Dawamesk is a unique cannabis jam consisting of crushed pistachios, ground spices, orange juice/peel, butter, and hashish. Dawamesk is a Middle Eastern spread that has been well-loved by generations. It looks like a marmalade or jam and is usually green in color.
Are you looking to try this unique hashish spread? Or are you curious about its unique history? This article will tell you everything you need to know about Dawamesk!
What is Dawamesk?
Dawamesk is a cannabis-infused jam made from ground spices, nuts, and hashish. It’s very sweet and is often spread on toast and eaten as a snack or dessert. There is no set recipe. But most recipes include pistachios and hashish. Almond paste, orange peel, and sugar are other popular ingredients.
It originates from the Middle East, where it is traditionally eaten to enjoy the psychoactive effects of cannabis without smoking it. You can think of it as one of the first cannabis edibles!
When eaten, Dawamesk provides a psychoactive effect due to the THC content of the cannabis. The result is similar to that of smoking cannabis. However, you can use different forms of cannabis. While hashish will provide a potent high, you could try the recipe with CBD oils instead for a non-psychoactive experience.
Dawamesk is becoming an increasingly popular way to consume cannabis, especially among those who do not want to smoke it. It is also a healthier alternative to smoking, as you don’t inhale any smoke. Cannabis edibles, in general, are a very popular way to enjoy the effects of cannabis, whether you make a recipe like this or buy cannabis edibles.
Origin of Dawamesk
The exact origin of Dawamesk is uncertain. Many believe it originated in the Middle East, but a specific origin story is challenging to find. It’s thought that this cannabis spread is very old – truly an antique dish.
Although Dawamesk likely originates from the Middle East. It was inspired by a Moroccan cannabis treat called mahjoum. Mahjoum was a popular jam made with dried fruits, nuts, and spices.
Dawamesk was a popular treat in the Middle East for centuries. Then it gained worldwide popularity in 1845 thanks to an exclusive Paris club called ‘Le Club des Hachichins.’ We’ll chat more about this bohemian group of cannabis lovers later on.
Since then, Dawamesk has become increasingly popular as a recreational cannabis product. Some companies have even started selling their version of this jam for the commercial market.
Because of the inclusion of hash or cannabis oil, Dawamesk may cause a sense of relaxation and well-being. Many choose to eat this jam because of its therapeutic benefits – plus, if it includes hash or cannabis oil, it gets you high.
Where did the name ‘Dawamesk’ come from?
Dawamesk comes from “Dawameska,” the Algerian Arabic word for “cannabis.” The term Dawamesk is also used to refer to hashish, which is another form of cannabis.
As we mentioned, this sweet jam is often made with pistachios, sugar, and hashish.
Dawamesk has a long history in the Middle East, where it was initially created. Arabic immigrants introduced the dish to Europe in the early 1900s. Still, it gained more popularity in France in the 1840s thanks to ‘Le Club des Hachichins.’
The ‘Club des Hashischins’
In the late 19th century, a group of French artists and intellectuals known as the Club des Hashischins met regularly to experience the hallucinogenic effects of hashish. The group included novelist Charles Baudelaire, poet Paul Verlaine, and painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
The Club des Hashischins started in 1844 by French doctor Jacques-Joseph Moreau. Moreau studied the medical uses of cannabis and wanted to research its effects on the human mind. He recruited a group of like-minded individuals, including Baudelaire, Verlaine, and Toulouse-Lautrec, to help him explore the drug’s potential.
The club members would meet regularly to smoke hashish and share their experiences. They kept detailed journals of their trips, which provided unique insights into the workings of the human mind under the influence of cannabis. The club disbanded after a few years, but its legacy continues.
Recipe for Dawamesk
Dawamesk has a long history in the Middle East, where many enjoyed it for years. Recently, it has become popular among tourists visiting Middle Eastern countries, who often buy it as a souvenir.
Dawamesk typically helps you feel calm and relaxed. Some users also report an increase in creativity and focus. Because of its potent effects, Dawamesk is best consumed in small quantities. Don’t eat it before operating heavy machinery or driving.
There is no exact recipe for Dawamesk. There are multiple versions of this jam, each with slightly different ingredients. Almost all recipes include pistachios and cannabis, though the other ingredients may vary.
Here is our recipe for a simple and tasty Dawamesk jam:
- 500g crushed pistachios
- 100g crushed almonds (or almond powder)
- 5 tablespoons honey
- HHC oil (use your preferred dosage)
- Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Mix all ingredients until well combined.
That is just a simple recipe that you can start with. Play around with the ingredients! Add more spices, orange juice, zest, butter, or even sugar instead of honey. You could also add cannabis oil or CBD oil to experience different effects. There are countless options to customize this jam to your liking. Then, spread it on your favorite bread or toast and enjoy!