Bad Dublin Hash
This comic appeared in 2005’s The Shiznit Issue 3.
These two pages hold multiple distinctions; it was my fasted colour comic ever (being knocked out between 6pm and 8pm on a Sunday), it was a collaboration with a writer and it was also an early social media hit on the cringe-fest Bebo.
The theme of Dublin’s incredibly bad hash was a rallying cry to many at the time. It was ridiculous. Headache inducing diesel, ropey soap bar and forget about herbal cannabis. Actual weed wasnt readily available back then. But still, people begrudgingly bought and smoked truly awful hash. Joint after joint. Day after day.
Brian Kenny wrote this one. He was a huge part of The Shiznit and I met him after Issue 1 came out. A mutual friend described him as an “angry punk” and that’s all I needed to know.
Besides writing some of the most popular stories, he also took over selling the ads and various thankless, poxy admin tasks. I’ve said it before; The Shiznit was his as much as it was mine.
The reference to Donaghmede threw most of my circle because being from South Dublin they had no idea that Donaghmede was the place to buy weed on the Northside. Maybe it’s not/never was and it just rhymed. No idea.
In Tallaght, where I’m from, I couldn’t identify one particular area where hash was prevalent. It was everywhere really. The availability of cannabis was never a problem back then…it was the quality. This ancient but well-visited site lists the following adulterants found in soap bar: beeswax, turpentine, milk powder, ketamine, boot polish, henna, pine resin, aspirin, animal turds, ground coffee, barbiturates, glues and dyes plus carcinogenic solvents such as Toluene and Benzene.
Bash, as mentioned in the comic above was this awful free magazine which was full of photos of people in Dublin nightclubs. That’s all. In some ways, it was ahead of the curve in the pre-Facebook and Instagram era but it was baffling at the time to see page after page of these young ones absolutely dripping orange fake tan.
I met the bloke who published Bash shortly before he passed away and so I never broached the subject of me slagging him off. But I’m sure he knew it was shit.
Buying weed in Dublin
Let me just say that I’m completely out of touch with Ireland. I honestly had no idea that Leo Vardakar the Irish Taoiseach/Prime Minister was half Indian and fully gay until last week. I knew he was a doctor but that’s about it.
In a previous incarnation of this site, even before Bad Dublin Hash, I briefly allowed people to leave leads in the comments about where to buy hash in Dublin until a mate rightly told me to knock it on the head. People in far off places like Sligo were pleading to get it delivered to their house for any price.
Everybody tells me that the rickshaw drivers in Dublin City Centre are now the go-to source for just about every drug but I’m against any dealing of drugs on the street for loads of reasons.
But the impossible dream of a discreet mail order delivery of cannabis in Ireland appears to have been realised according to Crainn a subreddit dedicated to anything related to cannabis culture in Ireland. Looks like you can stroll over to the Dark Web now and buy online with cryptocurrency. What a world.
The move to liberalise the laws on cannabis in Ireland
Of course it should be liberalised but it needs to be done right. Cannabis is a different beast now and far from being the ropey, dry, ineffectual gick from fifteen years ago.
I should do a sequel to Bad Dublin Hash about how the stuff is now too strong. Seriously, today’s weed is something to be reckoned with in terms of its strength. It can cause psychosis even in tiny amounts and I have seen this first hand. No names mentioned but there are people in my life who know all about this.
Solid advice about weed: if somebody offers you a joint just take one hit off it and wait 20-30 minutes and see how you are doing before going again. That nugget seems to be missing from current conventional wisdom but it should be up there with drinking water before sleeping off your night out.
But regardless of where you stand on the issue of legalising cannabis in Ireland, the stories of Asian people being held as slaves or hostages in grow houses are sickening. Buying on the streets is part of that economy and it needs to be stopped.