Despite its illicit nature, the Lebanese have grown and harvested cannabis for many years and produce some of the best hash in the world. The majority of cannabis grown in Lebanon is grown in the Bekaa Valley, making use of the regions extremely fertile soil. The Bekaa Valley is the heart of Lebanese agriculture and the number one location for cannabis cultivation. Lebanese Hash comes in two distinct varieties: yellow and red. Some have argued
that the difference is a result of two separate strains, when in fact, yellow and red Lebanese Hash is actually produced with cannabis harvested at different stages in the growth cycle. Yellow Lebanese Hash is made from plants that have been harvested at an earlier stage of development. This produces a high that is more pronounced in cerebral effects.
Red Lebanese Hash is produced using plants that are a little older and are said to contain higher amounts of the non-psychoactive compound Cannabinol (CBN) – resulting in a hash that producers more mild effects.
Once the cannabis plants are harvested, dried, and cured – the hash can then be produced. A silk screen is used to extract the resin produced by the cannabis plant, which is then stored until the end of Fall. At the start of Winter, the kief crystals are transferred from silk screens to cotton (or linen bags) and is then pressed – to create a soft, smooth brick of Lebanese Hash.