A Bangkok dessert shop is the latest to jump on Thailand’s green revolution by packing weed into its traditional pandan coconut-rice pancakes.
In another sign of cannabis’ transformation in the kingdom from problem to panacea, staid dessert-maker Kanom Siam on Saturday announced it would introduce a new item to satisfy not only sweet tooths but also the cannabis-curious.
“The latest item of Kanom Siam, very soon,” the dessert shop teased with images of a cannabis leaf draped over equally green baked goodies. “This dessert has fragrance from pandan and is mixed with cannabis species carefully selected by us – from the strains, controlled cultivation, harvest and logistics – ready to be cooked fresh for our fans to try.”
The shop did not specify when it would go on sale but said the weed-infused Thai snack would be available at three branches: Siam Paragon, EmQuartier and inside the Suan Plern Market on Rama V Road.
Most bits of the marijuana plant – though not the THC-rich flowers – were decriminalized for commercial use in December by people or organizations licensed by the health ministry to stimulate the nascent hemp industry. While cannabis leaves contain low levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that gets one high, one would have to eat a lot of them to get stoned.
Inquiries sent to the shop about where their product comes from and how they process it had not been responded to as of publication time.
Kanom Siam was founded in 1975 by Nipa Hanpongpipat in Siam Square. The brand is popular for its soft and chewy pandan coconut-rice pancakes.
The transition from being regarded as a public health scourge to wellness produce with a wide range of applications has been rapid since cannabis was approved for medical use three years ago. As regulations are further relaxed, more players will continue to enter the market.
Just northeast of Bangkok, a cafe recently began selling cannabis-infused dishes such as deep-fried marijuana leaves, weed leaf-infused juice and pizzas with pot leaves due to its affiliation with the Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, a bastion of traditional Thai medicine which in 2019 opened Asia’s first medical marijuana clinic.