Some of you may read in this article, the word “Cannabis” and recite seven Hail Mary’s to cleanse yourself before ending the article, but whether you are for or against the legality of it some cultures have used it as a part of ceremonies, festivals, and as medicine for centuries. That’s the case for India and the country has his Bhang Lassi, as Mexico has his Peyote, Fiji his Kava, Cambodia his “Weed Pizza” etc. You get the point.
What is a Bhang Lassy exactly?
In India, there is a weed milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard: The Bang Lassi. This drink is made with yogurt or milk, nuts, spices such as cardamom and cinnamon, rose water, and, yes, cannabis, ground and mixed with water.
The Bhang Lassi Is How Hindus Drink Themselves High for Shiva
In ancient Hindu texts, the gods churned oceans to find an elixir of immortality. Once they found it, they spilled some drops on the way, and the places touched became sacred sites where miracles occurred.
One day Shiva was poisoned by a toxin called Hala Hala and went to one of these miracle locations in the mountains. There, he found the Bhang (weed), ate it, and was healed. The plant became his new favorite snack, and from then on, he passed his days being stoned and in deep meditation.
Today on holidays such as Holi in March and Shivratri in February every Hindu in the North of the country, especially in Varanasi drinks one of these shakes. Even the small kids get a Bhang candy to join in the Holy high. Bhang is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to cure nervous disorders, skin diseases, and wounds and in Medieval times, soldiers used to drink it before or after the battle to get an adrenaline rush making them feel immortal and invincible.
But Bhang Lassi became embedded nowadays because of a lot of Hindus especially men, use it not only during religious celebration but because they just like to be stoned all day. So don’t forget, Bhang Lassi is generaly tolerated but only legal in Rajasthan.
If one day you are in India and hear someone singing a song that starts with « Gang Bhang » remember and don’t be afraid. You did not accidentally stumble upon some sort of Kama Sutra cult. They’re just singing about their God and celebrate Ganja (Ganges), and they’re probably just high…