Declared as the quintessential Holi drink, bhang is not a new addition. It has played a very important role in the Hindu mythology. Bhang is considered to be synonymous to Lord Shiva being his patent choice of drink.
Banaras is known to be the bhang city, for it worships Lord Shiva in a big scale. Not only during Holi, you would spot a large number of men engaged in preparing bhang thandai all around the year in the different ghats.
So what is Bhang?
No don’t follow the crowd; bhang is not synonymous to ganja or hashis. It is completely different.
Cannabis is the plant that offers bhang but this same plant has several usages so bhang is not the direct product. Cannabis has over 50,000 commercial uses. Different parts of the cannabis plant are smoked for different reasons and can be ingested directly through food or drink and for now we are focused at drink.
Marijuana and ganja are two terms synonymous and they are the dried flowers, stems and leaves of the cannabis plant. Marijuana can either be smoked or ingested through edibles and except for bhang, is the least effective of all the cannabis products.
Bhang is a natural intoxicant that is inherited from marijuana leaves and flowers which is consumed by brewing into a drink.
So here is what you need to make your Bhang wali thandai ready!
- fennel seeds
- khuskhusor poppy seeds
- cashew nuts
- dried rose petals
- saffron threads
- chaar magaz(melon seeds)
- bhang(cannabis leaves
- chilled fat milk