Charas is one of the oldest forms of cannabis concentrate. But what exactly is it, where does it come from, and how is it made?
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]haras can be defined as a psychoactive concentrate made by hand-rubbing live mature female cannabis flowers to collect the resin. It is the oldest form of concentrate, the simplest and most efficient method to collect fresh resin from wild cannabis plants at the peak of their flowering cycle.
This method of production remains the collecting process at the feet of the Himalayas in Bhutan, Nepal and Northern India, mountainous regions with a high-humidity climate. Words cannot encompass the experience of collecting resin from wild cannabis plants in the remote valleys of the Himalayas. The sensation of the resin slowly collecting on palms and fingers, layer after layer, plant after plant, is a unique tactile communion with another life force and an unbelievable olfactory experience. There is a powerful bounding, an intimacy and closeness that is born from such a synergy.
Every plant in the wild is the manifestation of its small indigenous ecosystem and, as such, expresses unique characteristics. It’s sensorial and mental memories of the plants that makes a hand of charas, their specific resin and terpene profile, loosely compare to preparing a fruit salad or a cocktail; every phenotype is a fruit to gather and blend into the final flavorful “confection”.
The empathy of creating charas also goes beyond the plant. There is a profound connection to the uniqueness of the land, to the terroir that gave birth to such a magical diversity. This connection may well be the most rewarding aspect of collecting resin at the feet of the Himalayas.
Finally, the high of Himalayan charas is clean, cerebral, vibrant and energizing with no plateau, exploring several levels of consciousness. Smoking charas is an amazing experience.
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