Indian bhang recipe

Published Mar 10, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET

 If you have yet to try Bhang, then you are in for a treat of the senses. If you have tried it than you already know that Indian Bhang is just one way to utilize some of the many health benefits that marijuana has to offer. Its use is a relatively new trend in both Canada and the United States as more and more people everyday search for natural alternatives to our common store-bought medications and treatments.  

What is Indian bhang?

India is a country that has used marijuana for its medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. An Indian Bhang is a drink that usually consists of milk or yogurt as the base alongside some common spices and a marijuana paste that is mixed into a flavorful beverage that is commonly consumed across the region and has roots that run deep within the local culture. Indian Bhang is made using cannabis specifically for its euphoric and psychoactive effects that are activated during the process of making this recipe. Indian Bhang is the name of both the paste which is used as well as the drink it is often made into.

Bhang preparation

The preparation of Bhang Paste is the first step towards making the drink. To make your own Indian Bhang you will need only two ingredients and a handful of tools.

Ingredients

  • 8 grams of dried cannabis (or more)
  • 2 cups of water

Tools

  • 1 small pot
  • 1 stovetop burner
  • 1 mixing tool
  • 1 grinder

Instructions

  1. Grind the dried cannabis using a grinder until it reaches an even consistency. Remove any seeds or stems before proceeding.

  2. Boil two cups of water in a small pot over medium heat.

  3. Add marijuana grind to the water and continue to boil the mixture for 10 minutes.

  4. If you were using the Bhang as a paste, then this is when you would remove it from the pot and allow sufficient time to cool before storing it. However, if you have made the Bhang just now from scratch, then you can simply turn down the heat for a moment as you look over the Bhang Drink recipe below.

Bhang drink recipe

Making Bhang is relatively easy and uses only the most basic ingredients. This recipe can be altered according to personal preference and taste. If you need to use a dairy-free alternative instead, the drink will still work it just might taste a little bit different. To begin making a Bhang Drink, you will need a few ingredients including essential spices.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Bhang paste
  • 3 cups of room temperature milk
  • ½ cup of white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of coco milk
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger (ground)
  • 1 tablespoon of almonds (crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon of grenadine

Tools

  • 1 small pot
  • 1 stovetop burner
  • 1 mixing tool
  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • 1 large juice pitcher with lid

Instructions

  1. If you are continuing from the Bhang paste preparation than skip this step. If you are using your own to make this recipe than begin by pouring your paste into a small or medium sized pot.

  2. Set burner heat to medium and add the milk and almonds while stirring frequently.

  3. Cook mixture for 5 minutes.

  4. Place a fine mesh strainer over top of the juice pitcher and slowly strain the mixture into it.

  5. Once the mix has strained, you can add the remaining wet ingredients both milk and coco milk through the filter to rinse it.

  6. Remove the strainer and add in your grenadine. Use a clean mixing tool to stir while adding the white granulated sugar, ginger, and garam masala.

  7. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving.

Dosing

One cup of Indian Bang will contain a fair amount of THC and will have strong effects that will be felt after it has been consumed. For those with experience with cannabis, it is recommended to begin with one drink and to allow two full hours to pass to gauge its effects before deciding whether to indulge in larger doses.

Uses of Bhang

Medical use - Malaria, fever, rheumatism, dysentery, and a variety of other physical ailments are commonly treated with Bhang. Sometimes it is used alone as a way of self-medicating, and others it is used in conjunction with regular pharmaceuticals.

Religious use - Consuming Bhang is one way to worship the god Shiva as cannabis is considered one of the most sacred plants in India culture.

Recreational use - While traditionally Indian Bhang is used for medicinal purposes as religious reasons, it is often used recreationally for its intense psychedelic effects.

Sex - Many commonly practiced rituals in India involving sex such as intercourse while using the tantric yoga call for the consumption of Bhang to enhance the experience and is considered an aphrodisiac.

Gifts - In India Bhang is traditionally presented as a gift at weddings and house warming parties.

Festivals - Bhang is considered to be an integral part of some of the biggest festivals like Janmashtami, Holi, or Shivratri.

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