In Thailand, dishes like “giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t common, but one restaurant is hoping that its cannabis-infused food will draw foreign tourists and dispel the taboo surrounding the recently legalized leaf.
This month, after Thailand, delisted cannabis as a narcotic, allowing state-authorized businesses to cultivate the plant, the restaurant at the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri began serving its own Happy Meals.
According to Pakakrong Kwankao, the project manager at the hospital, “Cannabis leaves, when included in the food or even in a small amount… it will allow the patient to recover faster from the disease.”
The ability to increase hunger, promote restful sleep, and elevate mood are all effects of cannabis leaf use.
The institution is renowned in Thailand as a pioneer in researching marijuana’s potential to treat pain and weariness.
As the first nation in Southeast Asia to legalize cannabis for medical purposes, Thailand has since established a large number of marijuana clinics.
A joyful pig soup, deep-fried bread with pork and a marijuana leaf on top, and a crispy cannabis leaf salad with ground pork and diced veggies are among the menu items at the eatery.
Ketsirin Boonsiri, a diner, remarked, “I’ve never had cannabis before, it feels funny but it’s good,” adding that it was “very bizarre.”
Nattanon Naranan claimed that although the flavor of cannabis leaves was comparable to common vegetables, the effects were extremely different.
She claimed, “It dries out my throat, and I want sweets.”
The next phase, according to Kanokwan Vilawan, deputy minister of education for Thailand, is to offer well-known Thai dishes to attract a global clientele.
To increase the popularity of well-known Thai meals like green curry soup, even more, Kanokwan stated, “We want to add more (cannabis) to these recipes.”
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