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Thai baker shows process of making cannabis cakes on his street food stand

A Thai baker has show how they make cannabis-infused green rice cakes on their street food stand following the relaxation of drug laws in the country. Kanom Siam has been preparing their signature sweets using traditional Asian ingredients in Bangkok since 1975. To cater to the growing marijuana market, the shop improved their pandan coconut-rice pancakes by adding bits of marijuana into them. The cakes are sweet, chewy, and can be ordered with the shop’s own blend of cannabis tea. A small piece of pandan leaf sticks out of the top portion of the flower-shaped rice cake to let customers know that they have been mixed with cannabis. Kanom Siam said they carefully selected the marijuana strain to use for their desserts. The shop said: ‘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 cakes will remain delicious as it had been for over 45 years but blending it with cannabis only adds safe medicinal properties. ‘We have also acquired a legal certification from the government of Thailand so our customers could rest assure that we are only serving the best desserts for them.’ Customers could order the cannabis cakes online or buy through their stalls around Bangkok for 170 baht for six pieces which includes a marijuana tea. The Thai Public Health Ministry approved the use of cannabis and hemp for medical and research purposes in 2019 – the first Southeast Asian country to legalise the plant for medical use. In January this year, restrictions were further eased to allow businesses such as cafes and restaurants to sell food and drinks mixed with the weaker parts of marijuana plants such as the leaves, stalks, stems and roots. Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul hopes the industry will generate extra revenue for the country, which has seen its income from tourism decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The liberalisation of cannabis laws has seen rising share prices for companies involved in the industry.

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