Learn how to cook with cannabis with these TV shows

Ramon Rivas II in Cooking On High. (Photo © Netflix)

The use of cannabis leaves as a food ingredient has become very popular among Thailand's restaurants after the Narcotics Act (No.7) -- which became effective earlier this year -- allowed the use of cannabis and kratom for medical purposes while also permitting the use of various parts of cannabis and hemp, except flower heads, for other purposes.

Many eateries have started serving cannabis-infused menus. Even Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, one of the country's main herbal medicine producers, rolled out its cannabis-mixed menus earlier this year, which includes spicy Thai-style salad, Thai spicy pork soup, kaphrao rice and "kik kak" (giggly) bread.

But cooking with cannabis is nothing new in many countries. In response to the craze, Life picks these two Netflix reality shows where cannabis parts are used as primary ingredients. Watching this could also serve as an inspiration for many cooking aficionados.

Cooked With Cannabis

This 2020 six-episode reality programme is a competitive cooking show where three chefs make cannabis-infused meals for a chance to win US$10,000 (311,938 baht). The competition uses marijuana as the main cooking ingredient. From comfort food to high cuisine, the food must be both creative and delicious.

We get to see chefs competing to make worldwide barbecue weed cuisine from Australia, West Africa and Mexico in order to create a wedding party theme, futurist theme and so forth. All with parts of marijuana, of course.

The show is co-hosted by Kelis and Leather Storrs.

Cooking On High

This 12-episode programme was released in 2018, the year the revision of the Narcotics Act by the National Legislative Assembly took place in Thailand, which resulted in the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes in the country.

In this cooking competition, two chefs prepare pot-infused dishes for a panel of celebrity judges. The cooking themes are quite diverse and interesting -- ranging from lunchtime, vegetarian, French-inspired, Mexican cuisine, carb-loaded, to name only a few.

One of the show's hosts is Ngaio Bealum, a cannabis advocate for more than 20 years.

Cooked With Cannabis. (Photo © IMDB.com)