It is, but it is also the large green leaves, flowering shoots, top leaves and the flower of cannabis.
It can be served as a drink or as hash smoked in a carved, wooden pipe. It can be eaten in foods, usually sweets, but not always.
It is also a traditional drink in India, where it came from.
During the Holi festival, it is served in both food and drink.
The Holi festival is the spring festival of India, that is held during either March or April, depending on the Hindu calendar.
2 cups water
4 cups warm milk
1/2 to 1 teaspoon rosewater
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons blanched, chopped almonds
1/8 teaspoongaram masala
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
Bring the water to a boil in a clean teapot.
Remove any stems or seeds from the cannabis, add to the teapot, and cover. Let simmer for approximately 7 minutes.
Strain the water and cannabis through cheesecloth and squeeze the wet cannabis to extract as much water as possible. Save this water.
Place the cannabis in a mortar and add 2 tablespoons warm milk. Slowly but firmly grind the milk and cannabis together.
Put the cannabis through cheesecloth and squeeze out as much milk as you can. Save this milk.
Repeat this process until you have used 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) of milk. It takes about 4 or 5 times.(Save this milk. The cannabis should look pulpy at this point.) Put the cannabis back into the mortar.
Add the chopped almonds and enough warm milk to completely cover the chopped almonds and cannabis.
Grind the mixture in a mortar until a fine paste is formed.
Put this through cheesecloth and squeeze out as much milk as you can. Save this milk also. (Repeat until dry.)
Throw out the dry mass. Combine all the liquids that have been saved (the water and the milk).