Central Asia

Central Asian landraces. The greatest hashish-producing region in the world, both in terms of quantity and quality, was once Central Asia. This is where the innovation of dry-sieving hashish most likely originated, in Turkestan, a tract of Central Asia that stretches more than two thousand miles from the deserts of Xinjiang in Northwest China to the eastern shore of the Caspian. In its nineteenth-century hashish heyday, Turkestan’s ancient Silk Road centres such as Bukhara, Balkh, and Yengisar were renowned for the fine quality of their Cannabis resin. At the time, Xinjiang, known also as Chinese Turkestan, was widely regarded as the world’s largest hashish exporter. [read more]…

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