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Rehashed: San Francisco Fires Up For a Week-Long Hashy Holiday

Throughout the week, seven different top-shelf hashmakers will each premiere a different world-class offering.

It’s no coincidence we have our yearly concentrate celebration this month; July is to concentrates what April is to weed. For anyone not fully aware, “710” upside-down spells “OIL,” and for years, it’s been the chosen day of celebration for dab heads seeking their own day in the sun. This year, the global festivities are getting a full birthday week over in San Francisco where the team behind SF Weed Week is launching a version dedicated to the world of hash. 

Event organizer and Leafly Senior Editor David Downs said that, like the previous event, these new festivities will center around seven different clubs in the Bay where, throughout the week, seven different top-shelf hashmakers will each premiere a different world-class offering. Downs and the team have already hit a home run with a successful event that garnered national attention, and this time around, he wants to provide a stage to the incredible California hash scene and help introduce new people to concentrates. 

“Modern hash offers some of the most intense, legal experiences on the planet,” said Downs. “San Francisco is the only place on Earth where you can attend a week-long hash festival that’s fully legal with all the perks. We’re so stoked.”

The Bay Area has a long history with hashish. Back in the late 1800s, Richards & Co. drug store advertised its “Hasheesh Candy” in the San Francisco Chronicle. In the 60s, the “Summer of Love” made the city an epicenter for hippies buying and selling large bricks of hashish smuggled in from overseas. In 1978, the DEA snagged 547 pounds being smuggled between Pakistan and San Francisco. Today, The City, The Town and its surrounding areas have shone a light on a whole spectrum of forms and techniques for hash.

About more than just the dabbing side of things, SF Hash Week is a celebration of all forms of hash, including Temple Balls and Vape Cartridges. To mark this very first year, brands from all across the state have gotten together to create a horn-o-plenty of items in all shapes and sizes. Residents of Northern California will notice familiar names, like Jetty, 710 Labs, Holy Water and Oakland Extracts, bringing their best, along with Emerald Triangle favorites Arcata Fire, Nasha, Royal Key, Hash and Flowers, and Errl Hill. For the flavor-chasers out there, there have already been confirmed drops of flavors like LANTZ, Blueberry Muffin, Whitethorn Rose and Black Rainbow Piss. 

Like the Mylar Bag exhibit at its leafy, sister celebration, SF Hash Week has a specialized art component to the celebration. To mark the first year, Cannabis photographer and artist Chris Romaine, also known as Kandid Kush, has agreed to exhibit 12 large pieces in a show titled “MACRO-DOSE” at Moe Green’s Dispensary. In these photographs, Romaine will explore some of the hidden world of resin in exquisite detail. Cinema fans can catch a special showing of “Frenchy Dreams of Hashish” when Meadow creates Café Frenchy, a manifestation of the dearly missed hashmaker’s dream to curate a French Café that serves pastries, hookah, coffee and tea.

SF Hash Week runs between 7/10 and 7/17. Check out the website for a full schedule of events: sfweedweek.com.

This article was originally published in the July 2024 issue of California Leaf.

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