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Malana Cream Hash: Popular among Travelers but ILLEGAL in India – Do not Consume

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 traveller comes sniffing here.

The ‘hand-rubbed’ Malana Cream Hash has been widely recognised for its quality worldwide. The intense fragrant aroma, high THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) levels and the high are what makes it a favourite amongst stoners from around the globe. The popularity of the product can be estimated by the fact that the Cannabis menus in Amsterdam list and sell Malana Cream at as high as $250 per tola (11.4 gms). 

However, at the outset, it needs to be pointed out that Malana cream hash is COMPLETELY BANNED in India as per the NDPS or Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. Under this Act, you can neither produce/manufacture/cultivate, possess, sell, purchase, transport, store, and/or consume any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance, including of course the Malana Cream Hash.

Malana Cream Hash: An Overview

Origin Female Cannabis plant
Form Semi-solid obtained from resin or sap of Cannabis
Cost 1 Tola or 11.4 grams for $25 or more
Legality Legal in select countries onlyNot legal in India. 
Imprisonment In India, up to 10 years
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The trekking route to Malana during winter months. Photography by Liyakath

Malana Village: Home to the ‘Illegal’ Black Gold

Lying in the lap of Parvati Valley, Malana village is the home to Malana Cream Hash-  one of the finest Hashish in the World. Other than the hash, the village has many unique aspects. The sheer beauty, history and the terrifying and absurd rules are some other aspects that interest many travellers from far and wide each year. 

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 INR 1500-2000

It is no secret that most travellers visit Malana village for its priciest possession – the Malana cream hash or Black Gold. However, one needs to remember that the substance is totally banned in India. So avoid consuming it or even transporting it under any circumstance. If caught with it, you can land in some serious trouble.

The region draws its major source of revenue from the Malana cream hash. The hash is a strain of Cannabis with high oil content and an insanely rich aroma. The Malana cream hash is made using the ‘hand rolling’ method and usually, this is done by the villagers. It is believed that in the 1970s some foreigners came to Malana and taught the villagers the ‘hand-rubbed’ technique of producing Malana cream. They taught the villagers how make hash more suitable for an international market.

Over the years, Malana cream hash has drawn its popularity as one of the best in the world. Due to this reason, it fetches a considerably high amount in foreign markets.

As a traveller, 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. Villagers residing in Malana generally do this. 

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.

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The Cannabis plant in Malana. Picture by Parth Joshi
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Hash in different shaped sold illegally in and around Malana. Picture by Hash for champions

What’s so different about Malana Cream Hash?

Malana Cream hash is considered to be the best hashish in the world. The reason for this is the optimum growing conditions.  The plants have adapted to the climate and become rain and wind resistant. The heirloom varieties (grown traditionally since generations) of Cannabis grown in Malana naturally contain a high amount of resin. This makes the strain of Marijuana grown here all the more potent.

Malanis have been growing the Cannabis plant religiously for ages. Since it is the only crop grown here and the only source of income, people take its cultivation very seriously. The result of all this is an ultra fine quality product.

Some of the distinguishing features of Malana Cream Hash are:

THC content Tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary active component in Cannabis. This is the ingredient that gives the person the so-called ‘high’. The level of this THC determines the quality of the hash and its high.

It has been found that the THC content in Malana cream hash can be anywhere between 30% and 40%. This is way higher than normal Marijuana, whose THC content is not more than 8%

Oil Content Another distinguishing feature that makes Malana Cream Hash so good is the oil content. The more the oil, the better is the quality. In fact, it has one of the highest oil contents among all other variants.
Taste Malana Cream hash has a pepperminty flavour which makes it all the more special.
High Type The high one gets after consuming Malan Cream Hash is very different from the normal Marijuana. While normal ones make a person slow and lazy, Malana Cream Hash makes the individual more active and ecstatic.  Also, unlike other Marijuana strains, Malana Cream does not hit the throat.

How to Identify Malana Cream Hash?

Malana Cream Hash has some very unique features, which make it a little easy to identify.

Colour Very dark (almost black) in colour.
Texture Shiny and soft because of high oil content
Smell Slightly Pepperminty odour with a burnt charcoal smell 
Taste Minty and charred



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 tobacco. 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 yoghurt Take a small amount of Malana cream hash and mix it in yoghurt.
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.

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Malana cream is the reason why most people visit here. But beware. It’s illegal. Picture by Hash for champions

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 or transport. Reason being that there is an imprisonment up to ten years in jail for possession, transport and use of such substances in India.

This is also one of the main reasons why the village has now forbidden travellers 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 travellers 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 an ample rest for a comfortable trek till Malana village. 

Budget Accommodation  Facilities Provided
Nomads Hostel (Beds as low as Rs. 399) Provides an excellent scenic view

Accessible location with friendly & helpful staff

Common Room to mingle with other travellers

Himtrek Camps (Camps as low as Rs. 699) Hot Spring baths

Hiking

Gypsy hideouT (Rooms as low as Rs. 500) Proper Cleaning Services

Good Breakfast

Lovely location

Padma Guest House (Rooms as low as Rs. 500) Good for Family stays

Friendly Staff

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?

As discussed earlier, the 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 by 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 travellers from the region. The 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
Canada Legal for Personal Use (starting Oct 17,2018)
Mexico Legal for Personal Use in Private
Belize Legal for Personal Use in Private with permission
Jamaica Legal for Personal Use
Ecuador Legal for Personal Use
Peru Legal for Personal Use in Private
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Fancy smoking equipment for Malana cream. Picture 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 –

Afganistan
Morocco
Pakistan
Netherlands
Lebanon
India
Nepal
Spain
Albania
Jamaica

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 until it is legal in India, stay away from it. Just enjoy the trip.

Happy wayfaring 🙂

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