Green curry has a whole new meaning after a hospital restaurant in Thailand started serving cannabis-infused dishes in a bid to help patients recover more quickly and appeal to foreign tourists.

Inside FMCG reports the menu at the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri includes a happy pork soup, deep-fried bread topped with pork and a marijuana leaf and a salad of crispy cannabis leaves served with ground pork and chopped vegetables.

The move comes after Thailand de-listed cannabis as a narcotic, allowing state-authorised firms to cultivate the plant. In 2017, Thailand was the first country in South-East Asia to legalise medicinal cannabis.

Hospital project leader Pakakrong Kwankao claimed adding cannabis to food helps patients recover quicker by boosting appetite, improving mood and helping them to sleep better.

Deputy education minister Kanokwan Vilawan said the next step is to add cannabis to renowned Thai dishes such as green curry soup and make them even more attractive to an international audience.

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