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Additives to Hash
Q - Dear
site you have.
I live in
Ireland where lots of people smoke hash. The problem
is the quality is very bad, and there is never anything
except "soap". I have tried hash from all around the
world over the past 20 years, and I am absolutely convinced
that the stuff we get here has been cut with something.
It has hardly any smell. It is usually rock hard, and
not at all sticky. It doesn't get you high, compared
to, say, skunk from the Netherlands.
I think that
the hash is cut with something, and I'd like to know
what it is, because a lot of people are smoking it here,
and I wonder just how safe it is to smoke what has been
added in. Can you help me on this one?
I'd be delighted to assist you with info on cannabis
etc as regards the Irish market.
A - In the
mid 1980s the Moroccans changed the way they pressed
hashish using the heat compression method used to make
soap bars. This improved the shelf-life, compared to
the lighter 'slate' which was more commonly used. Most
of the 'soap-bar' samples I have seen analysed are higher
in THC than slate or most imported bush, and show a
typical 'Moroccan' cannabinoid profile, but are not
of the higher quality associated with 'pollen'. The
diesel smell often associated with soap bar is probably
exactly that, as a result of being smuggled in fuel
tanks. Unfortunately, most forensic analysis is only
looking to identify controlled drugs, and not geared
towards quality control.
a project underway to see what else is in hash, particularly
soap-bar, but as in all things there are good and bad
batches and operations.
I would be
interested in any information you could provide re prices
in Ireland, or if you could distribute and collect/post
some of our surveys. We do have some price data from
1999 and previous years, but it is based on small samples
in each case. Get in touch if still interested.