Things to Keep In Mind Before Consuming Bhang

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Holi and Mahashivratri are always celebrated just a few days apart. One thing common between both these festivals is the consumption of bhang. During Holi and Mahashivratri, it is common for people to indulge in a deliciously intoxicating drink that called Bhang. It is an edible form of cannabis that can be consumed in solid form or mixed with milk as a deliciously tasty sweet beverage.

Bhang is considered as a blessing from Lord Shiva himself, as according to the mythology, it was his favourite food. It is known to have various medicinal properties too and when consumed in appropriate quantities, it is known to cure fever, dysentery and sunstroke. It is also known to clear phlegm and aid digestion.

Many people love to indulge in the favourite drink of the lord. However, bhang is known to have one of the most intense kinds of highs, due to its complex composition and duration of the buzz. So if you’re planning on getting in the vibe of some delicious bhang, you should definitely keep a few things in check to have a safe and amazing time.

Always consume bhang with your stomach full

As mentioned earlier, Bhang is known to have one of the most powerful intoxications. And if you consume this on a hungry stomach, the result would only make you more uncomfortable and uneasy. Just like it isn’t advisable to eat medication on an empty stomach, same applies for bhang. A full stomach helps to reduce the intensity and makes it a more pleasurable experience overall.

It’s a marathon, not a race

Bhang, unlike alcohol, takes some time to kick in your body. So it is always advisable to consume it whilst taking a few breaks in between. If you gulp down glasses one after another, it’ll result in a sudden burst of intoxication that can cause discomfort if you’re not up for it. Drinking slowly will only help in making the whole experience more comfortable and fun.  

Not advisable for kids and pregnant women

Bhang consists of complex natural components and chemicals that makes the people feel the buzz. These components aren’t recommended for children as its intoxication can be harmful for them in their formative years. Moreover, expectant mothers also should avoid consumption of bhang as the chemicals are known to affect the foetus, causing complications while pregnancy and to the unborn child.

Stay Hydrated

Consuming bhang, whether with milk or in a tablet form, is known to cause dehydration with the reactions it has on the body. It is highly advisable to keep yourself hydrated throughout to have a more enjoyable experience.

Don’t mix alcohol and bhang

Alcohol and bhang have different compositions and if consumed together can have a negative effect on your body, causing you immense discomfort and harm to your body, specifically to the central nervous system.

Don't consume bhang and drive

This goes without saying. Bhang is known to have a far potent effect than alcohol. And it takes more time for the buzz to wear off. So driving is a strict no no! It is always better to be safe than sorry.

If you don't want to intoxicate youself and indulge in a glass of chilled Thandai, check out the recipe here!

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