What is Bhang
Bhang is an intoxicant used mainly while celebrating Holi festival. Sometimes it is also called as official Holi drink. Bhang is extracted from leaves and buds of cannabis. Bhang is not only considered as fun booster but also believed to cure fever, sunstroke, diarrhoea, nervous disorders, to cure the problems related to digestion, appetite, speech imperfections and also to give alertness to the body. Ayurveda has mentioned lot of medicinal properties of bhang. It is also mentioned in ancient scripture, Atharvanaveda that bhang is a beneficial herb that releases anxiety. There are lot of research happening around the world on bhang and modern scientists have now discovered that Bhang is the most effective natural medicine.
Are Bhang and Alcohol same?
Alcohol and Bhang are not same and are different. The effect of both seem to be same but both are completely different. Alcohol may create temporary feeling but creates lot of health hazards to the body. Studies have shown it causes hypertension, cancer and many other diseases on a long run. However, bhang becomes a perfect antidote to these diseases. That is the reason Hindu culture treats alcohol as bad whereas bhang is not.
History of Bhang
According to Puranas, once ocean was churned by gods and demons with the help of mount mandara for obtaining amrita or nectar. While churning ocean, lot of goodies came out of it which the devas and demons distributed among themselves. With that, some dangerous substances also came out, one such is ‘halahal’ a dangerous poison. Lord Shiva drank it to save the world. Finally, the nectar came out of the churning. One drop of the nectar fell on mount mandara. A plant sprouted from the drop and a drink made out from that leaves. Lord Shiva brought down that plant for the pleasure of mankind.