What is Charas and how to do it?

What is Charas and how to do it? 

Charas is a rudimentary product, a concentrate prized by cannabis users for its effects and flavor. Here is the Method

 Originally from India, Charas is very easy to make yourself. It is a fairly rare dish even in coffee-shops (t'bizla, manali, white Nepalese or black bombay) and which always costs an exorbitant price. Here is some information about charas and an explanation of how to prepare it:

The primitive form of Hash

Charas is the oldest and most primitive form of hash, made exclusively in Hindu Kush in North and West India.

Nirodhah, a charming village located in the region of Charas

Charas are traditionally infused in sheep's milk (or goat milk, more rarely cow's milk), hot, or smoked with shilum or pipe.


The result obtained is an extremely psychoactive and cerebral effect, so charas have been used for centuries in the religious rituals of the peoples of the Himalayas. Cannabis has always been a part of life in India and has been closely associated with the magical, medical, religious and social customs of India for thousands of years.

Hindu ascetics only carry a few grams of charas and a ceramic pipe

There are 4 qualities of Charas:

  • 1er quality
    Consisting of 100% resinous flowers either fresh or dried at 50%
  • 2 quality
    Essentially composed of small leaves and heads full of resins
  • 3 quality
    It consists only of small leaves and heads of good to excellent quality
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Charas is considered the Black Gold of India, but remember that marijuana is prohibited in India

The local police burning the precious Charas

The Ancestral Technique

There are many techniques for extracting cannabis, in order to make homemade hash or better ... But the famous charras depends on a simple and rudimentary technique, which like the vine and the good wine opens up unheard-of perspectives concerning the effects and the taste. He is still considered the best hashish in the world.

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By extracting the trichomes of plants still standing between the fingers, a resin condensed into cannabinoids is obtained. This unusual percentage of THC (and CBD) will increase during the drying period, by the process of oxidation of the buds.


Namely that the specialized collectors in India have leather suits; the plantations are irrigated by rivers that descend from the glaciers… You will have to do everything possible to re-create an environment similar to that of the Himalayas (cool place, and if possible supplied with a fairly cold temperature…)

The Himalayas
View of the Himalayan massif

During the process, moisten (slightly) the hands and regularly rub the heads between your palms in order to take off the charas; the process is long, don't stop until your hands are black… Manali workers spend all day there 😉

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At the end of the process, the palms of the hands are scraped in order to obtain the precious charas. If the species of the plant corresponds to this maneuver (ex: Nepalese land race), we will obtain a few grams of the precious met ...

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Dry the resulting charras, the percentage of THC depends on it. Indeed, cannabinoids (THC & CBD) increase their effects during the oxidation process, as well as the flavor in terpenes (taste & smell).

The famous Black Bombay, flavored with ... opium

Prefer a wooden content and let dry a few weeks. During the drying process, it is recommended to add some additional flavors (buds, see a different species). Before long your charras will emit a strong and penetrating odor so particular to its own nature ...

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