Pronounced BANG!, Bhang is a specially prepared mixture of leaves and buds from the female cannabis plant found throughout India. It is either smoked or consumed in liquid form via scrumptious yogurt-based Lassis.
Bhang has been used as an intoxicant for centuries throughout the sub-continent and is distributed openly as a religious offering during festivals such as Holi, during which consuming Bhang has become standard practice.
Sadhus and Sufis are known to use Bhang to enhance meditation and achieve transcendental states of spiritual ecstasy. In the ancient Atharvaveda, a sacred Hindu text, Bhang is described as a beneficial herb that “releases anxiety”. In India the drug is associated with Shiva and has played an important role in religious life as a sacred inebriant.
It is legal is some Indian states, where it can be found in government shops. It is especially prominent during Holi.