High cuisine: Thai restaurant rolls out marijuana-inspired menu

Worth a try: Giggling bread, a new Thai dish

Thailand is now resorting to a new trend previously unheard of in the food-loving country: cannabis cuisine.  The first restaurant has rolled out a marijuana-inspired menu with dishes such as “giggling bread,” “deep-fired marijuana leaves,” ”cannabis sprout soup” or “joyfully dancing salad.”

The move comes after the legalisation of medical cannabis in Thailand for qualifying, licensed businesses such as accredited farmers, hospitals, doctors, universities and traditional medicine makers.

The restaurant is located at the premises of a hospital in Prachin Buri province east of Bangkok and is therefore licensed to offer the weed-laced food.

According to project leader at Chao Phaya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, Pakakrong Kwankao, the cannabis-inspired food would patients help to recover faster from illness. The restaurant, however, also caters to dine-in guests of which many are curious about the new food trend.

Happy pork soup and crispy cannabis leaves

Offerings further include a happy pork soup, deep-fried bread topped with pork and a marijuana leaf, corn-battered leaves served with chili sauce, as well as a salad of crispy cannabis leaves served with ground pork and chopped vegetables. The restaurant is open from 9am to 4pm.

Plans are to create more cannabis dishes from traditional popular Thai food such as green curry to boost the popularity of these dishes even more, and later on add some Western dishes with cannabis touch.

Maximum of five weed leaves per customer

There are very small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol – the principal psychoactive substance in cannabis –  in fresh plants, but to avoid over-consumption, the restaurant has a five-leaf maximum limit per customer, said Pakakrong, adding that pregnant women or people with certain health problems should avoid the weed-infused menu.

As for other interested foodies, “recent research found that this small amount can improve mood, focus and also creativity”, she said.

Thailand in 2017 became the first Southeast Asian country to legalise cannabis for medical use and has since opened numerous medical marijuana clinics. Those authorised by the government can grow and cultivate cannabis.



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Worth a try: Giggling bread, a new Thai dish Thailand is now resorting to a new trend previously unheard of in the food-loving country: cannabis cuisine.  The first restaurant has rolled out a marijuana-inspired menu with dishes such as “giggling bread,” “deep-fired marijuana leaves,” ”cannabis sprout soup” or “joyfully dancing salad.” The move comes after the legalisation of medical cannabis in Thailand for qualifying, licensed businesses such as accredited farmers, hospitals, doctors, universities and traditional medicine makers. The restaurant is located at the premises of a hospital in Prachin Buri province east of Bangkok and is therefore licensed to offer...

Worth a try: Giggling bread, a new Thai dish

Thailand is now resorting to a new trend previously unheard of in the food-loving country: cannabis cuisine.  The first restaurant has rolled out a marijuana-inspired menu with dishes such as “giggling bread,” “deep-fired marijuana leaves,” ”cannabis sprout soup” or “joyfully dancing salad.”

The move comes after the legalisation of medical cannabis in Thailand for qualifying, licensed businesses such as accredited farmers, hospitals, doctors, universities and traditional medicine makers.

The restaurant is located at the premises of a hospital in Prachin Buri province east of Bangkok and is therefore licensed to offer the weed-laced food.

According to project leader at Chao Phaya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, Pakakrong Kwankao, the cannabis-inspired food would patients help to recover faster from illness. The restaurant, however, also caters to dine-in guests of which many are curious about the new food trend.

Happy pork soup and crispy cannabis leaves

Offerings further include a happy pork soup, deep-fried bread topped with pork and a marijuana leaf, corn-battered leaves served with chili sauce, as well as a salad of crispy cannabis leaves served with ground pork and chopped vegetables. The restaurant is open from 9am to 4pm.

Plans are to create more cannabis dishes from traditional popular Thai food such as green curry to boost the popularity of these dishes even more, and later on add some Western dishes with cannabis touch.

Maximum of five weed leaves per customer

There are very small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol – the principal psychoactive substance in cannabis –  in fresh plants, but to avoid over-consumption, the restaurant has a five-leaf maximum limit per customer, said Pakakrong, adding that pregnant women or people with certain health problems should avoid the weed-infused menu.

As for other interested foodies, “recent research found that this small amount can improve mood, focus and also creativity”, she said.

Thailand in 2017 became the first Southeast Asian country to legalise cannabis for medical use and has since opened numerous medical marijuana clinics. Those authorised by the government can grow and cultivate cannabis.



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