Definition - What does Charas mean?
Charas is a form of hand-rolled hashish that is commonly found in India. It is smoked. It is a form of a cannabis concentrate.
Unlike traditional hash products that are made from dried marijuana plant material, charas is created using only fresh buds that are a few days away from maturity.
The buds used to make charas are gathered along the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in the Parvati Valley, Malana, and Kashmir regions of Northern India, where marijuana grows in the wild.
Hydrolife explains Charas
The marijuana plants used to make charas have exceptionally high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and are often considered to be some of the best in the world for quality.
Charas is an integral part of Indian tradition and religion. The Hindu god Shiva is known for his love of cannabis, so marijuana is widely used during the Hindu festival of Holi. The Shaivs sect of Hinduism regularly smokes charas as part of their religion.
Many people throughout India smoke charas using a small clay pipe that is called a chillu. It can also be mixed with tobacco and rolled into a cigarette or joint.
Nowadays, charas is produced in many parts of the world such as Nepal. It is frequently illegally exported from India into various parts of Europe.