Afghani hash is traditionally produced throughout Afghanistan. In fact, hashish is produced practically everywhere in and around Afghanistan. This is accomplished by hand pressing cannabis dry sift with the addition of a small quantity of water or tea. Afghanis hash is pressed by hand and is worked until becoming highly elastic. A rich flavor and strong aromatic smell will be the result.
The Afghan people have been cultivating and using cannabis for centuries. But the hashish trade in Afghanistan really took off in the 1960s and 70s when the Hippie Trail brought an influx of young tourists to the region. Today, Afghanistan is the largest producer of hashish in the world. Hashish in Afghanistan is called chars (not to be confused with charas), and its production is quite unique. First, the trichomes are removed from dried cannabis buds to create kief (locally called garda). This is then placed on a metal dish over a low flame and mixed with small amounts of hot water and/or tea until it reaches a dough-like consistency. This dough is then kneaded by hand and sometimes even pressed by foot until it achieves a black colour with a thick, fudge-like consistency.