Meet 'Hashinene,' The Terpene That Makes Hash So Unique

This article by Ben Hartman was originally published on The Cannigma, and appears here with permission.

While flower rules in the Americas, hashish has long been the vanguard of cannabis in Europe and the Middle East. Grown and processed in North Africa, the Levant, and Asia, it produces a different, typically mellow high with a taste, aroma, and rituals of preparation that are wholly unique. And even with cannabis firmly in the mainstream, and air travel cheaper than ever (pre-pandemic), most marijuana fans in the US still aren’t all that familiar with hash.

Moroccan hashish (Jack Malipan/123rf)

But what sets hashish apart isn’t just the way it crumbles in your hand or the sensation it produces, there is actually a specific chemical compound that is far more common in hash than in cannabis flower — and researchers believe it’s formed by the unique process involved in making hashish.

The researchers who in 2014 published a study  in the Journal of Chromatography first coined the name “hashinene” for this unique terpene, which it described as “a rare and unusual monoterpene” with the tongue-twisting name 5,5-dimethyl-1-vinylbicyclo[2.1.1]hexane. 

“In view of its high abundance among volatile constituents of cannabis resin and its …

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