Committing sins isn’t permissible, but tossing them down your oesophagus is. Bhang (marijuana) sales in the Capital have skyrocketed this Holi, what with both youngsters and old timers planning to guzzle it down in bulk.
Delhi liquor shops which secretly stock bhang laddoos besides premium alcohol say Holi-stic revelers have been purchasing bhang balls and leaves for house parties.
“Bhang sells more than booze on Holi. It is the only time in the whole year when people don’t mind getting naughty. And bhang becomes the perfect excuse,” says Radhe Shyam, manager of a liquor shop in Noida.
Amitesh Trivedi, 24, who runs a liquor shop near Kamla Nagar says, “We sell a bhang ball (gola) at Rs 25 on days leading up to Holi. However, since the patrolling is more on Holi, we up the price to Rs 70 per piece. Small packets of dried bhang leaves are also available for Rs 20 to Rs 50, depending upon the potency of the maal.”
Bhang thandai, smoothies, shooters and sweets such as burfi, laddoo and kulfi are a rage. “Our bhang kulfi sells like hot cakes on Holi. I’ve already sold 1,000 pieces in two days and have 2,000 pieces to deliver on Monday,” says a kulfi shop owner near North Campus. “DU students love them, too.”
But medical experts say bhang should be consumed wisely. “It weakens the immune system and alters food intake and metabolism. If taken in large amounts, it can also make the functioning of white blood cells 40 per cent less effective,” says Dr Karuna Chaturvedi, chief dietician, Apollo Hospitals.