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Written By Lynda

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14 October 2022

Raw Cannabis Bhang

In the second of our series of Raw Cannabis, we wish to share with you our research on the use of raw cannabis in an ancient recipe.  Today, we talk about Bhang.  First and foremost Bhang is a traditional cannabis paste/drink that, like all medication should be enjoyed on a full stomach.

In an article in the Hindustan Times on 8 March 2022, it is cited that “The Bhang plant was discovered in the Himalayas and also finds mention in Vedas as one of the five sacred plants. It has acquired a bad reputation over the years due to its use as an intoxicant and the focus on its medicinal properties has been lost.  Traditionally used in Ayurveda for treating digestive issues, headaches, pains, and anxiety, cannabis or bhang is also believed to bring relief in health issues like nerve pain, arthritis pain, insomnia, and piles.

“Bhang or hemp increases intestine absorption capacity. In Ayurveda, it is commonly used for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), diarrhoea, dysentery, and for alleviating anxiety. Its ‘grahi’ action helps in preventing excessive stools from being passed from the body and the resulting weakness,” Dr. Zeel Gandi, Ayurveda doctor and a formulator for Vedix told HT Digital in a telephonic conversation.”

After some research, it appears that the recipes for Bhang have been simplified to a large extent.  Bhang is in essence a paste of cannabis flower/oils/spices that is added to dishes or consumed as a drink.
Because I’d be interested in hearing about your results, in this post, we give you what we would call an OG recipe.  Our next blog will follow the more modern simplified recipe.  The verdict will soon be out as to which Bhang won.  We would love your comments.
Our first recipe was found in the 1971 Connoisseur’s Handbook of Marijuana, and why not share a 51-year-old recipe?  Unsimplified and traditional, the Raw Cannabis Bhang

I’ve just converted the Ounces measurements in the book to Grams for easier calculation:

Ganja -14.175g

Poppy Seeds – 7.09g

Pepper – 7,09g

Dry Ginger – 3,54g

Caraway Seeds – Pinch

Cloves – Pinch

Cinnamon – Pinch

Cucumber Seeds – 7,09g

Cardamom – Pinch

Almonds – 6 Medium

Nutmeg – Pinch

A Fresh Rose – 1 Fully Developed including hip*

Sugar – 226.80g

Milk – 567g

Pocket Scale – Dreamliner

Pocket Scale – Superheroes


Bring 567g of water to a rolling boil and remove from heat.  Add the ganja to the water after removal and let soak for 5 minutes.  The ganja should then be kneaded vigorously in the still-hot water for several minutes to transfer some of the flavour to the liquid – the ganja is then taken out, drained and water set aside.

Remove any sticks, stalks, or seeds at this point.  Place the ganja on a grinding board or pestle and reduce it to a pulp, adding milk gradually along with the mixture of all other ingredients, except the poppy seeds, cucumber seeds & sugar which are kept separate.  When all of the ingredients are mixed into the past, set aside – create two balls.

Repeat the process with the poppy & cucumber seeds, adding milk as needed.

When all the seeds have been ground into a paste, set aside.  You should still have most of your milk left.  Add the two paste balls to the remaining milk, mix well, and strain through fine muslin.

Throw away the filtered substance.  Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved.  Strain again through fine muslin, throwing away the residue.  Add milk to obtain a consistency that suits your taste, flavouring with the original water if desired.

Place the mixture in a cool place and, when chilled, serve in 110g portions preferably before meals.

You may substitute water for milk in the final solution but must still grind with milk.  Buttermilk makes for a heavier but more sensuous drink.  In some circles a strong, moist cheese is ground into the first paste for additional body.

*   When cooking with roses it is a good idea to pluck the petals and snip off the white areas at their base.  This part of the petal contains a very bitter substance, but hips are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Raw cannabis is a superfood. Consuming raw cannabis has all the benefits of eating dark-green leafy vegetables but also contains Phyto cannabinoids that nourish the endocannabinoid system.


It’s important to note that including healthy fats such as avocado or chia seeds is key when making a raw cannabis salad. Why? Raw cannabis can be mildly irritating to the digestive tract. Although this side effect is rare, it is possible.

One way you can counteract this effect is by incorporating a balanced blend of ingredients. This way, your body can easily digest cannabis alongside other ingredients such as apples, blueberries, carrots, and other nutritious foods. This will also help offset the bitter quality of raw cannabis.

So in that meal, just before your glass of OG Raw Cannabis Bhang, add some fruit (as above).  To enhance the effects, add a glass of fresh, chilled mango juice.  We will all be having a Bhang & getting along!

This article is not intended as medical advice.  Please consult your physician before self-medicating or contact for friendly advice.  Eligibility questionnaire with    

From thereon you can book a consultation with a medical doctor – heads up, use

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