The resin is rolled in Hash-Balls, before shipment it’s pressed in the usual slabs.
Colour: Black on the outside, dark greenish/brown inside.
Smell: Spicy to very spicy.
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Taste: Very spicy, somewhat harsh on the throat but definitively less so than Afghani.
Consistency: Very soft, can be kneaded easily like Afghani. Sometimes quite powdery though always dense. Effect: Very stony and physical high. Cerebral.
Potency: Potent to very potent. Like Nepali, Charas is almost always good smoke.
Most Hash of this kind is imported by private travellers to India. As expected the price is very high, in the range of Nepali. Charas is usually sold as a ‘finger’, which is a sausage-shaped piece of hash.
Charas is a cannabis extract that originated in South Asia. The word charas comes from the Persian term for a piece of leather.
A late-19th century article explains that cannabis-derived charas was stored in leather bags. It can also be called “finger hash.” And if you’re in Asia, you might hear it referred to as hashish or hashish.
The confusion arises from the Western idea that charas specifically refers to hand-rubbed cannabis resin and hashish refers to the sifted resin. In Asia, the word charas is often used to describe cannabis resin in general. In fact, hash, hashish, and charas can be used interchangeably in some situations.
As usual, when it comes to cannabis, there is no international standard for language that refers to its varieties or products. So for the purpose of this article, charas will refer to an extract that is made by hand rubbing the resin from a living plant that is still 2-3 weeks from maturation.
Charas Hash is made by rolling the resin from the trichomes so that the resin separates from the plant matter and melts into a sticky, malleable, tar-like substance. The end product can look like a stick or a ball. When a ball is made, the charas can be called a “temple ball”.
Charas can be smoked in a chillum, a special conical pipe traditionally used by Hindu monks and holy men in India. Alternatively, it can be rolled into a joint or joint, smoked from a bowl, or rubbed.
The religious significance of Charas
In the Hindu religion, cannabis is closely associated with Lord Shiva, one of the three main Hindu gods. Examining one of Shiva’s names, Soma, may explain why the grass is one of God’s best-known accessories. The name Soma means intoxication.
However, Shiva is not believed to require the herb to be intoxicated. Rather, Shiva is the symbolic manifestation of intoxication. It represents conscious bliss. Some say that conscious cannabis use can allow people to experience that kind of lighting.
During festivals that celebrate Shiva, cannabis is often consumed. Bhang, a drink made with milk and cannabis appears in these celebrations. Holy men also frequently smoke from Charas. Many of these holy men who smoke marijuana are ascetics.
While some may associate cannabis use with some degree of pleasure-seeking, including hedonism, Hindu ascetics who use marijuana do so to drive away from the desires of worldly possessions that they have given up as part of their spiritual practice.
How Charas is made
The process of making charas is long and messy. It can be a meditative experience for those who are willing to slow down and really enjoy the tactile experience and the explosion of aromatics released during the rubbing process. However, it is not an ideal extraction process for those who are afraid of getting their hands dirty. Charas is made by covering the hands with cannabis resin.
It takes many plants to make just one gram of charas. In India, charas makers will simply head to a field where wild cannabis runs rampant. It is not necessary to remove the plants from the soil, although that can make the process more convenient. Ideally, young plants are selected.
Buds of cannabis plants that are 2-3 weeks away from maturation tend to contain higher levels of THC.
The leaves of young plants are removed from the stems so that only cannabis buds remain. Then, while still attached to the stem, the shoots are rubbed between the palms. Imagine picking up a handful of flowers, stems, and everything, placing the bouquet between your palms and rubbing the flowers and stems on your palms. This is how you rub the cannabis buds to make the charas look.
The buds will disintegrate and fall to the ground as they are rubbed, but a sticky, dark green or almost black substance will begin to cover the palms.
This is the resin separated from the trichomes in the flower and is loaded with cannabinoids and terpenes. The scent is powerfully fragrant. The more resin collected on the palms in this way, the more charas can be made.
Once the palms are covered with a thick layer of resin, a sheet, newspaper, towel, or other clean surface is placed on the Charas Hash maker’s lap or worktable. The resin is rubbed from the hands and placed on the surface as the palms come together in a forceful, circular motion.
Small dark brown, green or black resin stains will accumulate on the surface. Once all the resin has been removed from the hands and deposited on the surface, the charas maker can squeeze and roll the pieces to begin to form a ball or a stick.