What is pressed marijuana?

Written by on 7 July, 2021

“Soko, doko, paragua, prensao, paraplex” many are the names by which pressed marijuana is called, have you ever heard of it? If you are a veteran smoker, your answer is probably yes. Pressed marijuana, also known as brick, used to be one of the most widely used forms of consumption all over the world.

Today, this type of weed is still sold in several countries. In America for example, marijuana bricks are produced in Paraguay and exported to neighboring countries such as Brazil and Argentina.

What exactly is pressed cannabis or brick marijuana?

A brick of marijuana, as the name suggests, is cannabis condensed and pressed into a “brick” shape. Instead of those green buds we are all familiar with, this is usually a black or brown type of cannabis with a strong, most often ammonia-like aroma.

The process of compressing the weed into bricks made it much easier to transport illegally to various countries, and it was widely consumed before domestic growing took off. However, it is still very popular.

How is this type of cannabis produced?

The process for making brick marijuana is different from the cannabis available in dispensaries or that which you harvest yourself. Usually pressed cannabis growers to skip the trimming and curing stages.

After harvesting sometimes the buds are left to dry, before being compressed into bricks using a hydraulic press. However, most of the time marijuana is pressed while still green.

If the weed is compacted while it is still wet, this opens up the opportunity for mold to appear and produce that ammonia smell. Also, some producers add chemicals to inhibit the smell so that it is not noticeable during shipment.

Is it good quality?

Well really, this answer will depend on the product you purchased; however, this type of cannabis is usually of lower quality.

You see, hitting the flowers with a press crushes the trichomes, and usually, during the process, many leaves, stems, and seeds are retained which end up in the final product.

To consume it you have to cut it with a knife to separate it. When smoked, it is usually harsh on the throat and lungs, and usually produces an overwhelming and sedative smoke.

It is not recommended for consumption, as it is considered the most harmful derivative of marijuana. Generally, this type of cannabis is made without the minimum of hygiene and quality control. Unknown chemicals are used, and during the process, the moisture often creates mold, which if consumed can be very harmful to you.

Tips for using brick marijuana safer

Now that you know what pressed marijuana is all about, you’re probably wondering: How do I make it safer to use? Well, after all, not everyone can access the plants. However, keep in mind that with pressed cannabis, it won’t all be flowers, and many times you won’t know what you are consuming.

1- Wash your brick weed

Some people recommend washing your pressed cannabis to get rid of many of the impurities, soil residue, ammonia, or other elements it is likely to contain.

Wash your pressing on a day that is not too humid. You should also make sure to dry your weed well to avoid mold.

2- Use a filter on your joints

Some users recommend using filters when smoking cannabis because these elements bring many advantages them is that they can prevent you from inhaling harmful substances when smoking or contribute to cool the air you inhale, which makes each puff more pleasant.

3- Store your pressed cannabis properly

Store your brick weed properly, in a dark place without humidity. If you notice that your weed shows signs of mold, it is best not to consume it.

Final considerations

In many countries where marijuana legalization is gaining more and more ground, this type of weed is not so common, as many users grow their weed and smoke their buds without pressing them.

In addition, let’s say that it is one of the safest ways to consume weed because when growing, the home you know what to expect from your marijuana.


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