Marijuana is the most common and least powerful form of cannabis. Marijuana is smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints) or in a pipe (a bong). Marijuana can also be added to various food recipes.
Hashish is dried cannabis resin which comes in small blocks. The blocks range in colour from light brown to nearly black. The concentration of THC in hashish is higher than in marijuana, producing stronger effects. Hash is added to tobacco and smoked, or baked and eaten in foods such as ‘hash cookies'.
Cannabis oil is often created from low grade cannabis leaf (cabbage) in order to extract the THC and create a more potent form of cannabis. Consequently a very small amount can have a strong effect. It is usually spread on the tip or paper of cigarettes and then smoked.
‘Spotting' is a particularly common way to consume all forms of cannabis in New Zealand. This involves the heating of common kitchen knives, often on a stove. A small amount of cannabis is placed in between the hot knives and the fumes are inhaled.