Cannabis has gained immense popularity due to its diverse therapeutic and medicinal uses. Ancient traditions also recognized the herb’s spiritual, healing, and medicinal properties.
In rural areas of India, a preparation called Bhang was believed to be effective in treating conditions like fever, dysentery, sunstroke, and speech impediments. It was also used in Ayurvedic and Tibbi rituals to alleviate ailments such as malaria and rheumatism. Soldiers consumed bhang to calm their nerves, and by newly married couples to enhance their libido.
Marijuana holds a significant role in Indian culture, particularly in Hinduism, with profound spiritual and religious associations. It is believed that the Hindu deity of transformation, Shiva, used marijuana (Bhang) to achieve inner focus and tap into his divine powers. In the sacred Hindu text Atharvaveda, marijuana is considered one of Earth’s five most revered herbs. In certain Vedic ceremonies, marijuana stalks were burned in ceremonial fires to ward off enemies and negative energies, as the Vedas describe marijuana as a source of joy, profound pleasure, and salvation.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making Bhang
If you’re excited about trying out the invigorating cannabis drink called Bhang at home, you’ll be glad to know that the process is not too complicated. There are several steps involved in preparing your Bhang recipe, and a quick online search will provide you with various techniques to make this beverage.
Traditionally, you’ll need some special tools like a mortar and pestle. Once you have these, you can easily create your infused drink with minimal effort. However, it’s important to note that this Bhang recipe contains marijuana and therefore has psychoactive effects. Always follow the recommended dosage and frequency, and refrain from excessive consumption to avoid negative experiences.
Large pan with a lid
Mortar and pestle
Fine mesh filter or muslin cloth
½ to 1 ounce of fresh cannabis leaves and flowers
2 cups of water
3 cups of milk full-fat
½ cup of honey or sugar
2 tablespoons of finely crushed almonds
¼ teaspoon of finely crushed ginger
¼ teaspoon of finely crushed fennel seeds
¼ teaspoon of garam masala spice blend
¼ teaspoon of finely crushed black pepper
½ teaspoon of cardamom powder
½ to 1 teaspoon of rosewater
Chopped pistachios for garnish
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan on the stove.
Meanwhile, finely chop the marijuana leaves and flowers.
Add the marijuana to the boiling water and remove it from the heat.
Cover the saucepan and let it steep for 10 minutes.
Strain the liquid to remove the plant material and set the liquid aside.
Pour the milk into a separate saucepan and heat it on the stove.
Take the marijuana and place it in the mortar and pestle, along with two teaspoons of full-fat milk. Crush it into a paste.
Continue adding milk, two teaspoons at a time, and crush until you’ve used about half a cup.
Strain the milk to remove the plant material and set the liquid aside.
Press the paste to ensure you extract all the cannabis goodness.
Combine the water and milk that were used to extract the cannabinoids and mix them thoroughly.
Stir in the remaining milk, seasonings, crushed almonds, rosewater, and sugar or honey to taste.
Chill the mixture and stir well before serving.
Optionally, decorate with chopped pistachios.
Enjoy your homemade Bhang drink after following these steps!