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Overcoming Archetypes: Modern Hash and Rosin Consumption Aesthetics

Rising THC percentages in solvent-based extracts and the unique form of consumption that resulted, made dabbing appear just shy of an extreme sport. Something people did when they wanted to get as high as possible as fast as possible. Almost a recreational activity that looked to see who could take the biggest hits, with the most hype, out of the most expensive bongs. These "dangerous" new concentrates were supposed to be too strong and bound to cause harm. These so-called, "super-concentrated" forms of "extra-potent extracts", proved within a quick five years to not even create a fulfilling or effective high. Funny what a few years of time can do to significantly change perspectives (not facts).

A New Identity for Solventless Smoking

I have said for a while that hash and rosin needs to separate itself from the "dabbing" ideal entirely. More than anything else, smoking today's best hash and rosin is the furthest one can go in the direction of craft-quality, farm-to-table, cannabis excellence. It's no different than finding your favorite bottle of wine. Just because the wine is crafted and aged and stronger than beer, doesn't mean people associate wine with overindulgence or extreme consumption. However, BHO and dabbing shatter appeared to outside observers as an equivalent to alcohol's beer-bongs, keg-stands, and beer-pong! This aesthetic has stuck with dabbing, despite a complete and total reversal in the quality of products being consumed.

cannabis trichomes
Close to a perfect 6-Star Ice Water Hash. It is made up entirely of cannabis trichome glands.

Solventless Prestige

Modern hash and rosin reflect the vineyards of northern California, a culture, and an ancient art-form revived and revitalized. Solventless hash deserves the entire cannabis community's full attention and respect. It is the highest achievement for both farmer and hash-maker, and should be celebrated at the top rung of all cannabis products. Unfortunately, these new products are being confused with outdated ideals of "extreme consumption," often synonymous with dabbing.

Least Effective Extracts

BHO and distillates earned a reputation as corporate cannabis products, created from an ever decreasing quality of cannabis scraps. These older techniques create the cheapest products by using the recycled trimmings from harvest. Wax, shatter, crumble, and even distillates became associated with dabbing, for those looking for a cheap but concentrated high. Again, these kinds of second grade products contained high levels of THC, but very little else that would be necessary for the Entourage Effect. Despite the ever increasing amounts of THC, these products lack much of what creates an effective high.