Malana Cream Hash: A Dangerous Habit for Travelers !!

Malana cream hash is  more commonly known as Malana cream or simply Malana charas. Malana village is the most sought after for its charas. The black gold as Malana cream hash is known abroad is the reason why every traveler comes sniffing here.

However, at the outset, it needs to be pointed out that Malana cream hash is COMPLETELY BANNED in India. You can neither consume it nor transport it. 

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Malana cream is the reason why most people visit here. But beware. Its illegal. Picture credits: Hash for champions

As a traveler, you are allowed to visit Malana village and view Cannabis plantations growing on high cliffs. It is for this reason that the most agile person can climb these cliffs and pluck the plant. This is usually done by the villagers residing in Malana.

When you enter Malana village, the aroma of Malana cream hash welcomes you. It is a pleasant greeting and you’ll be surprised to see the locals treating themselves to chillums of hash.

The villagers are lost in a haze and enjoying themselves all too much. If there is anyone who knows how to make high quality cannabis, it is the people of Malana.

The region draws its major source of revenue from the Malana cream hash. Its truly a stoner’s paradise. The hash is a strain of Cannabis with high oil content and an insanely rich aroma.

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The trekking route to Malana during winter months. Photography by Liyakath

Malana Cream Hash: An Overview

Origin Female Cannabis plant
Form Semi solid obtained from resin or sap of Cannabis
Cost 10 grams for $18
Legality Legal in select countries onlyNot legal in India. 
Imprisonment In India, up to 10 years

The likes of Malana cream hash draws its popularity as one of the best in the world. Due to this reason, it fetches a considerably high amount in foreign markets.

It is no secret that the region is known for its Malana cream hash. However, the substance is totally banned in India. So avoid consuming it or even transporting it under any circumstance.

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The Cannabis plant in Malana. Photography by Parth Joshi

Malana Village: Traveler Information

Location North India
State Himachal Pradesh
Accessibility Throughout the year
Best time to visit May to October
Nearby places to visit Kasol, Kheerganga, Tosh
How to reach Cab/bus and then foot
Food Local cafes and budget eateries
Cost for a day’s trip Moderate
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Hash in different shaped sold illegally in and around Malana. Picture credits: Hash for champions

How to Smoke Malana Cream Hash ?

There are a number of fun ways by which Malana cream hash can be smoked. Even if you’re not a fan yourself, you can observe others doing it.

Spliff Take a chunk of Malana cream hash. Chunk it together and stick it on a key. Burn it but do not char it. Allow it to break down. Mix it up with tabacco. Roll it into a spliff with rolling paper.
Bottle Hits Take a bottle and remove its label. Cut a small window out of it about halfway down the bottle. Attach the lid and let the bottle stand upside down.

Get a good amount of Malana cream hash. Roll it into a ball. Bring your cigarette over to the hash. Insert it through the hole made in the bottle earlier. It will ensure that the bottle is filled with smoke.

Hot Knives Take two knives and heat them up. Take some amount of Malana cream hash and put on the heated knife. Put the second knife on top of it. 
Glass Tee Pee Find a burning surface and take a drinking glass or even a jar. Take a chunk of hash and put it on the burning surface.

Hold a lighter and upside down and light the hash. When the Hash catches fire, put the glass or jar over it. Put a straw underneath the glass and smoke Malana cream hash.

Sketchy Pole Take a straw or a hollow pen. Use a small chunk ball of Malana cream hash and put it on the end of a straightened paper clip.  Use a lighter to get the chunk smoking.

How to Consume Malana Cream Hash Without Smoking ?

Consumption of Malana cream hash can be done in ways other than smoking.

Use Malana cream hash in candy bars and chocolates Melt the candy bar or the chocolate. Add some Malana cream hash to it. Allow it to re-solidfy.
Try Malana cream hash yogurt Take a small amount of Malana cream hash and mix it in yogurt.
Use a vaporizer Use a vaporizer and sniff the misty Malana cream hash

Note: If you’re consuming Malana cream hash by any of the above 3 methods, always take very little amount.

Are Travelers Allowed to Smoke Malana Cream Hash in the Region?

Anyone going to the mountains is expected to return with some Malana cream hash. It is the most sought after souvenir next to chocolates. However do not indulge in its consumption. Reason being that there is an imprisonment up to ten years in jail.

This is also one of the main reasons why the village has now forbidden travelers to live inside. Many hippies came flocking into Malana and in many ways disrupted the Malanis way of being.

After having turned Kasol into a hippie town with trippy trance and psychedelia oozing out of its chambers, the same was starting to happen in Malana.

Since Malana is a village that lives by its own set of customs and rituals, this disruption was sacrilegious. Their deity Jamlu Rishi banned the village from allowing travelers to rent out their property. 

If you wish to stay, camp or rent a Hotel at Kasol. 

Budget Accommodation Near Malana Village

Finding budget places to stay near Malana Village can be difficult. This is more in case you don’t have prior bookings. Therefore, it is recommended that you make arrangements in advance. This will ensure a ample rest for a comfortable trek till Malana village. 

Budget Accommodation  Recommended Website for booking
Nomads Hostel (Rooms as low as Rs. 599) www.booking.com
Himtrek Camps (Camps as low as Rs. 699) www.booking.com
Colonel’s Dacha (Rooms as low as Rs. 899) www.travelguru.com
Padma Guest House(Rooms as low as Rs. 500) www.agoda.com

What is the Cost of  Malana Cream Hash ?

Hash of Malana is extremely expensive. The fact that is considered good makes it unaffordable to many. It is for this reason that there have been instances of smuggling it out as well.

The average cost of Malana charas ranges from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh a kg. This is hugely expensive.

Since many youngsters cannot afford the real variety, they buy cheap substitutes. Now this can prove fatal for them. There is more than one way to get intoxicated. If you want to transcend yourself to the next level, get high on life. Nothing is more precious than life.

Why is Malana Cream Hash so Expensive ?

Quality of Malana cream hash is considered as some of the finest in the world. Certain characteristics make it expensive –

This particular variety is high in oil. This makes it unique.
Malana Cream Hash is extremely high in THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). This is the deciding chemical for high quality hashish.
This variety grows very well in the region. Therefore, it stays fresh.


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The famous Malana Cream. Consuming it is illegal in India. Picture credits: weedroads

Awards for Malana Cream Hash

As surprising as it may sound, Malana cream hash has won the Best Hashish title twice till now. One was won in 1994 and the other in 1996. This was won at High Times Magazine’s Cannabis Cup

Negative Effects of Malana Cream Hash on Himachal

The fact that Malana cream hash is completely banned in Himachal (as in the rest of India) does not deter the locals from selling it. They look for new ways each day to sell it to visitors. This in turn has dangerous consequences for the people.

In recent times there have been reports of missing travelers from the region. Main reason cited for this is the unethical trade off between the dealers of Malana cream hash and the consumers.

Nations that Allow Malana Cream Hash

In previous years, certain countries have legalized the consumption of Malana cream hash. Here is a list of such countries –

Australia Legal for medicinal use
Austria Legal for personal use
Bolivia Decriminalized up to less than 50 grams
Colombia Decriminalized up to less than 22 grams
Iran Legal for Cultivation
Uruguay  Completely Legal
US Virgin Islands Legal up to a few ounces
Ukraine Decriminalized up to less than 5 grams
Turkey Legal for medicinal use
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Fancy smoking equipment for Malana cream. Photography by Jonas

Nations that Produce the Maximum Hash

The top 10 nations producing the maximum hash have been listed below. However it illegal to consume it in most of these countries –


Malana is a lovely place to visit. The culture is different from the rest of the world. Be a part of the unique experience. Indulging in consumption of Malana cream hash will only land you in trouble. So untill it is legal in India, stay away from it. Just enjoy the trip.

Know Malana Better

If you plan to visit Malana in the future, do read the following two posts. They will help you understand the place. Also, warn you of potential breaches.



Happy wayfaring 🙂