Munching on cannabis: Thailand’s hottest new food trend

Sweet leaves ready to eat (All pictures: Arno Maierbrugger)

In Thailand, there is certainly no shortage of delicious food, but the country keeps inventing itself in this domain.

The latest development is following hard on the recent liberalisation of the country’s cannabis laws which now allow not only medical use of the plant, but also its integration into other areas, including herb-based cosmetic products, ointments, powders and tinctures, but also – food.

And the number of restaurant embarking on the new trend is growing. Investvine has of course spared no efforts to find out what’s behind the new marijuana mania.

Joyful dancing salad and happy pizza

New dishes with names such as spicy happy soup, joyfully dancing salad, happy toast (or pizza) or happy kaprao (basil pork) are now popping up, together with new drinks made with freshly blended cannabis leaves.

There are already a couple of restaurants that are putting cannabis-inspired meals on the table. We were visiting Ban Lao Ruang (Home Story) restaurant in Prachinburi northeast of Bangkok (see photos below).

Home Story is among the restaurants having been inspired by a pilot project launched by Chao Praya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachinburi province, which has long been among the leading centers in the development of Thai traditional medicine and herbal products and now has taken on to discover new uses for cannabis in food and health products, according to hospital director Soraya Dhamaraks.

The restaurant has been recognised as the very first venue that served cannabis-infused menus with names such as “smiley tempura” which are deep-fried weed leaves with spicy mango salad, or “good mood soda,” a cannabis infused passionfruit soda, as well as “pot pizza.”

Since the introduction of cannabis-inspired Thai food, “people from near and far“ have come to the province to taste the exotic dishes, the restaurant owner said.

Mild effect

However, since the government caps the content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, to 0.3 per cent in any product, the inebriant effect from those cannabis meals is rather mild, but still, there is one, not to speak of the positive health effects small doses of cannabis bring about.

Overall, the consumption of cannabis during a meal is limited to a maximum of eight leaves by law, and people with kidney, liver and coronary problems, as well as pregnant women should abstain from it. People younger than 25 are not allowed to be served.  If dizziness occurs after a cannabis meal, the recommended antidote is lime juice, by the way.

Enjoy!

Ban Lao Rueng is located on Namuang Road in Prachinburi city.

As a start: Hot cannabis tea
Cannabis sauce for spring rolls
Fried pork with cannabis leaves
Fried noodle dish inspired by cannabis
Cannabis cookies and cannabis ice cream
Cannabis biscuit
Sweet cannabis mocktail
…spiced with lime
Looks beautiful and tastes great
The raw material
Fried cannabis leaves in the Home Story restaurant in Prachinburi. They call it”smiley tempura”
A delicious cannabis toast
Ready-to-cook noodles with the cannabis twist



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Sweet leaves ready to eat (All pictures: Arno Maierbrugger) In Thailand, there is certainly no shortage of delicious food, but the country keeps inventing itself in this domain. The latest development is following hard on the recent liberalisation of the country’s cannabis laws which now allow not only medical use of the plant, but also its integration into other areas, including herb-based cosmetic products, ointments, powders and tinctures, but also - food. And the number of restaurant embarking on the new trend is growing. Investvine has of course spared no efforts to find out what’s behind the new marijuana mania....

Sweet leaves ready to eat (All pictures: Arno Maierbrugger)

In Thailand, there is certainly no shortage of delicious food, but the country keeps inventing itself in this domain.

The latest development is following hard on the recent liberalisation of the country’s cannabis laws which now allow not only medical use of the plant, but also its integration into other areas, including herb-based cosmetic products, ointments, powders and tinctures, but also – food.

And the number of restaurant embarking on the new trend is growing. Investvine has of course spared no efforts to find out what’s behind the new marijuana mania.

Joyful dancing salad and happy pizza

New dishes with names such as spicy happy soup, joyfully dancing salad, happy toast (or pizza) or happy kaprao (basil pork) are now popping up, together with new drinks made with freshly blended cannabis leaves.

There are already a couple of restaurants that are putting cannabis-inspired meals on the table. We were visiting Ban Lao Ruang (Home Story) restaurant in Prachinburi northeast of Bangkok (see photos below).

Home Story is among the restaurants having been inspired by a pilot project launched by Chao Praya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachinburi province, which has long been among the leading centers in the development of Thai traditional medicine and herbal products and now has taken on to discover new uses for cannabis in food and health products, according to hospital director Soraya Dhamaraks.

The restaurant has been recognised as the very first venue that served cannabis-infused menus with names such as “smiley tempura” which are deep-fried weed leaves with spicy mango salad, or “good mood soda,” a cannabis infused passionfruit soda, as well as “pot pizza.”

Since the introduction of cannabis-inspired Thai food, “people from near and far“ have come to the province to taste the exotic dishes, the restaurant owner said.

Mild effect

However, since the government caps the content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, to 0.3 per cent in any product, the inebriant effect from those cannabis meals is rather mild, but still, there is one, not to speak of the positive health effects small doses of cannabis bring about.

Overall, the consumption of cannabis during a meal is limited to a maximum of eight leaves by law, and people with kidney, liver and coronary problems, as well as pregnant women should abstain from it. People younger than 25 are not allowed to be served.  If dizziness occurs after a cannabis meal, the recommended antidote is lime juice, by the way.

Enjoy!

Ban Lao Rueng is located on Namuang Road in Prachinburi city.

As a start: Hot cannabis tea
Cannabis sauce for spring rolls
Fried pork with cannabis leaves
Fried noodle dish inspired by cannabis
Cannabis cookies and cannabis ice cream
Cannabis biscuit
Sweet cannabis mocktail
…spiced with lime
Looks beautiful and tastes great
The raw material
Fried cannabis leaves in the Home Story restaurant in Prachinburi. They call it”smiley tempura”
A delicious cannabis toast
Ready-to-cook noodles with the cannabis twist



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