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  1. Hello everyone out there! I stumbled upon this website a few minutes ago and got intrigued. Rather than simply lurk, decided to send a holler out there. Am currently hunting the Sheelavathi strain in Vizag, any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Dear all, Hello I am considering growing arjana 1 feminized in north india, unfortunately the weather here goes well beyond 42 degree Celsius in May, I am commencing the grow at the end of March. Even if I do consider growing it internally I am wondering if it is still safe with basic cooling? Maybe I should consider storing it and grow it in September which is a more pleasant time of the year? regards
  3. In the Himalayas of India, small villages thrive by growing cannabis, MALANA. The village, perched on a mountain at 9,000 feet (2,700 meters), is only reachable on foot. The hike takes three hours. Villagers say it’s been a good season so far—police have only shown up to cut plants twice. But those plants are a drop in the ocean. Ganja grows wild in the Indian Himalayas, and it’s nearly impossible to curb its illegal cultivation. After harvesting the cannabis indica, farmers spend hours slowly rubbing the resin from the plant’s flowers to create charas, a type of hashish that’s considered to be some of the best in the world. It can cost up to 20 dollars per gram in the West. Cannabis is illegal in India, but many villagers have turned to charas manufacturing out of financial necessity. Charas gets more valuable every year, but the farmers still live a humble life. Most fields are small, and 50 buds of ganja produce only 10 grams of charas. Sadhus—Hindu holy men who went to the Himalayas in meditation—were among the first to make charas. When hippies began following sadhus through the mountains in the 1970s, locals, who had been smoking a rough mix of resin and other parts of the plant, began making charas, too. They follow the same technique today to produce what's estimated to be tons of charas a year. There are no official figures for India’s charas production or cannabis cultivation. Because it's illegal, the Indian government has never conducted a large-scale survey to assess cannabis production within its boundaries. Because cannabis is a native plant, it can be difficult for police to trace producers, who keep moving their fields higher to escape raids. Thousands of families in the region survive on charas production. Farmers sell the resin to foreigners, but also to Indians from big cities. Demand is rising; new guesthouses and venues for smoking charas sprout every season. Though the drug trade is intricate and advanced, time almost stands still in this part of the mountains. Life follows the rhythms of nature. The villages scattered on the Himalayan slopes are made up of colorful houses with dark roofs made of thin stone slabs. There’s one central tap for water, an old temple, and a few shops that sell soap, cigarettes, legumes, rice, and flour. The history of cannabis in India dates back thousands of years. It’s mentioned in sacred Veda texts. And it’s said that Lord Shiva sat in meditation on the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, feeding on ganja flowers. Yet today, it’s all about business, with villagers selling charas to survive. Himalayan communities are proud and very secretive. Strenuous workers, they live in extreme conditions and often with no alternative career options. Many farmers have never cultivated anything legal in their life. Cultivation, production, use, context—everything is imbued with spirituality and religion. Along with many other countries, India joined the global fight against drugs in 1961 by signing the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. But not everyone was ready to abandon cannabis, which has long been part of religious rituals and festivities. It took 24 years for India to translate its commitment into law. The country banned cannabis in 1985. “Nearly 400 of the 640 districts in India have cannabis cultivation,” says Romesh Bhattacharji, ex-Narcotics Commissioner of India. “It's time for the Indian Government to stop being a slave of UN-backed policies: since 1985, cannabis use and cultivation has only proliferated. Prohibition has failed." “The obligation to eliminate cannabis in countries with widespread traditional use is a clear example of the colonial background of the [UN] Convention," says Tom Blickman, from the Dutch think-tank Transnational Institute. "It would never pass nowadays." Malana: The Village Of Taboos In addition to the taboo on physical contact and use of Kanashi by an outsider, there are many other restrictions for foreigners - According to village rules, fixing nails on a tree is prohibited as that could damage the tree. Burning wood is also prohibited in the forests of Malana. Only dry twigs and branches are permitted to be carried outside the forest. Similarly, hunting of wild animals is not allowed without the permission of the village council that too only during specific periods of the year. In case wild animals attack the herds of sheep and goats of the villagers the hunters are sent from the village to the pastures to kill them. And if a bear is killed, the hunter is rewarded but has to deposit the fur in the Bhandara of the Devta. Police intervention is not allowed, but if the accused wants to seek the help of police he has to pay a fine of Rs 1000/- to the village council. Would u like to Visit??????????? Two men carry freshly cut ganja from the field. It's an hours-long walk to their homes. A farmer’s family collects dry plants they did not manage to turn to hashish before snow came. Villagers produce a valuable type of hashish called charas by rubbing parts of the still-living cannabis plants on their hands, then collecting the resin from their palms. Village children playing on a steep cliff at the outskirts of the village. Families have many children, some are left with older siblings during the day. A farmer stands in a mountain cannabis field. A local woman carries a ganja bundle on her head while pulling resin from her hands. After a few years of education, many children seeking more advanced studies will walk to other villages—somtimes hours away. A local girl stares at the mountain peaks after a big snowfall caused her village to lose electricity.
  4. After tasting "Milk of Mazar" or in Pashto "Shirak-i-Mazar" in Afghanistan, Hippies on their trail moved to land of care and taste, where hash was treated very differently and culturally. INDIA and NEPAL. Parvati valley and in the Middle Hills of mid-western Nepal inhabiting highlands extending through eastern Rukum and northern Salyan, Rolpa and Pyuthan Districts in Rapti Zone as well as Dhaulagiri and Bheri Zones exclusively did and still do only HANDRUB. When hippies came to these areas they saw something unique and special that they haven’t seen before. Landrace strain from these areas was/is famous for there Spicy to very spicy taste, Distinctive aroma and consistency. There is a relegious angle to it as well, Muslims believed in killing the plant, drying it dead till its powder dry and than sift it. After sifting it through fine silk-cloth they used to get powder that’s called KEIF in Lebanon and Morocco and called Garda in Hindukush (Afghan/Pak/kashmir). After that Garda was stuffed in dead goats skins, sealed and buried 3 to 4 feet deep in soil for curing and whenever they had to process hashish they would take out goats skins from soil and heat press whatever the amount they wanted. This charas is very soft but never called creame. This method is still used in India in Pangi and Teesa Valley of Chamba district of Himachal because majority population in that area is Muslim migrated from Afghan/Pak. ppl talk abut parvati a lot but i am amazed how nobody, even old hippies seldon talk about PANGI VALLEY N TEESA IN HIMACHAL - Every Ent should visit that area once in lifetime and experience that shit, its best source of MUSLIM CHARAS in INDIA But for IndoNepal Hindus, it was a religious plant, it was to be worshipped and offered to Shiv. These Hindus couldn’t be more fucked killing the plant and than putting it goat skins and than offering it to there Sadhus so as a matter of devotion they made love to live buds by very gently m softly caressing live buds in three hands and extracting the nectar. a different method of hash production was evolved as world famous HANDRUB/CREME
  5. Hello Amsterdam,, Love from a landrace and foriegn strain cultivator in Parvati Valley India. Back on this forum after a long time and thought that should share some GOODNESS from VALLEY of GODS. BOOM SHANKAR. I am completely medicated with this amazing Charas from Hashplant X Northern Light from Sensi seeds home bred, farm grown and rubbed by a old friend and a long time hippie. Guys amazing Indica, I tell u. I am keen to share this story, few years ago, me and one of my farmer friends, during a smoking session, had one of those stoner thoughts - "let's get seeds for best Indicas there are. let's breed them the Indian way and make charas" Its not easy, as for a farmer, giving up grow space for experimental plants is financially a big risk. still after year of what and when, he agreed to grow if I cud prove tht seeds work. So I did my research as It had to be Indica and from afghan/kush origin n had to be from sensi seeds as we respect their history as a hippie have a lot of love for Nevil, we had lot of choice. We didn't had scientific know how so just put 2 n 2 together like a stoner n decided to have a hash making plant with a world famous Indica so decided on none other than Hash Plant to be bred with NL. Ordered seeds. Had 10 Plants 5 HP and 5 NL regular seeds, came out 6 were female. Didn't separated the plants and let them grow together, didn't know which strain was what, till huge male pollen stacks were busted out of 4 plants, then moved males aside. After few weeks we got seeds bursting out of female plants. We waited for them to mature and as soon as they looked good we harvested. Out of 6 plants we got lot of seeds. Skip next year 2016, we had decided to wait and try seeds. In January, I had sprouted abut 20 seeds indoor and most of them sprouted.I gave a polythene bag full of seeds to my friend and almost forgot. Now, cuz we had lot of seeds, so my friend decided to try few on a rough patch. test grow started may end or June and by early July, he had known that this is going to be good so he spread out all the seeds by early July. After growing these big shiny buds he rubbed in late October. After getting rid of most of the males, he got about 300 plant out of it. I should have been there to check the plants but he is from deep valley and me going to deep valley is a NoNo. After rubbing he got more than 1 tola first rub and 1.5 tola second hard rub from 5 plants. so do the math. After drying the rest, he may be able to sift something out of it. He is a decent hash maker, really knows his stuff, from generations kinda shit. Cured for 40 days approx, all the moisture and chlorophyll is gone. Full terpenes can be tasted. I rate this Charas to be high 35 - 40% THC. Brainfuck. Bistarlock. Did all the hippie testing - It is really good Charas and even in cold days of north India, Its still soft. Properly oxidized as black from outside and khakhi/brown from inside. It's very hard to crush as keep on melting in your fingers and sticks to tobacco. I put it outside in direct sunlight in afternoon for hour and it was about to melt. It's not too soft and bendable and playable like playdough at the same time. It smells like heaven, I can't even dare calling it a smell but fragrance. Skunk smell, u light a chillum n your neighbors will know that u r smoking some good shit. It burns very clean. I did the ash test and ash comes out absolutely white. Did bubble test and it almost bubbles. Trip - People who have smoked both HP and NL, I can tell u that it's improved NL high with improved HP smell. Wht else could I say? A.M.A. I initially decided to wait for a good camera but ended up not being able to wait and took some barggy looking photos of shiny surface, size, cut in half, bent in a "U".
  6. Video from the cannabis fields above kutla and rashol. Rubbing cream with my friend super Bobby.
  7. Was in India for a few months hunting for the finest hashish. Such a beautiful place to relax and explore. Thought I'd share some of the pictures and samples from my journey here. Enjoy everyone and if ya have any questions feel free to inquire. Cheers.
  8. From the album India seed and charas hunt 2013

    Tasty and pungent cream from the mountains. between 1000 and 1500 a tola(10 grams).

    © me

  9. Hope the link works. A nice glimpse into an otherwise closed society. Beautiful village and amazing people. Cheers. http://www.clear-uk.org/bom-hindi/?age-verified=c4dcb99b5a
  10. Hey All, Greetings from the Himalyas. My name is Captain Boom, and i want to show you something.. you are all the first few to watch this... Hope you like it and will share it with your friends. NEW LINK http://bit.ly/12hWBwp BOOM
  11. From the album More India

    Something smells real good.......
  12. From the album More India

    nice piece of cream scored from malana village
  13. From the album More India

    charas piece
  14. Greetings from the Himalaya's , my name is Captain Boom and i would like to show you something. You are all the first few to watch this before it releases world wide on 420 -April 20th. i hope you enjoy it and spread the message. Boom bit.ly/WSJCRi
  15. Hi all, I have been trying to join this site for about 6 months. I discovered it thanks to Dana Larsen and my friends at the Vancouver Seed Bank in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but the site would not work when I tried to join until just now. I picked up one of those awesome strain hunters posters they were giving away and had no idea of this place... So I have been growing cannabis since I moved to BC from Arkansas when I was 15 years old. I had already been trading and collecting rare native plants and orchids on Gardenweb.com (particularly cypripediums, but others as well) since I learned to use the internet at 5 or 6 years old. I remember not wanting to move to BC because my unfamiliarity with the fauna of the area, which was my greatest passion, and also my multi-thousand dollar native orchid collection would not survive the new climate. They are probably still growing in Arkansas today.. I already smoked weed for a couple years before I moved north, but mexican brick was all I knew. It is always pressed chips of dark green or brown, grassy smelling plant material. Males and females are mixed in the flat, seed-filled, tricome absent, abused excuse for marijuana that dealers would tell you was "fire". It was grown like industrial hemp, and you had to smoke a lot at one time to get the mildest high. When I got to BC, my older brother who had visited already procured a dime bag, shamelessly out in the open, to my astonishment in the city of Victoria. The police down south have very conservative/Christian values and consider cannabis to be just another "drug", same as meth, cocaine, or heroin, and beatings for a roach in the ashtray are not uncommon in my homeland.. I examined the bag and concluded that it was not marijuana, and it looked laced to me; why else would it have shiny, crystal looking things on it's surface?, I thought. After seeing my brother laugh at my caution and smoke some with no ill effect, I smoked the bowl that changed my life forever. I began reading Cannabis Culture Magazine and High Times every month and began to add knowledge to my plant background. I could already both identify and grow thousands of other plants and even recognised thier families and binomial names. I became a fan of the intellectual and scientific side of cannabis through the local culture and the publications and internet information. I met Marc Emery at his HQ when I was 15 as well; My father wanted to grow but was paranoid about seed shops and hydro stores because he did not read the information I had studied so seriously. I thought that if we could talk cannabis with the Prince of Pot, it would ease his irrational fears. Marc was thrilled to meet Americans with southern accents; like I said before, not many fans from my area. I became good friends with Marc and almost everyone at CCHQ and the BCMP over the next years and moved across the USA and Canada, honing my botanical and scientific skills all the while... I am currently collecting landraces and elite NW clone only strains that have been all but lost. I am planning a few expeditions in the near future that I will write about at a later date, but I will tell you my next big trip: Northern Pakistan in the fall. I have a few places in mind, but obviously there will be a lot of planning over the next months to check safety and to gather information from my contacts in Lahore and Abottabad Pakistan. I am doing this all on my own budget, with only a couple locals for guides. Possible locales for landraces: Chitral, Murree-Abottabad, Kalam, and North of Islamabad on the Karakorum Hwy route to K2. I will be posting updates about my research on the regions and preparations for the trip regularly. Mexico, Peru, and ???? also to come in the future. Botany and Strain Hunting are my life. I have whole-heartedly dedicated my life (after almost losing it) to my current and future endeavors in strain hunting and breeding, as well as the progression of scientific thinking among the common people of earth. Peace everyone! DanMacGrowesalot

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