Bhang is a beverage closely related to the festivals of India. Bhang is made from leaves and calyces of cannabis plants that has become an essential ingredient of celebration as important as the Holi Festival.
Taking this plant causes a mild feeling of euphoria. This can be smoked, chewed or prepared in infusions. Linked to the history of mankind, outbreaks of cannabis have been used for medicinal purposes, and their stalks are being manufactured for food processing.
In India, bhang is associated with Shiva, the Lord of the bhang, who according to legend, discovered the transcendental properties of the mixture. This then plays an important role in religious lives. Many sadhus utilize bhang to promote and achieve states of transcendental meditation.
The Indians firmly believe in its medicinal properties to cure fever, dysentery and sunstroke, as well as energizing the body and clearing the mind.
One of the most popular variant is the bhang lassi, the one prepared from fresh leaves and cannabis seeds and yogurt smoothie with spices (lassi). The lassi, popularly regarded as a remedy for gastroenteritis, can also be prepared with fruit.
In areas of greater tourism, it is easy to find traders for the legal sale of bhang, but Varanassi can be considered the official center of Bagh-Lessi. The city founded by Shiva has the famous ghats which prepares and sells the preparation.
Because they are potent intoxicating, bhang is an important part in the celebration of Holi, a festival that makes bhang the official festive drink. This festival knows no restrictions and favors unbridled consumption of this drink born of the gods.