Charas Hash is an ancient form of cannabis concentrate made by hand-rubbing the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It is believed to have originated charas smoking in India hundreds of years ago and is now enjoyed by cannabis enthusiasts worldwide. Charas Hash is made from the trichomes of the cannabis plant, which contain the plant’s most potent and flavorful compounds.
While Charas Hash is similar to other cannabis concentrates in many ways, its unique production method gives it a distinct taste and aroma that sets it apart. The production process also results in a highly concentrated form of cannabis, allowing users to experience the effects of the plant more quickly and intensely.
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 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 willing to slow down and enjoy the tactile experience and the explosion of aromatics released during the rubbing process. However, better extraction processes exist for those 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 head to a field where wild cannabis runs rampant. Removing the plants from the soil is unnecessary, although that can make the process more convenient. Ideally, young plants are selected.
Buds of cannabis plants 2-3 weeks 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 rubbed, but a sticky, dark green or almost black substance will begin to cover the palms.
This resin is separated from the flower trichomes and 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 forcefully and circularly.
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 form a ball or a stick.