Since hash oil is more potent than other forms of marijuana, its effects tend to be stronger as well. As a result, it may provide greater symptom relief for people who use marijuana to treat medical conditions, such as chronic pain or cancer.
More research is needed to understand the unique benefits of hash oil and related products.
The side effects of hash oil are similar to those associated with marijuana. However, since hash oil is more potent than marijuana plant products, the side effects may be more severe.
Short-term side effects may include:
- altered perception
- changes in mood
- impaired movement
- impaired cognition
- impaired memory
- dizziness and fainting
- anxiety and paranoia
- cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)
More research is needed to understand both the short- and long-term side effects of hash oil use.
There are a variety of ways people use hash oil.
Dabbing refers to the use of a special pipe to heat and vaporize hash oil. Sometimes called an “oil rig” or a “rig,” this apparatus consists of a water pipe with a hollow “nail” that fits into the pipe’s gauge. Alternatively, some people use a small metal plate called a “swing.”
The nail or swing is typically heated with a small blowtorch before a small amount of hash oil is applied to its surface with a dabber. With the heat, the hash oil vaporizes and is inhaled through the pipe, and it’s usually inhaled in a single breath.
This method is more dangerous than other methods because of the blowtorch, which poses a risk of burns.
Hash oil can also be smoked, vaporized, ingested, or applied to the skin.