Charas Hash is been use across the Indian sub-continent for medicinal and religious purposes for thousands of years. And was sell in government shops (along with opium) during the times of the British Raj and in independent India until the 1980s. (marijuana and bhang is still being sell in parts of Rajasthan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province of Pakistan).
Charas plays an important and often integral role in the culture and ritual of certain sects of the Hindu religion. especially among the Shaivs — the sub-division of Hinduism holding Lord Shiva to be the supreme god. (in contrast to Vaishnavs who believe Lord Vishnu is the supreme god)—and it is venerate by some as being one of the aspects of Lord Shiva.
Despite this long history, charas was make illegal in India under pressure from the. United States in the 1980s and severe sentences were introduce for cultivation and trafficking of charas. Even the mere possession have a mandatory ten-year prison sentence. These laws have been relaxe. But charas remains a popular medium for police to extort money from consumers of the drug.
Even at the peak of the crackdown, charas was still popular and remains so today. Especially among young professionals and Indian sadhus. The Naga Sadhus, Aghoris and Tantric Bhairava sects smoke it freely as an integral part of their religious practice. Many smoke it in clay pipes call chillums, using a cotton cloth to cover the smoking end. Of the chillum and inserting a tightly pack pebble-size cone of clay as filter under the chunk of charas. Before lighting the chillum they will chant the many names of Shiva in veneration.
It is regaining the popularity it once enjoye with younger generation of. India regarding it as a recreational drug of choice. It is freely available in several places around. India especially where there is a strong affluence of tourists. (Goa, Delhi, Rishikesh, Varanasi, etc.). Although charas can be found in several places around India. Its manufacturing can be trace only to specific locations in India such as. Parvati Valley, (Kasol, Rasol, Malana (“Malana cream”). Kashmir as well as several other places in northern India. In southern India there are also several places where charas is manufacture.
Charas Hash can be find in many places around India simply because there are people that take charas from the “source”. To distribute it in areas where there is a substantial demand of Charas Hash (usually areas with a lot of foreigners). The nominal price of charas in these areas is substantially higher than in the places where charas is make. There is also a large amount of charas that is illegally export across to Europe.
Charas Hash is the name give to a hashish form of cannabis which is handmade in India, Pakistan and Nepal. It is made from the resin of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica). The plant grows wild throughout Northern India along the stretch of the Himalayas (its putative origin) and is an important cash crop for the local people. The difference between charas and hashish is that hashish is make from a dead cannabis plant and charas is make from a live one.