botanist Janiszewski identified it in southern Siberia and decided to classify it as a wild plant that grew in adverse climatic conditions. Ruderalis cannabis grows spontaneously in Asia and Central and Eastern Europe that present a harsh habitat.

Its plants are very resistant to low temperatures, atmospheric agents, parasites, and moulds. The stem is very low, the flowering is independent of the photoperiod, and THC production and cannabinoids in nature are very low.

CURIOSITY: the auto flower seeds arise from the intersection of selected strains of Ruderalis and the best varieties of Cannabis Sativa / Indica (or hybrid, then, with both genetic and Sativa Indica)!

Read also: Hermaphroditic marijuana: what it is, how to recognize it and how to distinguish it from a male or female plant

Let’s move on to hashish now.

Hashish: what is it and how is it obtained?

Hash is a malleable, brown or very dark green plant compound obtained from the resin of marijuana flowers. The resin is a sticky substance rich in cannabinoids produced by particular glands, called trichomes, present on the inflorescences and, to a lesser extent, on the leaves and branches of the plant.

You should know that smoking is produced by rubbing dried (or fresh, in the exclusive case of Charas hashish) marijuana flowers to extract the trichomes’ resin. To turn the resin into hashish, the plant compound is pressed into a ball or ball and then dried and cured.

The result is a dark-coloured material, very malleable to the touch and usable like marijuana.

Hashish usually offers much more potent effects than cannabis flowers since it represents the real resin, which contains cannabinoids such as THC and CBD.


Now that you know all the differences between marijuana and hashish, are you starting to get very passionate about the product and would like to buy THC cannabis seeds?

Buying them is legal, but it is not allowed to plant them and give life to seedlings (not even for therapeutic use) in the UK.

What you can do is collect the best seeds on the market: buy BSF Seeds products, one of the most important seed banks in the world, now on our online marijuana seed shop!