While Thai style fried noodles or chicken in coconut soup are the most usual dishes on the menu of a typical Thai restaurant, one eatery has taken to bold step to serve cannabis-infused cuisine. The restaurant is hopeful to attract foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalised leaf in the country.
From earlier this month, a restaurant located at the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri started serving its own cannabis-infused happy meals. The restaurant took this step after Thailand de-listed cannabis as a narcotic and allowed state-authorised firm to cultivate the plant.
The hospital is also known across Thailand as a pioneer in the country for studying marijuana and its ability to relieve pain and fatigue.
In 2017, taking a bold step, Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalise cannabis for medical use. Since then, the country has seen the emergence of numerous medical marijuana clinics.
The restaurant’s cannabis-infused list of food includes a happy pork soup, deep-fried bread topped with pork and a marijuana leaf, and a salad of crispy cannabis leaves served with ground pork and chopped vegetables.
Speaking on the matter, the deputy education minister of Thailand, Kanokwan Vilawan said that following the legalisation, the next step was to offer famous Thai dishes to reach an international audience.
Pakakrong Kwankao, the project leader at the hospital said, “Cannabis leaves when put in the food or even a small amount … it will help the patient to recover faster from the illness.”
“The cannabis leaf can improve appetite and make people sleep well, and also be in a mood, in a good mood…We plan to add more (cannabis) to Thai dishes that are already well known, such as green curry soup, to boost the popularity of these dishes even more,” Kanokwan added.