An astringent and narcotic medicine made from the dried leaves and seed capsules of wild hemp Cannabis Indica and chewed or smoked when you look at the East as a method of intoxication See Hasheesh
- a preparation for the leaves and blossoms of the hemp plant; much used in India
- An astringent and narcotic drug produced from the dried out leaves and seed capsules of wild hemp (Cannabis Indica), and chewed or smoked when you look at the East as a way of intoxication. See Hasheesh.
1590s, from Hindi bhang "narcotic from hemp," from Sanskrit bhangah "hemp." Possibly cognate with Russian penika "hemp." The phrase initially appears in west European countries in Portuguese (1560s).
Scientifically speaking, bhang consists of the dried leaves and small stalks, with a few fruits; ganja of the flowering and fruiting heads of the female plant; while charas is the resin itself, collected in various ways as it naturally exudes.