Just last week, Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalise cannabis and it seems like their chickens are getting in the fun too.
According to Straits Times, a farming community in Lampang has been feeding its chickens cannabis and claims this new feeding regime has improved the quality of meat and eggs.
Sirin Chaemthet, president of the Peth Lanna community enterprise, said on Saturday (11 June) that the experiment was conducted in cooperation with Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Agriculture.
The farmers decided to use cannabis after antibiotics failed to prevent their chickens from developing avian bronchitis. The president reportedly said that the chickens developed a higher immunity against disease after consuming cannabis.
Sirin added that the enterprise has been selling chicken meat and eggs at 100 baht (RM13) per kilo and 6 baht (RM0.70) a piece, respectively, via its website.
She said chicken rice made from cannabis-fed chickens has received a good response, adding that the enterprise plans to sell roast chicken in the future. Apparently, these products meet the demands of consumers who want healthy and organic food.
Meanwhile, National Farmers Council president Prapat Panyachatrak warned that antibiotics in chicken meat and eggs harm consumers’ health, such as declining immunity and allergies. He added that while ensuring consumers’ safety, feeding chickens cannabis also helps boost the commercial value of chicken products.
ICYMI, it is no longer illegal to grow and trade marijuana and hemp products, or use marijuana for health purposes in Thailand. On the same morning the law came into effect, over 100,000 people registered with Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, Bangkok Post reported.