When the hashish starts to smoke, the smoker holds the small end of a funnel-shaped instrument (such as a 2-liter soda bottle cut in half) to their mouth and places the wide end over the knives to capture as much smoke as possible while inhaling. When smoking hashish by itself in a pipe, use a screen to prevent the smoldering piece of hashish from entering the pipe and accidentally being inhaled. Screens can be a mesh style of either stainless steel or titanium, or a glass style that’s shaped like a flower or star.
Place the screen in the opening of the pipe’s bowl and put a piece of hashish on top. Heat the hashish with a lighter or hemp wick until you see a steady wisp of smoke emerge. Dabbing is a popular method for using concentrates and extracts, and Hashish is no exception. Dabbing uses a particular type of water pipe called a dab rig (also referred to as an oil rig or simply “rig”). A flat-bottomed bowl, called a “nail,” is heated with a gas-powered torch to a temperature of about 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 176.66 to 204.44 degrees Celsius. Using a dab tool, drop a piece of Hashish onto the hot nail.
Once you see steady wisps of smoke emerge, place a covering on the nail, commonly called a “carb cap”, to help capture the vapors and inhale through the mouthpiece of the dab rig. The history of using cannabis for its anesthetizing qualities can be traced as far back as the Neolithic period, approximately 4000 BC. The origins of hashish began in Persia (primarily Iran) and Central Asia (primarily Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). One of the earliest mentions of Hashish is in historical legends of the Nizari Ismailis, more commonly known as the Order of Assassins or the Hashishin Assassins. The Assassins, with strongholds in Persia and Syria, were a religious sect formed in the late 11th century, approximately 1090 AD. The name Assassins is “ Hashâshīn” in Persian and “asāsīn” in Arabic. Legends exist that its founder, Hassan-e Sabbāh (also spelled as Hasan-i Sabbah), both consumed Hashish and provided it to his disciples to instill loyalty to the group. Scholars debate the validity of these tales, arguing that the word “Hashishin” is actually a misnomer. Hassan-e Sabbāh is said to have referred to his followers as “ Asāsīyūn,” which means “people who are faithful to the foundation [of the faith].” It’s believed the sect was incorrectly referred to as “Hashishin” in the Arabic sense, which means “users of Hashish.” It was said that the Assassins were described as being Hashish eaters and referred to as “Hashashin” in a derogatory way by rival sects, and these descriptions weren’t based in fact. Although no archaeological or written record provides clear evidence on whether the Assassins consumed Hashish as part of their traditions, the legend itself was written around 1210 AD by Arnold of Lübeck. The historical documentation of this legend in the early thirteenth century does link the geographic region of Persia with Hashish as well as providing descriptions of the cannabis concentrate and its effects. In the 1998 book “Hashish!,” Robert Connell Clarke includes an excerpt about the story of Sheik Haidar (also spelled as Shayk Haydar or Heydar), as told by Hassan Mohammed ibn-Chirazi. Sheik Haidar was a 13th century Persian monk who practiced Sufism, or Islamic mysticism. Sheik Haidar founded a convent near Nyshabur, a city located in the modern-day Razavi Khorasan province of Iran, about 80 miles, or about 129 kilometers, from the Turkmenistan border and about 300 miles, or about 483 kilometers, from the Afghanistan border. Sheik Haidar spent over a decade in isolation and silence, meeting only with his servant. During this spiritual retreat, Sheik Haidar went on a walk and came across a patch of cannabis plants swaying gently in the extreme heat of the day. Curious about the plants, Sheik Haidar gathered the leaves of one particular cannabis plant and began to eat them. When he returned to the convent from his walk, he was described as having a cheerful, easy disposition. He shared his discovery with other holy men, and was said thereafter to consume cannabis on a daily basis. I Book I,” author Michael Aldrich argues that the effects described of Sheik Haidar are more accurately associated with consuming the resin of the cannabis plant, rather than its leaves, as fresh cannabis plant material has a greater proportion of raw cannabinoids (THCA) than the active cannabinoids (THC) that yield the intoxicating high. Both the legend of the Assassins and Sheik Haidar provide a historical record that the use of Hashish was, at the very least, a known concept in Persia in the 13th century. The distribution and use of Hashish continued, with mentions of it appearing in historical documentation in other areas of the world. Ibn al-Bayṭār, a 13th century scientist born in the modern-day province of Málaga, Spain, described an intoxicating substance from Egypt that he referred to as “hashishah.” In the following century, in 1378, a public notice announced that the act of consuming Hashish was prohibited by Soudoun Sheikhouni, an Ottoman emir in Egypt.
In his edict, he issued the destruction of all cannabis plants, the imprisonment of anyone using Hashish as well as having their teeth removed by pulling. In Egypt, the use of Hashish continued to gain in popularity to the end of its medieval period and throughout the period where it was an administrative division of the Ottoman Empire , despite prohibitive policies and harsh punishments by authorities. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, changes to production methods helped increase output and distribution as demand for Hashish grew. In 1798, during the French occupation of Egypt, Brigadier General Napoléon Bonaparte decreed that cannabis and Hashish consumption be outlawed, as well as ordering the public burning of Hashish coming into the country. In his policy, he indicated that Hashish and cannabis use resulted in mental disturbance, overindulgent behavior, and interfering with rational thought. Although Bonaparte attempted to prevent the use of cannabis and Hashish in Egypt, his own French troops from the Armée d’Orient as well as a group of scientists, engineers, and artists from the Commission des Sciences et des Arts took Hashish back to France after serving in Egypt. Le Club des Hashischins — also spelled “Club des Hashishins ” or “Club des Hachichins,” which translates as the Club of Hashish-Eaters — formed in Paris in 1843. The group held monthly meetings at the Hôtel Pimodan, the modern-day Hôtel de Lauzun, to experiment with and explore the effects of Hashish, as there was an interest among the Club’s members about the possibility that Hashish could heighten their artistry and ingenuity.
A number of its members were part of the Parisian intelligentsia, and included famed writers (Alexandre Dumas, Théophile Gautier, Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac), painters (Eugène Delacroix), as well as other members of Paris’ intellectual elite.