Hash and cannabis concentrates cover both ends of the spectrum. One is a process steeped in thousands of years of tradition, producing a thick, oily resin that is compacted into small brick-like blocks. The other is the modern equivalent, utilizing specific high-tech extraction methods to create a variety of outcomes like shatter, crumble, or wax.
Regardless of which one you choose, they both have some fantastic traits in common. Loaded with terpenes, they are rich and aromatic, unlocking a new sensory experience when smoked via a dab rig, bong, or pipe. Importantly, they are both far more potent than a standard smoke—perfect for cannabis aficionados or seasoned veterans.
If all this talk of top-class concentrated cannabis has you yearning to try, the following strains are perfect for making your hash or concentrates.
Gorilla Glue is a US classic that’s become a household name among cannabis connoisseurs. Bred on the West Coast by veteran breeders Joesy Whales and Lone Watty, Gorilla Glue (also known as GG#4 or Original Glue) is an indica-dominant hybrid with almost unmatched potency and resin production.
As its name suggests, Gorilla Glue produces super resinous buds that are super sticky to the touch, making them ideal for the production of hash and other concentrates. Its THC levels regularly clock in between 24 and 26% (although some phenotypes are rumoured to reach 30% THC) and its effects combine deep physical relaxation with uplifting mental euphoria. Meanwhile, the aromas combine hints of pine with pungent diesel tang and subtle, yet notable whiffs of chocolate.
Whether you’re making dry-sift, bubble hash, or more elaborate concentrates such as tinctures or hash oil, Gorilla Glue will undoubtedly be one of your go-to strains, thanks to its exceptional resin production.
The sourness of blue cheese might not be an aroma you immediately look for in cannabis. But once you try it, you’re bound to get hooked. Combining the best of Cheese (a unique weed variety originating from the crossbreeding of Skunk in the UK) and DJ Short’s famous Blueberry (born in Oregon), it’s no wonder Blue Cheese has become so famous.
A 60% indica-dominant hybrid, Blue Cheese delivers very nicely balanced effects that combine deep relaxation with a clear-headed focus. While some users love toking on Blue Cheese to unwind after a long day, many also enjoy it when they need to settle down and focus (either while studying, creating, or quietly working).
Thanks to its high-resin production, Blue Cheese is a great strain to make homemade rosin, hash, or other types of concentrates. While different phenotypes produce different results, a solid Blue Cheese cultivar should easily deliver plentiful of hash-making buds. To preserve its delicate aroma (which combines sweet berry notes with Skunky, cheesy overtones), we highly recommend using Blue Cheese to make bubble or ice-water hash.
Few strains have had such a deep impact on cannabis genetics as White Widow. While its origins are shrouded in mystery, many attribute the creation of White Widow to Shantibaba, head breeder at Amsterdam’s Greenhouse Seed company. Some trace White Widow’s lineage back to two landrace strains (a Brazilian sativa and an Indian indica), but these claims have never been confirmed nor denied.
Regardless of how it came to be, White Widow is now well-regarded as a true classic. You’ll find it in any decent coffeeshop in the Netherlands, and all over dispensaries in Europe, the US, and Canada. With a sweet aroma combining piney with spicy undertones and a stimulating, invigorating high, it’s no wonder this cultivar has become so popular. It produces big, dense buds that look almost pale green due to the thick, frosty layer of trichomes, and produces exceptional heavy yields to fuel your hash production.
White Widow produces 400–500g/m² indoors and up to 500g/plant outdoors, making it an ideal choice for growers who need a lot of buds to process into hash.
While this list compiles a bunch of classic cannabis varieties, few strains can live up to the reputation of Amnesia Haze. Treasured by Dutch coffeeshops and US breeders alike, this THC powerhouse is loved for its uplifting euphoria, delicious aromas, and exceptional yields. With THC levels of 23%, this strain delivers a psychedelic, intoxicating high that can last for hours.
Glazed in a fine, sticky, and shiny layer of trichomes, Amnesia Haze flowers deliver exceptional yields, ideal to be processed into hash or other concentrates. Plus, their rich bouquet—which combines sweet citrus with underlying spice notes reminiscent of cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon—makes for a delectable smoking experience. While it delivers great results in a variety of processing methods, consider putting Amnesia Haze in a rosin press to preserve its potency, flavour, and aroma.
Given its sativa-dominant genetics, Amnesia Haze can grow into towering plants (given enough space, of course). Hence, this strain is best grown outdoors where plants can stretch as they please and, in turn, reward you with extremely bountiful yields.
Chem Dawg (or Chemdawg) is an indica-dominant hybrid strain originating from the USA. While its exact origins can’t be confirmed, rumour has it that Chem Dawg was bred from a bunch of bag seeds from a strain called Dog Bud in the 1990s.
While we can’t confirm this piece of cannabis lore, we can confirm that Chem Dawg has quickly become a favourite among US hybrids. It offers powerful THC levels (up to 24%) and delivers strong, long-lasting effects that calm the body and mind, while simultaneously producing a sense of euphoria and creative stimulation. In larger doses, Chem Dawg’s effects become increasingly relaxing, so remember to dose it appropriately if you don’t want to end up glued to the couch.
The aromas of Chem Dawg combine strong fuel-like scents with notes of sour fruit, citrus, and pine. Once harvested, dried, and cured, this strain will reward you with highly-resinous buds that are super sticky and greatly suited to the production of different types of hash.
Don’t be put off by its name; Chernobyl is a great hybrid strain treasured by many cannabis users and growers across the globe.
Slightly leaning towards the sativa side (60%), Chernobyl combines genetics from three different strains: Train Wreck, a clone-only hybrid bred in Arcata California; Trinity, a rare strain believed to be bred from Purple Kush and Kalifornien; and Jack The Ripper, a super sativa loved for its uplifting, cerebral effects.
Despite its scary name, Chernobyl is a very pleasant smoke. It delivers a powerful and long-lasting high that’s very relaxing and great if you want to unwind at home on a Sunday or after a long day in the office.
While its THC levels vary depending on the phenotype and how it was grown, Chernobyl is known to be very resinous and potent. Its aroma is very enticing, combining sweet, lime overtones with hints of other fruit, including berries, tropical fruits like mango and guava, and some very subtle herbal undertones.
Royal Gorilla is a unique take on Gorilla Glue, originally bred by the leading European seedbank Royal Queen Seeds. It is a perfectly balanced 50:50 hybrid, meaning it combines the best of both the indica and sativa genetics it inherited from its parents.
The expert breeder at RQS created Royal Gorilla by combining Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister, and Chocolate Diesel. The result is a powerful strain capable of producing thick buds with up to 27% of THC and grows well both outdoors and indoors.
The effects of Royal Gorilla are very physical. Its immediate effects are somewhat uplifting and creative, but quickly subside to make room for a deep, tangible relaxing stone. As they progress, Royal Gorrilla’s effects tend to get increasingly sedative, often ending in a deep couch-lock, so this strain is best reserved for late nights or weekends when you can unwind.
Ice is an almost-pure indica strain. It gets its name from the thick, sticky resin that covers the flowers, and is renowned for its powerful effects and true indica traits. Today, multiple seedbanks offer their take on Ice, including Royal Queen Seeds, Nirvana, and Female Seeds.
Ice's lineage can be traced back to three world-renowned strains: Skunk, Northern Lights, and Afghani. Thanks to this unique combination, Ice is extremely hardy and pest-resistant, grows well in a variety of climates and indoor setups (including hydro). Ice also delivers exceptional yields.
Given its indica dominance, Ice develops thick, dense buds that boast a thick coating of trichomes. The aromas are reminiscent of its parents, combining the iconic smell of Skunk with earthy, piney, and spicy undertones.
With 18% THC, Ice isn’t the strongest strain on this list. Nonetheless, don’t let that fool you. After a few tokes, Ice will lull you into a deep, full-bodied, tingling relaxation. You may also expect a quick onset of munchies and giggles, and a strong desire to stay put on the couch or in bed.
Sherbet Queen is another mainly indica-dominant strain (80% indica and 20% sativa) bred by the experts at Royal Queen Seeds. It boasts amazing fruity aromas and flavours, whopping THC levels, and well-balanced effects that make for a delicious hash or concentrate.
Sherbet Queen is the result of crossing Pink Panties, a peculiar Kush variety, and Sunset Sherbet (which combines genetics from Girl Scout Cookies and Pink Panties). It grows extremely well and flowers in roughly 8–9 weeks, producing thick buds that radiate a rich bouquet, combining earthy pine aromas with notable hints of sweet fruit and tangy citrus. If you’re making hash with this strain, consider using a cold-processing method to help preserve Sherbet Queen’s aroma.
Once dried and cured, Sherbet Queen buds usually produce roughly 18–20% THC, depending on how they were grown. Sherbet Queen produces a long-lasting, relaxed body buzz and subtle mental euphoria that’ll boost your mood and interest in movies, music, writing, or even your studies.
Thanks to its impressive yields and high resin production, Sherbet Queen lends itself perfectly to the production of dry sift, bubble hash, and rosin.
Last but not least on this list of perfect strains for hash is Hash Bomb. Bred by the experienced breeders at Bomb Seeds, we couldn't miss this special cultivar!
An indica-dominant hybrid, Hash Bomb combines genetics from a unique Amsterdam Skunk phenotype, Hash Plant, and Bomb #1. Its dried buds give off a very strong aroma that’s spicy, herbal, and somewhat earthy, combining hints of cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and cardamon with mint-like undertones.
Hash Bomb produces roughly 15–20% of THC and, unlike all the other strains on this list, a high amount of CBD. Its effects, therefore, are fairly unique; expect a long-lasting physical stone combined with mental clarity, great for relaxing or to enjoy before bed.
Hash Bomb flowers in just 6–8 weeks, making this the fastest flowering time in this list, and it grows to roughly 90–140cm indoors. Outdoor plants get much larger, and also produce bigger harvests per plant. As its name suggests, if you’re looking for a great strain to make your hash with, this is it!
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