Bhang, India’s holy marijuana

India has to be one of very few countries in the world where one can legally stand on the street and have a cannabis drink without being arrested. The reality is that, cannabis so ingrained in the culture of India that the authorities are unable to criminalise it fully. Although selling of cannabis is prohibited in India, it’s readily available and no attempts are made to arrest the sellers. In fact, cannabis plants are native to India and are often a nuisance in many Indian gardens and fields across the country.

Bhang (cannabis, marijuana) is made from the buds and leaves of female cannabis plant. Through production and selling of cannabis is illegal in the country, bhang remains legal at some places due to cultural and religious reasons. In my home town of Patna, you’ll fine women selling bhang goli (bhang balls) on the streets at the famous Patna Market.

Hindu holy men have used marijuana for centuries and they believe that it’s the best way to worship and understand Lord Shiva, one of the powerful gods of the Hindu trinity. In addition, according to the Vedas, the cannabis plant was considered as one of the many sacred plants.

Bhang Shop

Bhang Shop. Source: Kris_B’s photostream

History of Bhang in India

Bhang is probably the oldest intoxicant in the world still in use. It has a long history in the Indian subcontinent, where Hindus associate it with their most powerful deity: the lord Shiva. Legend has it that Shiva brought bhang from the Himalayas for the pleasure of the mankind. According to another legend, bhang was discovered when the gods and demons together stirred the oceans with a big mountain in hopes of getting the nectre of life.

A famous Greek historian Herodotus who lived in the 4th century B.C. mentions the use of bhang among Indians. Some old Arabic texts refer to medicinal uses of bhang. The British were amazed to find such widespread use of bhang when they came to India during the 19th century. They were at a loss as to how to deal with it. A British report authored by J. M. Campbell in 1893-94 suggested: “To forbid or even seriously to restrict the use of so holy and gracious a herb as the hemp would cause widespread suffering and annoyance and to the large bands of worshiped ascetics deep-seated anger.” So bhang was not outlawed during the British rule in India.

Bhang Lassi at the holy city of Varanasi

Bhang Lassi

What exactly is Bhang Lassi? The exact translation would be something like “cannabis milkshake”. It would consist of nuts and spices such like almonds, pistachios, poppy seeds, pepper, ginger and sugar or honey mixed with cannabis powder prepared from cannabis plant and boiled with milk. It is then drunk either at room temperature or cold.

As it happens, bhang is the most popular intoxicant in India especially at times of festivity such as Holi and Shivaratri festivals. It’s usually consumed as milk or yogurt based beverage, famously known as “Bhang ki Thandai” or “Bhang Lassi”. You’ll find most of the bhang lassi shops in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi.

Some even like to smoke mainly in northern parts of the country. You’ll mainly find many sadhus (wandering holy men) smoking hashish called the “chillum”. Lord Shiva often is pictured lost in his own world holding a bowl of intoxicant. The bowl in fact is supposed to be the poison that Shiva drank to free the world of sins something to what Jesus did when he died on the cross for humanity. But some say that Shiva is consuming some form of drug particularly cannabis. Whatever the case maybe, cannabis or ganja is often associated with worship of the Shiva both in India and Nepal.

Bhang sold on the streets

Bhang sold on the streets

Consumption of Bhang

Unlike alcohol and other drugs, there is little or no social stigma attached to bhang. As a result, it’s consumed throughout the year. Consumption increases markedly near the popular festival of Holi. According to some estimates, sales go up more than four times the average around Holi.

Bhang is also sold at restaurants catering to foreign tourists. There are many government approved outlets who sell bhang lassi. It’s also used as an ingredient in bhajis, biscuits and several other Indian drinks and dishes.

Selling and buying of Bhang

Like in most countries, trade in cannabis is prohibited by the law. However, due to a cultural and religious association with the preparation, a limited use is permitted. Bhang is chiefly sold at special vendors based in the religious cities or ghats in Northern India. The selling is monitored by the government to stop an abuse of the drug since bhang can be used to prepare more potent intoxicants. Bhang can be bought from special vendors. However, it’s advisable to check with your local/regional/national government as buying cannabis is banned in most countries.

An American buying bhang cookies and chocolates

My personal experience of bhang

Have I tried bhang? Yes I have, a few times. Its tradition! I haven’t smoked it but have tried the bhang lassi and bhang goli (balls) on many occasions especially on the Indian festival of Holi and to be honest I do like it. Strangely, it makes me laugh a lot continuously for no reason what so ever not to mention the feeling of flying. From personal experience; bhang takes a long time to get to the head and takes even longer to sober.


Unless you exactly know what you are doing, my best advice is to stay away from it. But if you really want to try it out, then I urge you go to government approved shops and refrain from trying bhang from the street vendors. Always try the lighter versions of the bhang lassi first and not the “super duper sexy” strength as mentioned in the second video unless if you want to lie in your hotel bed and hallucinate for the next 2 days. If you go for the bhang biscuits, try a tiny bit first and wait for the results. You can increase the dose if you’re comfortable. Best advice is not to try bhang at all.

What are your thoughts on bhang lassi? Would you make a trip to India just for the bhang?

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159 Responses to “Bhang, India’s holy marijuana”

  1. Michael Belk says:

    Bang or marijuana is becoming more acceptable in America as well, especially what they call medical necessities.

    It is hard to prove a religious reason in America although some people still do it in privacy.

    Federal laws are slower to accept its use.

    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Michael, medical necessities? As far as I understand, there are some pain relieving benefits of this thing and is prescribed for this purpose. At the moment, which states of the USA, it is permitted to use this cannabis?

      • Michael Belk says:

        Shalu, that second video was funny.

        In America San Francisco in California issues medical marijuana cards and I think some areas of Los Angles.

        It is real popular among cancer patients.

        • Shalu Sharma says:

          Michael, I am not aware of any medical uses. I didn’t know there were any medical uses of marijuana. I suppose many would fake medical problems just to get some of this stuff.

          • Dev says:

            Hi Shalu,
            Michael is right, it has various medical uses. Marijuana is preventive to cancer. Medical marijuana is also used for AIDS, ADHD, multiple sclerosis, nausea resulting from chemotherapy, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, insomnia, migraines, arthritis and lack of appetite.

          • sultros says:

            One of the chemicals in Cannabis, CBD, is heavily being researched for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turns out its pretty effective, more so than NSAID’s and no liver damage.

          • Peter says:

            Shalu. I am sure you have educated yourself of cannabis and health benefits by now. But I just returned from India after spending ten days with highly educated and successful Indians. There lack of knowledge about medical cannabis was shocking. India needs to unplug the addiction to pharma ASAP

      • hire n says:

        hi shalu Bhang is famous drink for festival in holi or shivratri, and i also drink it. but i never see bhang shop. thanks for sharing.

      • Satya says:

        Bhang is good for health. It is mild anti-stress and anti-depressant. Many need this kind of help these days. Better then be depressed and spoil your life. Allopathic medicine for anti-depressant is still not good. It comes with lots of side effect. But govt under pressure from organized Alcohol companies etc banned traditional things and legalize Alcohol.

      • Raj Kumbh says:

        I have never tried to consume it. but seen many travelers in train consuming it and sharing it with fellow passengers. It look odd when consumed in access.

    • Neha patel says:

      hi shalu, I remember trying a tiny bit on holi a long long time ago, when it had apparently no effect. I wish I can try it next time I am in India! thanks for the informative article.

  2. Haroun Kola says:

    Hi Shalu. I think that with this post of yours, I’d definitely love to come to visit India for the Bhang…

    Nice post, I’m sharing…

  3. Haroun Kola says:

    I’ve practiced a Shiva sacrament here handling chillum, and its good to know that at least in one part of the world, this tradition is still practiced and the world has not gone mad like in the rest.

  4. snodialove says:

    It is hard to prove a religious reason in America although some people still do it in privacy.

  5. Hi Shalu,

    Such a lively post. Without bhang, holi is not celebrated. This is one such rare occasion of the year where Indians of all age groups let loose and enjoy to the best. Really a great remembrance for all of us.


  6. Tamal Anwar says:

    Hey Shalu very interesting article you wrote. I have heard about Bhang a long time, thanks to the films. But I never know that it’s a form of marijuana. When I come and visit India, I would definitely try the milk shake 😀

  7. As a Tea Teetotaler I have never tried any of the intoxicant, though seen people using it around Holi. Never been able to understand the benefits or the need of the same. Yes a lot of shiv bhakts claim to use it as part of bhakti.. but I wonder if this is an excuse. Yes there are refrences of using it in ancient scriptures, but none of them asks one to use it or prescribes to use it. That in my opinion is important, as mention in ancient scriptures is not a recommendation of use. Some of our ancient text also mention Sati…. I hope I have made my point. Ultimately it is a personal choice. Thanks.

    • Shalu Sharma says:

      I think you are right to a lot extent. I wonder how the use of bhang got incorporated with religion. That is something to investigate about. As you say, religion is just an excuse to use bhang anyway. Thank you for your comment.

    • intellectualdesi says:

      Sati was something that came into existence scriptures do not recommend it. The women were scared of being used/ raped by other men that’s why they followed sati back in the days.

  8. Shovon says:

    In Varanasi, guys on the way back from office drink it on the street, from a corner shop.

  9. I remember we used to have some sips of bhang lassi in holi festival. Miss those days. Great article Shalu.

  10. d.Nambiar says:

    A really good post, Shalu. The subject is nicely treated too.

  11. I have consciously stayed away from bang, even during my wild engineering college days. I don’t want to lose control at any moment in my life. When I was in Jamshedpur, during holi bhang used to flow. :)

  12. Sunil Deepak says:

    I remember trying a tiny bit on holi a long long time ago, when it had apparently no effect. I wish I can try it next time I am in India! :) thanks for the informative article

  13. Hahah 😀 I’ve once tried it, but it wasn’t the”real” one you see.

  14. Chadrack says:

    Hmm, this world is really a funny place! While in some areas every thing is being done to clamp down on those who use marijuana, it is really surprising that is freely being used in a place like India.

    My biggest worry is this, from what you described it is definitely something popular among all ages, does it really have any affect in the area of madness. I remember some years ago, marijuana was abused freely among the young ones in my area. This was before the Government set up a govt agency to fight drug misuse. I remember that in those days, this abuse accounted for a high insanity among the users.

    In fact, that is the biggest reason why many in my place stayed away from its use. So with this type of widespread use, even finding it in biscuits, does it have any such negative effects?

    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Chadrack, the marijuana (bhang) is for cultural reasons and many Indians would have tried it at some time point. I personally have as well on many occasions. I am sure its open to abuse where it is perhaps smoked in association with other harder drugs.

  15. Ehsan Ullah says:

    Bhang, I actually don’t have much knowledge about it but I know It’s a big problem in Afghanistan too.

    • Chadrack says:

      Shalu, I actually got that cultural aspect of its use among your people. But, I’m concerned with the overall effect. For example, even among those who take in my area, they have reasons for it. I have friends who, while we were in school can never do without it as they claim it gives them the ability to concentrate more and of course I can testify that among many of those who use, there is no negative effects.

      However, generally the effect is really not good. And understanding that its use is restricted among my people and the ratio of the negative effects to the over all use is very high, I’m only wondering if that could really be so also in your area where it appears that the use is more wide spread?

      • Shalu Sharma says:

        Chadrick, I am sure it has consequences for long term use. I personally don’t know anyone who uses it on a frequent basis. But I am sure there must be people.

        • Chadrack says:

          Ok, I understand your point there. The problem is with long term use. And I must say those who I’m talking about here are those who are addicted to it. I think that’s why they have the problems. Thanks for sharing.

          • Elston says:

            Hi Shalu,

            Firstly, thank you for such an impartial post. Simply brilliant ma’am. This is really amazing as most of the new age people think of Bhang as the worst drug possible and it’s a little sad that among Indians, we who used it traditionally for centuries, only outlawed it’s use due to U.S.A’s international laws imposed by the U.N. You will find some very, very interesting topics and facts as to the real reason behind it’s prohibition and Ban. Also. look up the Indian Hemp Drugs commission.

            @ Chadrack, there are no known cases of insanity through use of Bhang or Marijuana, the insanity issue can up as a product of negative social propaganda due to it’s prohibition by the U.S because of the rise in petroleum companies, cotton and timber industries and also pharmaceutical industry.

            Marijuana oil is now proved to cure cancer by assisting in cell death. I’m sure if you just do a little non biased research, you will see that I am not trying to change your mind, but rather the perspective in which you view this plant. There are 30,000 different uses of this plant and over 400 treatments available because of it’s properties. There is only politics involved in it’s ban and we should asses for ourselves as free thinking humans, what are the benefits we can derive from this one plant.

            I am pro cannabis and am looking forward to it’s legalization for use in medicine and also recreational use because it is just not harmful as the way media has portrayed. It is less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes. If it really was that bad, do you think there would be any Indian’s left. We have used it for mellenia and I’m not tooting our nations horn, but Indians are ranked as one of the worlds most smartest people. We would all be wandering ninnies by now if whatever negative said against it, is true.

            I am working towards it’s legalization and anyone who is pro life, pro humanity and pro nature can join me. This is not a selfish crusade, i’m just tired of seeing humans controlling other humans for money.

            I hope you found this a little interesting.

          • Elston says:

            Thank you Chadrack,

            Could you please elaborate on the bad experiences you’ve experienced. Personally, I have been raised a christian but now, I only believe in trying to be a good person. That’s the only religion we need.

            I feel marijuana is a bit spiritual depending on the dosage. The thought processes seem to divert towards a more peaceful and calmer world when on cannabis. You tend to re-realize things and this re-realization of those things we take for granted is one experience I take as spiritual. I will never force a person against his will to try cannabis but if I see that a person is suffering, and if cannabis can alleviate his suffering, the most decent thing I could do is a suggestion.

    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Ehsan, There are lots of issues there at the moment in Afghanistan. What is the situation now with the farmers who grow them? Thanks for you comment.

      • Shalu says:

        You have presented some interesting facts. I have not heard of marijuana oil, seems interesting but I have not seen this anywhere. In India, some variants are still OK to use such as bhang lassi or bhang goli. Other variants such as the smokeable ones are still outlawed.

        • Elston says:

          That’s true Shalu,

          Smoking, possession and production of cannabis in India is illegal for most parts but since the laws are very lax, we have a lot of corruption happening because of it. Our country can actually benefit from it’s production. It is not like our country isn’t exporting cannabis. It was and is still one of our country’s main cash crop but people don’t know about it only as the government is not ready to change their laws because they are making so much in black money. Rather than it going to our nations benefit. We are the second largest exporter of cannabis may i add and our poor farmers can actually live a decent life if we legalize its production.

          • Chadrack says:


            Thanks for your clarification to my comment. I must say that yes, most of the stigma comes from the prohibition imposed by the western world. Even among my people there are those who still believe that it has some spiritual powers. I’ve friends who were smokers when we were growing up but personally I’ve never tested it – of course, I’m not a smoker whether cigarettes or whatever.

            But I can say that even if the restrictions are removed, it will be a difficult thing accepting it in my area because as I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve seen numerous bad effect of it’s use.

          • Shalu Sharma says:

            Although in India, its illegal, the use is not prohibited. Its not an offence if an Indian consumes it. You fill find Indian sadhus or holy men smoking it without any restrictions. You can read about it here

            Even my granddad used to smoke it and often I would go and have a few puffs. But never liked it.

          • Shalu says:

            I agree Elston that we can benefit from it if laws are relaxed. People would be coming from outside just for this.

            The only country as far as I am aware that has legalised it in Europe is Holland. Amsterdam has a huge tourism industry based entire on cannabis.

            India too can benefit but at the moment only legal government shops can sell. Although, in my home town of Patna, you will find vendors selling bhang goli in every nook and corner. Also, you will find bhang lassi being sold in near the ghats of Patna and Banaras.

            Basically, its semi-legal in India.

  16. Felicia says:

    Wow, I did not know that marijuana (bhang) is not fully illegal in India and according to its history in India, it was given to man by Shiva. I have never had any drugs before, but of course, I am quite aware of what are the effects of different prohibited drugs.

  17. I have to say that I’m pretty much someone that would be willing to try something new, but this one I’d probably think twice in trying. I had a bit of my share of mary janes back when I was younger, and the experience was less holy and more close to what happened to Tony Bourdain in the video clip. Hahahaha!!!

  18. Hi Sharlu,

    First off, I finally answered your questions on my blog, sorry for taking so long.

    I used to work with a very sweet Indian lady and she is the one who told me that Indians do not drink alcohol, Yet you are using substances that would be illegal in the US. That’s just so funny and interesting at the same time.

    I don’t think I would want to drink that juice on the video, though :) I’d rater have a glass of wine :)

  19. Angela says:

    This is incredibly interesting, in Italy cannabis has been allowed by some regions because there is scientific evidence that it prevents and cures many types of cancer, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses. The closer I get to Indian culture the more I wonder how did ancient Indians know all the secrets to prevent diseases and live a healthy life, from curry, to curcuma, to being vegetarian to yoga!

  20. Joy says:

    Although most of us look at smoking marijuana as a vice it’s interesting to know that this is ingrained in your culture and that people can openly do Thanks for the reminder that it should be done in moderation, no one would ever want to spend his vacation passed-out because of its effects :)

  21. Kristine says:

    I think that it’s just a matter of regulating its use like your country does, it’s valid enough that this is ingrained in your culture and that there are several forms that you can take it without actually smoking it :) As long as its used in moderation and responsibly, I don’t see any reason why it should be restricted. Thanks for sharing this interesting matter.

  22. Yeremi Akpan says:

    Ha ha! Could not stop laughing over this one.

    Great job, Shalu!

    Nice to see you are doing so well here!

  23. Nikhil Naik says:

    Omg! I have noticed people selling those plants on the streets but never thought that it was bhang. I thought it was meant for fancy. 😀

  24. Felicia says:

    I have watched on TV a week ago about some women who ate some brownies given by a friend and they felt sick afterwards. The brownies contained marijuana and it made them dizzy and unwell after they ate them. I think it’s okay if someone is using marijuana for occasional recreation, but careful not to overdo it, and moreover, do not trick someone into taking it because a lot of people will not be able to tolerate the bad effects of bhang, and it would really destroy their health.

  25. Mike says:

    Indians saints used to take marijuana with different styles and believe that it is best way to worship Lord shiva

  26. government grants says:

    Yupi aye or bhang na pi to kya khak yu piya.

  27. One of the most obvious medical uses of marijuana is to assist those who have a limited appetite gain some desire to eat. A 1970’s survey showed that a whopping 93% of the people who have smoked marijuana found that consuming food is more enjoyable after smoking the drug. This was verified by a test conducted by Foltin in 1988 which compared the use of marijuana verses a placebo in stimulating the appetites of the users. This can assist people who have lost their appetite due to illness and those who are more prone to opportunistic infections such as those who are HIV or AIDS positive. This is also beneficial to people who have malabsorbtion of foods and therefore must eat more in order to receive their necessary calorie, vitamin and mineral intakes.

    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Kazi, that is an interesting observation of the medicinal uses of Bhang. I have known that that those who drink also have high levels of appetite. I think marijuana will also have a similar effect.

  28. pawan says:

    hello mam ,
    can we smoke bhang ? do u know from were i could get marijuana in patna or near by

  29. pawan says:

    is smoking marijuana and bhang is one and same thing??

  30. Neha says:

    hi shalu, bhang is very popular in our village temple but they gives when God Shiva’s festival Shiv-Ratri.

  31. Nice article from the author. We are glad that the author knows how it feels to be high and the hapiness it gives as she mentioned that it made her laugh. Im not spamming but our very own India’s Marijuana Community Forum ( ) supports the use of marijuana :)

    Thank you for the nice review

  32. Quora says:

    If cannabis is illegal in India, why is bhang freely consumed?…

    Here is the link which provides all the informations about legality of ‘bang’ in India.

  33. nick says:

    Govt give approval for bhang ? Bhang is bad for health so i think one should avoid its consumption

    • Elston says:

      Bhang is actually good for health. Please do research before blindly saying what others have told you. It cleanses your body and bring great joy, cerebral thinking and creativity to it’s user. Everything should be done in moderation. The maximum that can happen from Bhang is that if a person over drinks, he will definitely fall asleep, and next day wake up with no hang over.

  34. ramiszaro says:

    nice article such a fantastic job over here and your coming up in a great way thanks for the share.

  35. Neha says:

    I have practiced a Shiva sacrament here handling chillum, and its good to know that at least in one part of the world, this tradition is still practiced and the world has not gone mad like in the rest.

  36. David says:

    You indeed are very knowledgeable about Bhang and its effects on Indian culture. I also once used this and that was a once in a life experience for me because I could not control its effects and I was made fool because of that. Thank You for sharing such useful information.

  37. Mohankumar says:

    Great read. I really had to stop and think afterwards about your advice. I totally see your logic and will be implementing it.

  38. what does it mean Govt official “App” is this some kind of application ..please explain

  39. Behroz says:

    Hi shalu..
    I am visiting india currently… had the bhang here n liked it much … m wondering if I can take some with me abroad… I wont face any problem taking it out in my country from the airport but was curious to ask is it permitted to be carried on flights out of india???
    Thanks for ur time … nice artical

    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Hello Behroz
      I am not sure about this. Bhang is still illegal in India but due to cultural reasons it has not been contained but I am guessing taking out of the country at least on flights would be illegal.
      Thanks for your comment.

  40. plockjung says:

    This is really a great article. you have posted all the links which are really great to read and i really like the way you have posted here.

    Thank you

  41. While Reading this article me i have got some diplomatic ideas related to your ideas but the entire credit goes to Shalu Sharma Thanks for sharing the useful tips for all your readers.

  42. Abhimanyu says:

    Hi Shalu!
    Nice Blog. I am writing a research paper about legalizing bhang in our country. One of main arguments is that alcohol, nicotine and caffeine are almost 3 times as addictive as cannabis. Also cannabis has at least some medical boons but these three are just another addiction for the user.

    • Shalu says:

      I agree completely. In India, we are so addicted to ghutka and khaini and we do not do anything about it and here we are trying restricting bhang which is part of Indian heritage. But I personally think it should be left as it is otherwise it can get out of hand. What do you say?

    • Elston says:

      Hi Abhimanyu,

      I am also trying my best to educate people and also to legalize this sacred plant. Send me and e-mail, and we’ll talk about what we can do together if you’re interested.

  43. Abhimanyu says:

    Hi Shalu!
    Nice Blog. I am writing a research paper about legalizing bhang in our country. One of main arguments is that alcohol, nicotine and caffeine are almost 3 times as addictive as cannabis. Also cannabis has at least some medical boons but these three are just another addiction for the user.

  44. People at my place will surely have a visit in India if they knew this information. Kidding aside, I will never ever try to use bhang. Whatever it is called, it is still marijuana.

  45. Suresh says:

    Hi Shalu, can u buy the goli and send me by courier. Not the wet goli but the one which comes packed in polypacks called Bhola Munakka, Anand Munakka, Lehari Munakka.

  46. Suresh says:

    Hi Shalu,

    I did not say you are a dealer/peddler etc… I thot why not ask you directly, when you have written so much about the said subject. Anyways Elton & Shalu, just ignore the messages or better delete it from this place, so that you people don’t get into any troubles because of my post/comments.


  47. Bongs says:

    very interested, I had never heard of bhang before but now i feel i am an expert. thanks for your work.

  48. Mohankumar says:

    new about this but it sound great. its very interesting, thanks for your good job..

  49. jay cutler says:

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    Thanks for the interesting share.

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  52. Ashi says:

    Hahahah Video was funny, Well I have tried the bhaang Pakode. But never tried lassi or balls. Although I am from U.P. But never had the chance to actually taste it feel it.
    Once I smoked it and I was flying and laughing without any reason. It will make you relax, But telling you the things was so strong . I was out for almost 8-9 hours . Next day I was still feeling it in my body. That day was first and last when I smoked it. Would suggest everybody to stay away from smoking it. Would love to drink it.

  53. alfred bardy says:

    THE BHANG! I love the video! its cool! haha very interesting! thanks for sharing!

  54. Mike says:

    That was GREAT!
    “Bhang, India’s holy marijuana” just crazy.

  55. wizeguy says:

    I would really appreciate it if someone can tell where about in Haridwar I can find Bhang lassi shops?? thanks

  56. Apu says:

    Gotta have a taste of that! 😛 >>> hahahah … thanks for sharing this great post… and the video was amazing…. :)

  57. HI shalu,

    Being indian, i did not know much about BHAANG 😉 and yes! it has very good space in life of people even on some occasion it attract numerous users 😉 ( HOLI & SHIVRATRI ) i have used it few times.It gives good pleasure and best part is we dont feel any kind of bad hangover like a liquor is like a herb.

    Thanks to your post for giving information.Jai Bholenath.

  58. Steve Hakes says:

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    Alternatively I am just as happy to fly to Delhi.

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  59. Thanks for your well written article. As an American proponent of legalizing marijuana I really enjoyed reading this article. I’m a firm believer in using government sanction and approved marijuana over any street marijuana. You never really know what you are smoking when buying off of the street.

    Keep up the great writing!

  60. albert joson says:

    pan is also famous is in India i m right shalu mouth watering pan i have experience when i was in Delhi but bhang is bhang lassi very cold for men 😀 you must try it bhang

  61. nirvana says:

    I do not think it is good for our health, we need to educate young people is the best way to avoid abusing bhang by the help of professional doctors.

  62. But if you’re going to be depended on the use of marijuana then it will become just the opposite somehow. The way you use marijuana is the best in my opinion.
    Medically one can grow their own supply from marijuana seeds Canada company and wherever available.let’s keep this natures natural help

  63. Erwin says:

    Hi Shalu,

    Nice to meet you. I really appreciate and love the cultural differences that exist between us. In my country, this kind of drink is very unusual to be served and have a risk of imprisonment by the court.

  64. mvenkatK says:

    Good morning Shalu ji, are you tasted bhanga, in India some states strictly prohibited marijuana,bcz it’s harmful to health, you give great stuff about bhang, some holy places like varanasi ( kashi) some agoras( human eaters) take bhang,all over India some saints take bhang, you are great research scholar,take one topic give amazing stuff. thank you mam

  65. Bikram says:

    Bhang is said to be favourite drink of Lord Shiva.. that is why it is spreaded on the occasion of Shivratri.. Bhang reunites us to our culture and tradition.

  66. bhupinder says:

    please note that my somebody given bhaang prasad to my wife on last shivratri (around 12 days back), before which she have never consumed any type of nasha. but after so many days she is still in very much depressed,afraid of all the neibours, relatives, even some time she want to go outside or have unnessery quarll or blame others like with my mother in law, her brothers, sisters, before that time she was very understanding,supporting and jolly nature and good sense of humour but not now, she some times behaves like child or suspicius .and some time she behaves well (6 to 8 hours good in a day ) , please suggest me that this is all this bad or side effects of bhaang or i should consult any psychatrist doctor, and for last 10 days i have never let her alone.

    i find symptoms of madness in her behavior in these last 10 – 12 days .

    i also want know that how many days or weeks bhaang effects on brain of any women.

  67. Siddharth says:

    Bhupinder , It depands on person’s tolerance level to the substance .., but yes for some people the effect goes longer , but in your case definately you should take her to doctor may be he will prescribe some multi vitamins or antibiotics .., on the contrary , if u can treet her with lot of water and haldi+milk thats is best .., or something high in protein like eggs or meat it will work , protein will help recover the brain and divert her focus to some creative thing or take her to some vacation

  68. PharmaPunk says:

    Oh wow, Bhang. I have to try this; I know in America we have Cannabis drinks in some states, but I’ve never heard of this. I will make it my business to come to India one day so I can try this. Getting banged up on some Bhang :D.

    Great post

  69. trichromium says:

    Wow this is a really good article you have here I’m familiar with bhang and actually make lassi from fresh milk. I run a blog about cannabis and I’ll definitely be bookmarking this and citing you for additional information for a later article.

  70. Manohar Tn says:

    i never expected a site like this…. I am From Bangalore Bro.. ahe article which u have written is awesome….

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  73. Deepak Uttam says:

    Bilkul thik kaha Shalu ji

    Hats off to your title

  74. swathi says:

    Its really nice to read your blog. whatever you said about bhang is correct.

    I have subscribed to your blog.

  75. Andy says:

    Hi Shalu,

    I’ve been to New Delhi & Mumbai but have yet to encounter bhang. Do people sell it secretly in this cities? Or do I need to know a local before buying some?

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  77. Raj Kumbh says:

    But it is in tradition of India. I have never consumed it but seen travelers in train consuming it. it look odd after consuming in access.

  78. samray says:

    HaHA , have not tried it yet , Thank you for wonderful post, I love your blog, It gives very useful and informative information , Thanks again and highly appreciated.

  79. ap ssc results 2015 says:

    Its a nice post thanks the concept of History of Bhang in India is really nice to read

  80. PartsRiver says:

    here the culture of india is described. india is also becoming famous for producing many type of car. the companies of india is also producing trucks and the parts of trucks. this company is also famous worldwide.

  81. David Zimble says:

    I love India very much.
    It is my favorite country in the world.

  82. Anand says:

    I had a question for some of you, I know that marijuana is illegal in the U.S but if someone was to take bhang powder packets from India with them back to U.S would they get caught? Because it is considered as Ayurvedic medicine?

  83. Jess and Brandon from Watch Me Wander says:

    Bhang or marijuana is popular everywhere in the world. Just that in some places is illegal and in others is legal.

  84. CBSE school says:

    Good one.Nice article from the author. We are glad that the author knows how it feels to be high and the happiness it gives as she mentioned that it made her laugh.Thanks for sharing.

  85. Nice post.I’ve practiced a Shiva sacrament here handling chillum, and its good to know that at least in one part of the world, this tradition is still practiced and the world has not gone mad like in the rest.Thanks for the post.

  86. Atul Rajput says:

    dear Shalu Sharma, can u please tell me the side effects of bhola munakka?

  87. I had the opportunity to try Bhang while I was on vacation in India last year. It was like nothing I had ever tried before, it was an amazing experience for me.

  88. Mvlyadi says:

    This article is very interesting and very useful for me thanks

  89. Kushendra says:

    first time visit on this blog and get some interesting news about Indian Culture thanks shalu for sharing this.

  90. sweet says:

    That man supposedly selling bhang in picture above is not bhang.
    I no that because two reasons I grow and teach how to grow cannabis also I have bought it what the man is selling.
    Its a little dry plant which is supposed to grow gree when its roots are placed in water. I do not know the name of that plant.

  91. Hy Shalu,cannabis & marijuana is used not only for intoxication but as a medicine in many describe very nice Indian culture..

  92. Hi Shalu, it was great to know about the Indian culture and the “Bhang” or cannabis. I was not aware of the fact that it can be used for smoking also, its totally now for me. I have been a great fan of Indian culture and I always try to find things related to it. And you are one of the best Indian writers I guess :). Also, do you know whether Electronic hookas are famous in India or not? Looking forward to hear from you….thanks.

  93. sunny says:

    Bhang is also used for medicinal purposes.To some extent it is good but excess is harmful.

  94. kalapani says:

    I like your article and Bhang is very powerful nasha. Mostly people use in Holi. There are many incidents of people getting hospitalised on Holi because there are drinking bhang.

  95. Suchit says:

    thankyou for sharing this article with ll of us. Bhang is a thing which makes person to feel extraordinary. ti takes him/her in another world.

  96. Ryan says:

    This is really awesome, i also want to try bhang please is there any place in Mumbai where i can try.

  97. Mike says:

    It was extraordinary to think about the Indian society and the “Bhang” or cannabis. I was not mindful of the way that it can be utilized for smoking likewise, its absolutely now for me. I have been an awesome fanatic of Indian society and I generally attempt to discover things identified with it. Also, you are one of the best Indian essayists I figure :). Likewise, do you know whether Electronic hookas are well known in India or not? Anticipating get notification from you… .much appreciate.

  98. JD says:

    Hi I am currently interning for a month in Patna and was wondering if bhang balls were still sold in the market area you describe. I would like to have as many indian experiences as possible and have been told this is one experience I cannot miss. Thank you for any reply.

  99. Har Har Mahadev. Bhang is less of an intoxicant and more of a medicine. It helps you in expansion. Great lord Shiva has himself blessed it.

  100. Rocky says:

    Great article! Every here at Air Medics agrees. Thank you!

  101. Sophie says:

    I’m no stranger to bhang at all but it was nice reading some history.

    I like it as well, tried it for the first time in Thailand while backpacking actually (assuming that’s what it was)..

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