Differences between hashish and pollen

Cannabis pollen, hashish types

We have often heard hashish and pollen referred to interchangeably, as if they were the same product, but this is not entirely true. Both are obtained from cannabis, specifically, from the resin trichomes that cover the CBD or marijuana flowers. CBD or marijuana flowers . Discover how they are obtained, their characteristics and the different methods of consumption for each one.

Hashish and pollen: are they the same? Differences and similarities

The main difference between hashish vs. pollen is that “pollen” is the colloquial name given to this resin when it is released from the plant, without being treated or pressed in any way. Hashish, on the other hand, is the result of compacting this pollen in the form of a hashish tablet or ball.

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How are hashish and pollen obtained?

The resin of female marijuana flowers

The marijuana plant, once it has flowered, i.e., developed its flowers or buds, is covered with resin glands, also known as trichomes . The cannabis plant has different types of trichomes, which cover almost the entire plant, but the ones we are interested in are the glandular trichomes, which secrete the plant’s magical substances. These trichomes are especially concentrated in the female flowers of cannabis plants, and are full of cannabinoids and terpenes in high concentration. This resin is highly valued by consumers, both medicinal and recreational, given its properties and effects. It is from this resin that both pollen and hashish are extracted.

Pollen in male marijuana plants

In contrast, male marijuana plants produce pollen, but in this case, the word corresponds to the proper botanical term: microscopic grains with the male genetic material (sperm cells) for the reproduction of flowering plants. But when it comes to marijuana, male plants are of no interest because they do not produce flowers with a large amount of trichomes or resin, and because if they fertilize female plants, they will produce buds with seeds.

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What is marijuana pollen?

Thus, marijuana pollen is nothing more than the product obtained when the trichomes (rich in resin) are released from the female marijuana flowers, naturally or forcibly, with an appearance reminiscent of “pollen”.

The most traditional way to obtain pollen is by forcibly detaching the trichomes. For this purpose, a sieve or mesh is used, in which the dried flowers, once harvested, are deposited and shaken, usually with the help of a stick or pole. In this way the trichomes are filtered in the form of dust or pollen, hence its name. In Morocco and other countries, pollen is also called Kief, Kif or Kifi.

In general, pollen is usually considered to be of better quality when it has not been filtered much and is the product of the first shaking in the mesh, the first dust to fall, because it usually has less plant debris. The quality of the hashish also depends on the genetics of the plant, the method of harvesting and the quality of the trichomes. At Cannactiva we only use the pollen of our Premium CBD Flowers to elaborate our hash.

Another traditional way of extracting pollen is the Charas method, popular in India and Nepal, which consists of simply rubbing the marijuana flowers with your hands (from the live plant or with the dried flowers) so that the resin remains attached to them.

How to make pollen with a grinder?

An easy home method to extract the pollen from the buds is to use a grinder . The grinder is a tool widely used by regular cannabis users, because it helps to grind and finely shred the buds.

When the marijuana buds are very resinous, while crushing the flowers, the grinding with the grinder will also cause part of the resin to come off, so that, once we have removed the flower remains from the grinder, in the cavity below we will have resin powder, i.e. pollen.

How is cannabis pollen consumed?

Like pollen they are small grains of trichomes filled with resin, with the appearance of coarse powder. Traditionally, it has been used as a garnish or complement to the rolling a joint of marijuana or hashish. Pollen is consumed in different ways, either inside the cigarette, mixed with tobacco, or even mixed with cannabis flowers, to obtain greater aroma and potency. Another way is to smear the outside of the cigar or joint with the pollen, or to mix it inside a pipe.

What is hashish?

Once the pollen has been extracted from the marijuana flowers, we can compact it so that it has a greater consistency and is better preserved, since the resin will be preserved better and for a longer period of time in a plate. In doing so, we will be making hashish, since, as we have been saying, hashish is the result of pressing the pollen, or kief.

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How is hashish obtained?

There are several ways of pressing pollen to obtain hashish. Heat is usually used, for example, with the help of a lighter, as it helps the pollen to compact and mold to your liking. The process is usually laborious and requires time and patience. In areas such as Afghanistan, in addition to heat, some liquid, such as water or tea, is used to help manipulate the resin and thicken it. Therefore, after the pressing process comes a drying process (which can take weeks or months, and for which animal skins are often used), which helps the evaporation of the liquid used.

Depending on the origin of the cannabis, the method of extraction, the type of pressing (and drying) or the final presentation, there are several types of hashish types of hashish . The best known by their origin are Moroccan, Afghan, Nepalese, Lebanese and Indian hashish.

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Depending on the processing method, we can find Dry Hash, Dry Sift, Charas, Apaleado, Rosin, Ice-O-Lator, Fresh Frozen, Bubble Hash or BHO and its variants. And depending on the type of pressing and its final presentation, we can find tablets (or plates), balls, acorns or the so-called hashish pollen. You can expand this information in the post about the methods of cannabis extraction .

What is hashish pollen?

Hashish pollen is a type of hashish that is not very compacted. Although, as we have seen, strictly speaking pollen is the resin released from the flower, certain types of hash are also called pollen. This is because it is usually a hashish that is not very pressed and whose texture shows the resin grains. Also, when crumbled, these kernels come off easily and are easier to chop and crumble than other more pressed hash.

Other differences between hashish and pollen

Form of consumption

Just as we have explained that the method of consumption of pollen is as a “seasoning” for joints, with plaque or acorn hashish, the method is slightly different. The main problem with hashish, when consuming it, is its density, which makes it difficult to burn and, for this reason, it has traditionally been mixed with tobacco or marijuana, to facilitate its ignition. There are other methods of hashish consumption, such as pipes or hookahs.

To consume the hash alone, without having to mix it with anything, you can use vaporizers for concentrates such as PAX Plus . If preferred, it can be consumed orally, cooking the hash (to decarboxylate the cannabinoids) with some food to favor its ingestion.

Cannabinoid content

The cannabinoid content of hashish and pollen can vary depending on several factors, including the strain of cannabis used and production methods. In general, hashish has a more concentrated cannabinoid profile, with higher levels of THC compared to pollen. This is because hashish is produced by extracting and compressing the cannabinoid-rich resin, which increases the concentration of these compounds such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). and cannabidiol (CBD). However, the cannabinoid profile can vary depending on the strain and the extraction process used to produce the hashish.

Even in the elaboration of CBD hashish even though it is produced from CBD flowers (with a content of less than 0.2% THC), it sometimes results in a product with high THC levels due to the concentration of principles. Therefore, on a commercial level, it is sometimes necessary to wash that hash to lose its THC content and make it legal to sell.

Pollen, on the other hand, generally contains a lower concentration of THC and other cannabinoids compared to hashish, although there may be variations, depending on the method of extraction and the genetics of the plant used.

Terpene content

Hashish, due to its higher concentration, contains more terpenes and therefore manages to intensify more the aromas of marijuana, and these will be more powerful than those of CBD flowers. In addition, hashish contains the terpene hashishene, formed from myrcene. This aromatic compound is what gives hashish its characteristic smell.

Hashish and pollen legality and safety: a tandem

In most countries, the legality of hashish and pollen is linked to their THC content, the compound considered illegal in marijuana. What many people don’t know is that legality is also linked to product contamination: a study on contaminants in Moroccan hashish sold on the black market in Spain revealed alarming amounts of contamination by E. coli (especially in acorn hashish), probably due to the transportation methods used. The hashish plates analyzed, on the other hand, were found to be mostly adulterated. This is not the case with legal (THC-free) hashish products, which are subject to strict quality controls.

Therefore, if you do not know the origin of hashish but want to enjoy the aromas of cannabis, it is possibly safer to use legal hashish.

If you still have doubts and want to learn more about hashish, we recommend you to take a look at our more complete guide about hashish . Everything you want to know is there!

Information on the differences between pollen and hashish (frequently asked questions)

Which is stronger, pollen or hashish?

Both hashish and pollen are similar products with similar effects and potencies (which depend on the marijuana used for their extraction). However, in general, hashish, being more pressed and compacted, tends to be more concentrated and therefore will usually be somewhat more potent than pollen.

What are the differences between hashish and pollen?

As we have been seeing, both are types of cannabis extractions. In essence, they are the same product, but the way they are made and processed varies. Hashish is more pressed and compacted than pollen, it is also usually stronger, both in taste and effect. The color of pollen is usually lighter (yellowish or amber), while hash has a darker brown or even almost black color.

Which is better, pollen or hashish?

They are derived from the same product, so, in principle, there should be no differences in quality. However, hashish is more likely to be adulterated, mixed with other substances, or contain plant residues, so some growers prefer pollen, as it is a purer product.

What is the price per gram of pollen?

The price of a gram of pollen can vary greatly depending on its origin, the variety of origin or the extraction method used. In Spain, we can find a range of prices that usually go from 6 € to 10 € per gram.

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