Habibi is an Arabic word which literally translates to “my love,” sometimes also translated as “my dear,” “my darling,” or “beloved.” this can only mean that the craftsmen making this hash have true love for the product they create. This hash produces an incredibly smooth and relaxed high. The second you smoke it you will be transported into a world reminiscent of old world Morocco where the streets are buzzing and the locals are trying to sell their hash to each other and tourists. Morocco is widely known to produce some of the best hash in the world and is often called the Mecca of hashish, as it is the largest producer of high quality product. According to some sources, the country is home to approximately 220,000 acres of marijuana ready for cultivation.
Canada’s East Coast has long been recognized as a haven for hash smugglers, just like the “rum runners” of yesteryear. The rugged coastline’s abundance of remote yet accessible covers is perfectly suited for any type of smuggling operation. The heyday of hash smuggling took place in the late 1970s, when every type of hash from many exotic locations was being shipped into North America. Tons upon tons were sold to and consumed by large populations of major cities. Blond Lebanese, Red Moroccan, Citral, Afghani Fingers, Nepalese Temple Balls, Rose of Lebanon – the list of fine quality hash went on and on, and it was a bonanza for the consumer. In fact, a lot of people on the East Coast had never even smoked marijuana buds, as the market was dominated by hash. Everyone smoked hash, and it was everywhere to be found. But all good things come to an end, and it was no different for hash smuggling. By the early 1980s, huge busts were routine. Twenty- to fifty-ton seizures by police were not uncommon, and before long, huge financial losses and lengthy jail sentences took all the fun out of smuggling. The East Coast may have been the best place to smuggle to, but was the worst place in Canada to get caught. The glory days of hash smuggling were over. Huge demand in North America outstripped supply; it was much more difficult to bring in the huge loads of years past. Prices went up, and a lot of key people were sent to jail. At one time, the people involved in smuggling were mostly a good bunch of rogues, and there was little violence associated with the hash trade. When those decent people went out of business in the ’80s, a whole new crowd of biker gangs and organized crime families moved in to do business. The whole industry changed, and so did the quality of the hash. In an attempt to maximize profits, re-pressing was born. Re-pressing is the process of breaking down good quality hash by adding a bunch of fillers to increase the weight, and re-pressing it into slabs. Dealers use many different fillers – all of them bad – to inflate their supply. Think of the notorious “soapbar” hash in the United Kingdom and Europe, a very low-grade contaminated black hash that dominates the market. Real, prime imported hash was (and to some extent still is) almost impossible to get. However, the East Coast has recently resurfaced as the destination for Afghani hash smuggled in from overseas. I was able to get my hands on 100 kg (220 lb) of primo, #1 Gold Seal Afghani, pictured here. It arrived in five ammunition cans containing 20 kg (44 lb) of hash each, and the slabs had traditional red cellophane wrapping and were embossed with a gold stamp. A lot of people on the East Coast of Canada are reminded of the good old days when they discover how potent the smoke is. Though paltry in size compared to the days of old, this shipment is the real deal: high quality, real Afghani hashish.
Yellow Lebanese Hash Strain: Lebanese (Lebanon) Cultivation: The most important Cannabis-Fields are located in the valley of Baalbek. The fields are cultivated on very large scale, many of them using modern machinery. The production is very industrially oriented, tradition is not very involved in the Hash-Business. Production: The Cannabis-Plants are left on the field until they are nearly dry. By this time they will have acquired a brown-reddish color (some Chlorophyll is destroyed by the UV-Rays of the Sun). Finally the plants are brought in a barn to be dried completely. Hashish is produced in the same way as in Morocco, basically the buds are carefully rubbed over a fine silk-cloth, the resulting powder can be pressed together. Than finer the mesh used, than better the resulting Hashish. The Hash-Powder is stored inside 35kg plastic bags, in this form it can be kept for a long time without losing much potency (because the resin glands are still closed). In the winter months the pressing begins. Hash-Powder is filled in linen or cotton bag and pressed under great pressure. On the surface of the Hashish the structure of the tissue which was used can be clearly seen. Usually the Hash is pressed in slabs of 100g, 200g (usually) or 1000g (1kg). There is some Hash which is pressed by hand like in Afghanistan, unfortunately it’s usually not exported. Color: There are two kinds of Lebanese-Hash: Yellow Lebanese, which is yellowish and Red Lebanese which is reddish-brown (very similar to standard Morocco in color). The Red-Lebanese is made from riper plants. Smell: Spicy to very spicy, refreshing smell. Taste: Very spicy, harsher than Turk or Morocco. Some Lebanese-Hash is harsher than Afghani, especially when smoked in a Bong. Lebanese is quite an acquired taste. Consistency: Usually the slabs are very thick (about 2-3cm) and not elastic. However when you cut it, you can clearly see that it contains big quantities of resin and that it can be cut easily. Some kinds of Lebanese, like Afghani have the family stem on them. Very good Lebanese can be re-pressed by hand like Afghani due to it’s high resin-content. Effect: Compared to most other Hash varieties the High is quite cerebral, however more stony than Morocco or Turk. Of course, the yellow kind produces a more cerebral high than the red kind (which is riper and contains more CBN than THC). Potency: Usually not very strong, somewhat stronger than Morocco. However there are also very good varieties of Lebanon which are very strong. As already mentioned the high resin content of the better varieties can be clearly seen and it can be re-pressed by hand. (1.0%-18% THC)
This indica dominant hash; Rolex Moroccan hash is hard, non-pliable by touch and organically produced. It is a very heavy indica which makes it quite potent. The taste is so smooth that it does not harm the throat. The Moroccan Rolex hash smells sweet but lightly spicy. When you smoke it, it burns with an ember. The Moroccan Kaboul Hash goes straight to your head and works it way down your body. It acts as a great painkiller and will most likely make you couch locked.